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    Symbols employed in "The American Beauty" and their effects

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    The fact that the neighbor is praising the beauty of the roses indicates that Carolyn is the iconic figure in the Burnham family and that she is recognized as an important and successful person in society. The success Carolyn has in her life, portrayed by the beauty of the roses, further highlights Lester's lack of masculinity in both society and family, establishing the two contrasting characters right at the beginning of the film. From the early scenes, the audience is confronted with the roses as an agent of Carolyn's as if her influence extends through the roses.

    • Word count: 812
  2. Free essay

    Death of a Salesman Act One Plot Overview

    Willy tries to show Biff, his older son, the excellence in the business world. Willy talks to himself in the kitchen, while Biff and his youngest son, Happy who is also visiting. They were talking about their father babbling which include criticism of Biff's failure to live up to Willy's expectation. Willy becomes submerge in a daydream. Him and his son, now younger, who are washing his car. They communicate with their father, who has just returned from a business trip. Willy tells Biff and Happy that he is going to open his own business one day, bigger than the one owned by his neighbor, Charley.

    • Word count: 537
  3. Adults vs. children

    I support their views and strongly believe that being a child is better than being an adult. To begin with, a child has got only a few responsibilities and problems. Your only duties are learning and having fun with your friends. You do not have to care about family. Money is not your business . You do not care how your parents earned the money, but you just follow them.

    • Word count: 447
  4. Wicked Play Review

    Choreography was definitely a significant element in Wicked. I found that it contributed to the story a lot by allowing the audience to actually see the emotions that the characters are feeling in the form of movement, or more specifically, dance. Choreography was especially helpful when trying to figure out what the characters in the ensembles were feeling because, first of all, they were the people doing most of the dancing so one could get a lot of information out of their movements and, secondly, there aren't that many other opportunities or ways for them to tell the audience how they are feeling.

    • Word count: 946
  5. Essai litteraire

    Grete's betrayal of her brother is final and absolute. At the end, readers are faced with Grete's speech that is considered a climax of the novel. The metamorphosis comes here to an end because Grete gave up on the humanity in Gregor. "We must try to get rid of it" p.49, she realizes that Gregor is the problem and has to be gotten rid of. Grete condemns Gregor to death when she locks him into his `````````feelings for his family: "He thought of his family with tenderness and love.

    • Word count: 645
  6. The Hunt For Red October

    Konovalov commanded by his former student Tupolev. However, instead Ramius murders political officer Ivan Putin, the only person not under his command and the only man aboard besides himself who knows the submarine's orders. Ramius then proceeds to burn the original orders then tells the crew that they will be conducting nuclear missile drills off of the USA's east coast. The Dallas, an American submarine patrolling nearby, detects the Red October but loses contact once Ramius engages the caterpillar drive.

    • Word count: 789
  7. Othellos Downfall

    Despite Emilia's denial of Desdemona's infidelity, Othello is doubtful of Emilia's defense of Desdemona. Even Emilia's sincere request to Othello to "remove your thought" (IV.ii.15) does not persuade Othello that Desdemona's love for him is steadfast and sincere. As Othello is blindly manipulated by Iago's persuasive reasoning, he does not believe the truths told by Emilia. Despite Othello's knowledge that Emilia is Desdemona's closest friend and companion, his faith in the words of Iago eventually lead to his demise.

    • Word count: 777
  8. Justive vs. Injustice in Mad Shadows

    (Blais 19) Used to injustice, sharp hands - cut bread - religious imagery. 1.2 "Crushed and humiliated for so long, Isabelle-Marie experienced pleasure as a kind of delirium, an emotion which consumed both flesh and blood: love of the earth, love in the face of ingratitude." (Blais 19) Lack of justice Returns to reality from the day Denied of self-realization or any sense of true rebirth 1.2 " 'I have decided to take a trip.

    • Word count: 437
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  10. The Impossibility in the Quest for Adventure

    Joyce describes how even though Eveline was nineteen, she "sometimes felt herself in danger of her father's violence"(33). However, not only is she physically in danger but she is also emotionally suffocated by her difficult and restricted life. For example, she has to give all of her wages to her father, keep the house together, and watch over her two younger siblings. This suffocation exists throughout the story, through the image of the dusty cretonne. Joyce describes how Eveline would [lean] her head against the window curtain, inhaling the odor of the dusty cretonne"(35).

    • Word count: 855
  11. Betrayal and Revenge in Medea

    In addition, Jason's reference to Medea's earlier transgressions reveals that he doesn't fully grasp what Medea gave up for him. Although Medea's actions will never be justified, Jason's reaction throughout the play, and specifically in this passage, allows the reader to feel some small measure of sympathy towards Medea. Throughout the play, Jason characterizes Medea as cruel and merciless. This is ironic because these are the same traits that made life and success possible for Jason when he first met Medea.

    • Word count: 744
  12. King Lear - Character Sketches and Scene Summaries

    We also see that he has failed to recognize the plight of his people and only truly sees what their existence is like when he is brought down to their level, which was when he was thrown out by his daughters, representing his total loss of power and humiliation. Oswald: Oswald is the chief servant of Goneril, who obeys his mistress's commands and supports her in her conspiracies.

    • Word count: 627
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    William Shakespeare's Hamlet Hamlets disregard of his friends advice and the truth of Hamlets characteristics.

