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The Impossibility of Female Desire in Pygmalion and The Awakening - In “The Power of Discourse and the Subordination of the Feminine,” Luce Irigaray argues that, because society uses a patriarchal language that privileges male-gendered logic over female-gender emotion, there is no adequate language to represent female desire. She writes that “feminine pleasure has to remain inarticulate in language, in its own language, if it is not to threaten the underpinnings of logical operations” and, because of this, “what is most strictly forbidden to women today is that they should attempt to express their own pleasure” (796)....   [tags: Gender Studies]
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Utopia - The Impossibility of Perfection - Utopia - The Impossibility of Perfection "The latter end of [this] commonwealth forgets the beginning." ?William Shakespeare, The Tempest From Plato's The Republic to Karl Marx's Communist Manifesto, the search for a perfect social state has never stopped; its ultimate goal of achieving a human society that exists in absolute harmony with all due social justice, however, has proved to be woefully elusive. The pure concept of a utopia can be theoretically visualized as a perfect geometric circle: one that is seamless, all-inclusive, yet impossible to draw out in reality....   [tags: Utopia Essays Utopian Perfect Essays]
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The Impossibility of Reducing Global Warming and Environmental Hypocrisy - After watching Heat, it is easy to realize the effects of global warming caused largely by what humanity labels progress and on the “acceleration of human consumption” (Smith). More than ever, individuals are taking a proactive, almost cult-like approach to save planet Earth. But, who is behind this “save the planet” crusade). Who determines what needs to change to protect the earth and its natural resources, and in fact, sustain life itself. Concerned individuals and those dubbed “environmentalists” are behind this effort....   [tags: Environmental Issues]
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Austin's Ditch: The Political Necessity and Impossibility of - Austin's Ditch: The Political Necessity and Impossibility of "Non-Serious" Speech ABSTRACT: This essay seeks to show that there are political implications in Jacques Derrida’s critique of J.L. Austin’s notion of performative speech. If, as Derrida claims and Austin denies, performative utterances are necessarily "contaminated" by that which Austin refuses to consider (the speech of the poet and the actor in which literal force is never intended), then what are the implications for the speech acts of the state....   [tags: Austin Politics Essays]
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Attempted Murder and Criminal Acts - In this essay, I will describe the elements of a criminal act, address the law of factual impossibility, the law of legal impossibility, and distinguish whether the alleged crime in the scenario is a complete but imperfect attempt or an incomplete attempt. I will address the ethical or moralistic concerns associated with allowing a criminal defendant to avoid criminal responsibility by successfully asserting a legal defense such as impossibility. The court was clearly wrong to dismiss the charge against Jack of attempted murder of Bert....   [tags: Law of Factual Impossibility, Law of Legal]
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The Impossibility of Metaphysics - In his work An Inquiry Concerning Human Understanding, Hume outlines the problems inherent to the large body of philosophy he describes as the “accurate and abstract” philosophy, and in particular to metaphysical speculations. Seeing that many of the philosophers who endeavor in this heavy metaphysical speculation (Aristotle, Locke and Malebranche being particular examples) fall into errors that lead to absurd or counter-intuitive conclusions, Hume hopes to limit metaphysical speculation to a realm where it is less prone to such a fate....   [tags: HUme's Model of the Mind] 1552 words
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Free Candide Essays: Impossibility Of The Happy Life - Candide: The Impossibility Of The Happy Life This paper's focus is Voltaire's view of human happiness. Specifically, it will argue that Voltaire, in Candide, says that human happiness is impossible. Voltaire believes this for three reasons. First, Voltaire presents mankind in the novel spending all its life worried about personal problems of the moment. When people in Candide have no problems, Voltaire indicates, they do not feel happy but become bored instead. Their emotional lives swing between worries and boredom with almost no periods of prolonged happiness....   [tags: Candide essays] 645 words
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Cultural Diversity and the Impossibility of a True Melting Pot - Cultural Diversity and the Impossibility of a True Melting Pot The core standards of America are founded, in principle, on the basis of its diversity and equality among citizens. Begin- ning with its Declaration of Independence, the United States distinguished itself from other modern nation-states by establishing a country of men who were different but equal. Yet, despite the unifying images America projects within and beyond its borders, the idea behind E Pluribus Unum does not resound as one might assume it would....   [tags: Exploratory Essays Research Papers]
