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Character Development -- the Yugoslavian Bodybuilder
Kristoff Savi-ic is a first-generation Yugoslavian-American (of Serbian descent) whose parents immigrated with their three children to the United States in the 1990, having narrowly escaped the Balkan Wars that ensued immediately afterwards in the early 1990s. At 29, he is the youngest of three much older brothers and he bore the brunt of considerably intense and somewhat cruel teasing on their part as a child and as a teenager. His brothers were both jealous and resentful of the comparatively easy life that Kristoff enjoyed growing up in the U.S., both of them having experienced much more difficult childhoods in Yugoslavia and without any of the comforts and opportunities that were always available to Kristoff, who moved to the U.S. when he was 7. Partly because of his love of American junk food as a child, Kristoff became somewhat overweight as a child…
War has remained an important phenomenon used by the states to achieve their goals when the diplomacy failed. Previously, many philosophers has worked over war and defined it as a phenomenon that has a specific unpredictable nature. Similarly, they also provided us with certain principles, which are more often valid for most of the wars that have taken place so far. This paper discusses the campaign where the U.S. military ignored certain principles, misjudged the character of it and faced losses in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Operation Iraqi Freedom: Analysis on Character and Principles of War
War has remained a consistent phenomenon throughout human history. It has been subject to evolution but the nature of war has always remained the same in one way or another. As compared to the development of technology or trade, literature or political reforms, the real history of a nation has been shaped by…
Dennison, Clayton. " Operation Iraqi Freedom: What Went Wrong? A Clausewtzian Analysis." Journal of Military and Strategic Studies 9.3 (2007): 1-30. Centre for Military and Strategic Studies. Web. 15 Jan 2013.
Dunlap, Charles J., Jr. "Neo-Strategicon: Modernized Principles of War for the 21st Century." Military Review (2006): 71-79. U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. Web. 16 Jan 2013.
Hooker, R, D., Jr. "Beyond Vom Kriege: The Character and Conduct of Modern War." Parameters (2005): 4-17. Web .16 Jan 2013.
Echevarria II, Antulio J. "Principles of War or Principles of Battle?" Rethinking the Principles of War (2005): 1-14. U.S. Naval Institute Press. Web. 16 Jan 2013.
Elena's parents find it shocking, but they don't comment too much, although once Elena heard the two of them in their bedroom talking about Jessica being a bad influence on her. Elena wishes her parents would give her more credit than that. She doesn't even have a boyfriend. Nor does she want one. She's a virgin and she plans to stay that way.
Elena's dream is to dance on the show So Ya Think You Can Dance and then be noticed by one of the judges -- like Adam Shankman or 'Lil C. The people on that show look so happy and they get to dance to the best music and everybody respects them. When the cameras close in on the parents of these kid dancers, they look so proud. She would like her parents to look at her and be that proud. She wants to make them proud more…
The subordination still exists on the outside and this is shown more and more through Amir's despotic behavior towards Hassan. The subordination has moved beyond its tacit acceptance phase and into a clearly recognizable perspective.
It is, however, completely irrational and comes, in fact, from Amir's own shame and being a coward and not doing anything to save Hassan. His incapacity develops on more than one levels and it is interesting to see once again how one of the characters is, in fact, pictured with regards to the relationship with the other character. On one hand, he is genuinely afraid of what could happen to him. On the other, more hidden level, he also wants the kite and is willing to trade anything for it, because the kite, as shown previously, will give him the stature he needs in society and, especially, in front of his father.
The fact that…
The loud clang however received no answer and the land continued to be unnaturally still, only shaken by the great storm. There was nothing I could do against the waves on my own, so I had to descend into the village and call the people myself. As I ran through the streets, I met no one on my way and found only a few dogs barking and howling because of the danger they sensed in the storm. The wind was now so strong that it threw things in my way, making it even harder for me to walk. I could see the big door of the hall wide open and when I finally got there I found all the people sound asleep on the floor. I first saw the prince and approached him fast. I shook him and tried to awaken him, but he seemed immersed in a deadly sleep.…
Finny succeeded to draw a circle of truth around himself that made him credible and put him above any intention of punishment whatsoever. His unique behavior and his style brought a breath of fresh air into the old school especially because "the Devon Faculty had never before experienced a student who combined a calm ignorance of the rules with a winning urge to be good, who seemed to love the school truly and deeply, and never more than when he was braking the regulation, model boy who was the most comfortable in the truant's corner" (idem). For all that, Finny unconsciously paved the way to perdition for his friend, Gene. He uncovered the feeling of envy in his best buddy that further led to suspicion and ended in indirect murder. As a result, Gene made Finny fall from the tree while exercising their dangerous jumps into the river, leading to…
Knowles, John. A Separate Peace. Simon and Schuster, 2003
The allegations against Mr. Parker are false, and furthermore, defy any sense of logic with respect to the history of the man in question. To suggest that he might have determined to yield all which he had worked for with no scintilla of ethical divergence by a single and senseless act such as that for which he is accused.
With his well-earned career and excellent reputation now at stake with this judgment, I implore a reconsideration of Mr. Parker's record and the nature of the case against him. First and foremost, I believe that the legal ramifications of this case must afford Mr. Parker an advantage in consideration, primarily based on the lack of concrete evidence against him. I will spare you the details of this shortage of concrete evidence, which will most assuredly be made clearer with any further hearings or proceedings against Mr. Parker.
I simply ask you…
Some of society might indeed see her as too fat, which could lead to a mishandling of human services. Alternatively, others could dismiss her weight worries as inconsequential, and therefore never get to the lack of self-confidence at the root of her concerns. There is much confusion and mis-identification regarding weight; according to a recent study of women, while only "55% were overweight, though two-thirds said they thought they were overweight" (Kaiser, 2007). Jazmin is, in fact, somewhat overweight, but not to the extremity that she thinks she is, and not enough to cause her immediate or permanent medical damage. Her misperceptions about herself, however, as well as society's misperceptions about weight in general, can cause for a misdirection of human services.
If I were to encounter Jazmin Biltmore in real life in a professional capacity, I would recommend that she seek help from a licensed counselor and a nutritionist.…
Edlin, G. & Golanty, E. (2007). Health and Wellness. Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett Publishers, Inc.
