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The effects will only be felt later in terms of the support that the activity gets from the public and the state government. This is a part of the competition between states to draw more persons into the states, and even in each county. This year the stakes are very high for the counties as the economy has been expanding, the dollar is weak and a number of big draws for the tourist. (OC's Tourism Share Disproportionate to Size)
Disneyland is marketing its new attractions very heavily as it is going to celebrate its 50th anniversary with the launch of Disney cruises at the port in Los Angeles, the King Tutankhamen exhibit in Los Angeles and the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana. The two theme parks that Disney have as Anaheim also drives in a sizeable number of tourists, and this in turn increases the visitors to Los Angeles. The…… [Read More]
The Main Street metaphor is both about the magic of childhood and the delight of a simpler era of the American past -- and idealized version to be sure but one that existed in much of the country.
There is considerable power in Main Street USA as an entrance point, and the company has maintained it as the focal point of almost all entrances to its parks since, even in foreign countries where the metaphor and connotations can be quite different today, when parents might be Gen-Xers from 1970s suburbia, there is power in these images as a sign of a lost world. Most of Disney's worlds are fantasy worlds, and Main Street USA essentially asks guests to enter a fantasy world by given them something familiar and yet fantastical at the same time. The time travel connotations are no accident -- when you enter Main Street you are being…… [Read More]
A general comment on the legal environment included insurance premiums (although the case study specifically mentions that this was not Asia's case).
These were generally very high, because of the risk they insured, and 100% coverage was mandatory in the industry (one of its particularities).
The technological environment had perhaps just as much an impact on the industry as the economic or legal ones. The most important issue was related to the hardware and software providers for amusement machinery and know-how.
The provider of hardware market, in terms of large machines, was almost an oligopoly, with very few companies providing high quality machines. As a personal opinion, in these cases it is quite likely that the price was fixed between the players at a mutually advantageous level. However, smaller machines were manufactured by a much higher number of competitors and could be manufactured domestically.
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evenue management is both an art and a science. Much like life both sides of the mind must be in accord with each other. Applying important information to help relate customer demands with the appropriate products and services requires a strong and deep understanding of the many different inputs that comprise the situation. The purpose of this essay is to examine how revenue management techniques can best be applied into a real and practical situation. To accomplish this, the essay will focus on the organization Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, CA.
To successfully understand the merger of these concepts, an analysis of the products and services of this theme park will first be examined to help paint a clear picture of the situation. The next portion of this essay will look at a competitors' analysis of the theme park and how this information influence revenue management decisions. The…… [Read More]
Themes and Characterization in the short story "Everyday Use" by Alice Walker
American literature of the 20th century was known for its subsistence to ideologies that have proliferated for years, as society responded to act upon the continuing oppression and inequality that some sectors of the society still experience even during the period of modernism and social progress. One of these oppressed sectors of the society is the black American sector, which is composed of the African-Americans and second-generation African-Americans. The emergence of the 20th century, unfortunately, did not signal a change in society's perception and judgment of black Americans as this sector continued to have prejudiced, unprivileged, and poor lives.
This facet of American society was mirrored effectively in the short story "Everyday Use" by Alice Walker. In it, she mirrored the poverty and hardships black Americans had to go through despite the relative progress society had…… [Read More]
Shakespeare's Skepticism: Unconditional Love in Othello
Unconditional love is said by some to be the unobtainable but righteous goal of all living humans. When and if we are capable of generating unconditional love towards our fellow man but in particular those who are closest to us many believe we are capable of ascension to a better place, be it the Christian heaven which stresses unconditional love for one's fellow man and especially one's enemies as well as unconditional love for God and unconditional belief in his some the prophet Jesus Christ. (Walker 6) While in the uddhist inclination it is believed that one can finally ascend to Nirvana after many trials and tribulations that free him or her from the material matters that often drive those urges that are not loving, jealousy and the desiring of the materials of others have, both examples of the opposite of unconditional love.…… [Read More]
fences' is precisely that 'fences' and yet whilst some handicaps seem impassible, there are others that are built on mental schemas, personal experiences, and the way that we instinctively and unconsciously interpret the world. A recent book that I read (unsuccessfully traced) conveyed the author's conclusion from his years of psychotherapeutic practice which was that people construct narratives of their lives in order to make meaning of them. Frequently, these lives narratives may be self- destructive and dangerous to the person's progress. Introducing shifts in these narratives in his practice, the author often found that people were no longer obstructed by their societal or 'self' imposed fences and could move on to form totally different, fare healthier type of life for themselves. Fences, Wilson seems to tell us, are not immutable. They can be broken through and transcended would individuals so wish to do so. ome of the characters in…… [Read More]
The different forms of art have been used over the years to capture various themes in the society and express the feelings and standpoint of the artist. Many artists have been immortalized by their art forms which transcend time and space as they come to be known and revered across the globe and many decades after they were composed. The sculptures, poems, songs, paintings, mosaic works and many other forms of art including the contemporary movie genres have seen some major themes brought into immortalization and the stand or perspective of various artists known through such art works.
