Salem Witch Trials - 1,393 words
Many of the American colonists brought with them from Europe a belief in witches and the devil. During the seventeenth century, people were executed for being witches and follower of Satan. Most of these executions were performed in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692. Mostly all of the accused were women, which makes some modern historians believe that the charges of witchcraft were a way of controlling the women who threatened the power of the men. During the witchcraft trials, hundreds of arrests were made, and some were even put to death on Gallows Hill (Karlsen 145). In 1698, the villagers of Salem won the right to establish their own Church. They chose the Reverend Samuel Parris as their mini ...
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The Fall Of The Roman Empire - 1,712 words
The Roman Empire at its peak governed over most of the Eastern world. After the death of Julius Caesar, who had destroyed the Roman Republic, an empire was the easiest was to keep the state going (Kagan-1998-pg. 92). An empire is rule by an emperor, whose range of power is virtually unlimited (Grant-1990-pg.164). Because of the Emperors supreme power, careful selection of these persons is necessary. Changes in the Emperor selection process lead to a selection of leaders who were distracted with tasks other than the development and continuance of the Empire. These changes in the selection process and the irresponsibility in many emperors was a major factor in the decay and collapse of the Rom ...
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Sarah Jeannette Duncans A Mother In - 675 words
Sarah Jeannette Duncans A Mother in India Patriarchal Victorian Men Create Monstrous Victorian Women A Mother in India, as a story depends on the facade of appearance and the reality of emotional abandonment within a male dominated & Victorian society. Duncans point is that Victorian men create monstrous Victorian women. Relationships of any emotional worth are rendered impossible between Helena and her daughter Cecily because of a life long separation imposed by the father. It is impossible for Helena to be Cecilys emotional or spiritual mother because Helena is not emotionally equipped to be anything else other than a servant to her husband. Her life has been pre-arranged by a series of ma ...
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Wedding Day - 593 words
Racism has been an issue addressed for thousands of years and it continues to be prevalent today. Unfortunately, in many cases, racism affects the way people live on a day-to-day basis. Gwendolyn Bennett, in Wedding Day, creates a short story that addresses racism through the eyes of Paul Watson. Bennett, through the use of imagery, reveals how racism dictates the way Paul Watson lives his life. Paul Watson flees the United States in refuge from racism. He went to Paris where he worked as a prizefighter for some time before pursuing a career in music, as so many African Americans did then. Through the course of the next few years, he became noted as a man who openly hated white Americans. It ...
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The Keen Hamlet - 1,007 words
... a constant doubt as to whether what we perceive is the part, or the whole. It almost seems diminishing to say that Hamlet is complex, but in thinking so we realize of the charms of Hamlet. His characterization is a puzzle, whose pieces appear mixed with pieces of other puzzles. In other words, Hamlet is not a figure you can characterize as having one easily defined personality. In the quoted passage, Hamlet uses several different tones of speech that illuminate different facets of his person. Hamlets first line brings to light a cunning Hamlet who comes off a touch brash, disclosing his knowledge of Rosencrantzs and Guildensterns secret motive as if they did a poor job of hiding it. Next ...
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Unrequited Love And Gestures Of Consecration - 1,719 words
Unrequited Love and Gestures of Consecration Young Werther searched for meaning in everything around him, yearning in his relentless love for Lotte. It was not a mistake that a copy of Emilia Galotti was found by Werthers deathbed, this texts content mirrors much of Werthers sorrows. Werther idolized and pined over Lotte as Prince Hettore Gonzaga did Emilia Galotti. Both male characters sought to relinquish his hopeless passion by attempting to win over the woman that they loved in a desperate manner, and whom lost their loves in one form or another. Both Lotte and Emilia represent the Romantic ideal for women, who were both concerned with keeping their womanly virtues in tact due to an infl ...
