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Taking a Look at Autobiographical Images - ... She was Canada’s official representative at the 2005 Venice Biennale. Her work has appeared both nationally and internationally, including solo and group exhibitions at places like the Art gallery of Ontario. Her works is known for referencing the historical through representations of the female body, and “Fringe” is no exception, recalling full-length Victorian portraits and the reclining nude figure in Ingres’s “La Grande Odalisque.” Nan Goldin is a renowned photographer whose work often deals with groups on the margins.
Born in Washington, D.C., in 1953, Nan Goldin was introduced to photography at the age of fifteen by a teacher who passed out Polaroid cameras to students at the pro...   [tags: contemporary art] 1116 words
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Autobiographical Elements of Essays of Elia - The most charming beauty of romantic literature is the trait of its being intensely autobiographical and subjective. Similarly, "Essays of Elia" unfold the life history and idiosyncratic mind of Charles Lamb in a semi-factual way. The real delight for the Romantic comes from his infusion of fact and fiction as, otherwise, his essays would have become mere boring and passionless statements about his personal and private life. Our charm and fascination do not grow less, for we are never too close to the reality or surrounded by totally imaginary details and accounts....   [tags: Charles Lamb] 724 words
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Autobiographical Memory - Autobiographical Memory `Memory` is a label for a diverse set of cognitive capacities by which humans and perhaps other animals retain information and reconstruct past experiences, usually for present purposes. Autobiographical memory is a complex and multiply determined skill, consisting of neurological, social, cognitive, and linguistic components. At most beasic level, autobiographical memories refer to personally experienced past events. Over the past decade the research into autobiographical memory has led to an account of human memory in which personal goals play a major role in the formationk, access and contruction of specific memories Episodic memory is reconceived as a memory sy...   [tags: Neurology Biology Neurological Essays]
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Autobiographical Comparison - Autobiographical Comparison While reading through James Baldwin's Autobiographical Notes, I was struck with a sudden flash of inspiration. I already knew that I enjoyed Baldwin's works more than any others we have read in class so far: Rodriguez's writing I found to be dull and victimized; Jacobs's was precisely an explanation of how bad slaves lives were and nothing more; and although Virginia Woolf's writings were not painful to read the overall style left me feeling dreamy and disconcerted (after a while all those semicolons got to me)....   [tags: James Baldwin Philosophy Essays] 1046 words
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Autobiographical Writing on my 5th Birthday - Autobiographical Writing My 5th birthday My 5th birthday is 1 of my earliest memories and is the first birthday I can remember I don't know why it has stuck in my memory so much but I can remember it like it was yesterday. It started very early in the morning around 5 am which is ridiculously early to be getting up and you wouldn't catch me getting up that early these days, but at the time I was used to it because my mum worked at night and my dad started work about 6 so I used to have to go round my next door neighbors house till my mum got home at about 8, the lady next door was called Maureen she was about 50 and she was quite tiny and had short gray hair...   [tags: Papers] 575 words
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The Ethics of Living Jim Crow an Autobiographical Sketch by Richard Wright - ... The only real reason that makes sense is that we are intimidated and fearful of what their potential could be. As Richard was reminded by his family, “When you are working for white folks . . . you got to “stay in your place” (Wright, 1937, p. 24) staying in your place, meant not attempting to better oneself. A graphic portrayal of racial profiling occurred when the police accosted Richard when his job duties required him to deliver in a white neighborhood. Simply being in the neighborhood provided reason to search Richard, but the dissatisfaction the officers displayed when they did not find anything incriminating on his person is appalling....   [tags: inequality, prejudice, stereotypes]
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Autobiographical Elements in Joseph Conrad's "heart of Darkness" - "Heart of Darkness" is Conrad's journey to the Self/Autobiographical elements in the "Heart of Darkness" (by: Purwarno, Faculty of English Literature, UISU, Medan, Indonesia. E-mail: purwarnofs@uisu.ac.id) "Heart of Darkness" is the most famous of Joseph Conrad's personal novels: a pilgrim's progress for a pessimistic and psychological age. After having finished the main draft of the novel, Conrad had remarked, "Before the Congo, I was just a mere animal." The living nightmare of 1890 seems to have affected Conrad quite as importantly as the Andre Gide's Congo experience 36 years later....   [tags: World Literature] 817 words
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Divine Comedy - Autobiographical Journey in Dante’s Inferno - Dante’s Inferno - Autobiographical Journey The Inferno is more than just a fictional story about someone traveling through the universe. It is actually more like an autobiographical journey of life through its author, Dante Alighieri’s eyes. Written in the early 1300s by a disgruntled Dante living in exile, he literally describes a man who has been trapped, and must find a way to escape. Allegorically, he’s telling us about the terrible moment of crisis that occurs in each one of our lives “when evil inside and outside of ourselves seems to block any hope for further constructive development”....   [tags: Divine Comedy Inferno Essays] 605 words
