History - 684 words
In ancient Mesopotamia there was a human of great powers. His name was Gilgamesh. Gilgamesh is an ancient tale passed down orally from generation to generation in mesopotamia. David Ferry writes this version. The author reconstructs the epic tale on the ancient Mesopotamian ways of friendship, gods and goddesses, and immortality. The tales follow Gilgamesh on very dangerous journeys across ancient mesopotamia. Some symbolic battles are those with Huwawa, the demon of the beautiful Cedar forest, the bull of heaven which was sent by the goddess Ishtar in disgust, and the journey to Utnapishtims enormous compound. Through each battle and journey Gilgamish shows unique characteristics of humans ...
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None Provided - 1,727 words
World War Two was a terrible and destructive war. Although many dynamics led to the advent of World War Two, the catalyst of the Second World War was actually the aftermath of the First World War. The First World War's aftermath set the stage for the rise of Hitler. On Nov. 11, 1918, an armistice was signed by the German commanders in the railcar of the French commander, Ferdinand Foch, ending the actual combat of World War One. The debacle of the First World War, which killed between 10 to 13 million people, demanded retribution. The Allies needed to draw up a treaty which formally ended hostilities between the Allies and the Central Powers. This treaty, which was called the Treaty of Versa ...
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Lynchings In America - 837 words
Recently, an L.A. Times article (dated 2/13/00) reviewed a new book entitled "Without Sanctuary", a collection of photographs from lynchings throughout America. During the course of the article, the author, Benjamin Schwarz, outlined some very interesting and disturbing facts related to this gruesome act of violence: Between 1882 and 1930, more than 3,000 people were lynched in the U.S., with approximately 80% of them taking place in the South. Though most people think only African Americans were victims of lynchings, during those years, about 25% were white. Data indicates that mobs in the West lynched 447 whites and 38 blacks; in the Midwest there were 181 white victims and 79 black; and i ...
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Energy Crisis - 464 words
Late in the autumn of 1973, energy (or the lack of it) grabbed headlines like never before. It was not until the war between the Arab countries and Israel that the United States noticed a sharp decrease in our oil supplies. This was due to the fact that we - the U.S. - were supplying aids and weapons to Israel. Arab, who produced the majority of the worlds oil, decided to punish us by cutting off our oil shipments. In November of the same year, President Nixon appeared on live television to inform the United States public about the crisis. He informed the people they were going to have the most crucial energy shortage since World War II. In order to conserve energy there were a few emergency ...
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Native American Abuse - 993 words
Imagine your country had been invaded by a very powerful group of people. Before anything drastic could be done these people had invaded your shores and had creeping inward upon your land. At first they acted with scorn and called us names and disrespect. After several groups of our people revolted against these invaders they decided to negotiate certain terms with us. Then after thinking all was well many of these agreements were broken and they started to ship us like freight to areas where they could hold a lot of our kind while they abuse and take over our country/land. We tried to fight back but it was useless, we were at their strong armys demise. It is sad that such atrocities were do ...
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African Art - 411 words
The traditional art of Africa plays a major part in the African society. Most ceremonies and activities (such as singing, dancing, storytelling, etc.) can not function without visual art. It can also be used as an implement and insignia of rank or prestige, or have a religious significance. African art consists mainly of sculptures, paintings, fetishes, masks, figures, and decorative Sculptures are considered to be the greatest achievement for African art. A majority of the sculptures are done in wood but are also made of metal, stone, terra-cotta, mud, beadwork, ivory, and other materials. It is found in many parts of Africa but mainly in western and central Africa. Many ancient rock painti ...
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Robespierre Maximilien His Reason Behind The Terror - 1,971 words
Maximilien Robespierre: His Reason Behind the Terror No figure of the French Revolution has aroused so much controversy as that of Maximilien Robespierre. He is known to most people as the symbol of the Reign of Terror, a period where approximately 17,000 people died while enduring horrible prison conditions or were executed due to the mere suspicion of being a traitor. The question of whether or not these actions were rightfully justified is an important one. Robespierre seems to have thought so. I, however, will show that the use of terror by Robespierre during the French Revolution was not just or necessary, and that he was acting in his own best interest rather than the States. First to ...
