Racism - 1,378 words
If there is one thing that the OJ Simpson trial will be remembered for, it is the racial polarization felt by all who have an opinion of the trial. Even though the trial itself was a farce, it does say something about where we are today as an American culture. It seems as though the racial divide is growing ever wider in our culture. Terms such as African-American or Irish-American are only helping to expand separation based on ethnic background. Just the fact that people insist on being identified with a country where the last known ancestor left one hundred fifty years ago speaks volumes of America's 'melting pot'. It is only logical that this behavior has manifested itself on todays colle ...
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Panama - 1,674 words
"What am I doing here?" Rick thought to himself. Just yesterday morning he had gotten out of his warm bed. He had kissed his wife goodbye and told her that he would be home around lunch time. He had explained to her that, because it was the Christmas season, he only had to work a half-day schedule until Now, eighteen short hours later, he and one hundred and nineteen other paratroopers are packed like sardines in a military airplane bound for Panama. He has a parachute strapped on his back and is loaded down with so much equipment that he can hardly breath. This equipment, however, is different from what he has trained with over the last three years. This equipment is real. The bullets are r ...
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Catcher In The Rye Symbolism - 759 words
The Catcher in the Rye, by JD Salinger, is a display of characters and incidents portrayed through the eyes of an adolscent. Holden Caulfield, the main character has been revealed in the first person view in a unique narrative of a teenage boy who forms a transition into adulthood. Holden perceives the world as an evil and corrupt place where there is no purity and that individuals in the world acquire a trait known as "phony." Throughout the novel, Holden Caulfield refers to the conditions of the society he lives in and deals with his internal affairs and his The setting of the book which is varied, brings the reader to the conclusion that it takes place in a psycotherapy session. Knowing t ...
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You Never Know - 2,147 words
... a few minutes then knocked on the door. She opened the door with a confused look. "Ahh hi" "Hey wanna show me around?" She smiled "sure" "You know your really cute." I smiled "ya think so?" "Well let me think about it again...." We walked around for hours that night she showed me everything. We ended up sitting on a dock talking for hours into the night. I found out so much about her. She had just gotten out of a two year relationship and her parents had died three weeks ago. We went back to the room were we meet up with the ten other girls. We sat around and talked about stupid things for a few hours and then we all went to bed. I couldn't sleep that night all I could think about was Ka ...
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Love Story - 1,178 words
I've never been one for "Love Stories," but this one touched me in a BIG way. It happened to a friend of mine and I'll never forget the way that it changed him. For as long as I knew Sebastian he had always liked the women folk. He never, ever went through the cootie stage. I remember when he turned five years old that he bawled his eye's out because he couldn't marry a girl whom at the time was probably twelve. That was all he wanted. He changed thoughsomehow he changed. I will try to tell you his story the best that I can. Actually the story is about me, for I am that friend, Billy. The day was beautiful, not a cloud in the sky. Just the kind of day that I had been waiting for. I walked ac ...
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None Provided - 1,198 words
Lucy Wainwright Roche September 2000 Contemporary American Fiction In Cold Blood Beloved These days when a reader settles in to read a book, it is hard to know what to expect. In the past, there may have been a more rigid idea about what makes a novel or a story, now, there are many ways in which a modern writer can choose to portray a happening or a feeling. This development in fiction writing creates an exciting concept. It turns reading into a wonderfully intriguing activity where nothing can be completely assumed. As a result of this, there is an air of mystery to reading contemporary fiction. Add to this elusive mix, a book which is presented as a mystery, or, a novel which has a plot t ...
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Movie Review Twister Blows Away Reality - 1,205 words
Movie Review: Twister blows away reality A storm chaser's dream come true is to get close enough to a mile-wide tornado to shoot unique video of nature's extreme fury. Maybe even take some close-up measurements of the storm's surroundings, if the situation warrants. But never will a chase team be caught racing into the middle of a cornfield toward the heart of a whirling funnel, no matter what the prize. Yet that's exactly what Twister actors Bill Paxton and Helen Hunt do as "professional" storm chasers in the debut movie of the 1996 summer season. In reality, storm chasers consider dirt roads, let alone fields of dirt, to be death traps as heavy rain can instantly turn them into axle-deep m ...
