Pointless Life

Existentialism And Theatre
Existentialism And Theatre
Existentialism and Theatre Existentialism is a concept that became popular during the second World War in France, and just after it. French playrights have often used the stage to express their views, and these views came to surface even during a Nazi occupation. Bernard Shaw got his play Saint Joan past the German censors because it appeared to be very Anti-British. French audiences however immediately understood the real meaning of the play, and replaced the British with the Germans. Those
The Devils Shadow
The Devils Shadow
The Devil's Shadow Time Setting: The Devil's Shadow by Clifford Lindsey Alderman took place in the late seventeenth century from 1692-1693. This is the time period that the Salem Witch Trials took place. The main plot of the story rested on the events leading up to the Salem Witch Trials, the trials themselves, and the aftermath of the trials. Detailed accounts of witch executions, the actual trials, and the events that caused the trials were discussed in the story. Place Setting: Most of the a
Lucid Dreaming
Lucid Dreaming
Lucid Dreaming Roughly one-third of our lives are spent sleeping, and a significant amount of this time is spent dreaming. You have the ability to be conscious, awake, and well.. lucid, in your dreams. Lucid dreaming is dreaming while being aware of being in a dream state. The term ?lucid,? coined by Frederik Van Eeden in 1913, is used in the sense of mental clarity. The basic definition of lucid dreaming is nothing more than becoming aware that you are dreaming, of which many people have exper
Against Censoring Harmless Obscene Language
Against Censoring Harmless Obscene Language
Against Censoring Harmless Obscene Language Why the [email protected]#$ would any &*$% head want to censor @#$ &*$% offensive language? I mean what the [email protected]#$?? Did any of that offend anyone? Would it if I had used the actual words? I hope it wouldn't because I sure didn't intend for it to. But then again, if it did, well, don't take this personally, but, you don't need to be reading this. I'm sorry, but I am not forcing you to. No one is. Close your eyes if someone puts it in front of you, sing the Macarena a l
Euthanasia: A Question Of Ethics
Euthanasia: A Question Of Ethics
Euthanasia: A Question of Ethics Euthanasia is one of the most acute and uncomfortable contemporary problems in medical ethics. Is Euthanasia Ethical? The case for euthanasia rests on one main fundamental moral principle: mercy. It is not a new issue; euthanasia has been discussed-and practised-in both Eastern and Western cultures from the earliest historical times to the present. But because of medicine's new technological capacities to extend life, the problem is much more pressing than it has
Physician-Assisted Suicide
Physician-Assisted Suicide
Physician-Assisted Suicide Kathleen M. Foley, author of Competent Care for the Dying Instead of Physician-Assisted Suicide, believes doctors should develop treatments for the physical and psychological problems of dying patients rather than helping them commit suicide. Available data suggests most physicians do not receive training in the care of dying patients. Dying patients experience physical symptoms such as pain, psychological problems such as anxiety and depression and existential distres
Lysistrata Of Aristophanes
Lysistrata Of Aristophanes
Lysistrata of Aristophanes The Lysistrata of Aristophanes Aristophanes was a satirist who produced Lysistrata around 413 BC when the news of Athen?s warships had been destroyed near Sicily. For twenty-one years, while Athens was engaged in war, he relentlessly and wittliy attacked the war, the ideals of the war, the war party and the war spirit. This risked his acceptance and his Athenian citizenship. Lysistrata is probably the oldest comedy which has retained a place in modern theatre. It prima
Huckleberry Finn - Superstitions
Huckleberry Finn - Superstitions
Huckleberry Finn - Superstitions Narrative Voices in Huck Finn- Huckleberry Finn provides the narrative voice of Mark Twain?s novel, and his honest voice combined with his personal vulnerabilities reveal the different levels of the Grangerfords? world. Huck is without a family: neither the drunken attention of Pap nor the pious ministrations of Widow Douglas were desirable allegiance. He stumbles upon the Grangerfords in darkness, lost from Jim and the raft. The family, after some initial cross-
Heart Of Darkness
Heart Of Darkness