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Henry David Thoreau - 1,443 words
Born David Henry Thoreau, Thoreau chose to legally change his name at the age of twenty, to make it the name that would later become the highly recognized and respected name of Henry David Thoreau. Thoreau chose a different path for his life than many other individuals during his time, he rejected the normal ideas of a democratic government and based his life on the ideas of transcendentalism. Thoreau is best known for living two years of his life at Walden Pond, but there are more aspects of his life that have reached the people of America. When Thoreau was a young child, he deeply immersed himself in nature. It was evident to his elders that he took a great interest in literature and writi ...
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Puritanism In The Scarlet Letter - 965 words
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne expresses the aspects of relationships, religion, community, discipline and punishment in the puritan community of 17th century Relationships between men and women were very constrained and that is what made adultery such a bad sin in the eyes of everyone in the community. Religion seemed to govern over all, people would look up to reverends and the community believed that fate was their destiny. Public discipline and punishment were used to discourage everyone else from committing the same crime or sin as the offending "criminal" did. The community was to follow the beliefs of god and to do their duties the best they could, yet were there to critici ...
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The Count Of Monte Cristo - 1,211 words
... f literary work: Adventure / Drama The main point that Alexandre Dumas is presenting in this novel deals with judgement. Those who are good to others will be rewarded in the furture. Those who are sinfull will be punished. The action in this novel takes place in Marseilles, Paris, France in the 1800's. The era of the novel is set during the Napoleonic era. The ciites in which this novel takes place in are, Marseilles, Paris, and Rome. Most of the scenes are in the cities but others take place on the countryside, and Edmond Dantes was a young and handsome sailor. He had a lot of things that people would dream of. The two main people that were jealous of him were a man named Fernand Mondeg ...
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Symbolism In The Scarlet Letter - 929 words
By definition, a symbol is something concrete that represents or suggests another thing that cannot in itself be pictured. Nathaniel Hawthorne uses many people as symbols throughout The Scarlet Letter. The characters of Hester Prynne, Arthur Dimmesdale, Pearl, and Roger Chillingworth all represent sin. However, these four symbolize different aspects of sin. Through the character of Hester Prynne, Hawthorne shows how sin can make a person stronger. When Hester commits adultery, the Puritan punishment forces her to wear a scarlet letter so the whole community knows of her wrongdoing. Hester has enough courage to wear the letter in public, even though she has to live with harassing comments and ...
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The Death Of Ivan Ilych - 587 words
The Death of Ivan Ilych tells the story of a man on his deathbed realizing that the majority of the things hes done throughout his life was for social acceptance. Concerned only with the thoughts of other people, his own ideas and thoughts were dismissed from importance when it came to self-image. On his deathbed he realizes that In public opinion I was moving uphill, but to the same extent life was slipping away from me. And now its gone and all I can do is die. Ivan found money and work to be the root of all happiness. One of the reasons why Ivan values work and money so much is because these to aspects were escapes from his artificial married life he was leading. For once in his life Iva ...
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Me And Punishment - 623 words
A very brief background of Crime and Punishment is in order before I begin my discourse. The novel was written in the late 1860's. The main characters are lower middle class, on the brink of poverty, and most show the Russian affection for drink. A young, schooled Russian idealist named Rodion Raskolnikov has been expelled from university and is broke. He contemplates committing the perfect crime to alleviate him from his current downtrodden status. His 'perfect' crime is to rob and murder the local pawnbroker at a time when he knows she will be alone in the shop. He does not consider his act a crime for two main reasons. One, the woman he plans to kill is good for nothing anyway, and does n ...
