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  • Candide - 1,931 words
    Translated with an Introduction by John Butt In a world of bureaucrats, engineers, and producers, Voltaire is the necessary philosopher. While Candide is without a doubt a farcical, humorous, and far-fetched tale, a seriousness lies beneath its satirical veneer. Candide is the story of an innocent young man embarking on a series of adventures during which he discovers much evil in the world. Throughout his journey Candide believes in and adheres to the philosophy of his teacher, Pangloss, that "all is for the best in the best of all possible worlds." This philosophy was prevalent during Voltaire's day, and Candide is Voltaire's scathing response to what he saw as an absurd belief that for it ...
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  • Ayasofya - 4,943 words
    ... misphere set on the larger circle is intersected by vertical planes rising from the sides of the square, forming four arches. A horizontal plane is then passed through the hemisphere at the tops of these arches, providing a ring on which is built the dome, which has a diameter equal to the circle inscribed within the square. The pendentives are spherical triangles, the remaining portions of the first, or outer, hemisphere. At Hagia Sophia, two opposing arches on the central square open into semidomes, each pierced by three smaller radial semidomes, forming an oblong volume 31 m (100 ft) wide by 80 m (260 ft) long. The central dome rises out of this series of smaller spherical surfaces. A ...
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  • Jan Van Eyck - 532 words
    Jan van Eyck, the most famous and innovative Flemish painter of the 15th century, is thought to have come from the village of Maaseyck in Limbourg. No record of his birthdate survives, but it is believed to have been about 1390; his career, however, is well documented. He was employed (1422-24) at the court of John of Bavaria, count of Holland, at The Hague, and in 1425 he was made court painter and valet de chambre to Duke Philip the Good of Burgundy. He became a close member of the duke's court and undertook several secret missions for him, including a trip (1428-29) to Spain and Portugal in connection with negotiations that resulted in the marriage (1430) of Philip of Burgundy and Isabell ...
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  • Queen Liz - 1,644 words
    A QUEEN ADORED: ENGLAND'S ELIZABETH II Countess of Longford, Elizabeth Pakenham, was born in London England in 1906. She attended Lady Margaret Hall and Oxford University where she studied classical history and philosophy. She later married Oxford professor and politician, the seventh Earl of Longford in 1931, with whom she had eight children. She worked as a tutor from 1930-36 in the Worker's Educational Association, and was a member of the Paddington and St. Pomcras Rent Tribunal from 1946-51. She was also a Labour party candidate for Cheltenham, and later for the City of Oxford. After both campaigns proved unsuccessful, Longford began her career as a writer in 1954, where she concentrated ...
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  • Adventures Of Huck Finn - 1,373 words
    ... lows Huck freedom, but he does it in a loving, rather than an uncaring, fashion. Thus, early in their relationship on Jackson's Island, Huck says to Jim on page 76, "This is nice. I wouldn't want to be nowhere else but here." 5. Before the novel begins, Huck Finn has led a life of absolute freedom. His drunken and often missing father never paid much attention to him; his mother was dead and when the novel began, Huck was not used to following any rules. The book's opening finds Huck living with the Widow Douglas and her sister, Miss Watson. Both women were fairly old and were really somewhat incapable of raising a rebellious boy like Huck Finn. Nevertheless, they attempt to make Huck in ...
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  • None Provided - 1,340 words
    In Mark Twain's novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Twain develops the plot into Huck and Jim's adventures allowing him to weave in his criticism of society. The two main characters, Huck and Jim, both run from social injustice and both are distrustful of the civilization around them. Huck is considered an uneducated backwards boy, constantly under pressure to conform to the "humanized" surroundings of society. Jim a slave, is not even considered as a real person, but as property. As they run from civilization and are on the river, they ponder the social injustices forced upon them when they are on land. These social injustices are even more evident when Huck and Jim have to make land ...