Heart of Darkness Throughout the story, Heart of Darkness, there is a thin line between what is seen as reality and what is illusion. The main character soon realizes that he has different interpretations of events and physical things than that of the Europeans. Charlie Marlow first realizes how many things, events and even people, in Africa, seemed misnamed by the Europeans, distorting them from what they truly are. Consequently he is wary of labeling something in case he might misname it and a
Heart Of Darkness
Heart Of Darkness
Heart of Darkness Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad In Joseph Conrad's novel, 'Heart of Darkness', the term darkness can be related to a few different meanings. Conrad uses this term in various ways to characterize social, political and psychological affairs in order to help the reader get a feel of his attitudes towards things, such as colonialism, Africa, and civilization. The first impression of the word darkness in relations to this novel that I understood was its reference to racism. T
A Separate Peace
A Separate Peace
A Separate Peace Sitting in my third grade classroom we chattered anxiously, waiting for the spelling quizzes to be passed back. My teacher placed them all facing down on our desks, a rather pointless effort when she was already aware that at any moment the room would burst into havoc with yells of what did you get?, shouting numbers back and forth, and of course superior comments from the students proud of their marks. I quickly flipped mine over and grinned at the 8/10 scrawled in red marker
For Whom The Bell Tolls
For Whom The Bell Tolls
For Whom the Bell Tolls The Disillusionment of Hemingway with War Hemingway uses certain repetitive themes and ideas in his book, For Whom the Bell Tolls, which relate to the grander dogma that he is trying to teach. By using these reoccurring ideas, he is able to make clear his views on certain issues and make the reader understand his thoughts. The most notable of this reoccurring theme is that of war. Hemingway uses the war concept as paradoxical irony in this book, to tell the reader what th
A Modest Proposal - Colonization
A Modest Proposal - Colonization
A Modest Proposal - Colonization Joseph Riley McCormack Professor Alan Somerset English 020 Section 007 Submission Date: March 22, 2000 Colonization in the Theme of A Modest Proposal and Heart of Darkness Starting at the beginning of the seventeenth century, European countries began exploring and colonizing many different areas of the world. The last half of the nineteenth century saw the height of European colonial power around the globe. France, Belgium, Germany, and especially Great Brita
Heart Of Darkness - Colonization
Heart Of Darkness - Colonization
Heart of Darkness - Colonization Joseph Riley McCormack Professor Alan Somerset English 020 Section 007 Submission Date: March 22, 2000 Colonization in the Theme of A Modest Proposal and Heart of Darkness Starting at the beginning of the seventeenth century, European countries began exploring and colonizing many different areas of the world. The last half of the nineteenth century saw the height of European colonial power around the globe. France, Belgium, Germany, and especially Great Brita
Beautiful Blueberries (About Into The Wild)
Beautiful Blueberries (About Into The Wild)
Beautiful Blueberries (About Into the Wild) Beautiful Blueberries Christopher McCandless' last journal entry before dying of starvation in the Alaska bush was simply the words Beautiful Blueberries. Over the previous two years he bought a secondhand canoe on impulse and paddled to Mexico. Then he lived on the streets of Los Angeles with vagrants, camped in the Arizona dessert with hippies, tramped through almost every western state, occasionally holding odd jobs. He also lived completely off t
The Republic - Book 1 - Theme Of Justice
The Republic - Book 1 - Theme Of Justice
The Republic - Book 1 - Theme of Justice The subject matter of the Republic is the nature of justice and its relation to human existence. Book I of the republic contains a critical examination of the nature and virtue of justice. Socrates engages in a dialectic with Thrasymachus, Polemarchus, and Cephalus, a method which leads to the asking and answering of questions which directs to a logical refutation and thus leading to a convincing argument of the true nature of justice. And that is the mai
The Lottery - Symbolism
The Lottery - Symbolism
The Lottery - Symbolism In The Lottery, Shirley Jackson uses symbolism to make us aware of the pointless nature of humanity regarding tradition and violence. The story starts off on a beautiful summer day in a small town. The author describes the day as very euphoric but strikes a contrast between the atmosphere of the town and the atmosphere of the people gathered in the square. The atmosphere is subdued, where the children are gathered around quietly. The black box is the central theme or
The Giver