Kaiser. (2001). "Study examines weight misperceptions by race, gender." Kaiser Network, 10 may 2007. Retrieved 6 February 2009. http://www.kaisernetwork.org/daily_reports/rep_index.cfm?DR_ID=44841
(2002). "How misperceptions can create havoc in the workplace." Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, 28 August 2002. Retrieved 6 February 2009. http://knowledge.emory.edu/article.cfm?articleid=560
Morin, R. (2001). "Misperceptions cloud whites' view of blacks." Washington Post, 11 July. Retrieved from the center for individual rights 6 February 2009. http://www.cir-usa.org/articles/177.html
Oh, we just came back from a shoot-out. I participate in the Single Action Shooting Society where I go by the name Tex Fiddler," Joe said.
How in the world did you come up with Tex Fiddler?," I asked unable to repress my curiosity.
Well, I am from Texas and I love to play the fiddle. It is one of my hobbies," he said.
After this awkward introduction, we invited Joe and his wife to join us for the late meal we were having. Joe seemed very at ease in everything he was doing and saying. He and my husband talked about work, horses, guns and philosophy at the same time. Joe had an opinion on every subject and he always shared it. His infatuation with old western customs was obviously just one of his many different pastimes. Joe Provenzano was definitely a philosopher and Tex Fiddler, the character he…
This attitude is wonderful to be around because Donna is so happy all the time. Regardless of what is going on, she is always up. We could be told that we have to work overtime, and Donna will simply say that it is more money. She will crack jokes about the boss, roll her eyes, and make funny faces right behind the boss's back just to try to make us laugh in a meeting. Her eyes might be small, but she can bug them out in a way while she is making a weird face that is so funny. She also loves to do things with her hands when we are in a serious meeting. She manages to next to or almost behind the boss so she can performs these antics and get away with them. She says she is not worried about being fired because she is an administrative…
He simply cannot escape these expectations. So, when Robert DeNiro takes on a comedic role, such as the role of the potential father-in-law in Meet the Parents, the moment he comes on the screen, the audience is aware that he is Robert DeNiro, in addition to the character that is being portrayed. Therefore, his character can do things that other characters could not. ho but Robert DeNiro could portray a father who would give an actual lie detector test to his daughter's suitor (Roach)? Another actor who has made a career of playing essentially different versions of the same basic role is Hugh Grant. In each of his films, Grant plays a bit of a romantic doofus, who is handsome, and because he is handsome, has some success with women, but is essentially clueless about women. This is a characterization that he brings to each of his roles. Therefore, when…
Anderson, Brad. The Machinist. Filmax Group, 2004.
Demme, Jonathan. The Silence of the Lambs. MGM Studios, 1991.
Eastwood, Clint. Gran Torino. Warner Brothers, 2008.
Eastwood, Clint. Unforgiven. Warner Brothers, 1992.
The moment when Sula accidentally kills Chicken Little plays an important role in her relationship with Nel. hile both girls are inclined to feel guilt as a result of their involvement in the child's death, Sula believes that her action was caused by her destructive nature and that it is perfectly natural for her to put across immoral behavior. In contrast, Nel gradually detaches herself from the event and comes to believe that she had nothing to do with Chicken Little's death. Her upbringing influenced her in believing that she could not possibly make a mistake as long as she acts in accordance with her mother's instructions.
The relationship between Sula and Nel is very different from the one between two typical children, as they feel that they are connected as a result of their similar goals. Even with the fact that they have different personalities they feel that they…
Dubey, Madhu, "Black women novelists and the nationalist aesthetic," (Indiana University Press, 1994)
Mitchell, Angelyn, "Within the circle: an anthology of African-American literary criticism from the Harlem Renaissance to the present," (Duke University Press, 1994)
Morrison, Toni, "Sula," (Vintage International, 2004).
Case Reflection #1
First come up with three qualities that constitute being a "Good Citizen." Your group members must agree on three qualities.
What are the three qualities? What factors did you consider in order to agree on these qualities? How difficult was it to agree on three qualities?
When considering which three qualities constitute being a "good citizen," we considered all of the six pillars of character, and the Boggs success skills. While we believed that all of these qualities are important, we determined collectively that trustworthiness, respect, and civic virtue were the most important to being a "good citizen." It was relatively easy to agree on the importance of these three qualities, although we had a good debate over which qualities to pick.
Do you consider yourself a "Good Citizen?" Why?
If I measure myself against the three qualities that our group…
Character identification: The Graduate (1967)
"Plastics." Although The Graduate was made in 1967, it is difficult not to identify with the protagonist Benjamin Braddock. Benjamin is a recent college graduate, adrift in the world and uncertain of his life's purpose. Benjamin finds himself constantly pressured by the adults in his life to select a stable career path and to settle down. Benjamin is disturbed by the emptiness and misery of the adults around him, but he is not sure about how to find a new way to live. He wants to please his parents but he does not want to become like his parents.
First and foremost, I identify with Benjamin because we are at similar life stages. e are no longer young adolescents who feel confident that our parents know what to do, yet we are uncertain of our own values. e seek objective, wise counsel from an outside…
The Graduate. Starring Dustin Hoffman. 1967.
character book "Let Great orld Spin" Ciaran,"Al
Round and Round: Closing the Gaps in Let the Great orld Spin
Ciaran's narrative in book one of Let The Great orld Spin, "All Respects to Heaven, I like it Here," contains vital information for the understanding of the events that take place within the novel, and for the significance of those events to its principle protagonist, Corrigan. It is highly important that this particular narration comes before those of the other characters (except for that of Philippe Petit) because of the structure of the novel which essentially contains 11 separate narrators all united by the Petit's skywalk between the pair of towers of the world trade center -- and their interactions and reverberating actions with Corrigan. To many of the other narrator's of Let the Great orld Spin, Corrigan's behavior is inexplicable. He chooses to attempt to restore the worldly souls of…
Adams, Tim. "Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann." The Guardian. 2009. Web. http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/aug/30/let-great-world-spin-mccann
Mahler, Jonathan. "The Soul of a City." The New York Times. 2009. Web. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/02/books/review/Mahler-t.html?pagewanted=all
McCann, Colum. Let the Great World Spin. New York: Random House. 2009. Print.