One of the predominant themes over the decades is love which is captured different according to the philosophy that the composer of a given work of art holds towards the idea of love. Some loath love, some adore love, other artists are indifferent, yet some do not believe in the…… [Read More]
Great Gatsby the old rich and the new rich. The power play between these two sectors at the East Egg and the West Egg is one of the most immediate themes of the novel. The old rich or traditional aristocracy is represented by Tom and Daisy uchanan, and Jordan aker who behave with ingrained grace, simple taste, subtlety and elegance. They are suspicious about, and discriminating against, the new rich, who are represented by Jay Gatsby (Fitzgerald 1925). In contrast with the aristocratic rich, he is ornate, exaggerated, outlandishly clothed, ill-mannered and an absolute wastrel. oth the old and the new rich measure themselves and others with materialistic standards as to their existence and excellence and use these standards in achieving non-materialistic objectives, such as relationships and loyalty.
A the rise of national wealth and material prosperity in the 20s. Fitzgerald uses the material and social conditions of the 1920s…… [Read More]
According to Dr. David L. Cooper, in order to interpret the ook of Revelation in regard to its numerous themes and symbols, one must "follow the Golden Rule. . .for when the plain sense of the Scripture makes common sense, seek no other sense. . . take every word as its primary. . . literal meaning unless the facts. . . studied in the light of related passages and. . . fundamental truths, clearly indicate otherwise" (84-85). Thus, if this "Golden Rule" is obeyed, then the basic guidelines for interpreting many of the signs, symbols and themes in Revelation will be an easy task.
However, Dr. Cooper has overlooked one very important aspect-namely, that the ook of Revelation was obviously written under extreme subjectivity, meaning that the themes and symbols are based on human experience and interpretation. Also, if one considers the influence of faith, then the themes and…… [Read More]
play Trifles? Analyze and support the theme by giving examples from the story
Susan Glaspell's play Trifles is intended to illustrate women's superior 'ways of knowing,' and the callousness of males towards women. It asserts the importance, even the superiority of the feminine perspective. Author Susan Glaspell is called one of the "first feminists" of American theater, and Trifles was groundbreaking when it was first produced in 1921. Her "works deal with the theme of the 'new woman,' presenting a hero who represents the American pioneer spirit of independence and freedom" ("Susan Glaspell: Biography," English Teacher's Network, 2012). The play depicts the investigation of a murder scene in which a man, John right, has been killed in his home. His wife Minnie is the most likely suspect. The police gather evidence, while two women, Mrs. Peters and Mrs. Hale, look over the right home. Over the course of the one-act…… [Read More]
Story Of an Hour: Theme and Narrative Elements
In a way, Kate Chopin's short story, "Story of an Hour," deals with a variety of different issues that are still relevant to this day. It alludes to the repression of women, the fine line between life and death, as well as that between kindness and cruelty. Additionally, the author uses a variety of literary conventions to convey these different elements, which include the usage of plot, tone and symbolism. A thorough analysis of the text of this story indicates that Chopin primarily uses symbolism and an ironic tone to illustrate the theme of the intoxication of liberation and the dramatic effects it can produce.
The author uses several instances of symbolism to reveal how powerful and addictive freedom is -- especially for someone who is unaccustomed to it, as Mrs. Mallard, the protagonist, surely is not. Mrs. Mallard is, like many…… [Read More]
He insists Cory give up any dream of playing ball and makes him return to the A&P. It is important to note Troy does not intend on making his son's life difficult nor does he want to make him miserable but he does want him to have a stable job that will allow him to provide for a family. There is also the notion that at the A&P, Cory will escape persecution for being African-American. Troy is attempting to protect his son but what he fails to do is realize that times have changed. A future with football would allow Cory to provide for his family far better than anything he could find in town. Troy cannot see this clearly and because of that, he cannot see how it is literally robbing his son of a bright future single-handedly. By trying to protect his son, Troy is only ensuring his…… [Read More]
How the Open-Ended Stories Make Readers Think Twice
The traditional flow of a story is for it to have a beginning, middle and end. When a story is finished, the conflict should be resolved and the reader satisfied that the tension of the plot has been diffused. However, sometimes writers go against the traditional expectations of the reader in order to provoke them. Instead of providing the reader with a story with rising and falling conflict, the authors push the story to the brink and then leave the reader hanging over a precipice. This is called a cliffhanger device—and usually it is followed upon by a sequel that resolves the issues left unaddressed. However, Joyce Carol Oates who wrote“Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” and Flannery O’Connor who wrote “Everything That Rises Must Converge” finished their stories not clarifying the conflicts and providing no sequels. Instead, these authors…… [Read More]
The Story of Orpheus and Eurydice
Love is a strong motivator which has the power to make individuals do incredible, illogical things (Shmoop University, 2019). The mythical tale of Eurydice and Orpheus may be counted among the most well –known and –loved of Greek myths. Essentially a story of passion and love, the tale also dwells upon the human spirit’s shortcomings (Greekmyths, 2019). The story is rife with examples of remarkable as well as imprudent things people do for love. Orpheus is utterly devastated by the loss of his wife, Eurydice, and makes the crazy but grand choice to bring her back to life from the Underworld. However, while making his return journey to Earth accompanied by his beloved, he makes the error of turning around and looking at her – an irrational choice, given he was well-aware that it would send Eurydice back to Hades. The latter instance is certainly…… [Read More]
Balance of Fragile Things
Change and Upheaval in Balance of Fragile Things
Change is the only constant. In today's unstable world, both the old and new generations are being forced to deal with dramatic change. This is one of the most prominent themes in Olivia Chadha's novel, Balance of Fragile Things; change becomes the driving force of the novel. In a tumultuous world filled with so much change, it makes it difficult for the characters to uphold the traditions and expectations of the past; instead they have to forge their own blended future to survive in such a strange new world. Change upsets the delicate balance of things, and threatens the family's ability to find any sort of balance in a tumultuous modern world.