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The Impossibility of the Angel and the Monster - Angela Carter’s short story “The Lady of the House of Love” opens in an abandoned Romanian village where the queen of the vampires, known as the Countess, lives. Despite living in a castle, the Countess keeps to herself in a dark suite. Her only company is her pet lark and her keeper, an old, mute crone. The Countess despises her un-dead existence in the shadows. She longs to be human, but does not know if this is possible. During the day she lies in her coffin and at night, the Countess’ keeper lets her out to feed....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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The Working Poor's Impossibility of Survival - According to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), all employers must abide by the minimum wage policy which states that they must not pay their employees a wage below the set minimum wage. It is often believed that it serves as a protection for the citizens. Though the minimum wage law benefits employees because employers cannot pay them below the minimum wage, the minimum wage, however, does not "protect" them from the struggles and hardships they will most likely encounter. Rather, as millions of Americans work in full-time minimum wage jobs, several of them discover that their wages are insufficient to survive in today's society....   [tags: Personal Essays] 913 words
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Thomas Rid’s Arguement on the Impossibility of Cyber War - ... For instance, in the case of Georgia he argues that despite the war rhetoric by the international press, there was no actual violence that could be directly linked to the cyber-attack itself. In addition, there was not political attribution as no one accepted responsibility and no one was conclusively adjudged responsible. (Rid, Cyber War Will Not Take Place, 2012) He therefore concludes that none of those incidences meet the threshold to be regarded as war. Rid describes cyber-attacks as merely limited to subversion, espionage and sabotage....   [tags: violence, espionage, politics] 851 words
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The Impossibility of a True Selfless Friendship as seen in Shakespeare's Timon of Athens - Selfless friendships do not exist, the only friendships that will last contently, and without resentment must benefit both parties in some way. If the relationship is parasitic, and only one person involved is benefitting, then eventually there will be resentment and one or both persons involved will opt to end the friendship. In Shakespeare's Timon of Athens, this is most notably seen in the character of Timons, who gives all of his friends gifts and holds feasts for them, but recieves nothing in return when he needs it the most....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Shakespeare] 1719 words
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Four Images Between Two Impossibilities - Didi-Huberman situates the four images taken from Auschwitz between two impossibilities. These two impossibilities come from the unimaginable and unrepresentable character of the event that took place in Auschwitz. This unrepresentability is achieved through the actions of the S.S. to conceal the extermination of the Jew as a state secret. The system of exterminating the Jew is described as the machine by Didi-Huberman, aimed to destroy the Jew and eliminate any chance to represent the genocide....   [tags: Didi-Huberman, Auschwitz]
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Truth and Art: Keats's Ode on a Grecian Urn - Keats's "Ode on a Grecian Urn" offers a paradoxical concept of Beauty. It describes the frozen beauty portrayed on the Urn as sweeter than reality, for its expiration is a locked impossibility. The lover's kiss is sweeter when in waiting, and her timeless beauty and devotion are worth the kiss's impossibility. Thus, the observation of beauty is more sweet than its reception, and objects in their prime are best just before their expiration. This poem is reminiscent of Shakespeare's sonnets in its zeal for permanent youth and disdain for time's drain on youth's beauty....   [tags: Ode on a Grecian Urn Essays] 394 words
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Faith in Fear and Trembling by Kierkegaard - Kierkegaard believes that true faith can only be attained through a double movement of giving up rationality or logic, while at the same time believing one can understand logically. In “Fear and Trembling” Kierkegaard relates true faith to the Knight of infinite resignation and the Knight of faith; in this paper, I will examine this claim and show why Kierkegaard’s analogy is an excellent metaphor for the double movement which is required in one’s quest to attain faith and why. Kierkegaard’s position on faith is represented with the Knight of infinite resignation and the Knight of faith....   [tags: Faith Literary Analysis]
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An Essay Concerning Human Understanding - These readings comprise chapters 3 and 4 from Locke’s famous work An Essay Concerning Human Understanding. Chapter 3 talks about the impossibility of having innate practical principles. It is important to distinguish that this chapter is very different from the previous one, which was chapter 2. Chapter 2 talked about the impossibility of having innate speculative principles. This refers to speculative reason. Speculative reason is theoretical, certain, and has no real dependence on life. It is the one that gives an individual the universal truths of life and the principles of logic....   [tags: John Locke, Literary Analysis]
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Hamlet Soliloquy Analysis - This soliloquy by Hamlet is where he first devises the plan of the “Mouse Trap” (Act III, scene 2). It begins with Hamlet describing how he has heard that people can be overcome with guilt and remorse of their “malefactions” that they openly proclaim them, when viewing a scene of a play similar to that of their crime. As a result of this Hamlet resolves to set a trap for Claudius, in which he will watch a play that has a scene closely resembling the murder of Old King Hamlet. Hamlet reasons that upon viewing this scene, if Claudius is indeed guilty of Old King Hamlets murder, he will surely show some visible sign....   [tags: Shakespearean Literature]
