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Perfection in Wells' the Time Essay

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The Time Traveller can only believe that the Eloi and Morlock's are what are left from the human race. His adventures with them bring him no hope for the future - at least in the sense that we would have reached perfection as a society. Bergonzi notes, "The image of the 'golden age' as it has presented itself to him on his arrival has been destroyed" (Bergonzi). We read that the traveler discovers an "altogether new element in the sickening quality of the Morlocks -- a something inhuman and malign" (Wells 68). Upon watching the Morlocks work, he must abandon his original notion that the Eloi were superior beings. Instead, they are inferior and clearly the Morlock's victims. Bergonzi states that the traveler's experience underground has "shattered his previous euphoria" (Bergonzi). His shattered dream serves as a warning for the rest of us as we soar into the future thinking that we will evolve into perfection.

Perfection is something that cannot be attained but surrendering to that premise only leads to further destruction. Kathryn Hume maintains that the Time Machine is a "social satire to justify our expecting a reasonably coherent warning" (Hume).

She also notes that the novel "explores entropic decline, but refuses to give us ingenious humanity striving ever more ferociously to put off the inevitable" (Hume). Having said that, the Time Traveler learned much about mankind and himself from his explorations. In retrospect, he states, "So, as I see it, the Upper-world man had drifted towards his feeble prettiness, and the Under-world to mere mechanical industry. But that perfect state had lacked one thing even for mechanical perfection -- absolute permanency" (Wells 82). The terror of the two races that the Time Traveller encountered is that they represent the culmination of the socialist and capitalist segments of society. This statement is a sad commentary on the future and evolution of man.…… [Read More]

Sources:
Bernard Bergonzi, "The Time Machine: An Ironic Myth." GALE Resource Database. http://www.infotrac.galegroup.com Site Accessed April 04, 2008.

Kathryn Hume, "Eat or Be Eaten H.G. Wells's the Time Machine." GALE Resource Database. http://www.infotrac.galegroup.com Site Accessed April 04, 2008.
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Friday Night Lights by HG Bissinger Essay

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Friday Night Lights

It's just a game, right? And everyone loves football? Combined with the recent media examples of parents who get a little bit too worked up about their children's sports, all of these factors might seem to indicate that the setting of H.G. Bissinger's modern sports classic Friday Night Lights is totally arbitrary. But the fact is, this story of the tragedies of a Texas high school football team couldn't happen just anywhere, in any town USA. Instead, Bissinger paints an impressive picture of a 1980's town in Texas where everything revolves around high school football. The town is economically and racially torn. The Panthers are largely white (with some exceptions) and the town, which was once prosperous, is now suffering a bust after a period of boom in the oil industry. People have lost everything they own, with no hopes of getting it back, thus the town's residents focus all of their energy and time upon the game of football and the young men who come to symbolize youth and living for the pleasures of today. People wait for days for game tickets to see, not ESPN superstars, but seventeen-year-old hometown heroes in uniforms of black and white.

These young men, Bissinger stresses, however, are not soon-to-be football greats. They are talented, 170-pound guys for the most part, who could, if they worked hard, perhaps play decently at a college level. However, the top college recruiters often show little interest -- these are ordinary athletes, for the most part, but their combined spirit and devotion is what makes them great. Everything that these boys work for is for the moment of the high school games, not the future. The 1980's Texas town on the Permian basin of the state has come not to believe in a future anymore. Students waste time in class, and injured athletes robbed of their glory waste time on the bench. Thus the…… [Read More]

Works Cited:
Bissinger, J.S. (2000) Friday Night Lights. New York: De Capo Press.
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War of the Worlds by Essay

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Wells uses the idea of violence as a catalyst to explain human behavior and thinking. Violence seems the perfect solution throughout "The War of the Worlds" and regardless of how they look at the problem, both the Martians and people believe that by using violence they are probable to experience victory. However, when considering that the Martians' superior technology is not enough to provide them with the opportunity to be victorious, it appears that violence is not a solution in this case and that Wells wanted to raise public awareness concerning the risks that imperialist nations take by getting involved in environments they have a limited understanding of.