The family's past traditions often do not work in balance with a modern American lifestyle. Vic is a typical American teenager. He is worried about his…… [Read More]
emerged from the various sources above about how often a review of data should take place?
In principle, review of data should occur continuously and, more importantly, at intervals contemporaneous with ongoing lesson delivery to confer the maximum benefit to learners. By contrast, retrospective review of the data completely excludes current learners from the benefits of even the most prescient data analysis and any corresponding changes to the educational program or curriculum inspired by those analyses. In theory, the more frequently and regularly data review is conducted, the better for all stakeholders. Ideally, data review should occur on a day-by-day, hour-by-hour, or even minute-to-minute to provide maximum benefit. Realistically, periodic data review at practical intervals allows educators to respond to the implications of those data while those responses can still benefit current learners and without over-burdening the institution or the system's resources.
In the Canadian Report of Data Use PDF…… [Read More]
The study of history is invaluable in gaining an understanding of the events and forces, which shaped the psyche of entire nations, cultures, and races. The past, therefore, shapes the present and is likely to continue shaping the future as well, unless past issues that negatively affect the present are changed. Indeed, it is this understanding of human psychology that has led to the psychiatric profession using techniques of regression on patients. Regression is performed in the hope that revisiting the past will allow cleansing of complexes by facilitating a change in perspective through the deployment of present day understanding. Similarly, by creating a time passage between the present and the past, Butler's Kindred regresses twentieth century America to the days of slavery in antebellum Maryland, and thereby facilitates a change in perspective and deeper appreciation of the meaning of freedom.
Butler's intent to explore the finer nuances of…… [Read More]
The Way It Is, Tupac
Tupac's rap line "Cops give a damn about a negro? Pull the trigger, kill a n*gga, he's a hero," speaks of the provocative subject concerning African-Americans, more generally how African-American gentlemen are being made target by the police, and that in case an African-American gentleman is killed by a cop then there is noreal big issue. Tupac aspires to encourage his society to unite with him and express their opinion and stand against the issues that are keeping them apart. As expressed earlier, the opportunities available to African-Americans do not equate the opportunities available to other races. Tupac also blames his own ethnicity for the composite emotional background of hate and range they are hemmed in. "I got love for my brother, but we can never go nowhere unless we share with each other. We gotta start makin' changes, learn to see me as…… [Read More]
Three Themes in "O Captain! My Captain!"
alt hitman wrote "O Captain! My Captain!" In 1865 and it serves as an elegy to the President Lincoln, who had just been assassinated. As a patriotic American and the "poet of America" (as he called himself), hitman was duty-bound to mourn the loss of the 16th U.S. president in verse. That he did so in a way completely opposite from his free verse "Song of Myself" -- the poem dedicated to himself and the spirit of freedom and license -- is telling. Lincoln, the "captain" of America during the critical time of the Civil ar, represented order, structure and unity. These elements serve as the foundation of hitman's "O Captain!" which deals with three themes in its three stanzas: a mission, fatherhood, and death. This paper will analyze these themes and show how they are brought about.
The theme of…… [Read More]
The Jews, of course, were as antagonistic to hearing Stephen preach the life of Christ as they were to Christ Himself -- ho is the way of salvation, and hom they have rejected. Stephen's speech is fiery and full of love and fury -- love for Christ, fury for the Jews who rejected Him: "You stiff-necked people! Your hearts and ears are still uncircumcised." (Here Stephen as much as says, "You are not real Jews. Real Jews would have recognized their Redeemer.) "You are just like your ancestors: You always resist the Holy Spirit!" The reaction of the Jews is to stone Stephen to death. Stephen accepts his martyrdom and dies as Christ died, with a prayer for his persecutors -- and out of that prayer comes (through the mercy of God) the conversion of St. Paul.
In conclusion, "we may say that perseverance as a Christian is the only…… [Read More]
How the theme of injustice is emphasized through the author's use of characterization and descriptive details.
In the story, "just walk by," Brent Staples shows how injustice can influence the lives of people beyond their expectations. As one of the black men in a big city, incidences of injustice quickly become apparent to him. A compelling example is evident when Staples worked as a Chicago journalist. One day while on his way to the office where he was working as a writer, Staples was mistaken to be a burglar. The manager of the office summoned the security who pursued Staples almost to his editor's door. Staples could not prove his identity, and he was forced to move briskly to the company where anyone who knew him (Staples, 152). This is an outright form injustice: people mistook Staples as a burglar just because he was a black man and…… [Read More]
Thus, the term "a new start" came to embody a lofty ideal and it was considered to be more important from the simple fact that the respective period in history dealt with the particular issues addressed by people such as Thomas Paine. For instance, he tried, through his writing to give a new incentive for the people fighting for the independence from Britain and from this point-of-view he is remembered as an important figure of the era (Philip, 2005).