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  • Huckleberry Finn - 1,740 words
    Huckleberry Finn has the great advantage of being written in autobiographical form. Every scene in the book is given, not described, and the result is a vivid picture of Western life in the past. Before the novel begins, Huck Finn has led a life of absolute freedom. His alcoholic father was often missing and never paid much attention to him. Since Hucks mother is dead he is not used to following any rules. In the beginning, Huck is living with the Widow Douglas and her sister, Miss Watson. Both women are fairly old and have no patience to raise a rebellious boy like Huck Finn. They try to make an attempt to make Huck into what they believe will be a better boy. Huck never really enjoys the l ...
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  • Cyrano De Bergerac - 1,129 words
    ... ried to cover for it but Roxane wanted the kiss. They were soon interrupted by a capuchin looking for Roxane's house. Cyrano points him off in the wrong direction so they would not be disturbed. Roxane asks for the kiss so Christian Raelena Pavey Block Two climbs up the balcony and kisses her. Once again the capuchin approached the house so Cyrano acted like he just showed up and interrupted Christian and Roxane. Roxane decided to go down to Cyrano and sees the capuchin. He had a letter from Dev Guiche that said the capuchin that carried the letter was stupid and illiterate and that he was hiding in a monestary instead of going to war. It also said that he was going to visit her soon. Af ...
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  • Computer Underground - 4,153 words
    ... The majority have in common the belief that information should be free and that they have "a right to know." They often have some amount of dislike for the government and the industries who try to control and commercialize information of any sort. This paper attempts to expose what the CU truly is and dispel some of the myths propagated by the media and other organizations. This paper also tries to show the processes and reasons behind the criminalization of the CU and how the CU is viewed by different organizations, as well as some of the processes by which it came into being. What the CU is has been addressed by the media, criminologists, secuity firms, and the CU themselves, they all ...
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  • Illusions - 415 words
    "I'll follow this good man and go with you and having sworn truth, ever will be true." "My kind Antonio, I can no longer answer make but thanks, and thanks, and ever oft good turns." "My bosom is full of kindness, and I am yet so near the manners of my mother that, upon the least occasion more, mine eyes will tell tales of me." These three quotes from Sebastian portray his character. These quotes show us that Sebastian is a kind and honest man. They show the softer side of his character. They show us that he can be very sentimental and generous. I chose the quotes because I thought they described his best qualities. "Plight me the full assurance of you faith, that my most jealious and too do ...
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  • The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn - 782 words
    St. Gregory of Nyassa stated, It is absolutely necessary that the soul should be healed and purified, and if this does not take place during its life on earth, it must be accomplished in future lives. St. Gregory is saying that during a persons life, he must find a way to restore and clean his soul, if not in his first lifetime then in his next. In order for a person to purify and heal his soul, he must like himself for who he really is and not someone he pretends to be. During some peoples lives they find a way to like themselves. Other people have to be reborn several times before they learn to like themselves for who they really are. There are many examples of this in Mark Twains novel Th ...
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  • Huck Finn - 993 words
    ... with the tears running down, and bust out sobbing just to give the next woman a show Huck has never seen anything so disgusting. When he sees one of the daughters crying beside the coffin, it makes a deep impact on him (Twain 213). Not only did he experience his first bout with puppy love, he also feels compassion for an innocent victim. All right then, Ill go to hell! represents the highest point in Hucks moral development. He has decided to go against his conscience by freeing Jim, and in doing so, reject society. While the society he has grown up in teaches that freeing slaves is wrong, Huck has evolved to a point where he can realize that what he feels is right, and that his own beli ...
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  • The Evolution Of Huckleberry Finn - 833 words
    It was easier to recognize the traits that Twain was contemptuous of, since the entire book was supposed to satirize society. But there were certain traits that Twain admired, too. (3) Twain showed that he admired morality in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn personified through Huck. We have no real morals, but only artificial onesmorals created and preserved by the forced suppression of natural and healthy instinct.(4) Such instances include his not telling on Jim when he ran away, Huck returning the stolen money to the girls and Huck trying to escape from the King and the Duke after the burial. Twain chooses to have Huck evolve morally in the novel instead of giving him an outstanding se ...