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Busch, Justin E.A., "The Utopian Vision of H.G. Wells," (McFarland, 2009)

Crossley, Robert, "H. G. Wells," (Wildside Press LLC, 1986)
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War of the Worlds Was Essay

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It makes sense, then, that H.G. Wells once "said he would 'rather be called a journalist than an artist'" (Wells qtd. In McConnell 176). If the dangers of the twentieth century would come from the way unrestricted scientific advancement coupled with self-interest results in new, terrifying methods of industrialized slaughter, then the particular mode or perspective of the artist, as an opposed to the journalist, would be insufficient or irrelevant. In other words, if both the journalist and the artist seek truth, but the artist also seeks beauty, then the journalist is actually the one better suited for a world in which beauty has been overwhelmed by death and destruction on a scale and with a swiftness heretofore unimagined.

The narrator of The War of the Worlds reflects this shift, because he tells his story with as little artifice and characterization as possible, instead opting to describe the "death […] as incomprehensible as any death could be" (Wells 149). In adopting this tone, Wells essentially becomes a journalist of the future, describing to his audience, in as straightforward terms as possible, what he saw as the inevitable future of humanity should it continue on its current path. Wells essentially uses the tone and rhetoric of a journalist in order to counter the frequently deceptive and sanitizing effect of scientific or superfluous language, which works towards the novel's larger goal of demonstrating the dangers facing humanity as it rushes headlong into the twentieth century.

The most interesting part of H.G. Wells' The War of the Worlds is the way he is able to take an ostensibly fantastic story and use it to illustrate the very real anxieties and dangers facing society. The novel can be seen as a commentary on the threat posed by the industrialized world's application of science and technology to the practice of war, as evidenced by the aliens' particular weapons and the tone Wells adopts for his narrator. Ultimately Wells' fears were proven partially right, as World War I saw the widespread use of precisely the kind of chemical weapons deployed by the aliens. Furthermore, his predictions regarding the meeting point of science and unrestrained self-interest resonate to this day, when countries like…… [Read More]

References:
McConnell, Frank. "H. G. Wells: Utopia and Doomsday."Wilson Quarterly (1976-). 4.3 (1980):

176-186.
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War of the Worlds by Essay

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It is surely impressive to observe how Wells' theory can be applied in a series of cases, taking into account the numerous (apparently) powerful communities that attempted to conquer and persecute other cultures and eventually ended up suffering. Wells wanted people to understand that plans to conquer foreign cultures are likely to fail as long as the individuals interested in persecuting others are not interested in understanding the values of societies they are interested in integrating and as long as they are solely concerned in the material aspect of their actions.

Although "The War of the Worlds" appears to treat the matter of imperialism superficially (taking into account that individuals in the story do not interact with Martians and that the oppressors do not install puppet governments), the reality is that Wells provided readers with the ability to interpret his writings. The fact that he was writing during a period when imperialism was generally regarded as a positive enterprise might have played an important role in preventing him from putting across ideas that would directly criticize the business.

Most readers are likely to express sorrow as a result of reading about Martians wiping out entire communities of people. However, the same individuals express little to no interest concerning powerful nations who conquered, enslaved, or even wiped out other cultures. Wells certainly provided readers with an account that involves serious thinking, taking into account that many readers are likely to consider their previous understanding of history and of the social order when coming across this book.

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Wells, H.G., "The War of the Worlds," (Arc Manor LLC, 30.05.2008)
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War of the Worlds by Essay

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By relating to how individuals were accustomed to using violence in order to put across their thinking ever since the beginning of time, Freud wanted Einstein and the whole world to understand that people were predisposed to using violence in spite of the fact that they lobbied with regard to how violence is wrong. Not only did Freud believe that people were prone to violence because of their barbaric nature, as he also believed that "killing an enemy satisfied an instinctual inclination" (Freud). It is practically as if Freud considered that people were even capable to kill someone as long as they believed that they would put an end to a serious threat by doing so.

Question 3

"The War of the Worlds" is meant to stand as an allegory for imperialism, taking into account that it describes aliens in a totalitarian way and emphasizes their ultimate defeat as their failure to understand the world they were trying to conquer. The fact that the philosophical concepts related to the imperialist era are very much similar to the ideas shown in the novel makes it possible for readers to understand that H.G. Wells wanted to address a larger context involving imperialist powers and their failure to comprehend the cultures they wanted to conquer.