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Gilgamesh - 1,099 words
Stories do not need to inform us of anything. They do inform us of things. From The Epic of Gilgamesh, for example, we know something of the people who lived in the land between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers in the second and third millenniums BCE. We know they celebrated a king named Gilgamesh; we know they believed in many gods; we know they were self-conscious of their own cultivation of the natural world; and we know they were literate. These things we can fix -- or establish definitely. But stories also remind us of things we cannot fix -- of what it means to be human. They reflect our will to understand what we cannot understand, and reconcile us to mortality. We read The Epic of Gil ...
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Slavery In America - 1,239 words
The enslavement of the Black man was not the first time slavery existed in history. According to history, another group of people that were enslaved were the Israelites in Egypt. However, no slavery, even that of the Israelites, in history was worse than the slavery of the Black man. The slavery of the Black man in America was the cruelest ever known to man. Europeans transported slaves from Africa as early as 1505. Spaniards brought the slaves to the island of Hispaniola. Some historians say that there were probably Africans on Columbus ships when he first sailed the Atlantic Ocean. These Africans were stripped of their home, culture, and language. The Black man and women was treated as an ...
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Buena Vista De Oedipus - 1,345 words
Buena Vista de "Oedipus The King" Do you have a great understanding of "Oedipus the King"? The understanding provoked by reading this story is not accidental but intentional. Sophocles wants the reader to walk away with condemnation and regret. The reader can not help but to walk away from the book with a better understanding of fate. The knowledge gained is going to be different for each reader. To understand the story, an eye examination must take place. A diagnosis of each character's function and true self must be performed. Unless, the reader puts on his or her lenses of interpretation they will suffer from First, the main character, Oedipus according to the story is the greatest of men ...
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Firstb Buck - 712 words
This past fall I was presented with the opportunity to go deer hunting in the Upper Peninsula, something I never done before. Since I was to be living here for the next eight months, I figured that I may as well take advantage of my situation, get out into the wilds and persue one of my favorite game animals, the cunning By the middle of September I figured that I had better get busy and find a place to hunt as the season was rapidly approaching. After several failed scouting attempts and uneventful hikes in the deer woods, I finally decided on a stand location near Goose Lake that was surrounded by a fair amount of sign. I choose an old maple tree that over looked a runway heading into a cl ...
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Riverboat Gambling - 1,670 words
Policy-makers are assessing the advice from Kenny Rogers, "You got to know when to hold 'um, know when to fold 'um, know when to walk away and when to run." They are trying their hand at new and old forms of gambling in the hopes of generating additional revenues. One of the revitalized ideas of the past is to legalize gambling on historic riverboat replicas. Yet riverboat gambling won't be restricted to the Mississippi, but will appear in towns like Gary, Indiana and even our own Jefferson City. Even New Mexico has explored a proposal to float a casino on a dammed section of the Rio Grande. These ideas demonstrate policy-makers attempts to satisfy taxpayers revolt while maintaining the need ...
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Riverboat Gambling - 1,535 words
... to support the riverboat gambling industry, (Eckert, 1991). He also believes after all 10 boats authorized under the law are operating Illinois will receive $40 million in additional revenues, (Eckert, 1991). This is bound to please Illinois' taxpayers. Yet with all its promises it would seem governments are promoting gambling in order to pay a insignificant portion of the bills. Iowa expects to generate $10.8 million from all her riverboat casinos this year. But that is a rather small share of the states $3.2 billion budget (Greenberg, 1991). The promise that poor rivertowns will experience a flock of new businesses and life into their economies has some unanswered questions. Some are ...