    Hamlet's friends, Horatio and Marcellus, do not trust the ghost; they believe the ghost might be a demon in disguise, or have ill intentions. However, the way in which Hamlet responds to the ghost by going with it demonstrates his courage and sense of independence. Horatio and Marcellus try to stop Hamlet from following his father's ghost which could actually be the devil in disguise. During the Elizabethan period, people believed that whenever a ghost appeared it could either be a soul that returned from the dead because of unfinished business or one of Satan's minions in disguise.

    • Word count: 775
  14. Gallery Review - Nancy Lang

    Nancy Lang is an American born-Korean Pop artist who is very young and innovative. This piece of her is named the 'Taboo Yogini, Swinger' and has an enormous size of 210 x 175 cm. She used mixed media on canvas to create this huge piece. This painting was finished in the year 2006, when she was 27. On this humungous canvas, there is a big character in the middle which has the body of a robot and a head of a girl with some abstract and obscure figures as legs.

    • Word count: 788
  15. The Post-modernist Era in Dance- review of 5 pieces.

    Throughout classes like that I believe that the four years in college will be worth it, and I will have much more confidence and ability to face the audition process. Through the readings, I have been learning the dance development and changes throughout the years. In the post-modernism, the modern dancers and choreographers continued to experiment new feelings and movements. For example, Robert Wilson?s Einstein on the beach, which had the costumes based on photography of Albert Einstein and music by Phillip Glass, has no story behind the scene.

    • Word count: 554
  16. Theatre Analysis. In this excerpt of his book True and False: Heresy and Common Sense for the Actor David Mamet is discussing the importance of habitual behavior in relation to success in theatre

    Another deficiency of his theory is that he solely takes into account the technical part of theatre, giving immense importance to qualities such as bounteous punctuality and knowing your lines by heart. I do believe in the importance of these practices, seeing as they support the development of meaningful theatre, but by no means are they responsible for its creation.

    • Word count: 631
  17. A comparison of Brian Friels Philadelphia, Here I Come & Arthur Millers A View From the Bridge

    Philadelphia, Here I Come is set in Ballybeg, a small town in Donegal, in the heart of rural Ireland. It is a quintessential small town community, very close, introverted with an air of inescapable predestination. A View From the Bridge is set in Red hook, Brooklyn, a tough impoverished area of New York, home to immigrants and the masculine culture of the longshoremen. Red hook is similar to Ballybeg in the sense that it too appears to have sense of inescapability and a predestined future, which is due to the poverty within Red hook. Both settings inspire dreams of escape in the play the plays characters, as Gar dreams of leaving Ballybeg for Philadelphia, and Catherine dreams of leaving Red hook for Italy.

    • Word count: 837
  18. Augusto Boal and Jacques LeCoq have both had significant impact on theatre, and their philosophies and practical training have allowed their actors to be wellequipped for production.

    One of the exercises used as a means to achieve this was the spinning disk, whereby two people walk into the circle and must ?balance? the spinning disk by matching movements. We did this exercise in class, and it was helpful in allowing focus to be fully on the person in front of you, allowing movements to be uninhibited. Boal?s philosophy and practical training, including de-mechanisation, sensory, muscular and memory exercises, are necessary for the kind of theatre he wished to create, and are seen realised in Forum Theatre, Image Theatre, and his theatre company, the Theatre of the Oppressed.

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IB Theatre involves all aspects of drama and theatre. You'll gain a strong appreciation of the subject through critical appraisal of the theory, culture and history of the theatre and by a wide range of practical exercises including improvisation and scripted performances. You'll develop your own performance skills and learn how to work as part of an ensemble and youll gain organisational and technical abilities. There are three core subjects in the syllabus: theatre in the making, which looks at the skills required to create a piece of theatre; theatre in performance, which will involve you in performance and production; and theatre in the world which allows you to study the theory of theatre and its origins and traditions in a variety of global contexts. At higher level you will complete an Independent Project on either

Devising Practice or Exploring Practice. Assessment is both internal and external and the latter requires you to express yourself in a clear and concisemanner in two major pieces of written work. Marked by teachers has a good range of examples of IB Drama written work which you can access to appreciate how such work is planned and achieved.

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Conclusion analysis

Good conclusions usually refer back to the question or title and address it directly - for example by using key words from the title.
How well do you think these conclusions address the title or question? Answering these questions should help you find out.

  1. Do they use key words from the title or question?
  2. Do they answer the question directly?
  3. Can you work out the question or title just by reading the conclusion?
  • There are a number of logistical and dramatic factors to be decided upon in a production of Philadelphia, Here I Come. Discuss the set, lighting, sound, music or any other element of the play that you feel relevant.

    "In conclusion, Friel uses many stage directions to connect the audience with the characters. He presents us with Private Gar, alter ego that raises many concerns about his inner feelings, which we wouldn’t know about if Friel was to use just Public Gar. Flashback is presented to show previous events from the past in order to get deeper understanding of Gar. Music is outlined in the play to show Gar’s current emotions and their change for example we can tell his mood changes as he decides to play a much faster song. The entire play happens within twenty-four and we are reminded of it by the highlighted clock in the kitchen and clamorous sounds of it in between the scenes. Issue of the lack of communication between Gar and S.B. never gets resolved; we can tell that both of the characters suffer, as they’d like to express themselves. In the end with an open ending and not much gets resolved. It’s up to the reader to put the events in order and make personal judgement on the possible outcomes that may have resulted in the play."

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