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Freud, Sigmund, "Why War, response," Retrieved April 9, 2013, from the Scribd Website: http://www.scribd.com/doc/8267730/Why-War-Sigmund-Freud

Wells, H.G. "The War of the Worlds," (Arc Manor LLC, 30.05.2008)
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Utopia Dystopia Did Science Technology Bring Essay

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Many of the advances of science in the area of technology are at best quite fearsome for human beings until they become accustomed with these functions and applications. One can only imagine how strange the creation and development of all of this must have been ten, or twenty years ago and even more so in the earlier 1900's as all of this began to fall into place in the multidisciplinary study setting. What must be understood in attempting to gain comprehension of the dystopian views are that these views balance the utopian views of life in that while there are extremist views of each, that each of these tend to soften or minimize the other and as well provide some cognitive form of what is in between these two extremes in the real world.… [Read More]

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Rheingold, Howard (1999) Tools For Thought - 1999 Chapter Five: Ex-prdiga.DYSTOPIANO THOUGHT - CYBERNETICSHoward Rheingold writes in the work entitled: Tools for Thought" (1999) and in Chapter Five entitled: "Ex-Prodigies and Antiaircraft Gunds" brief history of science, by Rupert Hall & Marie Boas Hall, published by the New American Library in 1964.

The History of Mr. Polly by H.G. Wells, Longman edition of 1959.
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Neo-Confucianism Is a Philosophy Which Was Born TEST1 Essay

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While the winner gets a huge amount of money for supposedly being the strongest human, in fact, the strongest human is merely the one that uses the greatest amount of self-centered cunning and brute strength. If one is going to define humanity, especially in the post-Darwinian age, then it would seem that humanity, to be set apart, would depend on altruistic feelings and use of intelligence rather than selfish feelings and use of brute force alone. In this respect, there is little to separate the producers of TV reality shows from Dr. Moreau, and, by extension, little to separate the participants from the man-beasts. While it is certainly a cynical viewpoint, it would seem that those who participate in the reality shows might be assumed to be as dimly aware of their condition as the man-beasts after their reversion to the more animal state.

Graff compares Dr. Moreau to Mary Shelley's Dr. Frankenstein; both set about upsetting taboos concerning "hybridity, miscengeny and degeneration" (2001, p. 33+). Both are mechanistic in the extreme, viewing individuals as no more than a collection of animal parts to be reconstructed as a human of genius sees fit.

Graff notes that "Science has provided Moreau with the skill and imagination to perform his surgeries, but what will provide him with a reason not to perform these rites?" (2001, p. 33+).

Her answer is that although Moreau's quest is not utopian, it does have a logical basis (and, one might add, a basis not unlike that underlying the claims of pharmaceutical companies that purvey palliatives from mood adjusting drugs to cancer cures) of sorts. Graff notes that Dr. Moreau is ostensibly conducting his experiments to eliminate physical suffering, disease and discomfort, to find a cure for 'work' as then practiced, to overcome poverty, social discord and criminality, and even to supplant moral evil (Graff, 2001).

However laudable these aims might be, Dr. Moreau usurps the powers of a godhead, but without the Christian necessity of also taking care of his creations, as the Christian god was assumed…… [Read More]

References:
Bergonzi, Bernard. The Early H.G. Wells: A Study of the Scientific Romances. Manchester, Eng.: Manchester UP (1961).

Graff, Ann-Barbara. "Administrative Nihilism': Evolution, Ethics and Victorian Utopian Satire." Utopian Studies 12.2 (2001): 33+. Questia. 27 Sept. 2005 http://www.questia.com/PM.qst?a=o&d=5001049071.
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Cultural Events From the Past Essay

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Why did the airing of HG Well's novel "War of the Worlds" on the radio cause so much panic? What would it take to cause that type of panic from a Hoax like "War of the Worlds" in this day and age? First and foremost, the 1.2 million U.S. radio listeners who panicked on Halloween night, 1938, were part of a new technology that had not yet developed to the point in which the majority could critically analyze what came over the airwaves. To those early listeners, espcecially those who tuned in after the caveat about entertainment, the realism and stage-play of Orson Welles' broadcast sounded so real, and so plausible, that they could not help but believe it -- after all, it sounded like a news broadcast (Radio: Anatomy of a Panic, 1940). People have become far more cynical, and with the advent of the fantastic special effects that are now regular parts of modern media, it is difficult to say what would or would not be believed. Certainly, rather than one radio broadcast, the perpetrators would need to have global media pick up an event, or at least start a hoax small enough that it would spiral into the modern conscious as "real." This could be accomplished, say, with an ancient artifact proving the existence of an alien race; show footage of its discovery, validation by academics; then get comments from major governments and the Vatican and viola' - instant hoax.

