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  1. The Black Cat

    I married early, and was happy to find in my wife a disposition not uncongenial with my own. Observing my partiality for domestic pets, she lost no opportunity of procuring those of the most agreeable kind. We had birds, gold-fish, a fine dog, rabbits, a small monkey, and a cat. This latter was a remarkably large and beautiful animal, entirely black, and sagacious to an astonishing degree. In speaking of his intelligence, my wife, who at heart was not a little tinctured with superstition, made frequent allusion to the ancient popular notion, which regarded all black cats as witches in disguise.

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  2. Discuss Milton's presentation of Satan in Paradise Lost

    Jones (1986: P.56) demonstrates how this principle operates in Renaissance plays such as Shakespeare's Richard III. One reason why there is any case for regarding Satan as the hero of the poem is that we learn his version of events first, and by the end of Book II, we have only received his partial account of the war in heaven. It is for this reason that Satan exercises a fascination for readers partly because he is the first voice we hear and also because he seems to have certain characteristics which we readily identify as 'human'.

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  3. Data Envelopment Analysis in University Rankings

    However it should be noted that 3 main changes have a occurred, Bristol has swapped positions with Bath so that Bath now ranks 9th instead of 10th. When looking at the weightings automatically placed on them it can be seen that Bath's strengths appear to lie in 'facilities spend' and 'completion', whereas Bristol's strengths appear to lie in 'graduate prospects' and 'completion'. When considering the 2 weightings listed it can be seen that for 'completion' 0.0030 is assigned to Bristol, but a greater 0.0057 is assigned to Bath indicating that Bath might be considerably stronger in this area.

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  4. Field Hockey Rules Development Timeline

    1973 Two substitutes permitted. 1975 First rule book common to men's and women's games. Code of signals for umpires first published. Temporary suspension to be at least five minutes. 1979 Introduction of color control cards into Rule Book. 1983 Hit-in from sideline replaced the push-in. Pass back replaced the center bully. "Sticks" rule modified to come under dangerous play. 1987 Number of defenders at penalty corner reduced from six to five. First hit at goal from penalty corner not to cross goal line higher than 18-inches.

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  5. The Indestructibility of Human NatureA Comparative Analysis of the Novels We by E. Zamyatin and One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by A. Solzhenitsyn

    The authors achieve this through various methods, which become obvious after a careful reading. One of the more apparent techniques used is the setting. In Solzhenitsyn's novel the portrayal of the harsh labor camp with inhuman conditions, creates a seemingly uninhabitable environment. Zamyatin in his novel uses as a setting a common ideal of 'the perfect society', a utopia. However we gradually realize that this society is far from perfect, in fact it is the exact opposite, a dystopia. Both settings are unrealistic to the modern reader and are something most people can merely visualize and not even come close to understanding or feeling, let alone relate to.

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  6. In the film Hotel Rwanda, the main character changed his own styles just to fit in with the Europeans and think that the Europeans will treat them as if he was a real European. And when times of crisis come along, he finds out

    Paul Rusesabagina, the main character, works as a manager in a hotel in Kigali, Rwanda. Because of his work, Paul interacts with a lot of powerful Europeans and he plans on building it up so he can call them for help if there is any need in the future. Paul wears tuxedos and ties and he thinks that if he did that the Europeans will treat him as if he was one of their people. At that time, genocide between the Hutu and Tutsi people started. Paul's wife Tatiana is a Tutsi and the Hutus are hunting down all the Tutsis, so the safest place for any Tutsi is at the Mille Collines Hotel where Paul works and that is because the U.N.

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  7. Original Writing Poetry Heartache My life was happy with no pain at all,Not having any worries of the darkness that crawlsBeneath my shadow and dark secrets to come

    eternally stressed Like being suffocated by my own mistakes And having to feel them is more than can take With each day ending in a hurtful flow Not knowing how long I

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  8. The happy slapping craze is now a nationwide phenomenon. But as it's moved from London to the home counties to the north of England,

    Like in you've been framed, when a man slips on wet concrete much to the delight of the audience. but schardenfroide can sometimes go very wrong, I knew a guy called Joseph once, he was one of those people who all the boys wanted to be and all the girls wanted to be with.

