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  • How Is Tension Built Up In The Monkeys Paw And The Red Room - 696 words
    How is Tension built up in The Monkeys Paw and The Red Room? The success of any short story depends upon the skill with which the plot moves. The writer does not have the time to develop ideas that he has in a novel but at the same time all those elements must be present. The unusual element in The Monkeys Paw is how much the plot depends upon coincidence and irony. The successful use of these knits the story together and contributes to the tension. Examples of this are:  The coincidence of the Monkeys Paw being in the possession of Morris.  The fact it is given movement and a sort of life (personification) as wishes are made suggest a possible disaster. For instance the pian ...
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  • Affirmative Action And Racial Tension - 1,690 words
    Affirmative action. What was its purpose in the first place, and do we really need it now in the liberal super sensitive nineties? It began in an era when minorities were greatly under represented in universities and respectable professions. Unless one was racist, most agreed with the need of affirmative action in college admissions and in the workplace. Society needed an active law that enforced equality during a period when civil rights bills were only effective in ink. With so much of Americas work force spawned from integrated schools now, some may question whether racism really is the problem anymore, and many college students might answer yes. They see it on college campuses today, and ...
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  • The Tension Build-up Prior To Wwi - 294 words
    There was an extreme amount of tension build-up in central Europe during the turn of the 20th century. This tension was due to the strife between France and Germany. The two countries had fought a war in 1871 and the French had lost. They had to give up several provinces of land to Germany. France was sore about the lost land and made threats to take it back. Imperialism is one country being sovereign over another without direct rule. The British rule over the American Colonies preceding the revolution was an example of imperialism. Many European countries, including Britain, France, Spain, and Italy were eager to create their own empires. There was a revival of colonization. The Industrial ...
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  • How Does Miller Create Dramatic Tension In Each Of The Four Acts Of The Crucible? - 1,495 words
    In the 17th century a group of Puritans from England immigrated to America to escape persecution for their religious beliefs. The white settlers arrived in New England in 1620, and Salem, Massachusetts had been in existence for about forty years by 1692. Salem developed as a theocracy. This was based on the coexistence of religious prayer and hard work. Entertainment, such as dancing, or any enjoyment at all was perceived as a sin. The isolation of the Puritan society created a rigid social system that did not allow for any variation in lifestyle. The Puritans felt insecure with the knowledge of the Native Americans in the forest. They felt persecuted and constantly under attack. Abigail men ...
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  • How Does Miller Create Dramatic Tension In Each Of The Four Acts Of The Crucible? - 1,509 words
    ... PROCTOR '...Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image.' HALE You have said that twice, sir' PROCTOR (lost): ye. (he if flailing for it.) ELIZABETH (delicately); Adultery, John. The stage directions show the difficulty this couple have had in discussing this topic. It seems fortunate for Proctor that he does not recall this last commandment on his own. This could suggest that he is willing to put his affair behind him. When Elizabeth intervenes see merely delicately lets him know what he is flailing for as if to suggest that she has difficulty in saying the word. Very recent stage directions in this particular scene show that Elizabeth is without hesitation, even eager to recite the ...
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  • The Crucible: Dramatic Tension - 2,125 words
    The play, The Crucible, illustrates how people react to mass hysteria created by a person or group of people, as people did during the McCarthy hearings of the 1950s and the Salem witch hunts of 1962. Many Americans were wrongly accused of being Communist sympathizers. The activities of the House of Un-American Activities Committee began to be linked with the witchcraft trials that had taken place in the town of Salem. This provided Miller with the catalyst to write The Crucible. Without the knowledge of the McCarthy hearings and the Salem witch hunts, The Crucible may be seen as a melodrama and the events in the play, sensationalised. It is not a melodrama because it is not overly dramatic; ...
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  • The Crucible: Dramatic Tension - 2,147 words
    ... beth intervenes she delicately lets him know what he is flailing for as if to suggest that she is willing to support him if he is true to himself about his feelings. John laughs off this moment of tension by saying, Aye. [Trying to grin it away to Hale] You see, sir, between the two of us we do know then all. While they are talking, suddenly Francis Nurse and Giles Corey enter, they relay to them the latest course of events. Hale then says, if Rebecca Nurse be tainted, then nothings left to stop the whole green world from burning. This proves to be true a little later in the play as a result of Abigail and Bettys accusations, trust amongst the community is broken and suspicion is rife. ...