The Giver
The Giver The Giver is about a boy named Jonas who lives in the future in an almost perfect community. Jonas is chosen to be the person who carries all the memories of the past, given to him by the giver. It is by Lois Lowry. There are many good and bad things in the Giver. Some good things are that hardly anyone gets hurt. When people do get hurt they take a pill and the pain goes right away. No one ever breaks bones or anything. There are no criminals, and there are no locks on any homes or bu
The Book Of Sand
The Book Of Sand
The Book of Sand Jorge Luis Borges is a famous Spanish author, known best for his short stories. In this paper, I will discuss several short stories written by Mr. Borges, what influenced him in his writings, and a brief history of his place of origin, Argentina. Borges' The Book of Sand is the story of a man who is visited by a stranger trying to sell a holy book called the Book of Sand. The narrator looks at the book and is unable to see the first or last pages of it because, as the stranger
Sense And Sensibility Book Report
Sense And Sensibility Book Report
Sense and Sensibility Book Report Book Report - Sense and Sensibility 1.) In Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility, the title is a metaphor for the two main characters Elinor and Marianne. Elinor represents sense and Marianne represents sensibility. We find out early that Elinor does not share her feelings. When Edward comes into the story, there was an immediate attraction. She tells no one of her feelings. It was just assumed that they are meant for each other. When Edward has to leave, Elinor sa
All Quiet On The Western Front
All Quiet On The Western Front
All Quiet on the Western Front Erich Maria Remarque?s All Quiet on the Western Front is a novel that takes you through the life of a soldier in World War I. Remarque is accurately able to portray the episodes soldiers go through. All Quiet on the Western Front shows the change in attitudes of the men before and during the war. This novel is able to show the great change war has evolved to be. From lining your men up and charging in the eighteenth century, to digging and living in the trenches wi
All Quiet On The Western Front
All Quiet On The Western Front
All Quiet on the Western Front Remarque?s All Quiet on the Western Front, a novel set in World War I, centers around the changes brought by the war onto one young German soldier. During his time in the war, Remarque?s protagonist, Paul Baumer, changes from a rather innocent romantic young man to a hardened and somewhat caustic veteran. The story also focuses on the lives of Baumer?s comrades. They all begin by patriotically marching off to join the army. However, their visions of the glories of
The Chrysalids
The Chrysalids
The Chrysalids John Wyrndham the author of The Chrysalids is an extraordinary writer who has created this book in the state of two totally different worlds. Wyrndham has based this book on the different views toward blasphamies and how the characters all have a different approach on the subject. The three greatest ranges in different reactions to Blasphemes would come from the characters: Joseph Strorm, Aunt Harriet, and Sophie Wender. Joseph Strorm is the character in the novel that has the gre
The Art Of War
The Art Of War
The Art of War The pounding of shells, the mines, the death traps, the massive, blind destruction, the acrid stench of rotting flesh, the communal graves, the charred bodies, and the fear. These are the images of war. War has changed over the centuries from battles of legions of ironclad soldiers enveloped in glimmering armor fighting for what they believe to senseless acts of guerrilla warfare against those too coward to be draft-dodgers. Those who were there, who experienced the terror first h
The Story Of An Hour
The Story Of An Hour
The Story of an Hour The late 1800?s were a time of repression for women. A woman was expected to conform to her husband?s ideals and accept a life of his control. Even today, the relationship between men and women sometimes seems unequal. In her essay Disappointment is the Lot of Women, Lucy Stone discusses the different treatment of men and women. When? I reached forth after the sources of knowledge, I was reproved with ?It isn?t fit for you; it doesn?t belong to women,? she recalls (Stone, 1)
A Wagner Matinee
A Wagner Matinee
A Wagner Matinee The late 1800?s were a time of repression for women. A woman was expected to conform to her husband?s ideals and accept a life of his control. Even today, the relationship between men and women sometimes seems unequal. In her essay Disappointment is the Lot of Women, Lucy Stone discusses the different treatment of men and women. When? I reached forth after the sources of knowledge, I was reproved with ?It isn?t fit for you; it doesn?t belong to women,? she recalls (Stone, 1). St
