Gatsbys Pursuit Of The American Dream - 590 words
Gatsby's Pursuit of the American Dream The Great Gatsby is about the American Dream, and the decline of people who attempt to reach the dream like goal. The attempt to reach the American dream is a common theme in many movies that have been produced. This dream is different for different people, but in The Great Gatsby Jay believes that the source of happiness is money. Jay Gatsby is a character who basically lives in the past. Through this film he devotes most of his adult life trying to recapture it and, finally, dies trying to chase it. In the past, Jay had a love affair with the very rich and classy Daisy. He knew he could not marry her because of the difference in their social status, s ...
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In Pursuit Of Thinness - 1,334 words
Throughout history and through a cross-section of cultures, women have transformed their appearance to conform to a beauty ideal. Ancient Chinese aristocrats bound their feet as a show of femininity; American and European women in the 1800s cinched in their waists so tightly, some suffered internal damage; in some African cultures women continue to wear plates in their lower lips, continually stretching the skin to receive plates of larger size. The North American ideal of beauty has continually focussed on women's bodies: the tiny waist of the Victorian period, the boyish figure in vogue during the flapper era, and the voluptuous curves that were the measure of beauty between the 1930s and ...
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Sylvia Plaths Pursuit In Relation To Henrik Ibsens Hedda Gabler - 1,215 words
In comparing Sylvia Plaths poem Pursuit to Henrik Ibsens play Hedda Gabler, one can see many similarities between their themes of emotional distress and the destructive tendencies of unstoppable internal demons. Throughout Pursuit, a panther hunts Plath, the panther symbolizing an internal feeling that is literally trapping and killing her. In the same way, Heddas own emotions and actions have ensnared her, and she feels that her only way of escape is through death. My poem, Finale closely imitates Plaths poetic mannerisms in Pursuit, while incorporating themes from Hedda Gabler, in order to explain her suicide. The poem is titled Finale because it reveals the events leading to the outcome o ...
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Life, Liberty & The Pursuit Of Happiness --- But Not Quite... - 753 words
In simply reaching over for the remote control and turning on your television, you are opening your mind to numerous facts and opinions regarding to current or historical events that just might influence you to think. For instance, we have all seen the anti-drug commercials directed at parents to respond to drug problems with their children. There are various ways that a statement like the one being made by those commercials can influence just about anybody. Whether or not you or anyone else is influenced in a large way is irrelevant. The point is, media does have an impact. Now, I am going to be blatent with you. In the next following few paragraphs, I am going to present a number of reason ...
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Gatsbys Pursuit Of Ideals - 717 words
In Fitzgeralds novel, The Great Gatsby, the protagonist, Jay Gatsby, is transformed from a poor working class boy to a wealthy romantic, all due to his pursuit of ideals. The Ideals that Gatsby strives to achieve are: the acquisition of wealth, re-defining his character in pursuit of perfection, and attaining his ideal romantic love. His first Ideal is to escape the working class and attain a position in the upper class. When Gatsby was young he was nothing more than a salmon fisher and a clam digger; just so he could survive. The turning point in his life is when he meets Dan Cody, Who allows Gatsby to work for him. As Gatsby works with Cody he gets accustom to the luxurious life style, and ...
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How Is The Pursuit Of Scientific Knowledge Adulterated By The Influences Of Economics, Morality And Political Beliefs? - 1,007 words
Quite often we think of the pursuit of scientific knowledge as an exploration through which information is gathered solely from experimentation, but experimentation is only one among a variety of ways in which scientists gather information to be formulated into knowledge. Along with experiments, scientists may conduct surveys, or build on pre-existing information using assumptions and theories in order to obtain knowledge in any particular scientific medium. That which the scientists determine as knowledge, however, does not always mirror that which the public receives as new scientific knowledge. Along the path of distribution, the influences of economics, morality and political beliefs can ...
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Gatsby's Pursuit Of The American Dream - 530 words
The Great Gatsby, a novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald, is about the American Dream, and the downfall of those who attempt to reach its illusionary goals. The attempt to capture the American Dream is central to many novels. This dream is different for different people, but in The Great Gatsby, for Jay, the dream is that through wealth and power, one can acquire happiness. To get this happiness Jay must reach into the past and relive an old dream and in order to do this he must have wealth and power. Jay Gatsby, the central figure of the the story, is one character who longs for the past. Surprisingly he devotes most of his adult life trying to recapture it and, finally, dies in its pursuit. In the ...
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The Pursuit Of Dreams - 1,055 words
Sometimes in life, when a person wants something with enough passion, everything seems to go perfectly accordingly to how it was planned. Paulo Coelho, the author of the Alchemist, calls this desire a personal legend. Everyone, when they are young, knows what their personal legend is, and at that point in their lives everything is clear and possible. However, as time goes on, a mysterious force seems to blind us of achieving that goal. Through Santiago, the main character, and his attempts at reaching his personal legend, we can be reminded of our own personal legends and become more aware of everything around us. When the story begins, we find Santiago as a young shepherd whose life is spen ...
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Kant: The Pursuit Of Fundamental Freedom - 430 words
Mankind declares its independence from other species of animals through the use of reason. The mind of man creates all the difference as he is able to choose his own way of life. However, with this gift from nature comes a negative factor that each individual human must face. As discussed by other philosophers, man is a self-interested creature. If every man does whatever he wants in life, society would be destroyed. In order to keep society away from chaos, a government needs to be enforced in order to keep morality intact. The right form of government can establish some boundaries towards individual freedom preventing turmoil. There is an inequality among the rights of the people. A democr ...