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Human vs. Computer: Comparison of How the Truth of a Statement is Determined in the Framework of WVO Quine’s Holism - IV. Reasons for Holism Thesis and the Web-of-Belief Model: Language Acquisition Why reasons offered by TDE are not enough. While Quine’s positive account is as compelling as it is gripping, his negative account falls short of out and out refutation of old dogmas. For one, neither the Duhem Thesis nor the failure of Carnap’s reductionist program is sufficient to firmly establish the fallacy of the Dogma of Reductionism. Duhem originally stated his thesis as an empirical observation strictly about the challenges that physicists faced when confirming theories of physics (Ariew, 2011)....   [tags: Language]
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Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By In America, by Barbara Ehrenreich - In her book, Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America (2001), Barbara Ehrenreich performs a social experiment in which she transplants herself from her comfortable middle-class life and immersing herself in the plight of the “millions of American’s (who) work full-time, year-round, for poverty-level wages” (Ehrenreich, 2001). Her goal was to explore the consequences of the welfare reform on the approximately four million women who would be subsequently forced into the labor market, expecting to make only $6 to $7 an hour....   [tags: Sociological Perspective on Work]
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New Money Does Not Heal Old Wounds: Reparations to Descendants of Slaves - The debate over reparations to descendants of slaves contains a wide range of diverse viewpoints and involves many ethical, moral and legal issues (Bowman). To properly analyze this complex situation and form an educated opinion, one must understand the basic pieces forming the reparations puzzle. Understanding who was impacted by the institution of slavery, when they were impacted, how they were impacted, where slavery took place, and what exactly took place will help create a better understanding of both sides of the debate....   [tags: ethical, moral issues, history]
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Sir Thomas More’s Utopia: An Alternative to European Life - Presented as a conversation between friends, Sir Thomas More’s Utopia offers an alternative to European life that is hopelessly unobtainable, but undeniably superior. Utopia is absolutely fiction, and yet it is written in a style that makes its content remarkably believable. More’s conversational attitude towards a serious and scholarly piece of thought makes his thesis at once obscure and obvious. He spends a majority of the narrative describing small, unconnected details of the lives of the Utopians, ignoring the lengthy scholastic explanations which are to be expected of a man of his education, and yet through the detail he reveals an expansive and original hypothesis....   [tags: Sir Thomas More, Utopia]
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What Are A Father's Rights Concerning an Abortion - Women that push for an abortion do not always have a partner that agrees and supports their decision for terminating the pregnancy. If the father is willing to support and care for the fetus, it is wrong for a woman to go against his wishes and follow through with an abortion. For a father to want to be involved in the fetus’s life means he is willing to take on the responsibilities of having a child so he should have a say if his fetus should be terminated or not. The Becoming A Father/Refusing Fatherhood article states, “To be a father-as-progenitor a man simply has to provide the sperm that leads to conception, whereas to be a father-as-carer a man has to take on a variety of social roles...   [tags: Abortion Essays]
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Howard Zinn on History, by Howard Zinn - Howard Zinn: On History by Howard Zinn (2011) is a collection of previously published essays ranging from Freedom Schools in the 1960s, issues in scholarship, to the American Empire. Even though the essays were written over several decades there is a constant theme throughout the work—the activist scholar. Zinn feels that scholars should not be passive citizens concerned with their research alone, but active citizens that use their research to change society. Zinn, unlike other historians, is not afraid to place what he views as right and wrong into his scholarly work....   [tags: Activism, Historian, Society] 1482 words
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Causal Ditermism in the Movie Groundhog Day - What does it mean to have free will when one cannot choose the environment in which they live in. Because the environment in which one lives in shapes their beliefs and practices, how is it they are morally responsible for their actions and decisions when they are not in control of the environment they live in. Causal determinism is a belief that everything that happens is completely caused by whatever happened before it. Furthermore determinism implies if the conditions under which one made a choice were precisely the same, one could not have done otherwise (Kamber)....   [tags: free will, environment, determinsim, force] 1957 words