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Autobiographical Nature in the Writings of Five Well Known Poets - Among the five authors that I have chosen they all relate themselves to the material that they write. The authors that I have chosen are, the poets, Robert Frost and Robinson Jeffers, the prose writers, Mary E. Wilkins Freeman and Willa Cather, and the dramatist, Eugene O’Neil. In all of their writings they have an autobiographical nature that tells the reader about the authors own life. Without the aspects of these authors’ lives their writing could differ. This aspect of revealing ones own life through writing can be seen in Robert Frost’s poems not because he portrays his own life, but quite the opposite....   [tags: essays research papers] 587 words
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An Autobiographical Portrayal of F. Scott Fitzgerald as Jay Gatsby - Frances Scott Key Fitzgerald, born September 24, 1896 in St. Paul, Minnesota, is seen today as one of the true great American novelists. Although he lived a life filled with alcoholism, despair, and lost-love, he managed to create the ultimate love story and seemed to pinpoint the ¡§American Dream¡¨ in his classic novel, The Great Gatsby. In the novel, Jay Gatsby is the epitome of the ¡§self-made man,¡¨ in which he dictates his entire life to climbing the social ladder in order to gain wealth, to ultimately win the love of a woman: something that proves to be unattainable....   [tags: The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald]
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Autobiographical Work from the 1970s - Peacocks Late summer sunshine warms the busy footpath with its afternoon glow. Sparkling sandstone lights shimmer on the slabs, giving the impression that London's streets are paved with gold. Multilingual chatter fills the air, as people pass on their way to the theatres and nightlife of Leicester Square; parading their finest 1970's, West End fashion. The young men like strutting peacocks; as they exhibit their mating attire of coiffured hair, body hugging shirts, flared trousers and platform boots....   [tags: peacocks, arch, club, meeting] 1946 words
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Exploring St. Augustine of Hippo's Augustine Confessions - Augustine’s Confessions is an autobiographical work by St. Augustine of Hippo, written in Latin between 397 and 398 CE. Saint Augustine is one of the most important figures in Western Christianity because of his teachings and interpretations of the gospel. He is also considered one the church fathers of Latin Christianity. This inspiring autobiography explores St. Augustine sinful childhood and adolescence, further conversion to Christianity and teachings as bishop of Hippo. This autobiography is divided into thirteen books, from which the first nine are mostly autobiographical, and the last four mostly are commentaries, where he discusses philosophical and theological issues....   [tags: autobiographical work] 836 words
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Review of Mairs' Autobiography Entitled, On Being a Cripple - “On Being a Cripple” is placed under the genre of autobiography because it focuses on a significant personal experience in Mairs’ past and draws out the meaning as she tells her story and reflects on her experiences. The key factors of an autobiographical essay include dramatic events or episodes, vivid details and narration, and an interweaving of narration with reflection on and interpretation of the essayist’s experiences (Norton xxvii). This essay focuses on Mairs’ experiences and personal struggles with multiple sclerosis....   [tags: autobiographical essay, ] 597 words
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Autobiographical Essay - My aspiration toward a better education starts all the way back to when I started school in Russia. Out of the short educational experience that I had in Russia, I remember that almost everybody wanted to be the straight-A student (or straight-"5" by Russian grading). That, combined with the constant pressure from my family helped me get excited about school and made me want to learn. My education in Russia was cut short, however, when we moved to the United States. In the United States, education is a bit different from Russia....   [tags: Autobiography] 980 words
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Autobiographical Statement - A few years ago I found myself on a train heading from Amsterdam to Hamburg. I had just spent several days traveling through the Netherlands and was going to end my fall break trip in Germany. The cities I picked had been arbitrary. All I knew was that in the three and a half months I was studying abroad I would see as much of the world as possible. This often meant frantically searching the internet for cheap flights, bus tickets, and hostiles, and only getting to spend a day or two in a magnificent city....   [tags: Personal Statement] 1350 words
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The Autobiographical Nature of The Mesmerizer, by Mark Twain - ... On the fourth night of the mesmerizer’s show, he was tempted to replace Hicks. He pretended to be sleepy and easily enough, he became subject. As soon as Twain successfully terminated Hicks as a subject in the show by proving that he was better in all realms, he was extremely proud. “Success to Crime!” (2) He says. Twain is proud of doing wrong and continues the show as subject. Eventually, he became a hero on the platform. Since he establishes himself as a hero on the stage as a teenager, he can no longer undo his injustice thirty-five years later and put himself in an immobile position....   [tags: blame, hypnotist, guilt] 637 words