Without a doubt there are periods in history that are dominated by certain interpretations of the notion of "a new start." This is precisely due to the fact that the American literature, it its attempt to escape the influence and the stereotypes of the British creations, have searched for new sources of inspiration. In this sense, while in the British Isles the romantic view of the world was still predominant, in…… [Read More]
According to Griffin, the Odyssey is a didactic poem that delights precisely in its own lesson about human fate and its own rhetoric. Thus, as Griffin emphasizes, the Odyssey teaches its reader that the end of human life and of all the disasters, misfortune and happiness that accompanies it is to provide a theme for a beautiful song like that of Ulysses: "From the narration of suffering we are to draw serenity: the gods devise disasters, Odysseus is told, that there may be song among men (8.579), and to listen to that sad song gives delight. Listen and learn, Penelope was told: the gods bring unhappiness on many others besides you (1.353-5). In the end Odysseus and Penelope have learned that hard lesson. Life is full of unhappiness, but that is what is transmuted into song. They achieve harmony with that process and learn, as we are to learn, the…… [Read More]
.....female agency in Wang Anyi's "Granny" and Eileen Chang's "Shame Amah"
The objective of this study is to compare and contrast the work of Eileen Chang's with reference to her theme "Shame Amah" and the work of Wang Anyi focusing on her theme "Granny". The study uses their works of the two writers to analyze their differences and similarities in the writing styles focusing on the themes Shame of Amah and Granny. Remarkably, Zhang was in her early twenties when she had been identified as a discriminating and precious writer. She benefited from both classical Western and Chinese literature making her being one of the most renown Chinese writers in the literary world.
Similarly, Eileen Chang is one of the most talented Chinese writers born in 1921 and has published several collections of English stories as well publishing two English novels. Eileen Chang was born in Shanghai and attended the…… [Read More]
Organizations have varying teams and work groups. These groups hardly achieve peak performance levels, and only a handful bear team attributes such as teamwork. This paper explores team training themes and provides a holistic perspective of Team Development and Teamwork solutions. The tools and programs proposed in this paper seek to help leaders and their teams to overcome common challenges in team operations, even as they discover solutions for success. The areas discussed in this paper span how to improve communication, maximizing resources, utilizing the creativity resource among team members, enhancing team alignment, embracing change positively and how to handle and overcome resistance. A well bonded team is a resilient, tough and productive machine. The list of the practices highlighted below are meant to help intact teams, mixed groups and cross-functional teams and individuals achieve high performance in the organization I work for.
Teamwork training Theme development
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The choice cannot be repudiated or duplicated, but one makes the choice without foreknowledge, almost as if blindly. After making the selection, the traveler in Frost's poem says, "Yet knowing how way leads on to way/I doubted if I should ever come back" (14-15). And at the end, as one continues to encounter different forks along the way, the endless paths have slim chance of ever giving the traveler a second choice. One can see this as similar to Mrs. Mallard's change. As she looks out into the future, she sees endless possibilities for choice and nothing feels like she would ever return to the determinate state of marriage.
The final two lines of "The Road Not Taken" say, "I took the one less traveled by / and that has made all the difference" (19-20). Unlike in Chopin, the traveler determines to take the path. In Chopin, the path forces…… [Read More]
Gradually, Gregor discovers how unimportant he really is to the family, and how little they really care about him. He has given them his love and devotion, and they repay him by locking him away when he needs them the most.
Kafka uses the plot to show the increasing disinterest of Gregor's family, and how they have used him for the last five years. His father has grown "fat and sluggish," his mother relied on the servants (that he paid for), and his sister did nothing much at all. He worked like a dog to keep the family together, and in thanks, they lock him away in his room when he becomes an embarrassment. Kafka uses this plot device to add information about the family, all the while showing Gregor's sweet disposition. Gregor's life is meaningless and empty, but he does not blame them for any of it. Instead, he…… [Read More]
Traditions and traditional ways of doing things are considered good or moral, while modern times are considered worse than the past and immoral. At the end of the short story, it is the grandmother who is continually insisting that "The Misfit" is actually good inside, begging for him to find his own sense of morality.
"Araby," however, offers an almost opposite view of morality. While readers of "A Good Man is Hard To Find" are barraged with the grandmother's ideas of morality and instructions on how to be more moral, the main character in "Araby" practices an internal monitoring of his morality. For instance, the main character assesses the Priest who lived in the family's home as a tenant, thinking him generous because he gave away all of his possessions upon his death. Further, at the end of the story, the main character has the chance to evaluate his own…… [Read More]
The principle theme in Jean hys' short story, "I Used to Live Here Once," is the prevalence of racism and the accompanying sentiment of elitism that it gives those of European ancestry. This theme was fairly common in hys' writing, which routinely "would explore the tension between the ordered world of colonial life and the seductive world of island sensuality" (Encyclopedia of World Biography, 2004). hys' theme is supported on the strength of a pair of literary elements, foreshadowing and symbolism. A thorough examination of the text demonstrates that the author utilizes these two literary devices to reinforce her theme and indicate to the reader that the seemingly halcyon journey of figurative and literal remembrance is not as innocent as it appears.
