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  1. Siddhartha - spiritual enlightenment

    They both start with the belief that finding Nirvana is possible. Even though Nirvana leads to a perfect relationship with the world and is obviously an end goal that almost every person hopes to reach, Siddhartha and Govinda different in what they are willing to do in search for this truth. In Siddhartha's case, when he becomes suspicious that one path may lead to a dead end, he quickly changes his course. He is willing to abandon the path of the Brahmins for the path of the Samanas, to leave the Samanas for Gotama, and then to make a sudden change from spiritual teachers to the material world with Kamala and Kamaswami.

    • Word count: 1063
  2. Iliad, Odyssey, and Metamorphoses - Hubris

    Ulysses' men asked him to stop before he angered Polyphemus, but Ulysses shows hubris by saying that if he ever met the Cyclops again he would kill it and send it to h**l. Ulysses wanted more than just an escape, he wanted to boast and act tough in front of Polyphemus. An extremely angry Polyphemus, prayed to his father Poseidon, (the god of the sea) to make Ulysses under no circumstances return to Ithaca. Since of Ulysses' hubris after blinding Polyphemus, Poseidon granted the prayer and it took Ulysses twenty years to arrive home, at the price of his men.

    • Word count: 1146
  3. Review of "Wild Bees" by Baxter

    The bees on the other hand seem to be cool headed "in passionless industry" (5). This metaphor serves to show that what the bees are doing is "legal" due to a very specific diction and they are also not overwhelmed thus their actions are not rush and mindless. This contrast is the first one that the narrator tells the reader about, however there are many more defects with which the narrator associates himself. The bees are portrayed as royalty with "their gauze wings a-glitter" and "their gold" (4)(24). This imagery brings the reader a sense of blue blood and dignity that the bees possess.

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  4. Tuf of Flowers Commentary

    As the narrative voice is about to start his work he bitterly remarks that the man before him "...had gone his way, the grass al mown, And I must be, as he had been -alone" thus he separates himself even more from the first man(7-8). Frost uses the simile of comparing the narrator's state to the state of the first man to demonstrate the rooted belief of the narrator of how every man is on his own, fulfilling his own mission alone.

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  5. Comparing the ending of Esquivels Like Water for Chocolate to Camus The Outsider

    Both characters experience what they had been pursuing throughout the course of the novel only at the end while accepting imminent death. When Tita dies, she finds a "figure of Pedro waiting for her" as she had been searching for love her entire life. And upon Meursault's imminent death, he discovers that death "made me realize that I'd been happy, and that I was happy still" after spending his life in painful apathy. It may seem unfair to the reader that these two characters have found what they have been searching for only because of death; however both characters experience a sort of life after death.

    • Word count: 964
  6. A Comparison: Gatsby and Okonkwo

    Both men felt they were destined to be greater than the surroundings they were born into. For Gatsby, it was his need to be successful and to eventually have Daisy Buchannan. For Okonkwo it was to prove he was a greater man then his father. Achebe begins the novel by illustrating this aspect of Okonkwo, contrasting himself with his father. "Unoka... was lazy and improvident and was quite incapable of thinking about tomorrow." Unoka is a man that Okonkwo passionately spends his whole life trying to differentiate himself from. Every characteristic he associates with his father he views as weak and feminine.

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  7. Free essay

    Gregor And Meursalt (Comparison)

    And so they make the beetle be just a beetle in every aspect in their minds. Gregor struggles and while the whole furniture are moved from his room, he jumps on a gilt framed picture of a woman in a fur coat and feels deeply sad and nostalgic, and the table which he had been using since his childhood which all in all shows the existing love and emotions which are still left in Gregor's heart as a beetle. He is not permitted to get himself even the least inside, to the world of humans and listens to the violin

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  8. Imagine you are one of the children in the classroom. Recount to your parents the events that took place today at school, explain what you understood about Guido's talk.

    Comunque ci hanno messi tutti nella palestra e abbiamo messo i banchi in una forma strana ma non ho capito bene perche', la direttrice ha detto che erano piu' belli cosi' e che facevamo piu' bella figura tutti vestiti di nero e con I banchi cosi'. Io e tutti I bambini eravamo seduti nei banchi e le bambine erano sedute dietro di noi credo perche' noi bimbi siamo piu' belli di quelle bambine noiose che si lamentano sempre.