What does George Orwell mean by saying in 1984 "Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past."? The past is another name for history -- he… [Read More]

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Frankenstein War of the Worlds Essay

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The rash, brash young soldier Claudio is betrothed to Hero, who adores him, but because of the male code of the military he has been raised to believe in, he tends to assume the worst of women rather than the best. On their wedding-day, he shames Hero unjustly, even though nothing in her manner indicates she has changed: "You seem to me as Dian in her orb, / as chaste as is the bud ere it be blown" (4.1). In this male-dominated society, where women are aliens and suspect, even the supposedly wise Don Pedro believes the slander at first: "Why, then are you no maiden" (4.1).

But mistrust and a refusal to sympathize with another are not limited to times of turmoil, or emotionally fraught relationships like marriage. Even the relationship of parent to child becomes perverted in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. The scientist and doctor is so determined to create a new man, he does not think of the feelings of this creature he gives birth to, who comes to repulse him. Although he desires to be a kind of God and parent, Frankenstein lacks the real compassion of the creator for the monster. The monster teaches himself human words and philosophy, even strives to help a good farming family in the woods. "I thought (foolish wretch!) that it might be in my power to restore happiness to these deserving people" (Shelley, Chapter 12). Ultimately, the monster is filled with more humanity than his creator, but rejected by Victor Frankenstein, he turns on the world. This only occurs because Victor is unwilling to look the monster in the eye and see that 'it' has the same emotional needs and desires as himself and requires a companion.

All three novels show the cruelties that result from refusing to see one's self in the face of another human being. They are tales of alienation, of human hardness, and misery, whether they have happy or sad endings. The greatness of these works lies in the fact they show the limits of human compassion when human beings become selfishly focused on their own survival, honor, or goals.

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Shakespeare, William. "Much Ado About Nothing." MIT Shakespeare Homepage.

11 Mar 2008.  http://shakespeare.mit.edu/much_ado/ 
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Technology and Society -- Science Essay

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Allen is saying that all of the wonders of technology can never replace tow people connecting and trusting each other. I completely agree with these concepts and given Mr. Allen's wit and comedic sense, am thankful it was made. Finally any film made during a specific period of time can't help but reflect the values of society at the time. The open discussions about sexuality and sex make light of society's open and free attitudes about these areas of the human experience in 1973.

Why Sleeper is a Classic

Sleeper will always be a classic because it combines Mr. Allen's slapstick and vaudevillian comedic approaches while integrating his favorite music, which is jazz and ragtime. In addition the triumph of the human spirit and human emotions, as chaotic and mercurial as they can be, will always be superior to technology. The use of technology as a means to coerce and control others is evil, a point made in the film with comedic focus. This film could have easily been very dark and brooding, yet a message of hope for humans and the power of trust overcoming technology come shining through. For all these factors, Sleeper will always be a classic.

Conclusion

This film and others from the 1970s are meant as a warning to not allow technology to pervade peoples' lives and become the centers of how people view the world. Instead Mr. Allen shows how with comedy and the chaotic nature of human vulnerability, trust can still be achieved, even in an era where technology is used to lock up, not liberate. He shows how the coolness of technology is alluring, yet the connection with a person and trust is even more of value. Lastly Mr. Allen shows that even when technology is used to enforce a totalitarian regime, love and trust can still win. This is a great message even today with tracking technologies including RFID and the ubiquity of the Internet and social networks.… [Read More]

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George O'Har. "Technology and Its Discontents " Technology and Culture 45.2 (2004): 479-485.
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Music Art and Literature Essay

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Music, Art, Literature Trends

From impressionism to pop art, jazz to hip hop, science fiction to beat poetry, artistic, musical, and literary expressions have varied considerably between 1870 and 2005. The period between the end of the nineteenth century to the current day can be generally described as the modern and postmodern eras. The beginning of the modern era, during the final decades of the nineteenth century, coincided with the Industrial Revolution. Along with fascination with modern technology and optimism for the future came simultaneous disillusionment. However, modern technological advancements have made such widespread creativity possible. Social and political trends have also influenced creative endeavors, and vice-versa. Art, music, and literature are more accessible and more possible to create than they ever were in the past. The modern era has been characterized by an overall flourishing of the expressive arts, but some trends have a more lasting significance than others. For instance, the most significant artistic trends that have occurred between 1870 and the present day include impressionism, cubism, abstraction, art deco, poster, and pop art. The most significant musical trends of the modern era include blues, jazz, rock and roll, electronica, and hip hop. Finally, the most significant literary trends between 1870 and 2005 include post-colonialism, science fiction, beat poetry, and horror.