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The Distinction Between Mind and Body - Evaluate the argument that Descartes makes based on clear and distinct perception for the distinction between mind and body In arguing for the distinction between mind and body, Descartes seeks to show that the two are independent substances and can exist separately. It will be useful to outline Descartes’ argument based on clear and distinct perception by listing his premises and conclusion. The essay will then analyse each premise in turn, arguing that the argument fails because his premises are faulty....   [tags: Psychology] 2176 words
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Mill’s Objection to Kant’s Moral Theory - John Stuart Mill famously criticized Immanuel Kant and his theory of the Categorical Imperative by arguing that, “[Kant] fails… to show that there would be any contradiction, any logical (not to say physical) impossibility, in the adoption by all rational beings of the most outrageously immoral rules of conduct. All he shows is that the consequences of their universal adoption would be such as no one would choose to incur.” If accurate, this is a debilitating criticism of Kant’s moral theory as he had intended it....   [tags: Philosophy]
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Film Analysis: The Coen Brother's Films - Speculation and analysis of the Coen brothers’ films has often portrayed them as drivers rather than reflectors of pop culture; NPR wrote earlier this year “The Coen brother's sparked a bluegrass revival with taheir 2000 film O Brother, Where Art Thou. – will they do the same for folk with their latest movie Inside Llewyn Davis?”1 But the posing of this question and the assumption of Inside Llewyn Davis as a top-down culture creator ignores that folk has always maintained a strong presence in American culture, and suggesting that a single film can bring folk ‘back into style’ ignores folk’s ongoing status as a key tenet of American culture and identity; as sociologist Leo Marx writes in his...   [tags: honesty, post nostalgia, american pop culture]
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Business is Compatible With Sustainable Growth and Environmental Well Being - Several studies have been commissioned to look into ways of modern business values (such as technology) are incompatible with sustainable growth and environmental well-being. People provide a broader approach to the introductory analysis of modern business problems and principles by their method of decribing business in a general way and relating into society as a whole. Business world is changing too fast. Globalization, technology, markets, new competitors, new activities are all causing quicker changes in our corporate environments....   [tags: Business Ethics] 455 words
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The Great Buddha: Nadeem Aslam - ... The fictional March 2001 in the text, features the attempted destruction of The Great Buddha’s head by Islamic extremists, whom upon seeing the statue bleeding gold from the newly inflicted bullet holes, take flight out of fear. (Aslam 43) The impossibility of such a phenomenon is not addressed in the novel and the reader is never informed wheatear or not it is true. The reasoning behind such a decision on the authors’ part is that this scene is based on the symbolic past and the impossibility of the present forgetting such historical epochs, such as Buddhist Afghanistan....   [tags: transatlantic writer, terrorism, marcus] 1717 words
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Proof for God's Existence - Proofing God’s existence Although a person may claim that it is rational or justifiable not to believe in God, the apostle Paul tells us otherwise. In Romans 1:20 he writes that no one has an excuse for not believing in God because all creation declares His person. As well, King David expressed a similar statement in Psalm 19:1 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and God-head; so that they are without excuse…....   [tags: Relligion, God, Creation] 1845 words
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Nomenclature Dance and Stumble - The intention of Lisa Moss's poem "Nomenclature Dance and Stumble" is to state that a person must formulate their own completely original ideas, as the ones they speak are already mundane and primitive. Using the passage "like geometric blocks of breath and cheek | and out into constructed strands" (Moss, line 6-7) Moss emphasizes the importance of being able to create free flowing speech and intelligible sentences that will capture the attention of anyone it is directed to. The clever utilization of parentheses by Lisa Moss in "where choosing comes and, with a bent stick, lines drawn | thin in the stained earth | (so thin that passing feet obliterate one end as the other | is drawn)" (Mos...   [tags: Literary Analysis, Lisa Moss] 495 words
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Structure, Theme and Convention in Sir Philip Sidney's Sonnet Sequence - Structure, Theme and Convention in Sir Philip Sidney's Sonnet Sequence The sixteenth century was a time of scientific, historical, archaeological, religious and artistic exploration. More attention was being allotted to probing into the depths of the human psyche and it was up to the artists and poets rather than the priests and scholars to examine and mirror these internal landscapes. The 'little world of man' [1] was reflected through various artistic forms, one of which was the sonnet, which was conventionally used for dedications, moral epigrams and the like....   [tags: Sir Philip Sidney Sonnets Essays]
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The Impossible World of M. C. Escher - The Impossible World of M. C. Escher Something about the human mind seeks the impossible. Humans want what they don’t have, and even more what they can’t get. The line between difficult and impossible is often a gray line, which humans test often. However, some constructions fall in a category that is clearly beyond the bounds of physics and geometry. Thus these are some of the most intriguing to the human imagination. This paper will explore that curiosity by looking into the life of Maurits Cornelis Escher, his impossible perspectives and impossible geometries, and then into the mathematics behind creating these objects....   [tags: Mathematics Science Papers]
