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The Vision of Perfection - We, as humans, live in a world today where the dust of improvement never completely settles in the air. With every year that goes by, some new piece of technology emerges that will seem to make our lives easier and thus making our lives ultimately seem perfect. Every blackberry, laptop, iPod, High Definition television and convertible has been proclaimed by the media as necessities; therefore, items one cannot live without and must own. The more technologically advanced one is, the more perfect his or her life becomes....   [tags: Technology, Human Need for Perfection] 1663 words
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Addiction for Perfection - I used to believe that creating things that were absolutely perfect was the main goal in life and that was the only goal that had to be achieved, but what would my life be like if I made no mistakes. Would I be happier than I am now. Life seems so crazy and ironic that it’s hard to believe that in this world anyone could believe that perfection exists. During my life so far my addiction to perfection was unable to be contained. I would have to be the best at everything I tried and did in order for me to reach perfection....   [tags: goal, mistakes, perfection, best] 526 words
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Genetic Engineering and the Pursuit of Perfection - Research Paper Rough Draft In the year 2050, a young boy nervously rehearses what he’s going to say as he approaches the cheerleader he’s been too nervous to approach for the past month. But as he draws near, a jock pushes his books out of his hands. He’s teased, being the school wimp. They call him names like “undesirable”, “god-child”, and “in-valid”. Of course nobody cares for a less-than-perfect child whose genetic makeup was left to fate. With the introduction of genetic engineering into society, people like this young boy simply have no hope for competing against the likes of the genetically reimagined, “perfect” jock, people engineered to be unflawed....   [tags: Perfection, Body Image, Technology]
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The Meditator and the Idea of Perfection - The Fourth Meditation starts with the meditator reflecting on the conclusions of previous Meditations. At this point, the meditator is certain that “God” exists and that the knowledge of God’s existence comes from the meditator’s intellect and certainly not his imagination or the five senses. Moreover, the meditator states that his own existence depends upon the God and therefore there is nothing else besides the God that the human mind is able to grasp with more evidence and certainty. Now, such a conclusion leads to further questions regarding the possibility of error....   [tags: Humanity, Error, Limitations] 595 words
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Obsessing About Perfection in The Birthmark - The birthmark is a compelling story of one man’s obsession with his scientific ability to produce perfection. Aylmer, a scientist, is married to a Georgiana who is a very beautiful woman. Not long after getting married Georgiana’s birthmark, which is in the shape of a tiny handprint on her check, really begins to bother Aylmer. He sees it as a flaw in an other wise perfect woman. Georgiana knows that her birthmark disgusts him and, having grown up not bother at all by it, begins to hate it herself....   [tags: The Birthmark]
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The Quest to Moral Perfection - Morality: it is a term that is questioned at every corner of every day. The moral idea ranges from something small such as helping an old women cross the street, to the extreme such as the recent actions taken by politicians to limit public union rights in Wisconsin. Dictating the difference between right and wrong has been an issue that dates to the times before Christ, where the idea of moral perfection was used to determine one’s right of passage into heaven. It was not until Benjamin Franklin, who published a guide within of his autobiography, describing thirteen steps to achieving moral perfection....   [tags: Benjamin Franklin] 1679 words
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The Goal of Flawed Perfection - As a twenty-first century academic, historical authors such as Shakespeare, Tolstoy, Dickenson, and Thoreau are praised for groundbreaking style and concepts; Historical events such as 9/11, the American Revolution, and the Holocaust are accepted as customary and influence our culture as well as writing. These influential roots of modern culture shape contemporary writing in the form of various allusions that bring meaningful connotations, contributing to a greater theme. Allusions incorporate notable anecdotes, figures, and historical events into a written piece....   [tags: Play Analysis, Relevant Allusions, Elizabethan Era] 1277 words