The Yellow Wallpaper)
The Yellow Wallpaper)
The Yellow Wallpaper) The late 1800?s were a time of repression for women. A woman was expected to conform to her husband?s ideals and accept a life of his control. Even today, the relationship between men and women sometimes seems unequal. In her essay Disappointment is the Lot of Women, Lucy Stone discusses the different treatment of men and women. When? I reached forth after the sources of knowledge, I was reproved with ?It isn?t fit for you; it doesn?t belong to women,? she recalls (Stone, 1
Cathedral
Cathedral
Cathedral Raymond Carver's Cathedral The Husband?s Enlightenment Raymond Carver?s Cathedral is narrated from the point of view of a hostile and ignorant husband, whose wife has invited a blind friend to spend the night. The narrator is, through his forthcoming descriptions of his wife and the blind man, viewed as extremely bitter. However, as the story progresses, the narrator?s tone and demeanor change from caustic to warm and enlightened. The story opens as the narrator explains that the blind
Heart Of Darkness - Racism
Heart Of Darkness - Racism
Heart of Darkness - Racism Darkness and Racism in Heart of Darkness In Joseph Conrad's novel, 'Heart of Darkness', the term darkness can be related to a few different meanings. Conrad uses this term in many ways to characterize social, political and psychological affairs in order to help the reader get a feel of his attitudes towards things, such as colonialism, Africa, and civilization. The first impression of the word darkness in relations to this novel that I understood was its reference
Pragmatics Deixis And Conversational Implicature
Pragmatics Deixis And Conversational Implicature
Pragmatics Deixis and Conversational Implicature 1.1 The concept of deictic centre Deixis deals with the words and expressions whose reference relies entirely on the circumstances of the utterance. For that reason these special expressions and their meaning in discourse can only be understood in light of these circumstances. The term deictic centre underlines that the deictic term has to relate to the situation exactly at the point where the utterance is made or the text is written. One could ev
Maturing In The Faith
Maturing In The Faith
Maturing in the Faith In the course of reading Chapter 1 of our book, I came across something that I have known all along but taken for granted, as though it was not more important than my upcoming doctor?s appointment. It is the simple yet breaking fact that I do not know what I believe in, or rather, I know what I believe, but I don?t exactly know why I believe. And I am not alone in my plight. Most Filipinos, unfortunately, are guilty of this folly. We all have faith in God, not because we kn
Huckleberry Finn
Huckleberry Finn
Huckleberry Finn Huckleberry Finn provides the narrative voice of Mark Twain's novel, and his honest voice combined with his personal vulnerabilities reveal the different levels of the Grangerfords' world. Huck is without a family: neither the drunken attention of Pap nor the pious ministrations of Widow Douglas were desirable allegiance. He stumbles upon the Grangerfords in darkness, lost from Jim and the raft. The family, after some initial cross-examination, welcomes, feeds and rooms Huck wit
Johnny Got His Gun
Johnny Got His Gun
Johnny Got His Gun Johnny Got His Gun was not what I expected it to be. I thought it would be about the battles that were fought throughout the war. Instead it was about a man who had been severely injured by a bomb. The entire story takes place with the protagonist in a hospital bed. He remembers his childhood and thinks about the war. He cannot see or hear and has to rely on touch to know what's going on around him. This setting was very different from all the action I expected from a war book
On The Road
On The Road
On the Road Jack Kerouac's 'Great American' Novel, On the Road ?because the only people for me as the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes, 'Awwwww!' (On the Road, Jack Kerouac p. 8) The 40's. A time of the
Escape Towards Death
Escape Towards Death
Escape towards Death As the cliched statement says, Nobody's perfect. Everyone's life has some difficulties, with which one may arrive at a variety of resolutions. For instance, if one has lost a love to something other than death, he may simply discuss it with his friends; if someone is troubled by family memories, that person may receive counselling or other forms of psychological therapy; and if one is dissatisfied with his life, then he may spend money on making improvements or a vacation.