Peed, Mike. "Book Review: Colum McCann's 'Let the Great World Spin'." The Washington Post. 2009. Web. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/07/14/AR2009071403121.html
An Analysis of Alan Moore's and Dave Gibbons' Watchmen
and Bellamy's Looking Backward: 2000-1887
The Greek philosopher Heraclitus once wrote that, "Nothing endures but change." In the novels Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons and Looking Backward: 2000-1887 by Edward Bellamy, character development is used to explored the novelists underlying perspectives on the meaning and possibility of a utopian human society. In Watchmen the character of The Comedian transitions from one of a socially-conscious war hero to that of a nihilistic vigilante with little regard for human life which reflects the authors' larger philosophical message that a utopian society is impossible as the "watchmen" who would defend it would inevitably become corrupted by their power. In contrast, in Looking Backward, Julian West transitions from embodying the harsh, competitive world of the Nineteenth Century to understanding the social equality and utopian nature of a fictional Twentieth Century by…
She says, "You could play around with words for ten years and still not come up with the proper combination for how I felt at that moment. Awful. Dead. Betrayed" (Shea 193). obyn, her dreams shattered, has never learned forgiveness, because she could never forgive Lucy and Frankie for what they did. It takes her uncle's passing to allow her to come to terms with that summer when she turned eighteen, that, and Lucy showing up again after twenty-two years and no contact at all.
obyn even acknowledges to herself that she cannot forgive and that has eaten away at her adult life. She says, "I realized I hadn't thought about that skill of his in years, and I pushed it away fast" (Shea 206). Even when they tried to get back together, Lucy was between them and obyn could not forgive him, but she admits she spent her life…
Shea, Suzanne Strempek. Around Again. New York: Pocket Books, 2001.
The Evolution of Sammy
ENGL - 1302
Updike was clearly a master of his art as evidenced by his use of characters. Indeed, he told the story of his own evolution himself when he said "I began as a writer of light verse, and have tried to carry over into my serious or lyric verse something of the strictness and liveliness of the lesser form." [footnoteRef:2] The most poignant and impactful character to follow in the Updike story in terms of character evolution was Sammy, whose perspective is told in this story. There are three clear stages in Sammy's thought process as the bathing suit-clad girls enter, progress through and then exit the store. These stages are pushed along as far as Sammy is concerned based on the reactions and interactions with his coworkers including Stokesie and the penultimate scenario with Lengel, the manager. [2: Poetry…
The most memorable parts of a story can many different things: the point of view, characters, setting, symbolism or theme. All of these elements together play a critical role in the overall success of the story. The characters present within the imaginary world play the most critical part, as they are trying to navigate this fictional world. Their humanity connects to the reader’s humanity. Main characters can have a big presence in a story, but it is notable that often minor characters impact major characters. The relationship between characters in “The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brian and “everything that Rises Must Converge” by Flannery O’Connor demonstrates the influence that minor character can have. Most notably, in the two stories, the death of minor characters causes the major characters to have to go through significant change or transformation. Ted Lavender helps Jimmy in “The Things They Carried,” and Julian’s mom…
LaPlante, Alice. Method and madness: The making of a story. New York: WW Norton, 2009.
Nashe, Greene, Bunyan and English Fiction
Thomas Nashe’s The Unfortunate Traveller, Robert Greene’s Coney-Catching pamphlets and John Bunyan’s Vanity Fair each captured something of the imagination of early modern England. Bunyan’s vision of “juggling, cheats, games, plays, fools, apes, knaves and rogues” in Vanity Fair was a reality a century before for Greene and Nashe, who actually depicted these visions in a realistic manner. The realism (and satire) that Green and Nashe effected in their works was a cold, sharp anecdote to the times’ fighting, passionate discourses on theology, and bloody civil wars. Bunyan, following up on the state of things a century later, would reflect a much calmer tone—one that was focused more on the spiritual redemption of the English people and less on the chicanery, the conniving, the foppery, the foolishness, the vice, the scandal, the sex, and the sin. If Greene and Nashe found amusement in pointing…
Bunyan, John. “Vanity Fair.” http://www.bartleby.com/71/1016.html
Greene, Robert. The Complete Coney-Catching. http://www.exclassics.com/cony/cony.pdf
Nashe, Thomas. The Unfortunate Traveller. http://www.oxford-shakespeare.com/Nashe/Unfortunate_Traveller.pdf
Being an “Other” in “The Sky is Gray” and “Equal Opportunity”
Being an outsider is something that can make a person feel proud and independent, determined and convicted, or scared and alone. Sometimes, it can make a person feel all of these things, and sometimes it all depends on how those around one view him or her. This paper will show how four character in Ernest J. Gaines’ “The Sky is Gray” and Walter Mosley’s “Equal Opportunity” feel their otherness in these two stories.
In Gaines’ “The Sky is Gray” and Mosley’s “Equal Opportunity,” characters are viewed as different and outside the accepted norms of the majority by those who meet them. In “The Sky is Gray,” the boy in the doctor’s office who doesn’t believe in God is viewed as an aberration by the preacher and the ladies in the waiting room. He is beaten twice by the preacher…
Gaines, Ernest J. “The Sky is Gray.”
Mosley, Walter. “Equal Opportunity.”
Characters and Situations -- "The Godfather" and "The Green Mile"
Both "The Godfather" and the prison epic "The Green Mile" depict characters at the center of moral dilemmas. To underline the significance of the ethical dramas of these characters, both films effectively make historical and literary parallels, as well as deploy the techniques of metaphors and visual and verbal symbolism, to give the characters and the plotlines a significance that transcends the purely 'entertainment' quality of the film.
For instance, the character of the Godfather played by Marlon Brando is immediately characterized as a man of power and immoral influence through the use of the literary or historical allusion of the singer at his daughter's wedding -- an obvious stand-in for the real-life Frank Sinatra, one of the most famous crooners of all time. But the exhibition of the Godfather Don Corleone is not limited to merely his association with…
It more appears that Hyde takes his own life simply to stay in control of it, and not for any particular moral reasons.
3. This quotation truly underscores the duality that is the principle concept behind the Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. What is of particular interest regarding this quotation is the fact that this duality exists on myriad levels. The most eminent of these, of course, is the personality split and physical transformation that takes place when Hyde drinks the potion and becomes Dr. Jekyll. The two are diametrically opposed -- Jekyll, the benevolent physician, turns into a repugnant, callous ruffian who is prone to commit murder and other unseemly acts. The crux of the novel is the fact that both personalities, proclivities, and people ultimately exist within the same man, which leads Jekyll to reflect in the preceding quotation that "…man is not truly one,…
Characters in American Fiction
Two terms used that are to describe characters are static and dynamic, which mean rarely or never changing, and constantly changing, respectively. This paper provides an analysis of the characters of Sammy in the short story "A&P" by John Updike and Louise Mallard in the short story "The Story of an Hour" by Kate Chopin to determine whether these characters are static or dynamic. Drawing on supportive quotations from the two short stories, a discussion concerning who the person is at the start and end of the story is followed by an analysis of whether constant changes were a good thing for the dynamic character. Finally, a summary of the research and important findings concerning these issues are provided in the conclusion.