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Cooperative Pursuit - 536 words
Rural electric cooperatives are formed in order to bring rural areas of the United States fast, affordable, and efficient electricity. An electric co- op is designed to offer you electricity at a cheaper rate and enables one to make use of modern electric conveniences. Conveniences that an electric co-op bring include hot water, lights, and heat. Imagine how life would be with these electric conveniences at your disposal. Life as it is known would be completely different; more relaxed, more comfortable, and much easier. Even though there is a small fee required to join the co-op think of all the advantages you will receive. Hot water is a distinct electric convenience that you could enjoy if ...
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Declaration Of Independence - 519 words
The Declaration of Independence was written to show a new theory of government, reasons why they were separating from England, and a formal declaration of war. It gave the 13 colonies freedom from England's laws. The man responsible for writing the Declaration was Thomas Jefferson. He wrote the Declaration between June 11, 1776 and June 28, 1776. Benjamin Franklin and John Adams looked at what Jefferson had written and made some changes to the Declaration. On July 4, 1776 Congress adopted the Declaration and it was signed by: John Hancock, Button Gwinnett, Lyman hall, George Walton, Wm Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn, Edward Rutledge, Thos Heyward Jr., Thomas Lynch Jr., Arthur Middleton, Sam ...
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The New American - 1,191 words
The definition of what it means to be an American has changed dramatically throughout the history of our country. The founding fathers brought forth the idea of a new nation; that made sovereign the supremacy of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. America has changed drastically over the last two hundred years, and the definition of what it means to be an American has changed with it as well. In class for the last several weeks, the question was raised of what it means to be an American at the end of the twentieth century. The America of the twentieth century is not as far off from what the founding fathers intended; as some people might be led to believe. We have looked at several d ...
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The gold rush of the 1850s symbolized Americas quest towards westward movement, challenges of life on the frontier, and the impact it had on Californias growth. As a result, the gold rush strongly influenced the shaping of American History. Many people that had heard of the gold rush in the 1850s moved right out there as fast as they could to get their hands on that gold. Once the people got out there they wouldnt return back to the east. As a result, the gold rush strongly influenced the shaping of American History. James W. Marshalls finding of gold on January 24, 1848 led to the expansion of the West Coast and the beginning of a new state, California. Marshall discovered gold in a mill on ...
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Amish Culture - 1,941 words
The past five weeks in my life have really had an impact on me. In such a short period of time, I have become more aware of the different cultures that exist around the world today. We tend to think that our way of life is the only way there is, or at least the only right way. It is really very ignorant to think that everyone believes and behaves the same way. People should stop being so self-centered and take notice and interest in cultural diversity. There are numerous different cultures in our country alone. One in particular is the Amish culture, which I would like to familiarize you with. The Amish culture consists of many unique beliefs that makes their ways unlike that of any other cu ...
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George Washington Carver - 1,224 words
George Washington Carver was born into slavery January of 1860 on the Moses Carver plantation in Diamond Grove, Missouri. He spent the first year of his life, the brutal days of border war, between Missouri and neighboring Kansas. George was a very sickly child with a whooping cough, which later lead to his speech impediment, and he was tiny and puny. Georges father, James Carver, died in a wood hauling accident when he was bringing wood to his masters house one day. George was sick a great deal during his early years. In 1861, when George was one year old, raiders kidnapped him and his mother with horses from their home in Missouri. Moses Carver, Marys master, heard that a bushwhacker named ...
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Lewis And Clark The Story - 1,038 words
The Lewis and Clark expedition across the present day United States began May 14, 1804. With the approval of President Jefferson and the U.S. Congress, Lewis and Clark gathered an exploration party of about four dozen men. These men headed off to discover Western America. On September 1, 1805, they arrived at the Bitterroot Mountains, near present day Idaho. This began a nightmare that would not end until they reached modern-day Weippe. September 1, 1805, the explorers set out traveling west, heading into rough, seldom traveled, mountainous country. They stopped at todays North Fork of the Salmon River, known as Fish Creek to Lewis and Clark, where they caught five fish, and were able to kil ...
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Reasons For Involvement In Vietnam - 301 words
"We hold these truths that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness." This statement is taken directly from the Declaration of Independence of the United States of America, written in 1776. In a broader sense, that statement is understood to mean, "All peoples on earth are born equal; every person has the right to live happy and free." Vietnam is a country divided into two parts. The southern half, the half below the 17th parallel, has a population of about twelve million people. These people are free, but poor. Their economy is weak. The average individual income was less tha ...
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Martin Luther King Jr. - 1,011 words
Martin Luther King Jr. is a well-known person in history. He is know for his work in civil rights, and is known for his I Have a Dream Speech. King's speech not only change history for the black community it gave hope to black through out the world. King's speech was so successful because he was able to arouse his audience to their feet and get them mad at society. In his speech, he uses different types of language. One type is from Burk and Burk called charging of language. This is using strong powerful words to influence a listener's opinion. Another type of language he uses is called glittering generalities, which is the use of words to make a listener agree with what the speaker has said ...
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Ariosto - 1,181 words
Italian poet, remembered primarily for his ORLANDO FURIOSO, published in its final version in 1532. Ariosto's work was the most celebrated narrative poem of the Italian high Renaissance, and the first example of modern poetry to provoke widespread critical controvesy. Ariosto was born in Reggio Emilia, as the son of Count Niccol Ariosto. At the age of then his family moved to Ferrera, where he studied law from 1489 to1494. There he also started to study Latin and Greek language and literature. When his father died in 1500, Ariosto assumed for some years the management of family estates as the eldest of 10 children. In 1502 he became commander of the fort of Canossa, and the next year he ente ...
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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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