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Autobiographical Essay: Who Am I? - 1. Environment: I grew up in a very welcoming orthodox community mainly consisting of orthodox and non-orthodox Jewish men, women, and children. I myself am a white, orthodox, Jewish woman. My neighborhood from before the time I was born until my early young-adult-hood was made up of orthodox Jews until two secular families moved in. Although technically my house is in the Baltimore City boarder my community and school is not split into county and city. Meaning that it does not necessarily matter where you live, you can attend any private school you wished....   [tags: neighborhood, social class, community] 1032 words
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Autobiographical Essay: Who Am I? - 1. Environment: I grew up in a very welcoming Orthodox Jewish community. I myself am a white, orthodox, Jewish woman. My neighborhood from the time I was born until my early young-adult-hood was made up of Orthodox Jews until two secular families moved in. Although technically my house lies within the Baltimore City, my community and school is not split into county and city. This means that it does not necessarily matter where one lives. One may attend any private Jewish school one wishes. I go to an all-female private school that was set up by my community specifically for Jewish girls like myself....   [tags: religion, family, class] 1345 words
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Use of Rhetorical Appeals and Diction in Richard Wright’s Autobiographical Work, Black Boy - Use of Rhetorical Appeals and Diction in Richard Wright’s Autobiographical Work, Black Boy In his autobiographical work, Black Boy, Richard Wright wrote about his battles with hunger, abuse, and racism in the south during the early 1900's. Wright was a gifted author with a passion for writing that refused to be squelched, even when he was a young boy. To convey his attitude toward the importance of language as a key to identity and social acceptance, Wright used rhetorical techniques such as rhetorical appeals and diction....   [tags: Richard Wright’s Black Boy] 535 words
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Mistry's First Person Narrative: Indian Nationalism Disguised as Wistful Recollection. - ... His consternation at having taken the ride in the cycle rickshaw instead of the newer auto rickshaws is evident in his word: “His calf muscles contracted and rippled, knotting with the strain, and a mixture of pity and anger confused me. I wish the ride would end quickly” (Mistry 42). And yet, even this negative portrayal of poverty in India and how the old and new India often clash in a classification of society into the well off and less well-off even within the rickshaw business ends in a positive: “… he convinced me a taxi was better than bus in this weather....   [tags: autobiographical narrative of trip to Dharmsala]
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Literary Techniques Used in Edgar Allen Poe's Work - ... The sound represents the soon death of those who thought they could escape the Red Death. As each hour passes, the sound causes even the most happiest to become uneasy. Its size and appearance may represent a casket of a “tall and gaunt” man who, prior to the seclusion, died from the Red Death and was placed there. I know that many people were placed in caskets within the walls of churches in the past and their remains are still there today. As the clock chimes, the passing of life in time is considered by all those who stop to hear its sound....   [tags: foreshadowing, colors, autobiographical ] 780 words
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The Glass Menagerie by Tennesse Williams - A Recollection There are many ways our past life experiences affect our actions. Every person in this world has a story and every person goes about his or her “story” differently. Tennessee Williams, a man from Mississippi, took his life experiences and his memories and chose to write stories and plays based on them. His stories were rooted from his troubled past. Tennessee Williams’ most famous play, The Glass Menagerie, has a full cast of characters extremely similar to his own family and a plot directly related to his life....   [tags: past experiences, autobiographical elements]
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The Art of Advertisement - Introduction This study sought to address the issue of autobiographical advertising, and how advertisers play off of people’s emotions and memories through the art of advertisements. The purpose of this study was to see if using this form of advertising causes people to develop false memories about their past. This topic is important to study because it shows how advertisements can sometimes lead to the cause of people developing memories that actually never happened to them, which causes them to be able to relate to the advertisement better and become more interested in the product or place that is being advertised....   [tags: autobiographical ad, memory alteration] 2525 words
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Harriet Jacobs' Experiences in Slavery in the Autobiographical Life of a Slave Girl - ... Slave-holders took so much for granted. They were “lucky” to be born of European descent. They were “lucky” that they were not the slaves, restricted from several actions. Actions that may even be part of everyone as humans. If the slave-holders were placed in the slaves shoes, the system of slavery could have been entirely diffent. Placed into Jacobs’ shoes, they would have realized a number of strict rules and events that were held against slaves. Where her father and grandmother were very skilful yet they remained slaves....   [tags: skills, relationships, master]