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Outcasts In Society In Relation To John Steinbecks Of Mice And Men - 466 words
Throughout history, many groups of people have been the target of persecution by a much larger or more dominant group, often the common people. Among these groups are or were: blacks, the disabled, women, children, the elderly, and members of other religions. In John Steinbecks Of Mice and Men, three characters were regarded as outcasts by the majority of workers on the ranch: Lennie, mentally disabled, Candy, an elder and amputee, and Crooks, a black. In the time frame in which the novella is set, a mentally disabled person was often seen by others as incapacitated, retarded, and a waste of the caregivers time. In Lennies case, he was first seen as useless, but when he was put to work, he w ...
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Conflict In The Middle East - 1,498 words
... peace throughout the Middle East. Both of these images of negotiation are incomplete and inadequate. Value creating and value claiming are linked parts of negotiation. Both processes are present. No matter how much creative problem solving enlarges the pie, it must still be divided; value that has been created must be claimed. And if the pie is not enlarged, there will be less to divide; there's more value to be claimed if one has helped create it first.(Sebenius, p. 33) An essential tension in negotiation exists between cooperative moves to create value and competitive moves to claim it. (Sebenius, p.35) In my opinion, there exists an onus amongst all parties involved to bring with them ...
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Rome - 1,048 words
In history it is rare to find truly great leadership, but every once in a while someone comes along so charismatic that even his enemies cannot but admire him. Rome in the first century B.C. was replete with statesmen, generals and leaders who to this day are remembered as being among the greatest and most fascinating that ever lived. But there is no doubt as to the most memorable of these. Gaius Julius Caesar lived from 100 to 44 B.C. and though his life began and ended with Rome beset by internal strife and the threat of civil war, he did more than anyone to consolidate the power of Rome and facilitate the rise of the Roman empire. It is true that the political and social climate of Rome h ...
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Nikita Krushchev - 1,737 words
... cretary be dismissed and that Khrushchev take his place. The Ukrainians refused. Molotov suggested that the Ukrainians should go to Moscow to discuss the matter with the Soviet Central Committee and they agreed. Once in Moscow they were seen by Stalin, Molotov and Kaganovich. It is not known what went on at the meeting, but soon afterwards Koiser disapeared, and Khrushchev was announced to be his successor as First Secretary of the Ukraine. As well as Koiser, most senior Party officials from the Ukraine also disappeared at this time. Khrushchevs take over of the Ukraine is the most blatantly Stalinist episode in his career. In it we see a man who had accepted total ruthlessness as a legi ...
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Socrates Vs Gilgamesh - 1,156 words
Socrates view of death in the Phaedo, Crito, and Apology is complex. His argument tries to prove that philosophers, of all people, are in the best state to die or will be in the best state after life because of the life they lead. Socrates views are sharply contrasted in The Epic of Gilgamesh. In fact, he would probably say that Gilgamesh had not lived the proper kind of life and his views of life, and death would lead to an unsettled existence in the afterlife. Socrates view of death, from his opinions on the act of dying, the state of the soul after death, and the fear of death, differs from that of The Epic of Gilgamesh to the extent that Socrates would refute every belief about death pre ...
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Thompson - 786 words
Everyday in society, somebody is challenging something. Everyone believes that they can make a difference. This manner of critical thinking allows for lifestyles to be altered on a regular basis. Much of this is caused by the creation of countercultures that oppose the so-called norm or popular culture. In the past, such people have been labeled revolutionary or enlightened thinkers. In E.P. Thompsons book, The Making of the English Working Class, he focuses on how these enlightened thinkers came to be. He discusses the argument of democracy, religion and economic status. These three elements discussed in the first part of the book titled The Liberty Tree are ideas in a theory known as indus ...
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Sierra Leone - 1,740 words
... ra Leone that caused a problem was the large amount of Lebanese immigrant traders that entered the country and are still there today. Before the Lebanese traders arrived, native traders were able to make a decent living by selling goods such as rice and kola nut. These Lebanese traders entered the country around the time that a railway was introduced to the towns of Pendembu and Makeni, and quickly took to selling imported goods in the street. By their modest lifestyle and fierce determination the Lebanese quickly worked their way up to owning their own shops (Conteh-Morgan, Dixon-Fyle pg. 44). These traders limited the role of the local upper-class as well as not affording native Sierra ...