hys utilizes copious amounts of foreshadowing to demonstrate that the narrator's journey to a house she used to live in represents more than that which is appears…… [Read More]
Literature is frequently employed as a device for social and political commentary. This is certainly true in Nathaniel Hawthorne's "Young Goodman Brown," and Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery." Both these stories darkly satirize the rigid social conventions that define small town American life. Even though they wrote about a century apart, Hawthorne and Jackson drew similar conclusions about American religious life and culture. Throughout his career, Nathaniel Hawthorne remained concerned about the hypocritical nature of puritanism. Stories like "Young Goodman Brown" darkly satirize religious fundamentalism and mob mentality. "Young Goodman Brown" is about a man who believes he might have dreamed of a strange pagan ritual set deep in the woods. Even his wife, ironically named Faith, attends the ritual. Faith's presumed faith in Christianity is proven false by her attending a Satanic rite in the woods. atching the ritual shocks Goodman Brown literally to death. In "The Lottery,"…… [Read More]
Oliver and the other boys at the workhouse are also very nearly 'worked to death'.
Oliver is (again figuratively) 'scared to death', at that key moment in the novel that that turns out also to define his fate (the extra gruel request scene) when he is selected by the other boys at the workhouse for that most terrifying, unpleasant task. Then, moments after he asks, Oliver becomes equally scared that his still not-quite-to-be-believed question has now caused (so-to-speak) 'all hell to break loose' inside the workhouse, among the comfortably well-off, incredulous, poorhouse administrators. These well-fed individuals in fact cannot fathom, at all, how any boy so "lucky" as to be boarded and fed at their workhouse could possibly be so ungrateful as to request more than his daily starvation-level ration of gruel.
hen one day the boys draw lots to see who among them would be designated to ask for…… [Read More]
Johnson's "The Vanity"
Jonson's theme -- so often stated in his major writings, particularly in "asselas" - is the dangerous but all-pervasive power of wishful thinking, the feverish intrusion of desires and hopes that distort reality and lead to false expectations, where we picture things as one would like them to be, not as they are. Social psychologists would call this self-deception, and indeed evolutionary psychology teaches us that wishful thinking, or self-delusion, is very much a part of man's character.
A long poem, Johnson's perspective is a philosophical lament on the futility of human existence and the irrationality of our thinking. Blinkered humans that we are, Johnson observes, "How rarely reason guides the stubborn choice / ules the bold hand, or prompts the supplicant voice" (lines 11-12). ather, emotion is the dominating tone and, as often as not, squelches reason to the downfall of the human himself. It is…… [Read More]
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…… [Read More]
Theme of Collapsing Uncertainties
The Collapsing Birth Rate in the Developed orld
Human beings perceive events, individuals, and objects in different manners in relation to the circumstances and understanding. This is vital towards the development of concept of reality with the aim of continuous leadership, caring, and forms of goodness. This is an indication that human beings believe in whatever they see and purport to be ideal thus generation of meaning and form of understanding or knowledge for the purposes of guidance and leadership. Various personalities have focused on the examination of the concept of collapsing uncertainties. Some of these personalities include Timothy Eves, Plato, and Sartre. Sartre focuses on the examination of the concept of hell or the world of darkness through integration of the No Exit play. This is ideal for effective understanding and development of the forms of goodness in relation to reality and knowledge.…… [Read More]
Magic as a Central Theme in "Moses, Man of the Mountain"
There has been magic in the world since time began. Even in the scientific world that has little to do with metaphysics, magic has a significant place because how can a scientist explain the tiny bit of matter that became the universe unless they do so with magic. Throughout history it has had a significant place because there are many things about this world that people still cannot explain, so they reason that there must be some unseen force behind it. Zora Neale Hurston saw this in the Biblical story of Moses, as have many others. He was able to do wondrous things with the staff he carried, the rod of power (Hurston), because of its magic. This paper discusses a central theme, magic, as it is developed in Hurston's book "Moses: Man of the Mountain" from the perspective…… [Read More]
An Analysis of Theme and Plot in Carver's "Cathedral"
Raymond Carver states that by the mid-1960s he had tired of reading and writing "long narrative fiction" ("On riting" 46). Shorter fiction, he found, was more immediate. Flannery O'Connor states a similar idea in The Habit of Being: for her, the novel was a literary medium that could bog down all of one's creative powers. Turning to a short story was a way of escape: "My novel is at an impasse. In fact it has been at one for as long as I can remember. Before Christmas I couldn't stand it any longer so I began a short story. It's like escaping from the penitentiary" (O'Connor 127). This mode of thought may help us to understand why Carver turned to composing shorter works of fiction like "Cathedral," a work that acts as a brief glimpse into how one man's…… [Read More]
Manipulation is the primary theme of Joyce Carol Oates' short story, "here are You Going, here Have You Been?" Through the careful development of her characters, Oates presents us with details that enhance a tale of violent manipulation thrust upon an innocent girl. This paper will examine Oates' technique and how it contributes to the overall effect of the story.