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We Shall Be Free - 1,032 words
Lynsey Atkinson: 457-81-3059, Section 54 Jason Atkinson: 627-14-8861, Section 42 Josh Schenk: 463-87-7569, Section 34 African American Voices: The Life Cycle of Slavery, is an extremely detailed book about the trials and tribulations of many slaves. Slavery can be dated back as early as the fourteenth century. Slavery in ancient times was much like slavery in the New World. The biggest difference between old and new slavery, was that slavery in ancient times was not based on racial distinction. The Atlantic Slave Trade, trading between European slave traders and the Americas over the Atlantic Ocean, began taking place in 1502. Almost two million slaves died on this journey from Europe to the ...
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Meursaults Just Because Murder - 1,286 words
Albert Camus' The Stranger explores the causes for Monsieur Meursault's murderous act, portraying Meursault's increasing feelings of indifference toward life following his mother's death. Meursault becomes ignorant to social values and conventions, thinking they constrict him, for he veers toward the 'I don't disrupt what you're doing, so don't disrupt what I'm doing' outlook. He is more interested in the simple, physical actions rather than emotional feelings because he finds routine and reliance there. Physical actions can be consciously controlled, but others influence emotions and opinions. There are many examples of Meursault's indifference that ultimately culminate into the careless mu ...
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The Stranger - 2,317 words
The Stranger In The Stranger, Albert Camus portrays Meursault, the book's narrator and main character, as aloof, detached, and unemotional. He is the idealistic existentialist. He does not think much about events or their consequences, nor does he express much feeling in relationships or during emotional times. He displays an impassiveness throughout the book in his reactions to the people and events described in the book. After his mother's death he sheds no tears; seems to show no emotions. He displays limited feelings for his girlfriend, Marie Cardona, and shows no remorse at all for killing an Arab. His reactions to life and to people distances him from his emotions, positive or negative ...
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Freak The Mighty - 1,366 words
Freak the Mighty is a novel about two young boys who are both challenged going through life. Freak is crippled and Max is a dysfunctional retard. When they get together, they become Freak the Mighty and go on quests, as Freak rides on Maxs shoulders. Maxwell Kane- He is a very caring person. He may be a dysfunctional retard, but when Freak comes along, he begins to understand and do better. He has another problem, which is he grows so fast that during the story people are either afraid of him or making fun of him. Kevin (Freak)- He is very intelligent. He practically knows the whole dictionary. Freak has a problem with his body. His mind grows, but his body doesnt. He has to use crutches or ...
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Penny Saved Is A Penny Earned - 620 words
Running Head: ILLUSTRATION OF A PENNY SAVED This paper is an illustration of the phrase A Penny Saved is A Penny Earned. The paper has been critiqued by several of my peers in order to present a finished copy to the instructor. Penny pinchers have been around since the first time money was used. This was a frequent saying in the household where I grew up. Ever since I can remember, my grandmother used this phrase whenever she gave me any money. The idea behind it was that I would save the money and someday be able to use it for something I really needed as opposed to buying the candy and toys I was going to spend it on. The thought of me spending the money foolishly instead of saving it, she ...
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Sexual Motivation - 2,570 words
... went to the hole once for "skating," which consists of being where you're not supposed to be. In my case I had walked to the front of the tier to get a glass of water for another man so he could make coffee. Other men have gone to the hole for carrying bread from the dining room so they could snack late at night. The hole at Jefferson City was officially designated "O-Hall." They took your shoes and put you in a bare cell containing only a toilet (it was flushed once every several hours by the guard). There were 18 cells in the hole. The cells measure about 4 feet by 10 feet. I've seen as many as five men to a cell-two or three is relatively common. You have no toothbrush, since deprivat ...
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Negligent Hiring - 2,523 words
Managing a company's human resources, already a challenging task, has become more difficult with the proliferation of alternative staffing options. One alternative alone - temporary staffing - has evolved and grown into a nearly $40 billion industry, largely in response to corporate demand. Sophisticated employers seek tailored solutions to staffing problems, rather than simply increasing payroll when increased productivity is needed. Although most companies rely on some alternative staffing arrangements, those arrangements often develop haphazardly or on a departmental basis, rather than as part of a comprehensive staffing strategy managed and administered by HR professionals. In some compa ...
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