Review and Analysis
"Sammy" in John Updike's "A&P"
This short story is set in the early 1960s in a small town somewhere north of…
Chopin, Kate. (1894). "The Story of an Hour." Virginia Commonwealth University [online]
available: http://www.vcu.edu/engweb/webtexts/hour/ .
Saldivar, Toni. (1997, Spring). "The Art of John Updike's 'A&P.'" Studies in Short Fiction
character is grounded in virtue and this is one notion that originates from centuries old wisdom of Aristotle. Our contemporary idea of a good character is also based on moral and spiritual virtues and philosophy largely supports this picture of a sound character because virtue has always occupied a significant place in moral philosophies. Aristotle defined good character in Nicomachean Ethics II.7 in these words:
Excellence [of character], then, is a state concerned with choice, lying in a mean relative to us, this being determined by reason and in the way in which the man of practical wisdom would determine it. Now it is a mean between two vices, that which depends on excess and that which depends on defect. (1106b36-1107a3)
Simply stated, Aristotle believed that when a person can choose the middle path between excess and defect, he is said to have followed virtue. But only a man who…
1) Aristotle, 1984, Nicomachean Ethics (cited in text as NE) and Politics, in The Complete Works of Aristotle, J. Barnes (ed.), 2 vols, Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press
2) Kant, Immanuel, 1991, The Metaphysics of Morals, M. Gregor (tr.), Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
3) Mill, J.S., 1975, On Liberty, D. Spitz (ed.), New York W.W. Norton.
4) Mill 1988, The Subjection of Women, S. Okin (ed.), Indianapolis: Hackett.
character with reference to main themes of the short story, 'A good man is hard to find' by Flannery O'Connor. Grandmother occupies the most important place in the story along with the Misfit. She is quite a manipulative woman whose real character surfaces when she is closest to death.
Good Man is Hard To Find' good man is hard to find' is not exactly the kind of story that you would want to read again and again. This is because there is certain air of evilness surrounding the entire plot and the ending is pretty grotesque. The characters are all rather bleak and death seems to prevail over every scene and conversation. Symbolism has been used effectively to accentuate the presence of death and homicide. Though there appears to be nothing extraordinary about the story, the only thing that really attracts the attention of the readers is close to perfect…
Martin, Carter W., The True Country: Themes in the Fiction of Flannery O'Connor, Kingsport, TN, Kingsport Press, Inc., 1969
Flannery O'Connor, Mystery and Manners edited by Sally Fitzgerald and Robert Fitzgerald, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1969, pp. 107-18
Grimshaw, James A., The Flannery O'Connor Companion, Westport, CT, Greenwood Press, 1981
Characters Struggling Authenticity
The state of being authentic in our lives, in our personalities, and in our actions can be a difficult, but important concept to come to terms with. As we grow, events and people in life can shape who we are, and we can choose to be true to ourselves or succumb to pressures and assume an inauthentic identity. In the stories "Signs and Symbols," "The Lady with the Dog," and "The Death of Ivan Ilyich" (written by Vladimir Nabokov, Anton Chekhov, and Leo Tolstoy, respectively), we can examine characters influenced into inauthenticity, and the realization of their example can help us reflect upon the authenticity of our own lives.
Each of the characters in these stories is influenced by a different motivator. Through their judgment of their circumstances, they choose to react in the way they see fit. In "Signs and Symbols," for example, a…
Chekhov, Anton. "The Lady with the Dog." 26 March 2011. .
Nabokov, Vladimir. "Signs and Symbols." 26 March 2011. .
Tolstoy, Leo. "The Death of Ivan Ilyich." The Classical Library. 2001. 26 March 2011.
character and nature of Frankenstein's creation, the monster. It aims to study the potential nature of the monster's evil deeds and to provide readers with understanding of the monster's "being" as told in the story. eing the creator of the monster, this paper also looks into the nature of Victor Frankenstein having to be able to create a monster that haunted his family, friends, and even his own life.
Mary Shelley's novel, Frankenstein, shows how humans tend to be influenced by the major factors in their lives, such as people and the environment that they are living in. The novel shows how constant rejection can cause someone to become a monster. It also stresses an idea of human injustice towards outsiders, as the monster experienced from humans.
Throughout this paper, I will attempt to point out some factors in the story that made the two characters, Frankenstein and his creation,…
Brasier, Keri. Psychoanalytical Panel.
1999. Class Uidaho. 13 Dec. 2002. http://www.class.uidaho.edu/eng321/_disc1/0000001c.htm
Collings, David. The Monster and the Imaginary Mother: A Lacanain Reading of Frankenstein.
Boston. Bedford Books of St. Martins Press. 1992.
character's attitude toward God in a piece of literature can add depth, not to mention offer the reader a greater understanding of the character's attitude and personality.
Flannery O'Connor's short story, "Greenleaf," is a good example of the reader can take a character's belief system and understand why they behave the way they do. Mrs. May, a self-centered old woman, is unable to see the good in those she does not consider her equal. Mrs. May thinks is she behaves respectfully, she is blameless in the eyes of God. She also thinks that a person's social standing is representative of their level of righteousness. These beliefs help the reader understand her attitude toward others.
Mrs. May refuses to let her sons help her, which is also reflection of her relationship with God as she insists on taking care of everything herself. Mrs. May also believes that the world operates by…
Thomas, R. Arp. Perrine's Literature: Structure, Sound, and Sense. New York: Harcourt Brace. 1998.
characters were similar and different in their ways, personalities and attitude. This paper also highlights some quotes from the stories to support its claim.
Compare and Contrast
Rose For Miss Emily by illiam Faulkner and Miss Brill by Katherine Mansfield relates the stories of two women who had been through a lot in their past lives and were trying to relive their past in their present. The characters of both Miss Emily and Miss Brill are the same. hile Miss Brill relates her past to her present with happy thoughts, Miss Emily considers her present an era that is trying to drift her away from her past. Both the characters of Miss Brill and Miss Emily symbolize loneliness. hile Miss Brill tries to communicate with the outer world, Miss Emily on the other hand shuts herself away from her neighbors and town people. Both the characters are the same and…
Katherine M. Miss Brill. Available on the address http://www.geocities.com/short_stories_page/mansfieldmissbrill.html. Accessed on 8
William F. A Rose for Miss Emily. Available on the address http://www.online-library.org/fictions/emily.html . Accessed on 8 Feb. 2004.