Oates spends a considerable amount of time describing Connie. Our first indication that this might be a tale of terror is the first sentence, which tells us that her first name was Connie instead of is Connie. Connie is a typical young teenager, filled with typical emotions. For instance, just as every teenager, Connie does not always get along with her mother. e are told that sometimes Connie's mother would pick at her "until Connie wished her mother was dead and she herself was dead and it was all over"…… [Read More]
The main themes of Plato's Apology are the great irony of many of Socrates' claims, his use of the Socratic method of teaching, and his surprising strategy of questioning the fundamental validity of his trial itself, rather than putting on a vigorous and elegant defense of his actions as was expected by both his supporters and detractors, and likely by the people of the jury. Plato's Apology is a detailed account of the 399 BC trial of the great philosopher Socrates, in which Socrates was on trial for his life after being accused by Meletus, an ambitious young Athenian, and others of the upper class of being "a doer of evil, and corrupter of the youth, and he does not believe in the gods of the state, and has other new divinities of his own" (Plato, Apology). Ultimately, Socrates' defense led to his death, by his own hand, and…… [Read More]
.....grand overarching themes connecting American history with the history of the world is the theme of population migration. The American narrative is frequently framed as a narrative of continual migration. American migration patterns have continually shifted, from the prehistoric migrations of people via the Siberian land bridge and early Viking migrations to North America through the more familiar American narrative of the first pilgrims arriving from England. Both McKeown (2004) and Tyrell (2007b) points out, educators need to be careful to avoid repeating the Eurocentric or even purely Anglocentric narrative of migration. Migration is not a static process that has clear beginnings and endings, but is an ongoing process in which groups of people gradually shift their identities as well as their geospatial surroundings. Kupperman (2002) warns educators against perpetuating the "central myth" of an American history that simly started in the east with the pilgrims and ended in the…… [Read More]
contemplated an individual's relationship with his or her environment. In Oedipus Rex and Antigone, Sophocles explores the relationship an individual has with the world and society. In each of these plays, Sophocles juxtaposes divinity and humanity and investigates the role of each within Theban society as well as looks into conflicts that arise when the laws of man conflict with divine laws. Through their narratives, Oedipus Rex and Antigone posit man is intended to serve others, including gods, and that they do not exist to be self-serving.
Oedipus Rex revolves around an eponymous anti-hero who by saving the city of Thebes from a Sphinx inadvertently and simultaneously brought forth a plague upon it. By defeating the Sphinx, Oedipus secured his place upon the Theban throne and as such was not only responsible for ensuring laws were abided, but was also responsible for protecting Thebes' citizens. Because of the plague that…… [Read More]
"The Odyssey" also demands that guests show similar kindness in return to their hosts. hile Odysseus is not blameless and morally upright in his actions towards others and he has an occasionally violent temper, he usually only strikes back at a host when he is threatened, as in the case of the Cyclops. For this demonstration of his need for kindness when he is wandering, he is rewarded, finally, with the restoration of his homeland.
hether Odysseus will return is a question that arises over the course of Book 14. Although Eumaeus does not believe his master is returning, he makes a sacrifice to the gods in the hopes that Odysseus will return, and even though Odysseus has arrived, he has not fully 'returned' to his old position even by this part of the book, because his ability to regain his palace remains in doubt. He still needs to be…… [Read More]
In 1924, the American Congress greatly reduced immigration with the Immigration Act, but this system was removed in 1965 which allowed for a huge wave of immigration from parts of Asia, such as the Philippine Islands, Japan and China; also, immigrants from Haiti and Mexico flooded in and greatly increased the population of American Catholics. With the arrival of the 1960's, five events are of high importance. First, John F. Kennedy became the first Catholic President of the United States in 1960 which "due to his popularity, charisma and personal integrity reassured non-Catholic Americans that Catholicism was legitimate and that Catholics could be trusted" (Emerson, 256).
Second, Pope John XXIII who had been elected as Pope in 1958 became one of the most popular and beloved Catholic Pope in modern history, due to his attempts to bring Catholics and non-Catholics together in friendship and appreciation. Third, John XXIII also convened…… [Read More]
Given that Nora's school friend Cristina's intervention, however unintentionally, lays the seeds the financial if not the emotional destruction of Nora's happy home, it might be best to not read the central theme of "A Doll's House" as the simple need for female liberation. After all, Cristina has worked hard all of her life, and even her marriage was a kind of work, falsely chosen for financial remuneration rather than love. Ironically, Cristina's early hard work and self-sacrifice for her family formed her own happiness in later life as a woman, as she finally marries a man who loves her, while Nora's feminine wiles and deception in pursuit of her husband's health ruins her own domestic bliss.
The difference between Nora and Cristina, however, is deception -- Nora, as indicated by her costumed performance as a sexy Spanish lady who dances the Tarantella, is constantly lying to her husband in…… [Read More]
Historians discuss major themes dealing vast variety materials events encounter studying history.Three themes
Colonial Life Factors
Race, class and gender were highly important factors during colonial life in the country that would become the United States of America. In many ways, the very founding of this country was all about these three separate themes that became increasingly difficult to distinguish from one another once colonial life truly began in earnest. For instance, one can sufficiently argue that class was one of the primary reasons that colonists first came to America -- for the purposes of religious freedom (since religion can be considered a type of class) as well as for economic prosperity. Many colonists initially came to the country as indentured servants who were looking to find a better monetary existence for themselves.
This principle can be demonstrated most effectively by examining literature from and pertaining to Bacon's Rebellion. Essentially,…… [Read More]
Environmental Themes in Grapes of rath
This essay reviews environmental themes from the following five books: Dust Bowl by Donald orster, The Grapes of rath by John Steinbeck, Everglades: River of Grass by Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Killing Mr. atson by Peter Matthiessen, and River of Lakes by Bill Belleville. This paper discusses the role that culture has played in environmental issues during the past century. Five sources used. MLA format.