Important modern trends in the realm of the visual arts include impressionism, cubism, abstraction, and pop art. Impressionism was the first major movement in modern art. The range of colors and styles used in impressionist paintings diverged considerably from the more formal traditions of the past. Manet, Monet, Renoir, and Degas produced lively, colorful paintings that depicted more than just their subject matter but captured the mind state of the artist as well. Impressionist color palates, subject matter, and painting styles influenced the visual art world for years to come. Moreover, the works of art produced by impressionists rank with some of the most famous paintings of all time. Cubism, popularized by Picasso and Braque, also made a huge stir in the visual arts community. Cubists dissected their subjects into their constituent parts and rearranged them. The results were distorted and unique portraits of people and objects. From cubism arose pure abstraction. For the first time, paintings did not depict recognizable objects, people, or places. Rather, color, line, and texture became more important on canvas. Abstraction might be the single most significant artistic…… [Read More]

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Anthro On the Law Which Has Regulated Essay

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Anthro

"On the Law which has Regulated the Introduction of New Species" is a paper written in 1855 by the pioneering evolutionary biologist Alfred Russel Wallace. The article outlines a theory of evolution that predates Darwin's Origin of Species. In fact, Wallace's paper predated a letter that he wrote to Charles Darwin and which was a source of inspiration for the latter's work. Wallace wrote "On the Law which has Regulated the Introduction of New Species" in Sarawak, Borneo, but inside the article mentions the Galapagos Islands, where Darwin developed his theories. Islands may evolve peculiar variations of species due to their geographic isolation from continental masses. Wallace was well travelled and mentions a number of different geographic zones that are relevant to his research on biological evolution including zones in the Americas, Europe, and also Asia.

"On the Law which has Regulated the Introduction of New Species" discusses the interaction between geography and animals, between animals of different species, and between animals of the same species. The author points out that species traits and species survival are largely dependent on geographic conditions. "The present geographical distribution of life upon the earth must be the result of all the previous changes, both of the surface of the earth itself and of its inhabitants," (p. 2). It is therefore impossible to view biology as being completely distinct from geography. As geographical elements ranging from climate to sea water levels change, so too do the physical characteristics of species. The species interacts with geography. Geography can lead to the development of new species, or to the extinction of some species. Wallace's law can also explain biological phenomenon such as rudimentary appendages that are no longer used by the animal.

Moreover, the interaction between species has a strong impact on species development and evolution. "Every species has come into existence coincident both in time and space with a pre-existing closely allied species," (p. 14). Differences in physical characteristics between similar creatures on different continents can attest to the accuracy of Wallace's hypotheses. Wallace's statement, "Every species has come into existence coincident both in time and space with a pre-existing closely allied species," was thereafter known as the…… [Read More]

Sources:
Wallace, Alfred Russel. "On the Law which has Regulated the Introduction of New Species" Retrieved online:  http://www.esp.org/books/wallace/law.pdf 

Wells, H.G. The Island of Dr. Moreau. 1986.
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Statistical Education Essay

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Statistical education trains students in the science of collecting, displaying, analyzing and interpreting numerical data. It is often referred to as "the science of doing science."

Students come across statistical ideas in their daily lives. For example, a student may see statistics used in political polls, music charts and unemployment rates. Basic statistical education is important in helping students to make sense of the abundance of numerical information that is presented on a daily basis by the media. In particular, students need statistical education to help them recognize attempts to mislead them through statistical information and diagrams.

In schools, statistical education is primarily taught in mathematics, yet students use statistical ideas in other subjects, including science and economics. Therefore, teachers and researchers are constantly working towards improving statistically education, leading to a great deal of research in the field. This paper aims to examine existing research to determine how statistical education research can be improved in the future.

Introduction

Statistical education has become an important part of curriculums in all levels of education. At both the undergraduate and graduate levels, statistical literacy is now a key objective in many classrooms. As a result, statistics is now being taught across various disciplines and is rapidly becoming a prerequisite course for graduation, regardless of a student's major.

