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  • Sugars Symphony - 985 words
    Some have coined music as a universal language. Perhaps, the complexity of the notes, the consistency of the beat, the array of instruments, or the flow of lyricism offers this universal appeal. Nevertheless, the unique composition of each song enables it to sustain its own magnetic aura, much like the musical implication in Lewis Nordans Music of the Swamp. Though, many argue Nordans piece suggests merely a collection of short stories rather than a novel, Nordan uses his singsong methodology- a novel-in-stories- to incorporate an anthology of his transformative memory- an autobiography of the way it was. By examining the structure of Music of the Swamp, it can be broken into a series of sho ...
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  • Gun Control - 1,052 words
    Specific Purpose: To persuade my audience on the negative effects of gun control Central Idea: The effects gun control will have on the nation are leaving people unprotected against violent crimes, an infringement on states rights, and the loss of hunting and sport shooting in our country. In Cumberland, TN, a 28-year-old Jason McCulley broke into the home of Stanley Horn and his wife tied up the two of them at knifepoint, demanded to know where the couple kept their money in the house. While Mrs. Horn was directing the robber, Mr. Horn freed himself from the rope, grabbed his gun of the nightstand and shot the intruder then called the police. The intruder, Jason McCulley, later died from th ...
    Related: gun control, states rights, gunshot wound, bear arms, collecting
  • Literary Study For Dummies - 2,277 words
    ... etic approaches is with the connection between the work and the time in which it was written. 1) discover the extent of the departure or conformity of the work from the era/culture in which it was produced. This teaches the student the values of the age in which the work was written. This entails immersion in the history, philosophy, and esthetics, the cultural world of the work. 2)study the contemporary historical records of the time, (court records, diaries, and plays). 3) study the various audiences of the writer. Archetypal criticism- the kind of literary study and interpretation that attempts to tie literary works to basic patterns in cultures and thought process. This type of criti ...
    Related: literary criticism, literary works, t. s. eliot, central idea, fulfillment
  • Because I Could Not Stop For Death - 882 words
    Emily Dickinson's "Because I could not stop for death" and " I heard a fly buzz when I died", are remarkable masterpieces that exercises thought between the known and the unknown. Critics call Emily Dickinson"s poems masterpieces with strange " haunting powers". In Dickinson's poems " Because I could not stop for death" and " I heard a fly buzz when I died" are created less than a year apart by the same poet. Both poems talk about death and the impression in the tone and symbols that exudes creativity. One might undoubtedly agree to eerie, haunting, if not frightening, tone in Dickinson's poem. Dickinson uses controlling adjectives-"slowly: and "passed"-to create a tone that seems rather pla ...
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  • The Scarlett Letter - 959 words
    In the novel, The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne Hester Prynne wore a red letter A on her breast. The symbol stood for adultery, a sin which she had been convicted of. This public humiliation of having to wear the bright crimson A was her punishment for becoming pregnant without being married. Despite the efforts of the church, she would not however reveal the name of the second party involved in the affair. Ironically, the father of the child happened to be the young town minister, Arthur Dimmesdale. He was a man of the cloth, a pillar of the community, and greatly admired by all. If his act of adultery was exposed, it would have a major impact on the whole town, so Hester chose to ...
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  • Smerdyakov And Nietzsche - 1,047 words
    ... at the strong see as good. In Nietzsches lamb vs. bird of prey description the lambs oppose the ideas of the strong saying Let us be different from the evil ones, namely good! (26) Smerdyakovs passion stems from his birth in Fyodors garden and ripens in his dreams while asleep in the kitchen. His passion is cooking. He closely examines and studies the different characteristics of food. He is then sent to training school in order to become a cook. Smerdyakov has a terrific knack for manipulating foods. The final dishes nearly always turn out perfectly. His culinary artistry imbues his personality. Smerdyakov conjures up a recipe for delicious soup, as well as a recipe for sweet revenge on ...