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The Western Blindness to Non-Western Philosophies - The Western Blindness to Non-Western Philosophies Western philosophers still tend to think that philosophy, in a sense that they can take with professional interest, does not exist in non-Western traditions. To persuade them otherwise would require them to make an effort that they prefer to evade. I attempt to begin to persuade them by closely paraphrasing a few arguments by the early Chinese philosopher Chuang Tzu and a few by the Indian skeptic and mystic Shriharsha (about 1150 CE). One of Chuang Tzu's arguments has some resemblance to Plato's Third-Man argument, another with the impossibility of distinguishing between waking reality and dream, and a third with the impossibility of object...   [tags: Philosophy China Culture Papers] 4289 words
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The Wrong Direction - Religion has convinced modern society to not only consider humanity’s well-being: what God wants and our place in either Heaven or Hell in the afterlife (Sutter). Religion, even though there are billions of followers, is based solely on what just a few important religious characters have said. For instance, Islam was started by a man named Mohammed, who communicated with God and became a prophet. Nobody saw him or the angel which visited Mohammed at this time, however, when Mohammed came down from the mountain where he was praying, and began to spread the message, people who had previously been polytheists converted to Mohammed’s new religion: Islam....   [tags: Religion]
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The Role of Education in Shaw's Pygmalion and Russell's Educating Rita - The Role of Education in Shaw's Pygmalion and Russell's Educating Rita Both plays show that education can be used as a tool for emancipating working class individuals. Both Eliza and Rita get uprooted and have to give up personal features. Language is linked up with identity and both find a new identity through education. Rita is treated in the way according to her language. Yet pure language training doesn't transform her character and identity profoundly. Her change is simply external....   [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast Essays] 328 words
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Argument for the Existence of God - The following paper will provide a sound argument in favor of the existence of God. By demonstrating that an Atheist world cannot account for the preconditions of the laws of logic an Atheist cannot even account for a rational debate concerning the existence of God. “The impossibility of the contrary”, the best and only proof that the nesesary truth of the existence of God is his revelation of himself to us that makes it possible for us to use logic. This could be translated, using only nessesary truths, into the form of: L: (laws of logic) G: (God exists) if L entails G L ================ G Logic is “the laws of reasoning that God has es...   [tags: Religion, Theology] 309 words
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Interpretation of Poem "Our Son Swears He Has 102 Gallons of Water in His Body" by Poet Naomi Shihab Nye - ... “...divide becomes multiply so he'd wrestle his parents who defy what he insists.” The reader can clearly see the adolescent's relationship with his parents here. There is an evident tension between the boy and his parents which the next line shines more light on; "I did the problem and my teacher said I was right!" so the child is clearly exclaiming his intelligence to be superior to that of his parents. “Light strokes the dashboard.” This is where the setting of the poem becomes indisputable; the family is in a vehicle....   [tags: relationship, parents, adolescent] 547 words
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From Routine to the Renovation of the Spanish Scene During the Second Half of the Twentieth Century. - Although the case of Xirgu’s exile is, without doubt, the most striking, it was far from it the unique one. Nevertheless, beyond the absences, what will further handicap the evolution of the Spanish theatre after the Civil War will the paralyzation of the reviving experiences that, with a special drive, were carried out during the Second Spanish Republic. A paradigmatic case is that of La Barraca, the university theatre group created and animated by Fererico García Lorca (Sáenz de la Calzada, 1998), whose staging, within a concept of itinerant theatre was very infrequent in Spain in those years, they even influenced the post-war Spanish theatre....   [tags: spanish history] 737 words
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An Analysis of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s, A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings - A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings Analysis In Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s “A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings,” he was able to exaggerate an element of our lives in order to prove that everything we have known and come to believe is actually not what it seems. Marquez has twisted something so solid in our beliefs such as an angel, in order to help us understand that nothing can be assumed from popular belief and appearances. Upon immediate viewing of the angel, the perception of reality has changed in its entirety....   [tags: Literary Analysis] 677 words