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Eveline: Perfection … achievable? - It is an undisputable fact that every person regardless of sex, age, lifestyle or intelligence strives for a level of perfection in others as well as themselves. When evolving into adulthood, we start setting goals and looking for ways we can be perfectly happy in our lives. When we envision our adult lives, it is based on our lives during childhood. The role of adults in our young lives, as well as, what we live with or without, plays a role in what we perceive as perfection. As did Eveline, the main character of James Joyce’s 1914 short story “Eveline”....   [tags: Literature]
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Seeking Perfection and Utopia - Jonas gradually stepped outside his house. He turned left and right and saw Eights beginning to ride their bicycles and Twelves who were excited to be getting their job assignments. As he strapped on his helmet and edged his way onto his bicycle, he saw an apple his friend was throwing around change. It was instantaneous. There one second, gone the next. His friend threw a confused expression on his face when Jonas asked if he saw the change. Maybe it had been a hallucination. What had it been....   [tags: The Giver, Modern Day Society] 1295 words
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Hawthorne's Quest for Perfection - Women in today’s world use many scientific measures to look young, beautiful, and perfect. Some women even undergo surgeries to perfect their bodies. True natural beauty comes from within one’s self and not what is on the outside. While critics argue that Hawthorne’s “The Birth Mark,” “Dr. Heidegger’s Experiment,” and “Rappaccinni’s Daughter” stand as an overt commentary on nature vs. science, Hawthorne actually uses these works to explore personal familial connections. First of all, these three short stores deal with nature and science, but when one delves deeper into the stories, it becomes apparent that Hawthorne actually explores relationships among family members....   [tags: The Birth Mark, Dr. Heidegger's Experiment]
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Women's Desire for Perfection - Girls have a lot to measure up to in society, like appearances and body weight, to feel like a beautiful woman. Unfortunately, magazines, television shows, and movies present what perfection is and how far we will go to try to live up to it. Appearances Appearance is a major contributor when it comes to applying for jobs, attracting men’s attention and fitting to the world’s perfect picture of an ideal beautiful woman. Beauty attracts a healthy, youthful appearance because it signifies reproductive capability....   [tags: beauty, appearance, insecurity]
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The Myth Of Perfection - The Myth of Perfection Perfection is a much sought-after quality, yet is completely impossible to obtain. Because we do not have a clear definition of what perfection truly is, when a person attempts to become "perfect", they are usually transforming into what seems to be perfect to . In both "A Doll's House" and "The Metamorphosis", we see that human beings cannot achieve a state of total perfection. When Gregor Samsa, from "the Metamorphosis", attempts to be the perfect provider that his family expects him to be, he inadvertently turns his life into an insectoid existence....   [tags: essays research papers] 1271 words
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The Shortcomings Of Perfection - The Shortcomings of Perfection The term “utopia” was first introduce by Sir Thomas More in 1516 who chose it as the title of his book which describes the ideal or perfect society. Ironically, the term was coined from Greek words which, literally translated, mean “no place”. Sir Thomas More’s view of the perfect society runs parallel to that of both Aldous Huxley, the author of Brave New World, and John Wyndham, the author of The Chrysalids....   [tags: Utopia Perfect Society] 1143 words
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The Perfection of Hawaii - Have you ever been to a place that's absolutely perfect. A place with no room for imperfections. You may have, but chances are, probably not. Unfortunate for you, I have. This past summer, I received the opportunity to spend two weeks in a perfect place. A place often referred to as paradise. A place with great hospitality and picture perfect surroundings among many other things. The perfect place that I'm referring to is Hawaii. Hawaii is a place where perfection is a major part of everyday life....   [tags: Informative Essay] 434 words
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The Paradox of Perfection - The Paradox of Perfection In 1980, Arlene Skolnick’s “The Paradox of Perfection” was published in Wilson Quarterly around the time when the “ideal family” was highly regarded. The article expresses the idea that the perfect family dose not exist. This essay is a prime example of how society views on what a family should be, subconsciously affects the behavior and attitude of the average family. As a psychologist from University of California, Skolnick presents her views through a series of historical contexts and statistics....   [tags: Free Essay Writer] 992 words
