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  1. Is Castle Rackrent an elegy for or a satire of the landlord class?

    Despite the obvious preference that Thady expresses for the aristocracy, he presents a far more impartial view than one might think. Since Thady appears a simple man, the masters he serves either live up to the ideal laid down by their forebears, or they fail in this regard, but in each case it is in Thady's judgements that we can seek a degree of objective assessment of Edgeworth's own feelings towards the landlord classes. What Thady himself represents is another matter, since his native wit and unfailing loyalty seems unrealistic when shown opposite the shrewd and calculating figure of his

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  2. How does Timberlake Wertenbaker's 'Our Country's Good' depict and dicuss notions of displacement and 'otherness'.

    Little was known about the country and so it was seen as a place of 'otherness'. The Bay was used as a place of punishment. Convicts knew that once they were sentence to 'Convict transportation' overseas it was very unlikely they would return to their homeland. Therefore Australia was seen to them as a place of 'otherness', a place that was new and daunting. When they travelled to Australia it was unknown. Aborigine * Explain the relevance of the Aborigine.

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  3. Analysis of The Inferno suggests - Dantes.

    In the first Canto, Dante meets up with Virgil, who will guide him on the descent to Hell. Upon their first encounter, Dante becomes overwhelmed: The glory and light are yours, That poets follow - may the love that made me search Your book in patient study avail me, Master! You are my guide and author, whose verses teach The graceful style whose model has done me honor (Dante 1.63). Analysis of The Inferno suggests that there are two Dantes speaking throughout the epic. There is the narrator, known as the Dante the pilgrim, and the author, Dante the poet.

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  4. How does Machiavelli's idea of 'virtu' compare with Aristotle's idea of 'civic excellence'?

    Writing "The Prince" and giving advise on governing a princedom, Machiavelli listed a lot of qualities positive and negative that a Prince should have to be a good ruler. One of the most important qualities, Machiavelli says, is the virtu or virtue. This quality is pointed out to be very important, mainly, not because of personal values, but for appearance of the Prince in front of the subjects. A Prince should be generous, kind, compassionate and devout, or so he should appear to be.

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  5. Is Virgil's adaptation of Theocritus' eleventh Idyll something distinctive or 'free standing'?

    This in turn gave birth to an elite community of listeners and readers who were able to recognise the allusions made. Although neglecting parody and despising plagiarism, emulation and rivalry was strongly encouraged. The concept of 'imitatio' therefore legitimises Virgil's emulation. The main characters of the poems, Virgil's Corydon and Theocritus' Polyphemus share obvious similarities. They are both shepherds, who lack desirable beauty, so they offer their expertise in shepherding as their most desirable attributes. Polyphemus in his love sick song describes "this single eye and flattened nose" but boasts how "fine looks could not buy me the flock I graze", and that "no other Cyclops plays the pipe as I can".

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  6. How Well Does Book V Prepare Aeneas For His Destiny?

    Palinurus informs Aeneas that a great storm is brewing and the fleet must change its course. Aeneas not only takes charge-a characteristic that we would associate with a leader, he also shows that he can look after the tired travellers with the promise of a rest from their efforts. A good leader must also have the ability to look after his people if they face such a situation, which Aeneas does here quite successfully. He does not allow his people to face any danger and he leads them to safety. While preparations for the games take place, Aeneas can be seen at the centre of a throng of people.

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  7. To what extent and in what ways are the character of Antigone and Creon driven by moral imperatives or a willful impulse towards self-destruction?

    He goes on to state that in matter of burial of the dead of the war, Eteocles should be buried with full military honours as a Hero whereas Polynices should be refused burial and his corpse left to rot as a punishment for his treachery. This refusal of burial to the dead is however a crime in the eyes of Lord who through their unwritten edicts prescribe a burial for every corpse, even that of a traitor. But, Creon in his fatal blindness seeks to question the Lord's supremacy and goes ahead with his edict of refusing burial to the corpse of Polynices.