Emily through the eyes of the townspeople, who narrate William Faulkner's short story "A Rose for Emily." The townspeople's understanding of Emily is limited by prevailing norms and values: as a mysterious and almost antisocial woman, Emily subverts gender norms and roles in the traditional Southern community. Emily never marries, although she is rejected by two men. Her fear of abandonment is the only identifiable aspect of Emily's character, as her abandonment issues are made clear relatively early in the story: "After her father's death she went out very little; after her sweetheart went away, people hardly saw her at all," (Faulkner II). The final straw for Emily, what set her over the edge into committing a murder-suicide, was Homer Barron. Barron is described in terms almost as ambiguous as Emily herself. He is a Yankee -- a northerner -- and it may be that he was both a person…
The protagonist's resistance is thus effective, psychologically in the sense that the fire-watcher has been given a gift that other members of society and the world might lack, a sense of his own personal ineffectuality, true, but also a sense of the ultimate transience of all human desires for boundaries and possession. This does not necessarily provide a solution to the problem of social marginalization, or of the historical conflicts presence in Israel and waged in the political sphere, but it does provide a certain ideological 'gift' to the marginalized man.
In contrast, Anita Desai's short story is more lighthearted in its analysis of cultural marginalization. In her story, the central protagonist travels to another city in India and establishes a career for herself, quite contrary to how she has been taught to live. The central, female protagonist does not fall into the conventional mode of simply marrying an acceptable…
The experience in America was not what anyone had hoped it would be, but it became home for Esperanza, and somehow seems to make her work and her troubles worth it, at least a little bit.
Each of the characters experiences immigration in a different way, and some of those experiences are based on the age and generations of the characters. Early in the book, the author notes Don Chan is "afraid of change" (Cruz 1), and because of this, his experience is far different from his family's younger members. Of all the characters, Don Chan is the oldest, and his reaction to New York fits his age and generation. He is never truly happy in New York, and he always longs for home. As he grows older and his memory gets cloudy, he lives in the past with his family members who are gone, and the only time he…
Cruz, Angie. Let it Rain Coffee. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2005.
The actual sins are thus not Hester's adultery, but the minister's cowardice and her former husband's plans of revenge. Society as a whole could not help, but act according to the laws one thought fit to protect it from destruction. The community was blind, but not nearly as guilty of sin as the two men in Hester's life. The narrator reminds the reader of the two most important things a new colony was first raising on its new founded ground: a prison and a cemetery. Death and punishment were the two tools that gave people a certainty and the power to believe in their future as a community. That is why, although they are guilty of hypocrisy and prejudice, they are having the excuse of being blinded by their struggle to keep their community alive at all costs.
Hester is the element that seemed to threaten the very existence of…
character Nora transformation Doll House play.
Nora Helmer is the archetypal housewife in Henrik Ibsen's "A Doll's House" and she initially seems perfectly happy with her position. She enjoys the way Torvald teases her and the fact that she is close to individuals who actually care for her. However, she slowly but surely demonstrates that she is much more than the innocent and unknowing individual that Torvald considers her to be. She goes through great efforts in order to assist her husband and has little to no problems in finding solutions to diverse problems that the couple comes across.
Nora is an intelligent woman who is often underestimated as a consequence of her gender and because her husband is often inclined to emphasize her apparent dependent nature. Instead of feeling significantly transformed after she interacts with Krogstad, she actually realizes that she fueled society's tendency to discriminate her…
Ibsen, Henrik, "A Doll's House"
Pirandello's self-conscious use of the nature of theater and the way people play roles in the theater and in family life was considered revolutionary at the time. His title "Six Characters in Search of an Author" stressed the fact that the fourth wall between the audience and the actors was being broken down in the construct of the drama itself, not merely alluded to, as in a Shakespearean soliloquy or a 'play within a play device' and within a family at war traditional roles, like father/son, father/stepdaughter are broken down.
Yet as revolutionary as he may seem, Pirandello's difficult family dynamics always recalls ancient Greece and Shakespeare as much as modernism and postmodernism, as in its invocation of the Orestes cycle where there is deep hate and alienation woven within the traditional family structure, the complex family dynamic of Oedipus, and the child-parent tensions of Hamlet. In the "Orestes" trilogy,…
Herman, William. "Pirandello and Possibility." The Tulane Drama Review. 10. 3 (Spring, 1966): pp. 91-111
Illiano, Antonio. "Pirandello's Six Characters in Search of an Author: A Comedy in the Making." Italica. 44. 1 (Mar., 1967): pp. 1-12
It involves a new way of thinking and living "based on attention to people, and not primarily attention to goods" (Schumacher 70). Such a new system would prioritize the local community, would reinvigorate agriculture through the use of intermediate technology, would re-infuse rural life with dignity, and would stop depleting natural resources. He is fond of quoting the Gandhi dictum of "production by the masses, rather than mass production." Rather than pouring aid into developing nations, which has not be shown by positive economics to have any effect on reducing poverty, he believes there should be an emphasis on real education -- teaching people how to become sustainable with new affordable technology rather than just giving them factory jobs. The key is on making the technology affordable, which means relaxing the grip of capital and cost saving in view of the higher goal of helping human beings create fruitful lives…
Friedman, Milton. "The Methodology of Positive Economics." In Essays in Positive Economics. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1953.
Schumacher, E.F. Small Is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered. New York: Harper & Row, 1973.
Waiting for Godot Character Comparison
Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot depicts two vagabonds, Vladimir and Estragon, as its central characters: to the extent that the play's structure accommodates a traditional protagonist, one of them -- or both considered as a unit -- must be that protagonist. Yet I think Beckett is careful to give us reason both to understand Vladimir and Estragon (within their own interactions) as being more distinct characters, while at the same time we can see them as the same character with the same name. I'd like to look at the evidence of a few crucial moments in Beckett's text, in which the distinctions between Vladimir and Estragon are either heightened or elided, in order ultimately to argue as to why I think we must understand the two characters as a unit, and to some degree as the same character with the same name.