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Livia Bitton-Jackson Loosly Autobiographical Piece, Elli: Coming of Age in the Holocaust” - Livia Bitton-Jackson was born in 1931, in Czechoslovakia. At the age of 13 she was taken to a concentration camp in Auschwitz, and was liberated in 1945. She studied at the New York University and is a Doctor of Philosophy in Hebrew Culture and Jewish History. For thirty-seven years, Bitton was a professor of history at City University of New York. One of her books, “Elli: Coming of Age in the Holocaust”, received numerous awards, such as the Christopher Award, the Eleanor Roosevelt Humanitarian Award and the Jewish Heritage Award....   [tags: hope, risks, growth] 526 words
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The Autobiographical Nature of The Garden of the Finzi-Conitini’s by Giorgio Bassani - ... While valuing her privacy, she seems more attuned to outside realities, more courageously lucid about the world that surrounds them. (Brombert) The garden (in fact a park) and the imposing mansion nicknamed “magna domus” represent a privileged world. At teatime, near the tennis court, a tray appears laden with sandwiches of foie grass, caviar, and smoked salmon. (Bassani 29) Tea and fruit juices in porcelain and pewter pots are served to the players on a rubber-wheeled cart. It is a sheltered world....   [tags: wealth, isolation, love] 1813 words
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I Was Taught to Work Hard and Persevere - My parents migrated to the U.S. from Pakistan in 1990s. Growing up, we did not have much. My dad supported a family of seven on bare minimum wage. We lived in the dangerous slums of New York in a two bedroom, roach infested apartment. While there, my cousin got shot. I vividly remember the horrifying pain sketched into every wrinkle of his face. It made me want to do something with my life so we could move to a better place. My father had the same thought. My father worked hard, and established himself to become a professional tailor....   [tags: autobiographical account] 625 words
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A Brief Story of My Life - My story is one that starts before birth. After all I was born in 30 weeks. My mom(Bella), had a difficult pregnancy. At 5 months and half Bella started bleeding. The doctor’s found out that she had full placenta praevia. Full placenta praevia is complication in which the placenta is inserted partially or wholly in lower uterine segment. This blocks the baby to be born naturally and causes the mother bleeding. Bella would bleed every day and was in the emergency room five times because of the constant bleeding....   [tags: autobiographical recount] 2383 words
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Faith and Diversity in Religions - In my life, I have come across different religions such as Christianity and Judaism. I grew up in a Christian household and I have come across Judaism with family friends and even my own family. I have attended Bar and Bat Mitzvah’s for my family friends and I got to see a bit of Jewish culture and tradition which I greatly appreciated that I could be a part of. Along with experiencing Judaism, my aunt converted from Christianity to Judaism when she married my uncle. I got to see a conversion of religions which was very cool and fascinating....   [tags: autobiographical narrative] 1826 words
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Looking Back at My Story - I was just a mere little boy who will walk the street and chase chickens around in the day and at night when I was tired, I would look at the sky in awe and wonder what made the stars twinkle. Why did everything go the way it went. Other times, I would drop a glass and wonder why it would not get back together from the pieces. Eventually, I got scolded for it. I needed answers. I required explanations which would satisfy me. I did not even understand why I would be second to a girl from 1st grade....   [tags: autobiographical recount] 566 words
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Fishing with My Grandmother - When summer time comes around people get excited about swimming , taking family vacations , but for me it is fishing with my grandma. Nothing is better to me and my grandma than throwing a poll out in the water and kicking back in a chair and waiting. Growing up my grandma would take me to do a lot of things as a child but fishing was my all time favorite thing to do. Sometimes on the weekends we would take little road trips for the day and in the back of the truck was always my fishing pole. My grandma would pull over on the side of the road when we would pass a river or a creek and we would always get out and look over the rail to see if we seen any fish , if i seen a fish i would run to t...   [tags: autobiographical story] 729 words
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My Primary School - My Old Primary school is a state primary school this is a free to attend school but you must meet a set of criteria to be eligible. Child must be registered as a dependant. Child must live with you. You must show you can accommodate and support your child financially. WWW.Education.org (online) There are a few more regulations that may have needed to be met by certain families. Generally if you could not afford to pay for your child's education then your child went to a state school. Location My old Primary school was based in Northampton, it was surrounded by house which formed a border around the school field, we had two major parks near the site it had one main road for entry which gener...   [tags: Autobiographical Assignment]