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Bill Bradley's Perfection - "In John McPhee's A Sense of Where You Are: A Profile of William Warren Bradley (1965), Bill Bradley, an All-Star in both academics and athletics from small- town Crystal City, Missouri, commits to Princeton to play basketball. At Princeton Bill shatters the basketball records for Princeton, the Ivy League, and even the NCAA, while earning to be a Rhodes scholar and eventually becoming a U.S Senator. Bill Bradley was born with many gifts that aided him in his success; above all, his determination to be the best athlete, his perfectionism that made him believe he may always be better, and his intelligence of the game, permitted him to become the greatest basketball player to ever walk the cam...   [tags: athlete, basketball, scholar]
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Alarm Monitoring: Taking Security to Perfection - Alarm monitoring: Taking security to perfection With the pandemic pace of crimes spreading around the world, it very necessary to acquire with alarm monitoring services. These services tend to provide security and safety to perfection. Allowing the different modes and levels of security it has attained an optimum level of curtailment to the burglars and timorous criminals. This provides you an ideal platform to outlook the variable and diverse factors causing loopholes in the safety measures. Importantly, it is vital to hire a professional for alarm monitoring services....   [tags: crime prevention and security] 592 words
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Perfection in Pope’s An Essay on Man - Alexander Pope envisioned a universe perfect by definition. Every facet of this universe is designed solely for its place in the hierarchy of existence, and is in fact perfect for its particular station. This idea of perfection in completeness is encompassed in the famous concluding words of the first epistle of Pope’s An Essay on Man: “Whatever IS, is RIGHT.” This aphorism, however, belies the effort Pope took to solidify his assertion. In order to substantiate his idea of a perfectly structured universe, Pope delineates—in extremely structured and formal heroic verse—an argument positing the failure of human reason, fettered as it is by ignorance and pride, in obtaining a proper idea of ma...   [tags: An Essay on Man]
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The Case Against Perfection by Michael Sandels - Recent breakthroughs in the field of genetics and biotechnology have brought attention to the ethical issues surrounding human enhancement. While these breakthroughs have many positive aspects, such as the treatment and prevention of many debilitating diseases and extending human life expectancy well beyond its current limits, there are profound moral implications associated with the ability to manipulate our own nature. Michael Sandel’s “The Case Against Perfection” examines the ethical and moral issues associated with human enhancement while Nick Bostrom’s paper, “In Defense of Posthuman Dignity” compares the positions that transhumanists and bioconservatists take on the topic of human enh...   [tags: human nature, posthuman dignity]
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Starve for Perfection, the Cost of Anorexia Nervosa - Starve for Perfection, the Cost of Anorexia Nervosa There are innumerable amounts of people in this modern society that suffer from eating disorders. Forcing to be part of a society were it is more significant to be thinner than healthier and fitter, the media perpetuates and feeds over the strong feelings that women have to be thin to be desirable. With the media purporting the standards of what a beautiful woman should look like to get into a relationship, and emphasizing how undesirable fat is, new disorders are being born....   [tags: eating disorders, mind, perceptions]
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Fueling Insecurity: Americas Race to Perfection - Throughout time, people have sought out admiration and acceptance from their peers, especially based off of their physical appearance. For decades, they have spent millions of dollars on beauty products and surgical procedures to achieve what they perceive as beauty. The American Media has assured them that they will never be beautiful enough. Young girls have grown obsessed with their images and, as a result, have gone to extremes to achieve model-like appearances. Americans will always attempt to chase perfection- an impossible task....   [tags: Admiration, Peer Acceptance, Physical]