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  9. Carlo Levi's memoirs, 'Christ Stopped At Eboli', describe his time spent as a political prisoner in the isolated and desolate

    Levi is a prisoner in the small village of Gagliano and is being forced to live there but throughout the writing Levi exposes the fact that he is not the only prisoner and that it is more than a physical imprisonment that is keeping him there. The images of imprisonment that Levi presents us with occur all through the novel starting with the second chapter and continuing throughout the course of the writing. He describes physical borders, mental incarceration and the turmoil of the other villagers and how they seem to be experiencing the same ordeal as him but for different reasons and in different ways.

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  10. How Does Leon Garfield structure the novel 'Smith'to keep the reader interested?

    "Quick," whispered Miss Bridgit, handsome in her Tuesday best, "under my skirt, child." This is humorous as Smith was escaping gaol at that time and you would never dream of escaping under someone's skirt. This is also horror as the skirt will have been taken off a dead woman, and to think of wearing a dead woman's clothes is ghastly and unthinkable. Also we are scared as Miss Bridgit could be caught and be punished severely for helping a prisoner escape. "Five yards of rope, four sextons singing, three parsons preying, two horses drawing, and a felon in an elm tree."

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  11. Imagine you are Hari representing the villagers. Write a speech of protest to the Chief Minister against Industrialization in the village of Thul.

    Whilst Bombay may already have fallen victim to the juggernaut of modernization, other paradises are at risk! Would you rather live in a paradise or a nightmare? Have any of you ever heard of a place called Thul? No? Well it's my hometown. I have spent all of my life living there. However, in our tiny settlement there are growing, disturbing rumors that a new industrial factory is going to be built. If this factory were to be built, the world as I and my family and all of the people of Thul know it, would be tipped on its head.

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  12. Citizenship Coursework

    At first Mr Walker had said we were going to do a litter pick for our active citizens. But then some of us suggested what would be an even better and worth wile thing to do would be to collect food for our annual Christmas hampers for our elderly citizens. We know that many of them are on their own, and often never see anyone. Whilst carrying out this task we had to organize how we were going to carry out the hamper collection, as a class we came up with some ideas: - * Tell people in assembly about the hamper project.

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  13. Ict and person with special needs

    She does not want to rely on the goodwill of charities. Some friends, that are able, and social workers, visit Mrs. X in her home to do things that she cannot do, such as the shopping. They also give her lifts to wherever she may need to go. Her friends, family and social workers visit her at home regularly to give her company and read for her and help her with any household chores. Without this support she would struggle to live independently. She receives good benefits, such as, free internet access, some of the latest technologies, all free from the Government, a sheltered home with CCTV cameras to ensure her safety.

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  14. Discuss the themes of Virtu and Fortuna in The Prince

    Over the next few years Machiavelli maintained his position within the Florentine government and was sent on various missions and given many different roles with increasing amounts of authority over Florence. In 1513 Machiavelli is accused of being involved in an anti-Medici conspiracy with the Medici family being rulers of Florence at the time. Machiavelli is then imprisoned for a few months, he retains his innocence throughout prison and is then later released. Machiavelli then retires to a small farm a few miles outside of Florence and begins writing The Prince.

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  15. Usage of Characterization In Ryonosuke Akutagawa's Rashomon

    Akutagawa does this through narration and behavior of the character. At the beginning of the story, the protagonist is faced with the dilemma of either being honest and dying of starvation, or to be a thief and steal from the corpses that were scattered around. However even after much consideration, he was still "unable to muster enough courage to justify the conclusion that he must become a thief" (Akutagawa 34). Through this, it is evident at this point, the protagonist was still somewhat reluctant to compromise his morals even for survival, and if possible, he would definitely consider other means.

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  16. Practice Commentary This passage taken from Denton Welch's Maiden Voyage

    If the foreshadowing had been made more obvious like, "Don't go outside or else they will kill you." then the readers would not be so surprised when the identity of the object found by the main character is revealed and when the main character finds himself trapped. The author also uses symbolism in order to reveal the identity of the object found by the main character. It is first mentioned as a "black speck" and because the color black is usually associated with death and evil it catches the reader's attention and arouses suspicion. Next as the main character gets closer to the object he wonders, "if it could be a cat crouching in the middle of the road," or even a dark boulder.