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Immigrants to America - I sighed and stroked my quickly graying beard. My family consisting of my son and my daughter had been on this damned ship for what seemed like eternity. We were told that the trip would be long but we didn't imagine steerage to be this terrible. It was filled with sickly people of various nationalities, the food was either rotten or bad, and it was cramped so much that it was hardly bearable. Yes steerage was certainly the best example of hell on Earth I could come up with, but it would be worth it for a new life for my family in America....   [tags: autobiographical recount] 1121 words
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Racial Segregations and Hope for More Equal Life in McBride's Autobiography, Color of Water - In showing the youth of his mother and her abusive father, McBride identifies the racism of the South in 1940s. With mentions of his past he highlights the racial segregations in order to portray a more equal way of life. The racial segregation begins as he questions his identity wondering why his mom is white and he is black. When James goes to the bus to take him to summer camp and the kid shakes his father’s hand in a “hip” way and then says his dad is a Black Panther James yells for his mother then punches the other kid in the face (p....   [tags: racism, discrimination, autobiographical] 602 words
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The Reality of Being Born into a Family with Opium Addicted Parents - Being the youngest in a Christian Mood family of eight, I always felt like I was alone. I never felt like I had the parental guidance or affections I need as a child. This was partly because my parents themselves never had any parental guidance and they've been addicted to opium ever since they got married. For as long as I can remember, they were always in their room smoking away and never coming out unless they needed to. Due to that I felt detached from them and it made me feel empty. My parents never asked where I was, who I was with, or what I was doing so I had always had a sense that they didn’t really care....   [tags: autobiographical reflection essay, neglect] 567 words
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Elizabeth Gilbert's Eat, Pray, Love - Frankfurt explains that what is essential to the self are the desires and cares that the self identifies with. In order for a self to transform then it must change its desires or cares therefore self transformation is possible through the modification of which it desires or cares for. Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat Pray Love, claims to have transformed herself throughout the three years that the novel takes place, but did she actually transform herself. Elizabeth Gilbert was born in Waterbury, Connecticut July 18th, 1969, and grew up on a small farm....   [tags: an autobiographical account, story analysis] 1859 words
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Mally: Personal Thoughts - Once when I was but a wee child, I was told that the world was so large it would take fifty lifetimes to ever reach top to bottom. That now our world is closed in darkness and has become very tiny. No one travels anymore, except for a merchant here and there. That there were big cities as tall or taller than any mountains that almost reached the heavens. There were things made out of metal that would take you places in the blink of an eye. Now we use those metal pieces to dig gardens. And something about a porcelain throne… Here is my life, I live in Hammetts Grove....   [tags: autobiographical anecdotes and story] 900 words
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Exploring the Autobiography of Malcom X - "We declare our right on this earth...to be a human being, to be respected as a human being, to be given the rights of a human being in this society, on this earth, in this day, which we intend to bring into existence by any means necessary." These words were spoken by Malcolm X, a civil rights leader and political activist. He is also the main character, narrator, and author of the Autobiography of Malcolm X. The autobiography takes place in various cities in the United States, such as Omaha, New York, and Detroit, as well as the Middle East, and Africa....   [tags: autobiographical, civil rights leader, segregation] 1065 words
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The Day My Father Began to Understand the Colors of My World - The world is full of color. It has to be. Where else would we find depth and meaning and purpose. Color comes together to make shape. The vibrancy of blues, reds and yellows all wash over us as we experience life. Everything ruptures with color, even music with its bright highs and dark lows or language spoken with meaning and clarity. Existence is an art and the freedom to express your art a privilege we all hold dear. I discovered the power of expression when I was young. Crayons and scissors filled my mind....   [tags: Personal Narrative, Autobiographical Essay] 2132 words
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I Have Cancer and My Brother has Cerebral Palsy - There are things in life which none of us can control, in my life there have been many such things. In trying to write this essay I have a difficult time trying to decide what I am going to write about. I have many ideas running through my head,and I am trying to decide what makes me who I am, what makes me special. Soren Kierkegaard said, "Life can only be understood backwards, but must be lived forwards." I have a difficult time understanding my life even as I look back, I am unsure of why things happened and what effect certain events had on my life....   [tags: Personal Narrative, Autobiographical Essay] 1686 words