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The Case Against Perfection by Michael Sandel - Michael Sandel is a distinguished political philosopher and a professor at Harvard University. Sandel is best known for his best known for his critique of John Rawls's A Theory of Justice. While he is an acclaimed professor if government, he has also delved deeply into the ethics of biotechnology. At Harvard, Sandel has taught a course called "Ethics, Biotechnology, and the Future of Human Nature" and from 2002 to 2005 he served on the President’s Council on Bioethics (Harvard University Department of Government, 2013)....   [tags: ethics, biotechnology, genetic engineering]
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Perfection in an Imperfect World: Anorexia Nervosa - Perfection in an Imperfect World Anorexia Nervosa is a lifelong eating disorder which is a refusal to maintain fifteen percent of an individuals’ normal body weight. “From Fashion Weeks runway to magazine covers thin is in” says Calvin Klein in one of his recent articles ( “ Media” ). In the image conscious movie the Devil Wears Prada every outfit, shoe, color, and even every calorie counts. “You look so thin” says Andy Sachs ( “ Devil Wears Prada ” ). Emily ( “ Devil Wears Prada ” ) replies “Do I....   [tags: eating disorders, distorted self image] 1051 words
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Perfection in Lois Lowry’s The Giver - Perfection: Step to Dictatorship. No world can be perfect, for the only way to have an ideal world is not to have a world at all. The reader soon discovers this in Lois Lowry’s publication The Giver. In this book, a boy named Jonas is taken through a journey in which he shapes his destiny through decisions he makes and trials he face in a supposed ideal world. One, by reading the book, uncovers the fact that this supposedly perfect world, because of its’ hold on an individuals emotion, the elders recanting people’s unalienable rights to privacy, the government employing an unrestrained grip of control, and the community’s over obsessive view on order, is actually an example of perfection t...   [tags: The Giver]
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Beauty and Perfection in Today´s Society - ... Trying to fit in and look skinny has always been a big problem. Media has played a huge part in this by showing what they believe being beautiful means. In the 70’s curves lost their popularity and the look to achieve was slim and slender. Making the supermodel Twiggy a big deal; not only because of her beauty, but because of how skinny she was. Making “the average fashion model” at that time 8% thinner than the average woman. Today, that number has risen to 23%” (Derenne 259). Making the 70s the beginning of the “me generation” – an era that saw many bouts of plastic (Klein 39) surgery in an attempt to fit a certain mold of unattainable physicality (Mulvey 165)....   [tags: media, celebrities] 706 words
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Obsession with Perfection - Perfection may be dreamed of, hoped for, and sought after. It can be imagined, imitated, pretended, poorly masqueraded, and foolishly impersonated. Yet as Vince Lombardi said, "perfection is not attainable. But if we chase perfection, we can catch excellence." There are many different perceptions and reasons for striving after perfection; but in the end, everyone ultimately comes up with the same conclusion. The desire for perfection stems from a desire to be happy, to live in an ideal existence, lacking nothing, fully developed, and complete....   [tags: Personal Essays] 455 words
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Perfection, Plastic Surgery, and Self-loathing - In a society where media rules, appearance means everything. Images of supermodels and celebrities promoting the latest fashions and products constantly bombard consumers promising us that if they buy these products, they too will attain the same level of just glamor. We can’t help but envy the gorgeous women we see in magazines with their perfect smiles and airbrushed breasts and thighs especially when expectations of physical perfection have become so high that they are nearly unobtainable. Marge Piercy’s poem “Barbie Doll” describes how this standard of perfection affects young girls and can carry on throughout their lives causing irreparable damages....   [tags: Cosmetic Surgery Essays]
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Starving For Perfection - Starving for Acceptance In today’s society, where physical characteristics are used to measure beauty and success, people are willing to push their bodies to extremes to achieve physical perfection. As an overweight woman, I may be considered a failure of society’s beauty test. However, my high self-esteem and acceptance of my body allows me to not be disturbed by what, to some, may seem as a sign of failure. Unfortunately, there are people whose desire to be accepted by society causes them to develop eating disorders....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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The Ethics of the Mental Pursuit of Perfection - Introduction   The number of individuals diagnosed for one or more mental disorders and consequently treated with a corresponding drug has significantly increased the past several years. The following statistics displaying this are shocking: * 8.5 million people are prescribed Effexor, an anti-depressant every year (Harris, 2004). * More than 1 million children and teenagers are taking drugs for some form of mental disorder (Elias, 2004). * There are close to 2 million cases each year of drug complications that result in 180,000 deaths or life-threatening illnesses in the eldery (Langreth, 2004)....   [tags: Exploratory Essays Research Papers]