At the play's…
Character Analysis: Cathedral Narrator
The objective of this study is to present an argument that the narrator in 'Cathedral' is a complex and sympathetic character and to consider the extent to which he seems unaware with his own limitations despite being incapable of articulating that unhappiness. The narrator in the work of Raymond Carver entitled "Cathedral" is a complex and sympathetic character who is unaware of his own limitations and essentially unhappy even though he is incapable of articulating that unhappiness and learns from a blind man that unless one is aware of their limitations that those limitations cease to exist. The work 'Cathedral' is about a visit paid by a blind man to his friend, the wife of the narrator, following the death of the blind man's wife. While the wife greatly anticipates the visit of the blind man, the husband and narrator of 'Cathedral' has a great…
y the final chapter, although Huck has come to like Silas and Sally, he knows that they are still a part of the society he has come to distrust and fear so, before the dust from his adventures is fully settled he is already planning to detach himself again:" but I reckon I got to light out for the territory ahead of the rest, because Aunt Sally she's going to adopt me and sivilize me, and I can't stand it. I been there before" (chapter 43, Electronic text center, University of Virginia Library).
In Austen's novel the theme is to show the violation of the moral and social codes and its disastrous results in a humored way. While human follies and stupidities lead to the violation of the code and only the self-knowledge can prevent the human error, Jane Austen's main theme becomes to know yourself. Through self-analysis Emma changes…
Twain, Mark (1835-1910)
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn"
Electronic Text Center, University of Virginia Library
characters in a story by William Faulkner. The story That Evening Sun provides an interesting study in characters because it places children with an adult but the adult is not considered equal. There were two sources used to complete this paper.
Throughout history many authors have developed their characters to interact with each other so that the reader can come to know them as well as the author does. In one story by William Faulkner called That Evening Sun the character Nancy and the children are a main focus of the story at hand.)One of the most interesting points of the story is the fact that the children are actually portrayed as equal to Nancy. It is a commentary on the era as well as the attitudes of the era.
Nancy is a Negro who lives in the era in which blacks were treated like second class citizens. It…
Faulkner, William. That Evening Sun.(Accessed 6-17-2003)
That Evening Sun (Accessed 6-17-2003)
3D Animation Model: Parkour Performance
This paper describes a three dimensional (3D) animation movie of a parkour performer. Parkour training is defined as the art of the movement and needs a lot of skills to overcome obstacles within the range of one's path. The latter allows the animator to exhibit his/her skills demonstrating the rapid changes and randomly appearing obstacles. As the animation will last only 2 min, a simple design would be suitable to emphasize details of animation from different camera angles.
3D animations are modeled by manipulating polygon meshes, embedding them into objects, characters, and scenes and eventually moving them. ecently, 3D animations have become a part of daily life routine from the advertisements on the billboards to web pages, television, video games, simulations and medical technologies. The high demand for the 3D animation attracts a lot of young people's attention; however, the skills such as being patient,…
(1) HAAG, J. A brush with the real world, Master Thesis (2009), University of Queensland.
(2) KERSTEN, D., MAMASSIAN, P., AND KNILL, D.C. Moving cast shadows induce apparent motion in depth. Perception 26, 2 (1997), 171 -- 192. Also see: http://vision.psych.umn.edu/www/kersten-lab/demos/shadows.html.
(3) LASSETER, J. Principles of Traditional Animation Applied to 3D Computer Animation, Computer Graphics, 21, 4 (1987), 35-44.
obert omano on the TV show "E (obbins, 2005).
The metaphorical significance of greed in combination with selfishness, as currently mistaken for these two disorders combined, and its identification with social, economic, cultural, along with even religious status mistakes CEOs, media giants, and fortunate investors for people with this psychological disorder. In some cases, symbolic of praise; in others, disdain. The psychoanalytic explanation of greedy behavior further misleads people, who misunderstand greedy diplomatic, corporate, and political leaders, with those symptomatic of a disorder in need of treatment. At times the study of its insidious consequences on the self and on society drives a standard of hatred applicable to both.
Applicable Approach: Psychoanalytic Therapy
Clients interested in psychoanalysis must be willing to commit to an intensive and long-term therapy process. The intent of psychoanalytic therapy is to allow access to the unconscious as a source of conflicts and motivations. The…
Hiles, D.R. (2009) http://www.psy.dmu.ac.uk/drhiles/pdf's/Hiles%20(2009)%20Envy%20Paper%20(CCPE%20-%2009).pdf" Envy, Jealousy, Greed: A Kleinian approach. Paper presented to CCPE, London.
Winnicott, D.W. (1963) The Development of the matter of concern. In: The Maturational
Process and the Facilitating Environment: Studies in the theory of emotional development. Hogarth Press.
Robbins, MD Lawrence. Personality Disorders. November 2005.
Bates to come home, there is a battle between light and dark, heat and cold. These are powerfully suggestive symbols of good and bad. Entering the scene, "the kitchen was small and full of firelight; red coals piled glowing up the chimney mouth. All the life of the room seemed in the white, warm hearth and the steel fender reflecting the red fire" (Lawrence). The fire is a good indicator of the anger that burned inside Elizabeth as she expected, once again, for her husband to be late. Later in the scene however, the fire began to go out and become a dull red. Annie, Elizabeth's daughter, describes it as "beautiful," and "full of little caves -- and it feels so nice, and you can fair smell it" (Lawrence). The fire has become a source of warmth and pleasantness, it is beautiful and it is good. As the coals struggle…
Lawrence, DH "Odour of Chrysanthemums." The Norton Introduction to Literature. Tenth Edition. City of Publication: W.W. Norton & Company, 2010. Page range. Print.
St. Augustine's Character as Illustrated ithin His Confessions
The character of St. Augustine (354-430) as seen within his Confessions (begun 397), which he wrote as a long epistle to God, in midlife, marks a distinct turning point in the life, attitudes, and values of Augustine the man. The content of Augustine's Confessions itself points to personality traits of Augustine's including honesty, sincerity, humility, piety, a capacity for self-reflection, and a desire for self-improvement. Augustine spent his youth licentiously, and up to the point of his midlife, remained far more interested in hedonistic pursuits than in being of service to God. All of that changed for him midlife, however, precipitated by a sort of "midlife crisis" (as we would call it nowadays). At that point in his life, when he was about 43, Augustine realized that none of the activities from which he derived temporary pleasure were genuinely fulfilling, and that…
Augustine, Aurelius. Confessions. In The Norton Anthology of World Literature,
Vol. B (Pkg. 1) 2nd Ed. Sarah Lawall et al. (Eds.). New York: Norton, 2002.
Lawall, Sarah, et al. "Augustine 354-430." The Norton Anthology of World
Frank tocktons and Langston Hughes. It has 2 sources.
Comparing the two characters, the king's daughter in Frank tocktons' "The Lady or the Tiger," and Nancy Lee in Langston Hughes' "One Friday Morning," one can predict their actions considering their social positions. This is possible because of the life patterns that both the characters exhibit.