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Free Narrative Essays - I Never Get the Girl - "Come on, you wuss, just three more reps," I muttered under my breath. I was in the gym, doing curls. It had been a long day, so I decided to torture myself on purpose. (I sometimes wonder about my own sanity.) Some popular pop song was playing on the radio, but I was ignoring it, as usual. Either the gym or I smelled heavily of sweat; I had a strong suspicion towards the latter. As I finished my curls, my arms burnt as if on fire. Time for a half-minute break, then back for another set. I was absolutely determined to get back into shape....   [tags: Personal Narrative, Autobiographical Essay] 1116 words
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Personal Narrative - One of My Most Coveted Achievements - One of My Most Coveted Achievements   Dr. Ross’ Comments: This essay is a very good example of a personal experience shared by the writer. She clearly describes an important episode in her life and vividly reveals a part of her true “self” to her audience.   What began in my life as yet another effort in weight loss became one of my most coveted achievements. After the birth of our third child, and too many pounds that were not disappearing, we purchased a small above ground pool. While the kids splashed, I began my aquatic exercise program....   [tags: Personal Narrative, Autobiographical Essay] 618 words
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Personal Narrative - The Rice Fields of Home - The Rice Fields of Home I remember the big Gingko tree on the little hill. It was an old tree, shaped like a grandma with her curved back and wrinkly body. I loved how its leaves turned golden yellow during the autumn. I called them, Eun-hang Ip. Whenever the wind blew, it was snowing yellow, and I was covered with them. I would often doze off in that yellow blanket while the sunshine held my feet with her warm hands and the gentle breeze brushed my hair. In my dreams, I climbed that tree all the way up and reached the clouds--the white cotton candies....   [tags: Personal Narrative, Autobiographical Essay] 1450 words
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I Wear a Mask To Hide My Pain - In the off-Broadway musical "Fantasticks", a song entitled "Round and Round" proclaims, "hold up your mask then it all will be pretty." This song depicts horrible images that transform into beautiful stories when viewed through a special mask. The mask converts a boy being burned to death into a man covered in a beautiful orange-red robe. In this musical, and often in real life, wearing a mask filters out the evil in the world, and allows the world to be viewed as a more beautiful place....   [tags: Autobiographical Essay, Personal Narrative] 1179 words
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Another Friday Night at the Military School - 5:00. Another Friday night rolled around. I lay on my bed daydreaming. At fifteen, I left home to become a boarder at the military school, a private school far, far away from home. Since then, every Friday night had become a blurred feeling of boredom coupled with the same repeating people and places. Every time I looked for an answer to excitement, or simple entertainment, I hit a wall of restrictions. Due to these very annoying rules, I had no car or place to go. I lived in room 208 of a three-story dorm with a roommate who was not only thought insane, but also had even less of a social life than I did....   [tags: Personal Narrative, Autobiographical Essay] 2686 words
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Would I Become the Next Snow White? - Would I Become the Next Snow White.   Ah, to be a Disney Girl. To possess beauty so divine it can melt the hearts of charming princes and gruff miners alike. To be able to use the same gift to tame temperamental beasts, while you attract, through angelic song, otherwise timid forest creatures. To know that, in the end-despite the fact that your wicked stepmother has forced you into a life of servitude and an evil queen is seeking your mutilated heart-yes, in the end, some day your prince will come....   [tags: Personal Narrative, Autobiographical Essay] 1592 words
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Personal Narrative- Random Story About my Life - Personal Narrative- Random Story About my Life One of them was that I was on my journey with someone. I was on the journey with my boyfriend Dusty whom I have been with for four years. I am more like myself when I am with someone, especially Dusty, than when I am by myself. I do think that spending time with just yourself is a waste of time. You should just be out talking to people because who knows when that dreaded day of death will come. I think that you should just seize the moment and spend time with people....   [tags: Personal Narrative, Autobiographical Essay] 614 words
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The Psychological Impact of Gym Class - Gym class was never much fun. I knew that I wasn't going to be an athlete; the other kids knew I wasn't going to be an athlete, and the coach knew I wasn't going to be an athlete. With all this knowledge floating around, I still had to move the ball and make it go that way, very fast. So I would approach the ball, and make it move in a general direction, at an adequate speed, which was good enough for me. I was still beaten up. You know what I've got issues with, the gym propaganda. There's tons of it, leaking out of the mouths of teachers, coaches, celebrities, committees, activists, presidents, and the like....   [tags: Personal Narrative, Autobiographical Essay] 811 words
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I Had to Fight to Read - It was summer, stinking hot in a small town and I was fifteen and bored. The town librarian had been giving me grief since I was eleven and in the sixth grade, when she issued her first decree that I wasn't "old enough" to check out what became the first of a long line of books I had to fight to read. It was also the first of many times when one or both of my parents trudged down to the library to insist equally firmly that she had no right to restrict my choices as I had their permission to read whatever I wanted....   [tags: Personal Narrative, Autobiographical Essay] 672 words