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Perfection - Perfection I need to capture this moment. I need to paint a picture so that many years from now, when my adventures are long since over, when I have nothing but my memories to look back on a life spent as a student trying to understand the intricacies of different cultures, I can recall this brief moment in my life. When I am old and gray and am waiting for the light of my life to expire, I can read this and truly feel the same thing I am feeling right now. I need to hold on to this memory. I’m 23 years old and very much alone in a country that is not my own, where faces do not look like mine, where every place I go I am stared at because I am the oddity in the everyday pattern of life....   [tags: Personal Narrative Teaching Papers] 2045 words
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Perfection Wasted by John Updike - Each person brings a special quality and gift to life that creates an individualistic style to the world that we live in. The poem Perfection Wasted was written by John Updike in the year 1990; this poem accentuates the flair that can never be replaced when a loved one dies. One way to better understand a poem is to paraphrase it into your own words. Paraphrase of Perfection Wasted: One thing that is unfortunate about departing this life is the lost vivacity that a person works to expand since the day they were born....   [tags: Papers] 410 words
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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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Does Perfection Exist?: Plato´s Theory of Forms - Most people have indulged in the perfect wine, made love to the perfect person while possibly wearing the perfect outfit. Or have they. Is there a such thing as perfection, if so can we attain it. No. Nothing in this world is perfect because it is impossible to create perfection. According to Plato's Theory of Forms, perfection cannot exist in the physical world but only the realm of the philosophers; the ones who choose to lurk deeper in the veiled mysteries of metaphysics. According to Plato, his Theory of Forms states perfection only lives in the realm of thought....   [tags: philosophers, metaphysics, throught, ideal]
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Benjamin Franklin's "Arriving at Perfection" - Perfection. Can any one person be perfect. Benjamin Franklin believed that he could accomplish this task. Benjamin Franklin was known for being a cognizant and diligent perfectionist. During his lifetime, many people were concerned with correcting themselves of any fault that they may have had. Benjamin Franklin did have an interesting way to proclaim how he, could show everyone how to be perfect. He believes that he can make himself perfect. Even though his ways of being perfect are not the same as everyone else's ideas, he still tries to show them he can be perfect....   [tags: American Literature] 956 words
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The Flaws of Perfection in "The Goodness Gene" by Sonia Levitin - “Hail to The Goodness and to the Supreme Compassionate Director, most true, most powerful, most benevolent...We exist to please him” (Levitin 3). To most, this statement seems like one set by a cruel dictator. However, in The Goodness Gene, a 253 page scientific-fiction novel, author Sonia Levitin creates a world where this creed is the basic “motto” of the world. The setting is located 300 years into the future, where a man by the name of Hayli (who is referred to by the world as the Supreme Compassionate Director), has taken control of the world to make it a perfect environment....   [tags: Goodness Gene, Sonia Levitin,] 624 words
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Designer Babies: Way Too Far from Perfection - It is very usual to see a couple adjusting the features for their dream house up to their budge, however, due to the devolvement biotechnology, choosing the characteristic for a dream child is could be up to a couple’s budge too. Just imagine go to a genetic engineer specialist doctor’s office and being asked for the characteristic that you want for your next child. Sex. Male. Height. Six and a half food. Eye Color. Green. IQ. A genius please. Athletic. Yes, next Michael Phelps. Diseases. No one please....   [tags: fetus, dna, biotechnology]