    Related: nietzsche, central idea, birth order, social class, persistence
  • American Sign Language - 1,847 words
    ... light tracing pattern in space, then asking the kids to draw what they saw, researchers found that the deaf kids were way ahead of the hearing kids. New findings on ASL support the efforts of linguists such as Bob Johnson. Johnosn wants there to be education for the deaf beginning at infancy. Research by Helen Neville, at the Salk Institute, shows that children must learn a language -any language-during their first five years or so, before the brains neural connections are locked in place, or risk permanent linguistic impairment. What suffers is the ability to learn grammar (Liddell 199). As the child becomes more mature, his or her brain organization becomes more rigid. When the child h ...
    Related: american, american sign, american sign language, english language, language acquisition, living language, second language
  • Opium In America - 1,639 words
    When looking retrospectively at the nineteenth and twentieth centuries it is easy to recognize the numerous inventions that helped shape mankind into its present form. Inventions like electricity, the assembly line, cars and trains, the telephone and so on. We see the influence that these inventions have on us every day, because life as we know it is dependant upon these items. They play an intricate role in defining and explaining who we are as individuals, but they also define what is America or American culture. There were other items, however, that were introduced to American culture during this time period that are as important to America as the famous inventions noted before, yet they ...
    Related: america, opium, south america, american economy, different types
  • Animal Farm - 1,114 words
    Theme. What is it? A theme is a central idea of a story that usually reveals something about human nature. A theme is usually unstated as are the themes in George Orwells Animal Farm. One theme that can be taken away from the story is weakness can be easily dominated through language and ignorance. This will be seen through the manipulative language of Squealer and the One way in which this can be seen is through Squealer. In one situation all of the apples and milk will be given to the pigs a few animals disagree with this. Comrades! he cried. You do not imagine I hope, that we pigs are doing this in a spirit of selfishness and privilege? Many of us actually dislike milk and apples. I disli ...
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  • English Speech - 594 words
    Specific Purpose: To persuade my audience that violence is on the increase. Central Idea: Violence should be viewed as a social problem for everyone in our society. I. Violence has increased in our schools. Within the last four years, thirty or more teachers and students have been killed. II. On April 20, 1999, Eric Harris (18) and Dylan Klebold (17) killed one teacher and twelve students and wounded twenty- three other individuals. Thomas Solomon (15) wounded six students in his high school. On March 24, 1998 Andrew Holden (11) and Mitchell Hogson (13) killed a total of five people and wounded ten in Westside Middle School. This information is all from Time Magazines May 31, 1999s issue. Th ...
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  • Jargon - 1,799 words
    ... tive tye-dyes. 1. Dyes - Procion MX Fiber Reactive Dyes. These dyes don't need hot water, are 3. Soda Ash - Soda ash is used in water to presoak articles to be dyed. It roughens the fibers and helps the dye bond to the fabric. 4. Urea - Recommended as a "moisture drawing" agent to keep projects damp longer resulting in deeper, brighter colors. 5. Rubber bands - To tie or bind the articles to be dyed. You can also use twine, 6. Applicators- You can use squirt bottles or sponge brushes. Either one that you feel 7. Paper towels, trash bags, a large towel or towels. 8. Time! - I can't stress this one enough. Plan your project ahead of time and allow plenty of time to get it done. Every time ...
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  • Drunk Driving - 641 words
    Drunk Driving is yet another risk factor that lurks on college campuses. It is observed that the majority of underage students continue to drink alcohol despite drinking age laws. College alcohol use policies aimed at decreasing drinking opportunities on campuses may also have increased the likely hood that students will drink off campus. This change may place students at risk when returning to campus residents after consuming alcohol. The NCADD (National Association Against Drunk Driving) did a study exploring the how college students were returning to on-campus housing after attending off-campus parties and visiting bars, and the extent to which they place themselves at risk for alcohol-re ...
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  • Hawthorne - 853 words
    Valuable Lessons Learned through the Works of Nathaniel Hawthorne Throughout his works, Nathaniel Hawthorne utilizes symbolism to present a certain theme that pertains to human nature and life. In his works, The Scarlet Letter and The Ministers Black Veil, Hawthorne uses symbolism to present a common theme pertaining to religion: Though manifested sin will ostracize one from society, unconfessed sin will destroy the soul. However, in his short story, The Birthmark, the author uses symbolism to present a theme that pertains to nature instead of religion. In this work, Hawthorne uses symbolism to present a theme that nature is perfect and should not be tampered with by mankind. The central the ...