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The Personification Of Rome - 1,192 words
Virgil spent a substantial amount of time and research on his masterpiece, The Aeneid. His goal was to create a piece of literature that would be praised by King Augustus Caesar of Rome. In order to properly display his devotion and gratitude towards his gracious leader, Virgil wrote The Aeneid as an adoration of Rome. The book was designed to exalt the country ruled by Augustus, while simultaneously giving a sense of the new, ordered society. The features and virtues of Rome were indirectly personified through Aeneas. This was proven by the background and roots of the creation of the book, the main characters similarities to Augustus, and his dedication to duty and responsibility, which res ...
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Comparison Between Democracy In Ancient Greece And United States - 1,819 words
... sure that power is not being abused. Although many people argue that the leaders of the political party decide on important issues, however this was not true in Athens. Athens acted on the voice of the people. Not even the great leader of Pericles had such power to obtain complete control of the Assembly. While his influence was at its height, he could only hope for continued approval of his policies expressed in the peoples vote in the Assembly. His proposals were submitted to the Assembly weekly and the Assembly could and occasionally did abandon him and his policies. Although men like Pericles represented a political elite, the decisions in the Assembly were always in the hands of the ...
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German Nationalism - 1,250 words
... was for the growth of the Aryan race. A central purpose of conquest in Europe, therefore, was to provide the master race with land for settlement and resources for exploitation. Hitler, therefore, implemented a program of strenuous maximization of armaments which, in due course, would lead to his program of nationalization around the globe. What must guide us constantly today, Hitler declared, is the fundamental insight that the regaining of lost imperial territories is primarily a question of regaining the political independence and power of the motherland. He stated that such a task can not be solved by a parliament, by prayers, or by negotiations before the League of Nations, but onl ...
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Wealth Of Nations - 1,156 words
In the first book of The Wealth of Nations, Adam Smith discusses the Variations in the Proportion between the respective Values of Gold and Silver. Throughout history, these two metals have been regarded as mints of significant value. Before mines were found in America, the difference in value between silver and gold was usually seen as proportionate, where one ounce of fine gold was considered equivalent to anywhere from ten to twelve ounces of fine silver. More recently, the values have changed as much as one ounce of fine gold to be equal to as much as fourteen or fifteen ounces of fine silver. Over the years, it is said that both silver and gold have dropped in value, but the drop of sil ...
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World War Ii - 1,759 words
As a person looks at the last thousand years of history, many events come to mind. To be more specific, many world-changing events have occurred. Many of them have good explanations, or just reason as to why they happened. There were also a handful of events that had no rhyme or reason. These are the events the world may never understand. In the writer's mind, these are the events that changed the world the most. There is one particular event that seems to stand out when considering only the events of the 1900's. The events of World War II are broad and abundant, from the advances in warfare and technology to the cruelty of using genocide to gain power. Genocide took a major role in the occu ...
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Oedipus And King Lear - 896 words
In Sophocles' Oedipus the King, Kalidasa's Sakuntala and the Ring of Recollection, and Shakespeare's King Lear, there are characters that help the hypothetical figure see the "whole of reality". In Oedipus the King the characters Jocasta and Tiresias allow Oedipus realize his tragic flaw. The same can be said of Kent in King Lear. Also, in Sakuntala and the Ring of Recollection the ring that was given to Sakuntala is the catalyst that allowed King Dusyanta realize that Sakuntala was indeed his wife. These characters serve three important purposes in their respective plays (although a ring is not usually considered to be a character). First of all, they are crucial in shaping the plot of the ...
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Romans Are Warlike People - 1,131 words
In many modern books written about Ancient Rome and its people, The Romans are often portrayed as brutal and unforgiving people who enjoy violence and though it is amusing to see people being injured and killed to the point of obsession. It is my goal to establish wheather this classification is justified or if it is simply an exaggeration of what a While it is known that in Rome there were gladiator fights, public beatings and slavery was legal and common. It is also important to understand just how advanced the Romans were. The Longman Dictonary of the English Language Defines civilized as of or being peoples of a nation in a state of civilization. I think that by this definition, the Roma ...
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