Humans from the very beginning of their existence have had an impact, for better or worse, on the environment. Man has for the most part tried to control the environment to suit his needs or tastes of the era. Over-grazing, over hunting, ignoring the importance crop rotations, dam building, and toxic dumping, are but a few of the ways man tries to control. Few societies have ever considered any of the above when it comes to the environment.…… [Read More]
Beowulf experiences tough circumstances and because he does the right things, he emerges a hero and can live knowing he did the best he could. Here, responsibility leads to good works and, subsequently, a good life.
In "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight," we see Christian values displayed when Gawain accepts his responsibility in much the same way that Grendel does. hen examining the story of Sir Gawain, we cannot overlook the importance of chivalry, which is strongly associated with Christian ideals. Gawain maintain the knight's high ideals even when he under pressure. hen Gawain is traveling to the Green Chapel, he speaks with God, working out his own fear and uneasiness. The result of this conversation is a renewed sense of honor and a urgency to continue. Another example of how the poet intended Gawain to carry these ideals with him is in the pentangle, in which he describes…… [Read More]
sixteen illustrate the major theme of this text which is how changes in the macro environment affect individual firms and industries through the microeconomic factors of demand, production, cost and profitability. Firstly, McDonald's strategies in China will be compared and contrasted with those of al-Mart in Mexico. Secondly, the role that various policies of various governments played in influencing the international expansion strategies of both McDonald's and al-Mart will be explored. Finally, variables other than price that have the biggest impact on the demand for McDonald's products will be examined and that their influence has over these variables.
In "Drive-Through Tips for China" by Gordon Fairclough and Geoffrey A. Fowler, McDonald's very successful performance in China is analyzed. In essence, McDonald's has analyzed very well how to adapt its operations to a Chinese environment. Amazingly, it has also found a way to balance the diplomatic sops to Chinese public tastes…… [Read More]
Isolation is a central theme in 'The Sun Also Rises' and appears in two ways. The first is in the form of isolation from society and the second as isolation from each other.
The war has changed society and the characters are struggling to find their place in the new society. We see the characters in the book with empty lives, desperately trying to fill it with activities like drinking. This comes across especially when we compare their outer lives to their inner thoughts. While their outer activities appear to be happy activities, we see that none of the characters are happy. Their actions can be seen as an attempt to distract them from the emptiness of their lives. One of the major things the war has changed is the idea of what it means to be male, this is another factor that has the characters searching. This idea comes…… [Read More]
Conflict Themes in "Age of Innocence" by Edith Wharton
This paper looks at the Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton and discuses certain aspects within the novel, such as the central conflict themes, and the development of certain characters, this paper also looks at in brief the irony and symbolic nature of the time.… [Read More]
The different understandings of the world are indicative of differences in class just as they are a cause for racism, and again the characters of Solibo Magnificent have found a way to work in this system rather than resisting it.
In addition to systems of class distinction and outright racism, other instances of general discrimination can be found throughout these texts. The Tempest has only one character that is necessarily female (Ariel is somewhat ambiguous), and the way she is treated along with her degree of disenfranchisement seems to suggest a definite gender discrimination at work. Miranda seems to sense this to some degree, and ultimately takes some agency in her romance with Ferdinand, whereas the musician described early in Solibo Magnificent is seen in a discriminatory light that shows no promise of changing: he is treated a certain way and even called a certain name because of "his notorious…… [Read More]
Schlesinger describes four main themes relating to the notion of a shared household. These are:
Collective responsibility for medical care or cost-
Family members have collective responsibility and commitment in regard to certain burdens (such as paying the rent or household chores). In a similar way, politicians first argued at the end of the Progressive era that the American nation -- qua family -- owed special responsibility in regard to its duty: medical services. esponsibility in regard to the nation providing social insurance reappeared during the Great Depression era where oosevelt argued that "Americans were ready, in the Depression and after, to abandon individual responsibility for the costs of sickness during and after the Depression" (Schlesinger, 973).
Shared institutions for health care and finance
Just as the household may collectively sit down to meals and share other common experiences, so is the household expected to collectively share in providing for…… [Read More]
Imagery and Theme in Frost's "Out"
Robert Frost's "Out" may appear to be simple in its narrative, straightforwardly telling a story, yet its complex poetic style enables the reader to experience the tragic events that occur through a variety of poetic devices that Frost uses. The poem demonstrates the fickleness of fate and how some things are beyond an individual's control. In "Out," Frost explores the limitations that an individual has over how their life turns out through vivid imagery and its theme.
The poem tells the story of a young boy who accidentally had his hand cut off by a buzz saw and who subsequently died from the shock. "Out" highlights how quickly things can happen and how even a quick response may be futile. Frost establishes a narrative backdrop through imagery and onomatopoeia. For instance, the poem opens, "The buzz-saw snarled and rattled in the yard/And made dust…… [Read More]
ealth does not equate to happiness, a sense of purpose, dignity or respect. One of the key underlying assumptions of neoliberal philosophy, as derived from Milton Friedman, is that financial wealth is the ideal end goal of all activity. hile financial wealth solves many problems it does not solve all problems. Opponents of globalization, whatever their other arguments, incorporate this understanding into their protestations.