Nancy Lee is a character in 'One Friday Morning' who believes in hard work to get to where she does. It is clear too that she is talented too. However, due to the fact that she lives in a period during which people like her are discriminated against she is denied opportunities that she fully deserves. This can be something quite discouraging for her, but she manages to emerge as one of the best students in her class. Her work was also well appreciated so much so that her teachers felt that she should be…
Stockton, F. . The Lady, or the Tiger. Available at http://www.selfknowledge.com/ladyt10.htm
Hughes, L. . "One Friday Morning" from Short stories [of] Langston Hughes / Langston Hughes; edited by Akiba Sullivan Harper; with an introduction by Arnold Rampersad. Hughes, Langston, 1902-1967. New York: Hill and Wang.
Indian and Feed
One way Arnold tries to change his perspective of race and poverty is through drawing. Drawing allows him a momentary, albeit fantasy, escape from his reality: "I draw because I want to talk to the world. And I want the world to pay attention to me" (Alexie, p. 5). Arnold goes on to state that his drawing pen is like his tool of choice, that he feels special when he wields it, and that he hopes to "be somebody important. An artist" (Alexie, p. 5). Illustrating offers him a way out of his reservation and his "identity" as an Indian. It offers him a window into a new world where he gets to set the perspective rather than have everyone else set it for him.
Throughout the narrative, Arnold also uses an extreme form of irony to convey the overall ridiculousness of "typing" people by race and/or…
Alexie, S. (2007). The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. NY: Little,
Anderson, M. (2002). Feed. MA: Candlewick Press.
In short film The Present by Frey (2014), the protagonist is a boy who is given a new pet as a gift. The boy at first rejects the pet—a dog with only three legs—and goes back to playing his video game. The viewer is led to believe that boy does not like the dog because it is not whole. Eventually the dog’s energy and optimism win the boy over and he gets up to take the dog out into the yard to play. It is then revealed that the boy is also missing his right leg: he has to use crutches to move around. The boy and the dog thus share the same defect—the absence of a limb. Suddenly, the viewer understands the boy’s pain and the reason for the present: it is meant to be a gift to the boy that can bring him some happiness while…
J.D. Salinger: How the Characters in His ooks Interact With Society of the Time in Which They Were Written
The objective of this study is to examine the writings of J.D. Salinger. In addition, this study will examine how the characters of Salinger in his books interacted with society of the time in which they were written. J.D. Salinger's characters interacted with the society of that time through drawing the society into the stories and becoming a part of the daily lives of those who read Salinger's books.
One of the most popular works of J.D. Salinger is a 1951 novel entitled "The Catcher in the Rye." This book was an adult publication originally, that has since become a favorite of teenaged and adolescent readers. Salinger's characters became almost a well-known friend to readers of his books. For example, when the book entitled "Hapworth" was published by Salinger in 1924,…
Baume, S. (2013) Nine Stories by JD Salinger. Little Brown 1953. First Collection. The Short Review. Online Retrieved from: http://www.theshortreview.com/reviews/JDSalingerNineStories.htm
Geddes, D. (2013) J.D. Salinger -- IN Memoriam. The Satirist. Retrieved from: http://www.thesatirist.com/books/JD_Salinger_InMemoriam.html
Henderson, G. (2012) Genuine in a World of Phonies: Dance in J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye. Senior Seminar in Dance Fall 2012. Retrieved from: http://dance.barnard.edu/sites/default/files/garnet_henderson.pdf
Malcolm, J. (2013) Justice to J.D. Salingers. The New York Review of Books. Retrieved from: http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2001/jun/21/justice-jd-salinger/?pagination=false
Literary Characters in Exile
Exile can be the self-imposed banishment from one's home or given as a form of punishment. The end result of exile is solitude. Exile affords those in it for infinite reflection of themselves, their choices, and their lives in general. Three prominent literary characters experience exile as part of the overall narrative and in that, reveal a great deal about themselves to themselves as well as to the readers. The three narratives in questions are "The Epic of Gilgamesh," "The Tempest," and "Things Fall Apart." All of the main characters of these narratives experience exile as a result of actions taken by the protagonists at earlier points in the story. The protagonist in each respective story are exiled because of their choices and the exile forces each character to face consequences that ultimately bring their inner character to the surface in a more direct manner…
Achebe, Chinua. Things Fall Apart. New York: First Anchor Books Edition, 1994.
Mason, Herbert. Gilgamesh A Verse Narrative. New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2003.
Shakespeare, William. "The Tempest." Ed. Barbara A. Mowat & Paul Werstine. New York: Simon & Schuster Paperbacks, 1994.
Sutton, Brian. "Virtue Rather Than Vengeance": Genesis and Shakespeare's The Tempest." Explicator, Vol. 66, No. 4, 224-229.
James Bond: A transmedia character
"This was going to be bad news, dirty news, and he didn't want to hear it from one of the Section officers, or even from the Chief of Staff. This was to be murder. All right. Let M. bloody well say so."
For viewers accustomed to the James Bond of cinema, reading The Living Daylights by Ian Fleming may come as something of a surprise. In contrast to the flashy, urbane, womanizing Bond of film, Fleming's secret agent seems much more subdued. Bond is first shown at a firing range -- although Bond is a crack shot, his prowess with a pistol seems very tame compared with the fantastic gadgets he has been saddled with in various films. When he meets with M, there is no flirtatious banter with Miss Moneypenny. It is clear that this Bond is a Cold War spy, with a serious…
Moved My Cheese?
The characters in Spencer Johnson's Who Moved My Cheese? illustrate the importance of being open and willing to change. The two mice represent the most intelligent approach to external changes in the environment. Instead of bemoaning the loss of the old, the mice (Sniff and Scurry) embrace the new because they are not afraid that the source of their happiness will ever run out. They have faith that even when it appears that supplies of the metaphorical cheese are running out, eventually some other source will arrive. Their experience is a source of inspiration for Haw, who tries his best to encourage his friend Hem to step outside the comfort zone. Hem and Haw are the two most commonly encountered characters in any agency. Although some exceptional individuals will be more like Sniff and Scurry, the vast majority of people do not deal with change as easily…
Johnson, S. (2002). Who Moved My Cheese? New York: Putnam.
McNamara, C. (n.d.). Organizational change and development. Retrieved online: http://managementhelp.org/organizationalchange/index.htm
Baley was capable enough, efficient enough, but he lacked something that Enderby had. Enderby fit the administrative machine perfectly. He was one of those persons who was born for a hierarchy, who was just naturally comfortable in a bureaucracy" (Asimov 37). Enderby worked within the status quo, he did not challenge the closed-minded ways of society within the caves of steel. On the other hand, Baley at his best moments was much more capable than Enderby. However, he represented change and a challenge to the social order.