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The Scarlet Letter - 1,037 words
When one ponders the thought of innocence, one thinks of a young child who has not been privy to the outside world. Innocence denotes one who were to argue fault, or to be even more specific, one who does not sin. Yet if one were to argue that everyone sins, than that must mean that the term innocent is just an illusion of reality. It is ones perception of these terms, which in it defines whether one is innocent, or one who sins. In The Scarlet Letter, the term sin is clearly defined, but it is defined by those who hold power in the community, and not the community itself. Yet one could argue that it is the community as a whole which ascribes to this theory, but their elders have ultimately ...
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The Judgment Day - 1,626 words
Sitting in this waiting room for more than about a day or two of the earthly time measures, Macbeth started to feel bored especially after the two other persons who were waiting with him have been called from the other room. Gazing at the ceiling, which seemed to have no color, Macbeth heard footsteps coming form the same door he entered two days ago. An old blind man came in led by one of those fierce angels, which Macbeth keeps meeting since they woke him up from his grave. After several failing attempts by Macbeth to make noise so to show the blind man that hes not the only one in this room, Macbeth goes to sit in the chair next to this new visitor and starts a conversation, hoping to bre ...
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Chinese Economic Reform - 2,360 words
... China Plant." New York Times sct. D4). In addition, E.I. du Pont recently predicted "that its investments and business in China could increase as much as ten times by the end of the century" ("Du Pont Plans Increase In Chinese Investment." New York Times, sct. D2). Tellingly, du Pont's chairman attributed the company's negotiations of "as many as 28 new projects in China" to the fact "that the country's financial changes, improved infrastructure and rising disposable income has encouraged the company to expand its business activities" (Du Pont" pg. 23). The Chinese government has made conscientious attempts to promote the strength of the country's economy while protecting its citizens. ...
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Angela's Ashes - 969 words
Angelas Ashes is an autobiographical novel, which takes place in Ireland and in America. This book tells the life of Frank McCourt, his brother Malachy, his mother Angela, and his father Malachy. The story also includes many other characters, including relatives, children, neighbors, and townspeople. McCourt describes his life from the time that he was a child of two years, until he was about twenty-five years old. The amazing thing that he does is that he makes himself the age that he is in the story. For example, when he was four, McCourt records the dialogue how it would actually sound if in fact he was four years old. I tell him (Malachy) stop telling that story, its my story. He wont st ...
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Cooperative Learning - 761 words
Cooperative learning, or student- centered instruction is not a new concept. It has been utilized in nearly all academic settings and grade levels for the past decade. This group approach to learning promotes improved academic achievement, better attendance, higher motivation, and an increased interest for the subject and classmates. Industry specialists have deemed the ability to work well with others one of the most important skills necessary for success. Research and studies have proven its effectiveness, however the process is not without its critics. Students often resist the responsibility for learning that is placed upon their shoulders. They may resent the active role that they are e ...
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Classroom Mangement - 570 words
In a few years I will became a teacher in my own classroom. As I sit here and try to figure out what will be an important topic for me to understand I think of classroom management or classroom behavior. Walking into a new school that contains many new faces, not only students, but staff also is a scary thing. I want to make a good impression on all these new faces. This means that I have to show the children and staff that I know what I am doing, I know how to manage a classroom. Therefore, the question that I am researching is to investigate techniques and skills I need to know in order to keep my classroom under control? Discipline in classrooms is important for both students and teachers ...
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Argument - 1,108 words
Annual Driving Tests for Senior Citizens One problem when driving on the roads is when a person runs across another person who should not be driving a car. Quite often, the person that should not be driving is an older person. The problem occurs when the older people can not handle the car that he or she is driving. Statistics have shown that older are involved in a high percentage of wrecks when compared to other age groups. I feel that an annual driving test should be required for everyone once he or she reaches a certain age. Many people may say that the age chosen is arbitrary. I feel that once a person is old enough to retire, he or she should be required to take an annual driving test. ...
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