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  9. Personajes Secundarios "Casa de muecas"

    Lamentablemente, esta es una falencia dentro de la sociedad que hasta el d�a de hoy sigue vigente, dado que existen a�n culturas, como por ejemplo la �rabe, en las cuales la mujer sigue siendo inferior al hombre. A pesar que en los �ltimos a�os se han implementado nuevas leyes a favor de las mujeres, la sociedad machista en la que vivimos no las ha logrado asimilar y por tanto, la mujer permanece en desventaja ante al hombre. En 1879, Ibsen arroj� a Nora al mundo pretendiendo que ella obtenga la libertad de desarrollarse como persona adulta, responsable e independiente.

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  10. Le legitimite de la discrimination positive. A lorigine, le concept de discrimination positive provient de la politique amricaine Affirmative Act du prsident Kennedy.

    La discrimination positive est une politique qu'il est l�gitime de d�fendre, ayant d�j� fait ses preuves dans d'autres pays. Une partie du processus d'�ducation est d'apprendre � interagir avec les autres races et nationalit�s. De nombreux �tudiants vivent une vie tr�s distincts jusqu'au moment o� ils commencent l'universit�. Ainsi, les opinions des autres races et nationalit�s sont fond�es sur des st�r�otypes. Interaction permet aux �tudiants d'apprendre que les personnes de race sont aussi des personnes, plus ou moins juste comme eux. Malheureusement, sans une action positive, cette diversit� est beaucoup moins susceptible de se produire. B. Facilit� au Suc�s des Minorit�s La discrimination positive est profitable pour la coh�sion de notre soci�t�.

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  11. An imaginary life

    Ovid's background also greatly influences his writing style as he finds himself constantly exemplifying Greek beliefs (mythology) and making reference to their cultures and customs. However, even though that Malouf uses the character of a Greek in his story, it is blatantly obvious that the aboriginal culture has affected his style of writing, tying the culture of indigenous Australians to the Getae, as they consider the land to be alive, through dreamtime stories. This can be related to Greek Mythology's Gaia, the goddess of earth.

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  12. In what ways and to what effect, does Milton use comparison in Paradise Lost Book II?

    With this description, it's clear to see that Sin is an allegory of Eve because Eve is also beautiful and "fair" on the outside, but deep inside is evil and tempted by a "serpent", even if she is not composed of one. Also, Sin explains how she was seduced by Satan, and as a result of their fornication, conceive Death. She then explains how Death raped her "...in embraces forcible and foul" (II.793) and created monsters that are "hourly conceived And hourly born, with sorrow infinite To me;" (II.797-99)

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  13. Familiar Character Types in Don Camillo

    However, the ways that they are discussed and presented to the reader are what makes them of note. Politics, specifically the conflict between Communism and the Church, represented by the frequent bouts of anger between Don Camillo and Peppone occur in nearly every one of the short stories. Guareschi, by showing this political and ideological conflict in a humourous way, allows the ideas behind this conflict to slowly enter the readers mind to be considered at a subconscious level. A notable example of this use of humour in discussing a prominent political divide can be seen in the short story The Avenger, in which a football match takes place between Peppone and Don Camillo.

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  14. Free essay

    Don Camillo and Peppone are essentially two aspects of the same man

    Therefore throughout the novel we see how the two characters constantly challenge one another in order to prove who is better. This is seen at the very start of " Out of Bounds" where Don Camillo challenges Peppone and his men to come to mass, stating that he will "fix them". Throughout the book Don Camillo is trying to fight the idea of godless communists, whereas Peppone keeps making speeches about how "the reactionaries" ought to be shot, which contributes to the idea of constant provocation.

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  15. A review on the Dutch school system

    These directions are closely related to your future career. The so called tiered-system consists of VMBO, HAVO and VWO. VMBO is strongly preparing students for a job. Therefore it mostly consists of practical classes. With both HAVO and VWO you will mainly follow theoretical classes, only VWO is a level higher because it is preparation for the university and has principally an independent and investigative focus. Which level you will follow depends on the choice the school makes for you, of course this will be with some consultation with the student.

    • Word count: 1034
  16. Outsider Story

    The people there were really nice well that was what i was thinking because i couldn't understand what they were saying to me but i supposed they were nice to me. When i got to my first day of school it was awful, i was wearing a uniform from another school and my dad had bought it from the school that is the main rival in soccer so obviously i got bothered by almost everyone, until one of my classmates explained me why they were bothering me.