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  8. How did the Brutality of Apartheid Affect the Theatrical Development of Athol Fugard with Special Reference to "The Island"?

    "Apartheid", is the official name given to a political system, which is based upon racial discrimination. Obviously, people that live in an area where apartheid has been instated, are greatly affected, and naturally have different views to those that we have in the West. In 1948, South Africa was divided, however, it is widely known that the culture of apartheid had been present for many years before it was officially installed. In 1948, the all white National Party (founded in 1914) came to power. For year's segregation and inequality between races had existed as a matter of custom and practice in South Africa, now it became a law.

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  9. What can be meant by: "Knowledge is the true organ of sight, not the eyes."

    Therefore, though the eyes are, in fact, organs of sight, they would be useless if the beholder has no knowledge-based on belief or justification-of what the object of their viewing is. One's knowledge may be structured through one's belief, which is in turn affected by one's previous experiences and needs. Therefore, what one perceives through the faculty of sight (here, meaning their eyes) may seem different than what it really is, based on the observer's own wants, needs, and emotions among other subjective factors.

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  10. Republic of Plato Essay - Ignorance, and Philosophical Conflict

    In the cave, the individuals undergo no separation, but rather all are stuck in ignorance. The internal conflict of a philosopher?s self-image appears under these conflicting view of ignorance. This separation results from the differing natures of ignorance in these two settings. In the city in speech, the element of ignorance is inherent for the lower ranked citizens, separated through the Noble Lie. In case of philosophic children, ?in all these labors, studies, and fears, the boy who shows himself always readiest must be chosen to join a select number? (537 a). The philosophic youths are separated into the dialectical philosophic path of education when their component metal is evident through their behavior, while the other classes are discerned similarly.

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  11. In Homer's "Odyssey" Odysseuss steadfast curiosity causes a marked inconsistence in his life.

    Now, with the crew nourished and rested, the fastest route homeward would be to depart the island now as it is just a resting point for the crew. However, this is not the course of action Odysseus takes: ?after we had tasted of food and drink, then I sent some of my companions ahead, telling them to find out what men, eaters of bread, might live here in this country? (9.87). In this small act Odysseus demonstrates his constant curiosity that drives his inconsistency.

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  12. JUVENIL'S SATIRES - attacking the Patron-Client Relationship in Roman Politics.

    It is likely that the rich and powerful enjoyed the status it gave them, but they felt no obligation to their clients and merely went through the motions of patronage. Juvenal suggests that clients, for their part, regarded it with total cynicism as a means of getting free food and other hand-outs. An increasing population of urban poor, and an influx of foreigners such as Greeks meant that there were many more clients dependent on the generosity of the wealthy patrons.

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  13. In the Greek tragedy Oedipus Rex, Sophocles examines the idea of a just and proper ruler in the time of crisis

    His complete honesty or candor is shown in the fact that he insists upon allowing all his people to hear what the oracle has said, in spite of Creon?s proposal that Oedipus hear the news in private. Oedipus said, ?Let them all hear! Their sufferings distress me more than if my own life were at stake.?[1] When Creon restates the story of Laius?s murder, Oedipus is surprised and dismayed that the investigation of the murder of a king was so swiftly let go.[2] Oedipus becomes angry with the people for not attempting to find their King?s murderer and for letting it go so quickly without attempting to find the murderer.

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  14. In Book 9 of Homers The Iliad, Aias seemingly plays a very minor role in attempting to convince Achilleus to begin fighting again for the Greeks

    Thus, Aias frames his argument by placing Achilleus on a pedestal and declaring that the fate of the entire Greek world ultimately depends on Achilleus?s participation in the war, appealing to this irresistible opportunity for the greatest honor. Even though his mother?s status leaves Achilleus in the gods? favor, human blood still flows through his veins, making him vulnerable to the influence of the unstable human emotions. Indeed, Homer begins The Iliad by proclaiming the power in Achilleus?s rage. He writes, ?Sing, goddess, the anger of Peleus? son Achilleus? (Homer, Iliad 1:1)

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