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He Who is Attaked by Animals - He Who is Attaked by Animals When I was in grade school, my family lived seven miles outside of Lincolnton, Georgia, about fifty miles north of Augusta. It wasn't really a farm because technically farms produced something; all our farm produced was trouble. We owned probably some of the most vicious animals in Lincoln County. This tended to keep the flow of friends to our house down to a minimum. Many of our friends had been bitten, kicked, cut, and bruised at the very least. These attacks could cause physical and emotional trauma at worst, and the publicity surely didn't encourage other friends to visit....   [tags: Personal Narrative, Autobiographical Essay] 2105 words
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Killing is Easy, Living is Hard - Killing is Easy, Living is Hard I did my best to kill Bobby Ackerman late one April night when we were both seventeen. We were speeding down a two-lane highway, a narrow trail of asphalt that sailed off a ridge and down into a long, sweeping right-hand turn and then rushed past a white stucco house with a tile roof, a house that crowned the hill beyond a quaint covered bridge over a dry creek bed running parallel to the road. We were descending toward a little town named Crane, and we were flying....   [tags: Personal Narrative, Autobiographical Essay] 994 words
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The Life Journey of an Artist - The Life Journey of an Artist Throughout history the role of the artist has changed greatly. Looking through the annals of Art History, the time that we are in now is very different than any other. A profession that has always been looked at as just that, a profession, has become more of a life mission, of sorts. Very gradually the artist began working for his or her own benefit instead of for a benefactor or commission. Is this a good change or a bad one. Is this the inevitable evolution of art....   [tags: Personal Narrative, Autobiographical Essay] 715 words
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School, Education, Wisdom and My Life - School, Education, Wisdom and My Life One day in class, I was asked what I "know about", and how what I "know about", relates to me today, in my life, as I am living it. Well, this is an account of whether or not I know anything at all. If I do know something, I'll make clear of how it is connected with me. If I come to the conclusion that I don't know anything at all, then I'll write about something else, if I know what I'm writing about. I shall base this narrative around me, starting from birth, and concluding it with the now and present....   [tags: Personal Narrative, Autobiographical Essay] 891 words
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I'm Stan - I'm Gay - This essay is the story of my life, in a way. "A clean heart create for me, God; renew in me a steadfast spirit." Psalm 51:12 I was raised in a close, loving household and went to parochial school. When I began to experience attraction to male peers in junior high school, I didn't know what to make of the feelings. Mostly, I stuffed them down, decided this was an adolescent phase, and went along with my life. At 13, I began to masturbate daily, often fueled by fantasies of guys in my class. I told myself this phase would pass; however, when friends in high school started dating girls, bragging of their exploits, I couldn't relate....   [tags: Personal Narrative, Autobiographical Essay] 625 words
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My Life in Public Housing - I grew up in a rough housing project. I don't think we had a tv at the time. There was nothing like a local swimming pool, or organized sports. Kids were just let out of school to spend the summer roaming in packs. If we wanted to play baseball, we would flatten the tall weeds in the field behind the project. When I was about 12, bored and fidgety as the summer wore on, I was allowed to walk the four miles to the nearest public library, built during the Civil War and looking very Southern and classical with its huge porch and Corinthian columns....   [tags: Personal Narrative, Autobiographical Essay] 389 words
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The Importance of Learning Self-respect - On a recent visit to Europe, I had the good fortune to participate in a study tour, focusing on teenage sexuality, sex-education in the schools, the impact of the media, and parent-child communication. While teen sexual activity, pregnancy rates, HIV and STI statistics are exceedingly high in the United States; the Netherlands, Germany and France all maintain a much healthier standard. While these European teens are not only beginning sexual activity a year later than our teens, on an average, the reason for their better health seems to me fairly obvious better mental health....   [tags: Personal Narrative, Autobiographical Essay] 568 words
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I Will Be a Writer - I have always seen myself as an inward person who best expressed his thoughts on paper for all to see. That is why I see writing as my natural career choice; not only is it what I do best, but both my parents' first career were journalism. Reading is my first love, and while reading a book I often find myself lost in a totally different world, one that exists only in the imagination of the author and in my own mind. I know I want to be a writer, and my performance in school contests as well as in the National Council of Teachers of English competition has made me believe I have the talent to be successful....   [tags: Personal Narrative, Autobiographical Essay] 521 words