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  • Professor - 377 words
    The Duke and King represent in a very raw, extreme form, a general psychological tendency of the respectable citizens Huck has encountered on his journey thus far. Twain satirizes the egocentricity and self-righteous indignation of American society. He shows that even what may first appear to be a gesture of generosity by members of this society, is often driven by selfish motives. The more respected characters that Huck has met before the arrival of the duke and the king are usually more interested in various forms of respect or approval, this usually takes one of three forms: the respect of society at large; superficial self-respect, attained by upholding irrational and self-destructive co ...
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  • Huck Finn Esay - 1,450 words
    "Not a day's work in all my life. What I have done, I have done because it has been play. If it had been work I shouldn't have done it ... When we talk about the great workers of the world we really mean the great players of the world." -Mark Twain As this quote shows, games were a very important part of life to Mark Twain. This would help explain why games are such an important part in most of his works, one of which is The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. He uses these games to symbolize many different things from maturity to the quest for knowledge, opening new views to what could have been a simple novel. This importance of games reflects that of our lives, when we must play the game of l ...
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  • Henry Viii - 951 words
    Shakespeare Richard III was a traitor, a murderer, a tyrant, and a hypocrite. The leading characteristics of his mind are scorn, sarcasm, and an overwhelming contempt. It appears that the contempt for his victims rather than active hatred or cruelty was the motive for murdering them. Upon meeting him he sounds the keynote to his whole character. " I, that am curtailed of this proportion, cheated of feature by dissembling nature, Deform'd, unfinish'd sent before my time Into this word scarce half made up"( 1.1.20-23) The first scene of the play begins with a soliloquy, which emphasizes Richard's physical isolation as he appears alone as he speaks to is audience. The idea of physical isolation ...
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  • Daniel Defoe - 1,762 words
    Thesis Statement: Daniel Defoe perfected the art of giving his fiction the appearance of truth, thus making his works come alive and appear to be a matter of personal recollection. Daniel Defoe is the founder of the English novel. [Defoe]was one of the germinal minds in political and economical thought, a defender of religious toleration, and an opponent of the evils of human slavery (Moore, 7). Defoe reflects his diverse experiences in many countries and in many lifestyles. Besides being a brilliant journalist and novelist, Defoe was a prolific author, producing more than 500 books, pamphlets, and tracts. Defoe was a religious man who stood up for the Christian code of ethics. He spent a g ...
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  • Huck Finn And His Change In Morality - 684 words
    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, is based on a young boy's coming of age in Missouri of the mid-1800s. The adventures Huck Finn works into while floating down the Mississippi River can depict many serious issues that occur on the "dry land of civilization" better known as society. As these somber events following the Civil War are told through the young eyes of Huckleberry Finn, he unknowingly develops morally from both the conforming and non-comforming influences surrounding him on his journey to Huck's moral evolution begins before he ever sets foot on the raft down the Mississippi. His mother is deceased, while his father customarily "sleeps with the pigs" in a drunken state. Huck grow ...
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  • King Lear - 942 words
    The misjudgment of their offspring leaves King Lear and Gloucester favoring the wrong children. Because they favored the evil, disloyal children, King Lear and Gloucester both undergo great personal suffering caused by Regan, Goneril, and Edmund. Cordelia and Edgar, the children whom they reject as worthless and disloyal, are really the representatives of all that is good and loyal in the world. At a public ceremony before dividing his kingdom among his three daughters, King Lear asks his children to tell him how much they love him. Lear?s ungrateful, oldest daughters, Regan and Goneril, embellish their answers of love for their father leaving him to believe that their love for him is so gre ...
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  • Twelfth Night - 329 words
    In Shakespeares plays, seeing is not always believing, and in his play Twelfth Night, the rule is no different. One of the main characters in the play is Viola, who spends most of her time dressing as the other sex. It is not necessarily Viola who has a great purpose to the play, however the gentleman that she is playing is. We first meet Viola just after she has been rescued by sailors from a sinking ship. Although it is not mentioned at first, Viola has twin brother who she presumes went don with the ship. Now with no family alive, Viola decides she must support herself. She comes up with a plan, in which shell work for Count Orsino, but not as the female Viola, but for the sake of the tim ...
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