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  • Essay Writing - 1,454 words
    Essay Writing: Overcoming a Student's Nightmare The most common form of writing is the essay, and knowing how to write one effectively is a fundamental skill for writers of all ages. The essay is not only used for academic papers. Feature articles, business reports and even "letters to the editor" follow the same pattern: introduction, body, conclusion. Unfortunately, few are taught the essay format thoroughly in high school, and when students enter university they may be writing them for the first time. Never fear! Essay writing may seem an insurmountable obstacle, but once you learn the "tricks of the trade," writing them becomes easier, even enjoyable. The method used is almost identical ...
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  • The Lottery - 1,113 words
    The theme of violence and tradition is persuasive in the short story The Lottery written by Shirley Jackson. This theme is not a generalized theme of violence, but a theme of ritualistic violence. This violence is shown in the traditional town-wide lottery drawing that takes place on each June 27th. However, this lottery is not to draw a winner of some great prize, but seeks to draw a loser whose life will be taken. This ritual has been practiced for so long that the townspeople are no longer aware of its origin or its true intent. No one cares why it is done, only that the tradition be upheld. As Old Man Warner succinctly puts it, Theres always been a lottery( ). He cannot offer a good reas ...
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  • The Pagan Beowulf - 1,552 words
    Scholars have argued about the religious stance of the epic poem Beowulf for centuries. Although the man who put the poem down on paper, known as the Beowulf poet, was a devout Christian, the actual poem itself is pagan. There are many clues in the epic that lead us to this conclusion such as the numerous references to pagan symbols, namely the symbol of fate. Also, the central idea of revenge in the poem opposes the ideas of Christianity. The poem also contains many breaches of the Ten Commandments, which prove that the story is not Christian. However, the biggest clue to the paganism of Beowulf is the scene that contains the burial of Beowulf and the building and idolization of the tower, ...
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  • Misery - 652 words
    Anton Chekhovs Misery relates his readers to the awful reality of death. Iona, the main character in the story, is a cabdriver who desperately tries to find someone to talk to about his sons death. He is able to meet and talk to different people of different background because of his job but he is not able to communicate about his suffering, so in the end he tells his mare about his sons death instead. Misery is told in the first persons point of view. Iona, being the central character, has flat characteristics. He does not change throughout the story. He keeps telling people of his sons death by starting with This weekermyerson died(31), but still he does not receive the emotional support t ...
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  • Wranglers - 524 words
    Specific Purpose: To inform my audience of a brief history of Jeep Wranglers and in in depth look at what a 2001 Jeep Wrangler has to offer today. Central Idea: The exceptional value of a Jeep Wrangler and all outstanding features it has to offer. Introduction 1.Youve arrived at the top. The vast expanse before you is more than your eyes can take in. At the canyons edge, life is at its purest, an exileration of the senses. The same can be said about driving legendary 4X4 that takes you here. 11. The king of off-road ability and almost magical abilities once you part from the pavement. 111. Its top down open air interior is your seat to outstanding off-road capability and surprisingly on-road ...
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  • The Grandfathers Dream In Battle Royal - 1,022 words
    The Grandfathers Dream in Ralph Ellisons Battle Royal Symbolism is used throughout Ralph Ellisons Battle Royal. Symbols have more than one meaning than what appears to be the central idea. Symbols in this story are very contradictory. The main character is also the narrator who tells the story after he has become an educated adult. In Ralph Ellisons Battle Royal symbolism is used in the narrators dream of his Grandfather to make him realize what he would have to achieve and strive for to have a successful life. The Grandfather had been a meek person all his life. On his deathbed he said some words that startled his family. He said, our life is a war and I have been a traitor all my born days ...
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  • Yeats Long Legged Fly - 564 words
    In his poem Long Legged Fly, William Butler Yeats, examines the notion of human genius, and its many aspects. The apparent theme that Yeats attempts to show is that peacefulness is required in order for one to utilize their genius ability. The title itself, Long Legged Fly, has a symbolic meaning. It is a metaphor for a tranquil and clear state of mind, which is a key ingredient to enhance genius. The people who posses this ability have a power that extends above and beyond the ordinary. They appear to hover in a separate world of their own in the same way that the fly glides effortlessly over water. The poem is divided into three stanzas, each presents a different example of human genius fr ...
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