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  17. In the novel 'The House of the Spirits' by Isabel Allende the epilogue is a conclusion to all that has happening in the novel.

    The one of the main themes in the epilogue, and in the entire novel is that of cycles, history repeating itself and fate. Alba has become pregnant, and is renewing the cycle by continuing life, making the end of the story the beginning of another one, the tale of her daughter. It also tells how the novel was written, as it is now revealed that Alba is the unknown narrator telling the story in the third person. This relates the end of the novel back to the start.

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  18. Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto

    This rendering makes us feel close to them and think of them as our own friends. This makes them interesting and moving. Mikage is a loner. Throughout her life, she has felt separated from others and feels solitude. She says that despite all the love that surrounds us, we are separated by others physically and mentally which makes each one of us separate, alone. She has suffered great losses; she has lost all her family members. However, after moving into the Tanabe's apartment, she becomes hopeful for a better life. Mikage wonders "Wrapped in blankets....in the future" on page 16, that maybe she hadn't wished for all the loneliness, maybe she had been hoping to think about the future.

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  19. How is the LuLing that springs to life in her manuscript different from the figure Ruth grapples with on a regular basis?

    This was just to point out the fact the LuLing was also adventurous and ready to try new things. Most of the images that we obtain from the manuscripts are quite different to the LuLing that we were first introduced. It just goes to show how much age can change a person and how people can forget who they really were. She treats Ruth with great strictness forgetting that she herself was not a perfect angel when she was little. She probably sees a lot of herself in Ruth and she wants to protect her from herself. She does not want her daughter to suffer as much as she has.

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  20. Determination

    While I had the idea somewhere in the back of my mind, however, I never gave it direct thought. In each case wherein I made myself work through my fear, whether I was snowboarding down a slope faster than the last time, climbing a difficult rock without the safety of ropes, or even asking a girl out, I never consciously thought about why I made myself do the things which frightened me. With some activities, obviously, having fun was a part of it; while there were other reasons behind it, speeding down the hill or inching up the rock was exhilarating because it was scary.

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    makes his point explicitly on this matter.Regarding the community of the newly discovered land,which is Brasilia and the natives' manners which are innate and not cultivated,he reasons that not to offend the Nature but to yield to Her is the correct behaviour.What makes people corrupt and miserable is their own actions trying to change the Nature for their own pratical use.Although the above mentioned nation seems to be barbarious in modern sense,when looked deeper inside-retaining their originnal naturalness -they turn outto be even much less barbarious compared to the modern man.

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  22. Metamorphosis

    That is where the second image of "looking out" the window comes into play. The looking out symbolizes Gregor's reflection on the liberties he used to posses when he could leave his room, and of the outdoors, there by limiting his experiences. This is supported with the imagery of his vision weakening. The imagery reflects a tone of pessimism, in that Gregor is loosing hope for a recovery. All the imagery serves to sympathies with Gregor because his situation is depicted as bleak. The symbol of Gregor's knowledge is his vision, which is the primary medium for humans gain knowledge.

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  23. Assertive Behavior: Your Perfect Right, a critical evaluation.

    The authors thanked to John Vasconcellos, who was memeber of the California State Legislature, for placing their work in the context of his educational and humanistics concerns and for his thoughtful foreword. The authors describe the reason why this book was written arguing the next point: We must begin to value and reward the assertions of each individual, acknowledging the right of self expression without fear or guilt, valuing the right to and opinion, and recognizing the unique contribution of each person.

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  24. To give or not to give, that is the question.

    However, there are a few examples when our money can make a difference if giving it directly to the people who need it. All in all, it is a wiser thing to support charities which are dedicated to help people without a job or shelter than to give money to the beggars on the street. Firstly, beggars are on the street because people give money to them, giving our money does not make them stop begging and go home and lead a happy life.

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  25. Life of a Slave Girl.

    Unfortunately she has no right to tell a white slave owner what to do, but throughout the book, she makes her feelings known to Mr. Norcom. When Jacobs becomes pregnant by a white lawyer, Mrs. Horniblow is very disappointed at her granddaughter, but is not privy to the amount of abuse she is receiving from Norcom. Jacobs eventually has two children, and due to the laws of slaves in place, they too become property of the young daughter of Dr.

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