The teaching and learning of statistics has recently increased dramatically in many schools. As a result, many U.S. states now emphasize and include statistical thinking in their statewide curriculum guidelines.

However, teaching and learning statistics continues to be a major challenge for statistical educators across the nation. One major challenge is the instruction factor itself. Statistics is both a difficult subject for students to understand and a difficult subject for instructors to teach. Thus, the statistical education literature is ridden with research telling teachers how, when, and what to teach in the statistics classroom.

Another…… [Read More]

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Structure and Texture in Ford's Essay

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Ford's most accomplished novel, the Good Soldier, was published when he was forty-two. This famous work features a first person narrative and tells the story of two couples, the English Ashburnhams and the American Dowells. John Dowell is the narrator, through whom we learn of Florence and Edward Ashburnham's affair, which culminates in the suicide of the former, John's wife (Edward is the "good soldier" of the title.) it is through the rambling, textured narration of John that the author attempts to forge a literary corollary to actual thought - quite similar, actually, to the Impressionist painters' experiments with capturing nature on their canvases:

You may well ask why I write. And yet my reasons are quite many. For it is not unusual in human beings who have witnessed for the sack of a city or the falling to pieces of a people to desire to set down what they have witnessed for the benefit of unknown heirs or of generation infinitely remote; or, if you please, jut to get the sight out of their heads (Ford 1962).

Samuel Beckett would later deploy this literary technique in such works as Molloy, as well as J.M. Coetzee, in the Heart of the Country. Ford regarded the Good Soldier as the best of his early novels - a position to which most critics tend to concede.

During the First World War, Ford enlisted as a lieutenant in the Welch Regiment. It was during his time in the service that he composed "Antwerp," a poem that would later be commended by T.S. Eliot as the only good war poem he had ever read. Ford was shell-shocked in 1916 in the Battle of the Somme; the following year, he would be sent home as an invalid. Many of Ford's poems were directly inspired by his experiences of World War I.

Ford spent the years following the war recovering in the country. He soon grew bored with the slow pace of rural life, however, and moved to Paris with the painter Stella Bowen. He then launched the Transatlantic Review, a magazine that featured the writing of some of the leading literary personalities of that era, including Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, James Joyce, e.e. cummings, and Jean Rhys. It was in 1919 that Ford changed his name to Ford Madox Ford (his real name was Ford Madox Hueffer.)…… [Read More]

Bibliography:
Armstrong, Paul B. The Challenge of Bewilderment: Understanding and Representation in James, Conrad, and Ford. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1987.

Beckett, Samuel. Molloy. New York: Grove Press, 1994.
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Ancient Rome What Exactly Is'so Very Essay

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Ancient Rome

What exactly is so very fascinating and interesting about the struggle between the two very closely matched adversaries of Rome and Carthage is how very close Carthage came to victory and acclaim, despite being quite completely outnumbered on the scale of one to ten by the Romans. Even more interesting and impressive is the fact that all the most important engagements were actually fought on Italian soil, except for the last and final one, and as a matter of fact, Carthage was actually sending her own paid mercenaries to fight against some of the finest and bets trained and better equipped citizen soldiers in the entire world at the time, the army of Roman soldiers. Rome in fact desired to expand towards the South, whereas Carthage desired to expand towards the North and the most beautiful and exquisite Sicily was in the way. Finally, it was in the year 246 BC that the showdown between Rome and Carthage had to happen, and the quarrel or fight continued for more than an entire quarter of a century.

The 'fair and fertile' Sicily was virtually torn apart in this fighting, and gradually, over a period of time, Rome started to gain the upper hand, but towards the end of the struggle, a so called 'military genius' came to the fore on the Punic side, and he was known as the 'thunderbolt'. His name was Hamilcar, and he was surnamed Barca, or the Thunderbolt. He was the individual responsible for the slowing down of the war and also for the gradual shifting in power, until the time when the war had no option but to wind down to a stalemate. The final outcome of the struggle between Carthage and Rome was however, decided on the sea, an area in which the Carthagians had a definite advantage over the Romans. Romans being Romans and quite ingenuous, they quickly invented the 'crow' or the 'corvu', which was a long plank of wood with a heavy spike fixed at one end, which, if dropped, would be able to effectively pin two warships together…… [Read More]

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