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The Nature of Man in The Lord of the Flies by William Golding - ... The boys retain their English civility in the face of the truly horrific catastrophe that is the plane crash that strands them there, but slowly over the course of the narrative their moral conditioning wears away and they become what Golding believes to be the true darkness present in all men. But what went so horribly wrong. In the beginning they seem to be faring so well. They survive a plane crash and are able to survive off the islands amenities. Everything takes a turn for the worse though when games of power begin to emerge....   [tags: society, order, evil]
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Differences and Similarities of Ugo Foscolo's and Giacomo Leopardi's Concept of Human Existence - ... The negativism on the concept of human existence is exposed in the poets' works: one of the notes in the 'Lo Zibaldone Dei pensieri', a personal diary full of Leopardi's annotations says: 'Il dolore o la disperazione che nasce dalle grandi passioni o illusioni o da qualunque sventura della vita non è paragonabile all'affogamento che nasce dalla certezza e dal sentimento vivo della nullità di tutte le cose, e dell'impossibilità di essere felice in questo mondo, e dalla immensità del vuoto che si sente nell'anima' ( 'the pain or the desperation that arises from great passions or illusions or from every kind of misfortune of the life is not comparable to the drowning that comes from...   [tags: pessimism, death, suicide] 531 words
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Disputes Over the the Design Argument and The Theory of Evolution - ... Hence the appearance of something designed marks a designer. An example of an object that exists due to something else is a watch. A watch needs a watchmaker, just like a house needs a house builder. Everything that has come to exist needed to have a constructor with a motive in mind. The argument of intelligent design argues that all things have order and are set towards a goal (and) come about with intentions of reaching or fulfilling said goal. Living beings are complex and require order to work efficiently....   [tags: fine-tuning, complexity, life] 614 words
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Monopolies in the Market Place: Example of the Telecommunication Industry - Federal Regulations on Trade Traditionally many utility industries have been comprised of monopolies. These natural monopolies exist for a number of reasons. Monopolies in the marketplace create great inefficiency, and thus are very undesirable. It is for that, and many other reasons that regulation was thought of as a solution to the monopoly problem. Regulation was not just used to overcome such great inefficiencies created in a monopolistic market, but was also used to supply consumers with necessary goods....   [tags: Industries, Trade] 592 words
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Taking a Look at the Structuralism Movement - ... Developed through Ferdinand de Saussure he proposed that languages were constructed full of hidden rules that practitioners know but are unable to articulate. The fundamental way of thinking about the world; this predominantly concerned with the perception and description of structures. 1. The idea of wholeness, internal coherence 2. The idea of transformation, new material constantly by and through it 3. The idea of self regulation, no appeals beyond itself in order to validate its transformation procedures The argument is that structure of human thought processes is the same in all cultures and these mental processes exist in the form of binary oppositions....   [tags: Strauss, Mauss, Durkheim, de Saussure] 600 words
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Media’s Influence on Violence and Aggression - Reviewing articles describing media’s influence on people who commit and violent or aggressive acts is sobering and leaves one wondering if the portrayal of violence in movies, television, and video games present blueprints for the commission of crimes in real life. Albert Bandura began the discussion in the early 1960s with his study of children watching an adult model hitting an inflatable clown doll – the Bobo experiment, which demonstrated that humans learn by imitating the behavior of those whom they observe....   [tags: Evidential Link]
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The Question of Why God Exists - ... Because the arguments whole premise is based upon the assumption that infinite regression is impossible, when disregarding this assumption it dramatically reduces the strength of the argument. How do we know that there is no such thing as infinite regression. When we look at something like mathematics, infinite regress is entirely possible—you can add to a number, you can subtract it as well. Infinitely. Therefore, it is definitely possible to infinitely regress. There doesn’t have to be a deity in order to explain our current state of being....   [tags: Christian, theology, cosmological argument ] 585 words
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Taking a Look at Zen Koans - ... Fathoming a koan requires one to detach from intellect, from oneself, so one can be liberated. Logical thinking yields “Why-ness” and “Because-ness”: a cycle of suffering that never ends. The rational answer yields another question, resulting in circular suffering. The Blake koan alludes to the true nature of all things: a flow with no end. Everything is Buddha-nature, Emptiness is all, and all is Emptiness. There are no limits, no obstacles, and therefore infiniteness. The second koan alludes to the concept of oneness too....   [tags: riddles with a moral, parables] 532 words
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