Naomi Klein goes further, suggesting that the unequal wealth distribution in the globalized economy is deliberate. The march towards globalization is not an altruistic endeavor borne of a firm belief in the power of the free market, but is a calculated strategy on the part of the world's elite to seize the world's wealth and power at whatever expense is necessary. Indeed, any economic benefits realized by the masses are incidental. Casualties -- be they citizens of Iraq, indigenous peoples or indeed any of the world's…… [Read More]
Even under ordinary circumstances, the NCLB motivates teachers to spend more time teaching standardized test-taking and less time on substantive teaching.
The other principal set of interrelated problems currently plaguing American education is that teachers are underpaid, there is little if any correlation between performance and compensation, and tenure policies make it virtually impossible to remove bad teachers once they have achieved tenure. As a result, the teaching profession cannot attract top talent, simply because the highest performing graduates have no incentive to take on high-stress, low-paying jobs where they cannot earn more based on their superior performance. In light of the tremendous importance of improving the American education system for the well-being of the country, public education must make only very limited use of standardized testing. Public funds should be directed into programs to increase the compensation of all entry-level teachers instead of being wasted on standardized test preparation…… [Read More]
maladies, tracking treatment theme (2) Lahiri's stories. You: "A temporary Matters"
Product of Problems
Children play a very important role in the many tales that are found in Jhumpa Lahiri's collection of short stories, Interpreter of Maladies, in which frequently "the pang of disappointment turns into a sudden hunger to know more" (Crain 1999). However, this fact is most noticeable, and perhaps most dire to the plot of the stories "A Temporary Matter" and "Interpreter of Maladies." Although both of these stories are about Indian people and their duality as American citizens (cislo 2001), the author uses children and allusions to them as harbingers of dissatisfaction in romantic relationships. ithin most satisfactory unions, marriages, or romantic relationships between people, children typically symbolize the offspring and birth of a love that was produced by a happy pair. However, the author of Interpreter of Maladies utilizes children largely for the opposite effect…… [Read More]
"Yentl" is a tale set in 19th century Poland, portraying a vivacious, independent little girl called Yentl from the Polish Jewish community, who was doggedly determined to follow her dreams despite knockbacks. Yentl obstinately wishes to pursue education in a community where academics, particularly Jewish religious learning, is strictly reserved for males only and is forbidden for girls. Posing as a youth, Yentl, however, flouts all societal rules and prohibitions with the strength of character that goes well with the personality of Barbra Streisand, who is the director, producer and co-writer of this remarkable movie. Although the film is essentially a musical movie, the theme of love is strong as well. Its execution and staging is indeed highly remarkable. Yentl also offers intricate details of the culture/society it is set in, of its characters' nature and of events which transpire in the course of the movie (Hobbs, n.d.).…… [Read More]
Overarching theme of the Democratic-epublican National Committee
Statement of the purpose of the exercise
The objective of the table top stimulus has been to replicate as practically as one possibly can the likeliest circumstances that the actual work-team task force might experience throughout the DNC, in addition to a worst-case scenario.
Participating entities and their roles
A few of the entities included within the table top conference consist of: Major Susan Barker, the commander of the Crime Scene Investigations Bureau related to the Miami-Dade Police Department (MDPD) together with professionals coming from the Miami-Dade Police Crime Lab, the Broward County Sheriff's Workplace Crime Scene Investigations Bureau, the town of Miami PD Crime Scene Section, Jackson Memorial Hospital, the FBI's Hazardous Material esponse Unit, the Miami-Dade Police Bomb Squad, the Miami-Dade Healthcare Examiner's Office, the 44th Civil Support Team related to the Florida National Guard, along with Miami-Dade Fire escue's Urban…… [Read More]
The company selected is Dar Almanthour for Fragrance. The company was established in the year 2000 by the owner, Mr. Therar AlTararwa. The key products retailed by the company comprise of Bakhour, perfumes, scents, perfume oil and designed boxes for formal events. It started off with his friend at work wanting to sell his own made up fragrance and offered Mr. Therar AlTararwa to sell these fragrances to his family and when he did Mr. Al Tararwa saw an opportunity that selling these fragrances made money and so he wanted to get in the game he bought dozens of fragrances from his friend and made a guy sell them and he had his percentage of the sales. So then and there, Mr. Al Tararwa saw an opportunity and offered his friend money to sell him the mixture ingredients of the fragrance so he can open up a fragrance…… [Read More]
arfare was obviously distasteful for Voltaire as he showed with 'Te deum' or the Christian hymn of thanksgiving. The soldiers of both the parties sing the song even though neither side was in a position to have won the battle. Voltaire showed that the atrocities of war would never be prevented even with international laws. As Voltaire depicted two armies present as a glorious spectacle, he was showing the terrible atmosphere that was created in the music and gunfire. Candide saw that on the battlefield that guns and bayonets would lead to more thirty thousand rogues death and Candide trembled in terror. So when the both kings and their armies sing 'Te Deum' only Candide seems to understand that both sides of the village are ruined. In summary, Voltaire is quite clear when he describes all that Candide saw from the shocking massacre of the community was the soldiers' lust…… [Read More]