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  • Expansionist Tension - 767 words
    From 1800 to 1850 territorial expansion tore the United States apart. Territorial expansion itself was not a debated issue. Spurred by the concept of Manifest Destiny, almost everyone believed that America should extend from sea to shining sea and maybe even farther. But it was the issue of the expansion of slavery into the new territories that pitted the North against the South and split our nation apart. The first real crisis over territorial expansion took place in 1819-1821 over the admission of the state of Missouri. The proposed state of Missouri was the first (beside Louisiana itself) to be carved out of the Louisiana Purchase. It lay out of the jurisdiction of the Northwest Ordinance ...
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  • Theme Of Racial Tension In A Gathering Of Old Men - 629 words
    A Gathering of Old Men begins with a child narrator who relates the report that there has been a shooting on a Louisiana plantation, and a white, Cajun farmer, Beau Boutan, is dead. He has been killed in the yard of an old, black worker, Mathu. Because of the conflict between Cajuns and blacks in South Louisiana, the tension in the situation and the fear of the black people is immediately felt. The Cajuns were the greatest competitor of the black people in Louisiana, but the Cajuns had the advantage of race in a segregated society. The author, Ernest J. Gaines, uses fifteen narrators (white, black, young, and old) to deal with the changing relations between the Cajuns and the blacks in Louis ...
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  • What Techniques Are Used By Bradbury And Wells To Create, Develop, And Sustain Tension Within Their Stories? - 1,012 words
    Firstly, dramatic tension is a literary device designed to provoke fear, suspense or excitement in a reader. Both Bradbury and Wells use it in their respective texts however they do not use it in identical ways. Many similarities can be drawn between the texts but there are crucial differences in the use of this device that are not so evident. Characterisation is used by Bradbury to bring many different profiles to the reader we have the emotional bordering on hysterical Francine, Helen who appears cautious to the point of paranoia, and Lavinia who appears to be an uncaring free spirit. The fundamental differences in these characters when juxtaposed with each other subtly throw a reader of ...
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  • What Techniques Are Used By Bradbury And Wells To Create, Develop, And Sustain Tension Within Their Stories? - 1,025 words
    ... y mysterious. He sustains this feeling throughout the story through the use of many literary devices such as again the use of unanswered or unanswerable questions that in this context we get the feeling that the story itself is an unanswerable question or a mystery with no end which gives suspense in a reader as this is magnified by more specific devices, such as Bradburys final cliff-hanger, Behind her in the living room, someone cleared his throat. The device is yet another unanswered question but it also acts as the final thought in a debate we have something to consider as readers after the story in ways we dont consider other aspects which gives a brooding undercurrent in The Lonel ...
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  • What Techniques Are Used By Bradbury And Wells To Create, Develop, And Sustain Tension Within Their Stories? - 1,053 words
    ... nger. This is done to continually keep the audience off balance and in a way this creates more tension overall as we do not lose it as a reader may do in one continuous build up. The main features are all present in the main build up of tension which is Lavinias chase through the ravine. Bradbury has a definite structure to do this and he follows a pattern of having relatively long paragraphs of descriptions that place the image of the chase in our minds, such as For a change, all of the far summer night meadows and clear summer-night trees were suspending motion; leaf, shrub, star and meadows ceased their particular tremors and were listening to the heart of Lavinia Nebbs heart. This is ...
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  • What Techniques Are Used By Bradbury And Wells To Create, Develop, And Sustain Tension Within Their Stories? - 953 words
    ... he continuous medium of the tension through which the feelings and terror of the man are transmitted which makes a reader realise more about the effect of the emotion of fear that is the cornerstone of both texts. ";"100";"3194";"1012757349";"29551";"5" "LLonergan";"The Identity Theory";"The Identity Theory of Mind The identity theory of mind holds that states and processes of the mind are identical to states and processes of the brain. Strictly speaking, it need not hold that the mind is identical to the brain. Idiomatically we do use She has a good mind and She has a good brain interchangeably but we would hardly say Her mind weighs fifty ounces. Here I take identifying mind and brain ...