Moreover, there is a certain uneasiness that Baley experiences in front of Olivaw that shows his overall lack of confidence in himself and his abilities. Baley is afraid that Olivaw might surpass him in terms of his ability to solve crimes and prove himself as a good officer. To a certain extent, Baley is afraid of being outshined by a robot. If this…
Asimov, Isaac. The Caves of Steel. Random House. 1991.
King's Men: A character profile of illie Stark.
The themes of All The King's Men by Robert Penn arren underline the ambiguous nature of politics in the Deep South and the ambiguous nature of the character of its central protagonist. illie Stark assumes power as a populist governor of a Southern state long dominated by party elites. He is determined to bring about change but meets with resistance from members of the ruling political and social aristocracies. On one hand, Stark is a sympathetic figure because of his support of the common man. But Stark uses underhanded means to achieve his goals. After a certain point, Stark's corruption begins to seem self-serving rather than justified, regardless of the nobility of his aims. In Stark's views, the ends justify the means and his own political survival is the only moral necessity.
At the beginning of the novel, arren contrasts Stark as…
Warren, Robert Penn. All The King's Men. New York: Mariner Books, 2002.
On the one side are those who argue against advertisements aimed at children due to a belief that children are uniquely susceptible, and on the other side are those who sell advertisements and advertising, such as ad agencies and business school textbook authors, out of a belief that advertising is able to effect product preference in any meaningful way. In short, both of these groups are incorrect, because advertising, and animated characters in particular, actually have fairly little influence on product preference and purchasing decisions. They can generate recognition and positive emotional connections between the audience and the product, but these connections do not necessarily translate into actual purchases. However, in order to demonstrate why this is the case, one must examine some relevant scientific research on the subject and attempt to inject some reasonable skepticism into the hyperbolic claims of parents' groups and advertising cheerleaders.
Aside from market research…
Altstie, T, and J. Grow, Advertising strategy: creative tactics from the outside/in, SAGE,
Thousand Oaks, 2006.
Callcott, MF, and W. Lee, "A content analysis of animation and animated spokes-characters,"
Journal of Advertising, vol. 23, no. 4, 1994, pp. 1-12.
Juliet herself, though ostensibly a virgin, is certainly not innocent in this regard; though certain strains of chauvinism have been purportedly found in this and others of his plays, Shakespeare certainly cannot be accused of granting males a monopoly on lust. In the shorter monologue that she delivers in the same scene, unaware of Romeo's presence, she famously asks, "hat's Montague? It is nor hand, nor foot, / nor arm, nor face, nor any other part / Belonging to a man" (Riverside 1114, II. ii. 40-2). She does not mention a mind, a spirit, or any other intangible qualities that might make her protestations of a deep, emotional love somewhat more believable, but instead focuses on the physical aspects of Romeo (including the suggestive "any other part belonging to a man") -- the true root of her desires.
It is not love, then, that causes these two teenagers to be…
Clemen, Wolfgang. A Commentary on Shakespeare's Richard III. New York: Routledge, 2005.
Evans, G. Blakemore and M. Tobin, eds. The Riverside Shakespeare. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 2003.
Rose, Herbert. A Handbook of Greek Mythology. New York: Routledge, 2005.
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'How stupid can you get'" (erman 5).
It's this honest rendering of Cameron's fatal flaw that gives him his shape or his "roundness" as a character. Readers know individuals who are so myopic or self-absorbed that they cannot imagine what it's like to be someone else or they cannot see the error in their own hypocritical behavior. At the end of the day, that's what Cameron is, a hypocrite. And therein lies the message to the reader; the moral of the story, the important stuff, self-reflection and self-criticism are integral to personal growth.
In Noux's story, "Cruelty the Humans Heart," the "round" character isn't the protagonist, (in this case the narrator) rather the "round" character is the delinquent the protagonist arrests and interacts with throughout the story; the problem child, Cristoph Priest.
In a brief but powerful clause, the narrator prefaces an early encounter with Priest: "We met ugly..." he…
German, Norman. "Sportfishing with Cameron." Salt Water Sportsman.
Wood, James. How Fiction Works. New York. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 2008: 288 pages
In order for the study to be conducted properly, it would be expected to use the literature review method of examination. This is the logical way to conduct this type of study. However, there is not that much literature available. ecause of this, the method that will be used will instead be similar to a case study method, but will be expanded to study more than one case. In other words, the study will not just examine Forrest Gump, for example, but will look at books, stories, television shows, and movies over the last 20 years in order to determine the way that handicapped characters evolve, the way that they are treated, and whether there are more handicapped characters now than there were. While the handicapped characters' evolution and the way that they are portrayed is important, also important is whether more handicapped characters are being seen in fiction today…
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Minor Characters and Themes
Minor characters in any play act as supporting foils and help to advance the plot. Without these foils, it would be impossible for the play to progress in the way that playwright has envisioned. Besides carrying the play forward, they also help in highlighting the major themes of the literary piece. In almost every piece of fiction, whether a play or short story or novel, we come across certain important minor characters that are minor because while they lend support to the plot, they are not directly influenced by the intentions of the author. The people who remain in the forefront and bear the brunt of all action are the major characters, and thus their in the story is obvious and needs little discussion. However it is the minor characters that need to be closely analyzed or discussed to see why they have been placed in…
American National Character (history)
The Ongoing Search for an "American National Character"
This assignment asks the following pertinent and challenging questions: Is it possible to find trends amongst so much diversity? What characteristics are distinctly American, regardless of class, race, and background? What is problematic about making these generalizations and inheriting the culture? What have we inherited exactly? What problems arise with our ideals - and are we being honest with ourselves? Discuss individualism and the "American Dream." Are these goals realized and are they realistic? This paper seeks solid answers to these often elusive questions.
The search for a national character should be never-ending, and the pivotal part of the search that should be enlightening and enriching for the seeker of that knowledge may just be the inspiration from the books and authors springing into the seeker's mind along the way to discovery.
Who is presently engaged in a…
Bellah, Robert. Habits of the Heart: Individualism and Commitment in American Life.
New York: Harper & Row, 1985.
Cochran, Thomas Childs. Challenges to American Values: Society, Business, and Religion. New York: Oxford University Press, 1985.
Geertz, Clifford. The Interpretation of Cultures. New York: Basic Books, 1973.