Dulce Est Decrum Est
Dulce Est Decrum Est
Dulce est Decrum est INTRODUCTION In the poem, 'Dulce Et Decorum Est' by Wilfred Owen, the social climate of the World War I era is reflected through the poet's use of vivid imagery and poetic techniques. The poem itself presents an a blunt impression of the world through its linking of ideas and language in its text. The poem addresses the falsehood, that war is glorious, that it is noble, it describes the true horror and waste that is war, with the aim of changing the way in which society thin
Alfred Sasoons Poetry
Alfred Sasoons Poetry
Alfred Sasoon's poetry Sassoon's bitterness against the war is made clear through his poetry, which is filled with his resentment against war, the futility of it and the high price that had to be paid. In the poem 'A working party' Sassoon's feelings towards the futility of war and the waste of life that war brings about is made clear through his use of his language and the way he makes the reader feel as if they know the man in the poem. In this and many other poems, Sassoon uses irony and heav
Cats Cradle
Cats Cradle
Cat's Cradle Analysis of Cat's Cradle Kurt Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle, one of the century's greatest anthropological works, deals with religion, science, and the end of the world; its major theme involves the symbolic nature of the title of the book. The theme of the cat's cradle is used throughout the book to represent many of the truths, as viewed by Vonnegut, that are found in society. A cat's cradle is essentially a game played by all ages and almost all nationalities; Even the Eskimos know it
The Yellow Wall-Paper
The Yellow Wall-Paper
The Yellow Wall-Paper The short story The Yellow Wall-Paper written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman is a cry for freedom. This story is about a woman who fights for her right to express what she feels, and fights for her right to do what she wants to do. The narrator in this short story is a woman whose husband loves her very much, but oppresses her to the point where she cannot take it anymore. This story revolves around the main character, her oppressed life, and her search for freedom. There a
Neal Cassady
Neal Cassady
Neal Cassady Neal Cassady: The Man Who Set The World Free Neal Cassady grew up as a quasi-homeless wayfaring boy with his alcoholic, unemployed father in the projects of Denver. His unconventional upbringing led to adolescence rife with theft, drug use, and extreme sexual awakening at a young age. Cassady grew up quite quickly and led an overexposed life, which foreshadows his death at the age of 42 of exposure, next to railroad tracks in Mexico. His life, however, seems to be regarded by many a
John Locke
John Locke
John Locke Perhaps one of, if not the, most historically influential political thinkers of the western world was John Locke. John Locke, the man who initiated what is now known as British Empiricism, is also considered highly influential in establishing grounds, theoretically at least, for the constitution of the United States of America. The basis for understanding Locke is that he sees all people as having natural God given rights. As God?s creations, this denotes a certain equality, at least
Hudson Taylor
Hudson Taylor
Hudson Taylor Student Review I have seen that living in luxury is pointless and not only that but it can effect the way one lives for God. When you live with just the necessities, you show yourself that there is more to entertainment and comfort in life, that seeking material wealth all the time, Is a waste of time and the precious gift of life which God has bestowed upon us to live for His glory and not our own. Gods will is indeed inedible. Nothing we can do will prevent what He has in store f
Perfectly Broken
Perfectly Broken
Perfectly Broken Upon entering my room one may wonder why I have garbage up on my wall. I do not put rags or rotting food on my wall. However, many people believe that what I have up there is garbage. It is a broken cylinder of wood, splintered in the center, pieced together from two, that before was one, but would never quite be one again. The violent act of destroying it is why I hold it so dearly to me. It was that moment I knew that my life would never be the same. At that time I knew that w