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Prospero’s Problem With Perfection - Prospero’s Problem With Perfection: Why Magic Isn’t Enough Giovanni Pico’s Oration on the Dignity of Man promotes the perfectibility of mankind. In the oration, Pico presents a specific, sequential program for man’s spiritual ascendancy to godly flawlessness. And yet Pico’s program is dealt a literary blow in William Shakespeare’s The Tempest when the protagonist, learned mage Prospero, is unable to complete Pico’s curriculum and quits his magic entirely. The divergent view of man expressed in these two works exists on many levels, but I believe the essential tension is revealed in the role of a single character in The Tempest: the misshapen manservant Caliban....   [tags: Prospero Tempest shakespeare Essays]
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Genetic Perfection in Gattaca - Genetic Perfection in Gattaca Topic: "The world of Gattaca is focused on genetic perfection, yet it is the imperfect Vincent that achieves the most" Discuss. Set within a world governed by genetic engineering, Andrew Niccol's film, Gattaca, portrays the dire consequences of such a society in "the not too distant future". Given a pre-determined life as a "god child" due of his parent's adherence to religious beliefs, Vincent Freeman is an individual who "refuses to play the hand he was dealt". Vincent although seemingly cursed with an imperfect genetic composition manages to overcome considerable odds in order to achieve his dream of space travel....   [tags: Movie Film Review] 1051 words
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90 Minutes of Perfection - 90 Minutes of Perfection Any pain to be suffered comes first. Instinctively you fight to live. The conscious mind does not believe any other reality could possibly exist beside the earth. We have been trained since birth to live. Life tells us who we are and we accept it’s telling. Your body wants to live and will fight to survive. Your body goes limp. Your heart stops. No more air flows in or out. You lose sight, feeling, and movement – although the ability to hear goes last. Identity ceases. The "you" that you once were becomes only a memory....   [tags: essays research papers] 1565 words
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Perfection According to Mayr's What is Evolution - Perfection According to Mayr's What is Evolution In his book titled What is Evolution, Ernst Mayr bravely attempts to explain the complex biological processes of the development of plants and animals. His book, however, reaches beyond the realm of the science text book. With What is Evolution he attempts to educate an audience which may not have a strong science background but instead a strong literary background. Through this book Mayr strives for "a mid-level account of evolution, written not just for scientists but for the educated public." In short, he attempts to write a (non-fiction) scientific novel....   [tags: What is Evolution Essays Mayr]
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Perfection in Ursula LeGuin's The Lathe of Heaven - Perfection in Ursula LeGuin's The Lathe of Heaven Is there such a place where ideal perfection exists. Can our views on social, political, and moral issues ever concur with one another. The answer to these questions is simple - no. The world we live in today is full of social, political, and moral imperfections that hinder our ability to live a life free of evil. In Ursula LeGuin's The Lathe of Heaven, this imperfect lifestyle is the foundation on which the desire for a utopian society sits. The American Heritage Dictionary defines reality as the totality of all things possessing actuality, existence, or essence ....   [tags: Ursula LeGuin Lathe Heaven Essays]
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Commentary on The Idea of Perfection by Kate Grenville - Commentary on The Idea of Perfection by Kate Grenville “…a humble little thing, the bend giving it an apologetic look.” The author portrays the reader of a bent bridge in which the community is divided on a heritage issue. This passage is taken from The Idea of Perfection by Kate Grenville. As the extract progresses, the reader realizes that the local community is divided into two groups on the ‘bent’ bridge. This passage contains some paradoxes and opposites. The ‘bent bridge itself is a paradox....   [tags: Papers] 1039 words
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Sir Gawain's Shield and the Quest for Perfection - Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is a religious allegory full of Christian symbolism with the central message of sin, forgiveness, and redemption. The poem is a great story of virtues, trust and honor. It's an Arthurian romance in which Sir Gawain carries a shield on his chest in his quest for Green Knight. Gawain's shield has two images, a picture of Virgin Mary on the inside and "Painted upon his shield is a five-pointed star (pentangle). He is a perfect knight who realizes that it is important to be a good Christian The image of Mary inside this shield conveys that Gawain never loses heart and the detailed description of the pentangle is a key for proper understanding of the poem's m...   [tags: European Literature] 1121 words