    • Word count: 603
  17. Lord of the Flies Chapter Questions

    Somehow the pig manages to escape. Jack promises that the next time he won't hesitate in killing a pig. 6. What differences beside the physical ones, are apparent between Ralph and Piggy? Ralph and Piggy have definitely different personalities, Ralph has a leader personality, he is fearless and somehow responsible. While Piggy seems to be the bullied guy on the gang, he is intelligent, nervous and is the type of guy who will miss his daddy and mommy. Chapter Two 1.

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  18. Macbeth:Act 1,scene 7

    He starts having thoughts of achieving his ambition by killing King Duncan. He thinks that if there would be no problems or consequence of killing Duncan then it was the right time to kill him and he needs to it quickly. However, Macbeth is not sure about doing it and says " if it were done" which is a strong euphemism for murder that is different from what he has been doing on the battlefield. This euphemism shows that the "horrid deed" abhors him, as he knows that regicide is a sin.

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  19. Chronicle of a Death Foretold

    Because the reader views Santiago as the protagonist of the novel, they are relieved when it is implied that he has a chance with not being killed (even though they know he dies). This is taken away when he dies at the end. The Vicario brothers very brutally murder Santiago Nassar, 'Pablo Vicario gave him a horizontal slash on the stomach, and all his intestines exploded out.'. This is very shocking to the reader; it is very intense. At this point, the reader is very excited and eager to read on.

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  20. Blood Wedding and Chronicle of a Death Foretold

    However, she ends up being the one that foresees what is to come. The Bridegroom's mother has been through quite a lot of tragedy, 'First they killed your father... Then they killed your brother.' (4). She could have foreseen his future and how he was going to die. However, she is not protective enough and lets him leave. She then goes on to speak about how she wishes she had girls, 'But make sure you have girls... live in peace' (8). The Bridegroom is not a girl therefore he will not live in peace.

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  21. I Say I Say I say

    This first person quote could symbolize the speaker reaching out for help or wanting people to listen but not completely showing it as the first two lines of the poem are questioning and audience or group of people. At the beginning of this poem we get an interrogative tone. This tone is used to question the readers, which causes the reader to think and answer the questions themselves. 'Anyone here had a go at themselves for a laugh? Anyone opened their wrists with a blade in the bath?'

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  22. Comment Apprendre

    3. La plupart du temps, l'�cole pr�sente des connaissances immuables, comme fig�es. Elle propose une sorte d'accumulation d'informations comme si une t�te bien faite �tait une t�te tr�s remplie. On nous parle rarement des gens qui ont cherche pourquoi des maladies �taient contagieuses, comment se faisaient les �clipses de soleil, de quelles fa�ons naissent les cyclones... 4. le syst�me �ducatif est une lourde machine. Il nourrit souvent la passivit�, peu compatible avec l'apprentissage. Aucun autre syst�me n'a garde comme lui, la m�me forme depuis plus d'un si�cle. Il y a une sorte de coalition tacite pour que nos enfants reproduisent � l'identique ce que nous avons connu. Des lieux de connaissance 5.

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  23. The Effect of Magic in MacBeth and Midsummers Night Dream

    She catches on quickly and comes up with a plan to kill Duncan for Macbeth to become king. At first Macbeth is struggling to assassinate his master at his own house, but his wife convinces him. After they kill the king, the king's sons run away, and Macbeth becomes king. It seems like the mission is accomplished but Macbeth starts killing all suspected witnesses starting with the kings servants to Macduff's family including his best friend Banquo. When he is scared he will be dethroned or killed he goes to find the witches again.

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  24. Me and Music

    This is the only time I can say that I truly heard music. I used to be very social, very active, like a fish in the gigantic ocean. I used to have lots of friends, and a girlfriend who I was deeply in love with. That love story last for a year. We broke up after a year, when I still loved her so much. I became a silent boy and cut all the connections with friends as same as outside world. It was a hurricane came and almost drowned me and in this violent raging storm and I lost my way.

    • Word count: 719
  25. Spanish essay:driving responsibly

    Y este problema social sigue. Las cifras de muertos en la carretera aumentan y parecen resistir a los esl�ganes pegadizos, como el frase conocido"si bebes, no conduzcas" Sobre el consumo de alcohol siguen rondando falsas cosas dif�ciles de entender. No es extra�o encontrarse a quien mide su capacidad poni�ndose a la polante, tambien, a los que se toman una cuchara de aceite antes de beber para, , "lubricar el est�mago", se dicen.

    • Word count: 289

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