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  • Tension In Guitar Strings - 316 words
    Problem: To find the tension in the strings of a bass guitar. Hypothesis: Using an oscilloscope, we have measured the frequency of the string wave, recording time between each wave to enable us to find the resulting tension. Tension is measured in newtons thus I believe the tension in the strings to be around 100-150 N (newtons). String Trial Time (sec) Mass (g) 1 0.0035 A 2 0.0033 30.4193 3 0.0030 1 0.0024 B 2 0.0022 17.846 3 0.0026 1 0.0016 C 2 0.0018 11.497 3 0.0011 1 0.0010 D 2 0.0011 5.763 3 0.0012 Length of Strings: 86.00 cm or .86 m Data Analysis: Equations used: μ = m/l λ = 2l f = 1/t T = v2μ v = λ/t String A: Avg. time = (0.0035 + 0.0033 + 0.0030)/3 = 0.0033 s F ...
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  • Cival Rights Act 1964 - 1,990 words
    When the Government Stood Up For Civil Rights "All my life I've been sick and tired, and now I'm just sick and tired of being sick and tired. No one can honestly say Negroes are satisfied. We've only been patient, but how much more patience can we have?" Mrs. Hamer said these words in 1964, a month and a day before the historic Civil Rights Act of 1964 would be signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson. She speaks for the mood of a race, a race that for centuries has built the nation of America, literally, with blood, sweat, and passive acceptance. She speaks for black Americans who have been second class citizens in their own home too long. She speaks for the race that would be patient ...
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  • Dreaming In The 1960s - 1,013 words
    ... 5). Unfortunatley, the event that moved the Civil Rights Movement most significantly was the assassination of Martin Luther King in 1965. Moments after the assassination, terrible cruelty replaced the harmony. Rioting mobs in Watts, California pillaged, killed, and burned, leading to the death or injury of hundreds and millions of dollars in damage. Besides the Civil Rights movement, there was another important movement during the 1960s: the Student Movement. Youthful Americans were outraged by the intolerance of their universities, racial inequality, social injustice, and the Vietnam War. The Student Movement led to the hippy culture. This movemt marked another response to the decade as ...
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  • Mercantilism - 1,867 words
    Mercantilism is an economic theory where a nation's strength comes from building up gold supplies and expanding its trade. Britain formed the American colonies so that they could increase their gold stores. They wanted raw supplies to make into products to sell and make money. They wanted America to pay taxes so that Britain could make money. America used the theory in that they thought they ought to, in order to be strong expand their trade beyond Britain. Countries like Belgium, and France wanted to also increase their trade, and expand it to trading with America. They also wanted to increase their gold stores by trading with America. Britain however did not want America to trade with Fran ...
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  • Uncle Toms Cabin - 1,231 words
    "So you're the lady whose book started this great war." Abraham Lincoln said this to Harriet Beecher Stowe upon meeting her in 1862. This quote shows the great influence the novel had on the minds of its readers and on a nation in turmoil. At the height of racial tension in nineteenth century America, Stowe revealed the sufferings and hardships the slave was forced to endure. Stowe used passionate and sometimes exaggerated thoughts and stories in the book in an effort to prompt abolitionist action. In the novel, Stowe used strong-minded women that sent a message to female readers that they also can take action against slavery. Although Stowe was on the side of the slave, she sometimes exhibi ...
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  • Post Civil War Racism - 605 words
    The conclusion of the Civil War in favor of the north was supposed to mean an end to slavery and equal rights for the former slaves. Although laws and amendments were passed to uphold this assumption, the United States Government fell short. The thirteenth, fourteenth, and fifteenth amendments were proposed and passed within five years of the Civil Wars conclusion. These amendments were to create equality throughout the United States, especially in the south where slavery had been most abundant. Making equality a realization would not be an easy task. This is because many problems were not perceived before and during the war. The reunification of the country would prove to be harder than exp ...
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  • John Adams - 498 words
    The second president of the United States of America was John Adams. He was born on Oct. 30, 1735 in Braintree, Massachusetts. His party affiliation was the Federalist. His nickname was Atlas of Independence. His vice president was Thomas Jefferson and he was in office for one term. One major thing that he was noted for was adding E Pluribus Unum to all of the American coins and relocated the U.S. capital to Washington D.C. from Philadelphia. The XYZ affair is what basically started the French war. It all started when Adams sent a mission of diplomats to France (the president never traveled anywhere over seas because the risks were too great) to make a peace treaty. The mission never got to ...
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