Role Of Queen In Beowulf & Grendel
Role Of Queen In Beowulf & Grendel
Role of Queen in Beowulf & Grendel In both texts, Beowulf and Grendel, the main purpose of the Queen's are to serve the courts as weavers of peace. In Grendel however, Queen Wealththeow is described in much greater detail and serves a further purpose. The reader gains insight to a part Grendel that is not present in Beowulf, his desire for a human. It was not unusual for women to be offered as tokens of peace within the noble courts. In the novel Grendel, Wealhtheow's brother, King of the Hel
Hemingways Paris And The American Exodus
Hemingways Paris And The American Exodus
Hemingway's Paris and the american exodus You are the lost generation, said Gertrude Stein, the woman that knew them well. You could see them sitting in the cafes all day long, busy drinking and socializing, or boxing in the gym, playing tennis. Ernest Hemingway was one of them, one of the many american expatriots that came to Paris in the 1920's. They were mostly writers, some artists, all reunited on the left bank, all in search of happiness and inspiration. Hemingway put his sejour in Paris
Title Of Paper : Flopping Sun
Title Of Paper : Flopping Sun
Title of Paper : Flopping Sun Grade Received on Report : 88% Flopping Sun. How to turn a great book into a bad movie. There have been many book to movie conversions, yet Rising Sun by Michael Crichton was one that had gone horribly wrong. Rising Sun, in addition to being a gripping mystery/thriller, functioned as a scathing attack on American apathy to Japanese economic aggression. In fact, in his afterword to the novel, Crichton says, The Japanese are not our saviors. They are our competitors
Cell Phones
Cell Phones
Problems with Technology Every day scientists and inventors are hard at work looking at ways to improve the technology we all know and love. Whether its televisions, computers, music players, or telephones, something new is always emerging that is blowing our minds away. Nowadays people have laptops instead of computers, iPods instead of walkman, and the one causing most problems of them all, cell phones instead of telephones. Cell phones have improved the ways of communication, but have resulte
Censorship is sometimes justified
Censorship is sometimes justified
Censorship is sometimes justified OUTLINE Introduction; what is censorship? The right to freedom of thought and expression is protected by laws and constitutions The freedom to read is essential to the democratic way of life. Why censorship is necessary -to avoid brutal acts and violence on the hands of government -to protect the rights of illetrate massess -to maintain peace and harmony in the society Reforms for making censor acts more acceptable -protection of civil rights -necessity of trut
Feminism in The Awakening & The Yellow Wallpap
Feminism in The Awakening & The Yellow Wallpap
\ Feminism in The Awakening The Yellow Wallpaper Kate Chopin's The Awakening and Charlotte Perkins Gilman's The Yellow Wallpaper, were both initially published in 1899, present strikingly similar stories of the oppression of women in society. Both texts contain a distinct feminist bias, narrated from the point of view of a female protagonist who wrests with the restrictive conventions of a misogynistic society before finally breaking free through separation from the thinking world, by suicide i
Female Liberation in The Awakening & The Yell
Female Liberation in The Awakening & The Yell
Female Liberation in The Awakening The Yellow Wallpaper Kate Chopin's The Awakening and Charlotte Perkin's The Yellow Wallpaper were both initially published in 1899 (Mahin). A time in which women were not seen as anything more than wives and mothers. Both texts present similar stories of the oppression of women within a certain society. They both contain a tone of feminist bias, as they are both narrated from a female's point of view. In both stories, the lead characters struggle to deal w