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The Day My Music Died - Some memories never fade. Tucked away in the accordion file of our minds, some memories live forever. Some memories walk hand in hand with us to our six-foot retirement homes. And though it is true that some are great blessings, some memories scar the hopes, some memories mar our dreams. In my heart I will always have a passion for music. The rhythm of the beat is the blood in my veins. I can close my eyes and hear the notes, tasting the sweet sound they leave on the top of my tongue. The sound of my soul, that reverberates inside the corridors of my heart....   [tags: Personal Narrative, Autobiographical Essay] 2630 words
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Mark Twain Changed My Life - Sometime before I reached high school, I formed the habit of blindly accepting any explanation of anything that someone gave to me, not forming any opinions before I had the information spoon-fed to me. Everything changed after I picked up a copy of "Mark Twain's Best" at my library book sale. One of the stories featured was "The Mysterious Stranger," a tale of a group of boys who meets someone who calls himself Satan. The story completely compelled me. All my life I had been taught that we had either been exploded into existence by an improbable bang, or molded into creation by a supreme Deity....   [tags: Personal Narrative, Autobiographical Essay] 324 words
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The Day Elvis Almost Died - The Day Elvis Almost Died I was riding in the backseat of my parents' red Cutlass on a warm fall day in 1984. My only entertainment was listening to the sucking sound the back of my thigh made when I lifted it off the sticky vinyl seat. I remember seeing patchwork fields of rainbow-colored leaves resting on the yellow grass, wishing that I could rake them into big piles, so I could run through them, scattering them across the field again. I rolled the dusty window down to get a better look at the pastures as the hard wind rushed in over my face and through my hair....   [tags: Personal Narrative, Autobiographical Essay] 1687 words
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The Fire That Burns Within - The Fire That Burns Within "...we but level that lift to pass and continue beyond." Walt Whitman, "Now I Will You to Be a Bold Swimmer," Song of Myself. I never really thought about how one's childhood continues to shape one's future. When I was young it never crossed my mind to say, "I wanna be a medical doctor of endocrinology when I grow up" or "I wanna be a biomedical researcher at A&M University." It was, of course, always "I wanna be a fireman" or "I'm gonna be an astronaut." Somewhere along the line I became interested in science, and now I want to become a doctor....   [tags: Personal Narrative, Autobiographical Essay] 972 words
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My Teacher's Hall of Fame - There are many commercials these days both on the radio and on the television that praise teachers. Why. Aside from a child's parents, a teacher is the most important person in a child's life. They act as surrogate parents seven hours out of each day. Like parents, teacher's care, support, nurture, teach, and mentor a child while they are at school, and sometimes afterward. For professional sports players there is a Hall of Fame set up so that they may be recognized for their achievements....   [tags: Autobiographical Essay, Personal Narrative] 547 words
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Walking With Jesus Through Europe - While on a two week trip through Europe, I was drawn far deeper into the Sacred Romance I have with Jesus and was therefore transformed. While the time I spent in Europe represents a very small fraction of my life, the lessons I learned and the things I discovered have molded me into a different person than I who I was before I embarked on the journey. There were four intellectual and spiritual things that deeply impacted me on this trip; the first one being the deep sense of history and respect for history that I acquired....   [tags: Autobiographical Essay, Personal Narrative] 1512 words
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My Father and I - My Father and I My father and I started walking down the long, black, shiny wall. As we got closer are steps were slower. We moved with hesitation. My heart began to beat faster, and I felt an ache in the pit of my stomach. My father squeezed my hand as we approached a statue of three men cast in bronze. The Vietnam Veteran's Memorial or "The Wall" lay just beyond, but we found ourselves unable to move. My father stood staring at the statue, afraid to go on. Between silences, he spoke about the incredible detailed work of the sculpture, such as the towel wrapped around the neck of one of the soldiers, the M-60 machine gun and the soldier's bandoleers of ammunition....   [tags: Personal Narrative, Autobiographical Essay] 437 words
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The University Education Puzzle - The University Education Puzzle My four years of education at Bemidji State University have been comparable to a huge jigsaw puzzle. When I first began, I needed to find my interest, my field of study. I was shopping for the picture puzzle of my preference. I found that there was no particular field that I was interested in so I just grabbed at something. I bought my puzzle without really caring what the picture would be of. I consulted my catalog and found that you could determine what courses to take without wasting valuable time, by determining which ones were required for the two fields most suitable to me....   [tags: Personal Narrative, Autobiographical Essay] 539 words
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