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Striving for Emotional Perfection in Ordinary People - Striving for Emotional Perfection in Ordinary People Throughout the life cycle, a person undergoes many changes.  One matures both physically and emotionally as time passes.  Emotional growth is quite often more difficult than physical growth.  A person must realize his faults and admit to them before he can develop emotionally, while one does not need any self-analyzation to develop physically.  In her book Ordinary People, Judith Guest depicts the struggles man must experience in order to reach his ideal emotional perfection.  Conrad, the book's protagonist, and his father Calvin, were both searching for higher levels of emotional health....   [tags: Ordinary People]
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The Price of Perfection in Brave New World - The Price of Perfection in Brave New World Aldous Huxley's Brave New World presents a portrait of a society which is superficially a perfect world. At first inspection, it seems perfect in many ways: it is carefree, problem free and depression free. All aspects of the population are controlled: number, social class, and intellectual ability are all carefully regulated. Even history is controlled and rewritten to meet the needs of the party. Stability must be maintained at all costs....   [tags: Brave New World Essays] 640 words
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Perfection and Darkness: Choice in Jane Eyre - Perfection and Darkness: Choice in Jane Eyre      When reading Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre, I find myself cheering for Rochester. After finishing the book, I ask myself why Jane chooses Rochester over St. John. After all, Rochester has a "mad" wife, Bertha Mason, locked in the attic of Thornfield Hall at the same time that he is proposing marriage to Jane. He has a ward living with him, possibly the offspring of an illicit affair with a French dancer. He is arrogant, pushy, and basically ill-tempered....   [tags: Jane Eyre Essays]
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Cinderella. by Anne Sexton and The Birthmark, by Nathaniel Hawthorne - Anne Sexton’s “Cinderella” and Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Birthmark” deal strongly with the concept of perfection. Both works have a focus on the unattainability of perfection, yet their authors view this fact in different lights. For Sexton, the ease with which Cinderella obtains her so called “happily ever after” is sickeningly unrealistic. For Hawthorne’s Aylmer, it is the pursuit of total perfection that causes him to ignore just how perfect his life really is and the ruin to which his pursuits bring him....   [tags: Perfection, Unattainability, Thematic Analysis]
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Nature in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Birth-Mark and Wilfred Owens" Disabled - ... Both of the stories use nature to make a valid point. Nathaniel Hawthorne uses nature to talk about his wife’s birth-mark. Aylmer thinks his wife birth-mark is interrupting the nature of man. Similar to the poem Disabled, the poet believes that war interrupts nature. For example, when people think of the sun, the sun helps facilitates man’s growth. The sun is a force that guides the universe. The poet believes that war disrupts nature's concern with life and death. Nature needs to take its course in the world....   [tags: Concern, Birthmark, Perfection] 1431 words
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Elusive Perfection in Wilson's Fences - The play, 'Fences', presents a slice of life in a black tenement and is set in the late 1950's, through 1965.  The main character, Troy Maxson, is a garbage collector.  Throughout the play he rebels and frustrates as he struggles for fairness in a society which seems to offer none.  His actions and behavior towards his family can be interpreted by a reader as those of a violent and bad father.  However, soon one notices that beneath a mask of cruelty and toughness there is an individual who takes responsibility for his family no matter how difficult circumstances may seem.  Hence, he is a good father who tries to keep his family together and provide necessities for them....   [tags: Wilson Fences Essays] 983 words
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Research a Movement for Known to Unknown - The word research emanates from the French word researcher meaning to search. The Merriam –Webster dictionary defines research as ‘studious inquiry or examination or investigation or experimentation aimed at the discovery and experimentation aimed at the discovery and interpretation of facts or revision of accepted theories. It further defines it as’ a careful study for the purpose of discovering and explaining newly found knowledge. Also, some people view it as a movement from known to unknown....   [tags: Definition, Acheiving Perfection]
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