Selfishness

Study Of Poetry
Study Of Poetry
Study of Poetry An Essay Study of Poetry and A Poet's Ability to ForseeThe Future The world is changing and evolving at an astounding rate. Within the lastone hundred years, the Western community has seen advances in technologyand medicine that has improved the lifestyles and longevity of almostevery individual. Within the last two hundred years, we have seen twoWorld Wars, and countless disputes over false borders created bycolonialists, slavery, and every horrid form of human sufferingimagina
Creative Writing - World War I: Letter Home
Creative Writing - World War I: Letter Home
Creative Writing - World War I: Letter Home Dear Mum, How are you getting on? I hope that Dad's cold is better. Send my best wishes to everyone! I am writing to you from the barracks of our regiment. My training is going well; I have many good friends here, and although the training I have been getting is necessary, I cannot wait to finish it, and get out to the Front, because the chances are that the war will be over within a few months, and I want to get a good chance to have my go at the Boc
Euthenasia
Euthenasia
Euthenasia Euthanasia is one of society's more widely, and hotly debated moral issues of our time. More directly, active euthanasia, which by definition, is; Doing something, such as administering a lethal drug, or using other means that cause a person's death.1 Passive euthanasia, defined as; Stopping (or not starting) some treatment, which allows a person to die, the person's condition causes his or her death,2 seems not to be as debated, perhaps not as recognized, as it's counterpart. I h
Animal Rights - Do We Really Love Our Animals?
Animal Rights - Do We Really Love Our Animals?
Animal Rights - Do We Really Love Our Animals? Do you consider yourself a pet lover? Do you love animals in general? Can you imagine yourself as a little boy in a trailer far away from the depths of socialization? Once upon a time there was this boy, and this boy had a friend. No matter how hard times got he had Bo. The boy was incredibly happy because he had always dreamed of having a dog like that, a companion. Then your friend dies and you are left standing. Can you imagine the pain? Nobody l
Much Ado About Nothing
Much Ado About Nothing
Much Ado About Nothing Much Ado about Nothing Title Much Ado About Nothing illustrates a kind of deliberately puzzling title that seems to have been popular in the late 1590s (ex As You Like It ). Indeed, the play is about nothing; it follows the relationships of Claudio and Hero (which is constantly hampered by plots to disrupt it), and in the end, the play culminates in the two other main characters falling in love (Beatrice and Bena*censored*), which, because it was an event that was quite pr
Romeo And Juliet - Who Is To Blame For The Deaths In The Play?
Romeo And Juliet - Who Is To Blame For The Deaths In The Play?
Romeo And Juliet - Who is to Blame for the Deaths in the Play? The names Romeo and Juliet have passed in our language as a symbol for love. For centuries, no story of love has been more influential, prominent and emotional than The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. In the extraordinary track of the play, the unconquerable love, heroic actions, and faithful vows of the two lovers finger our hearts hard like a spiky thorn and soft like the delicate silk. Who is to blame for the deaths in the play?
Othello
Othello
Othello One of the most intriguing characters in the tragic play Othello, by William Shakespeare, is Othello's friend Iago. At first glance, Iago seems to have no motive for the destruction he is causing. However, despite Iago's unquestionable malignancy, the motivation behind his actions lie more in Iago's quest for personal gain, as opposed to just being evil for evil's sake. In order to achieve his personal gain Iago manipulates Rodrigo, Cassio and, most importantly, Othello. Iago's main
Hamlet - Claudius Vs. Lady Macbeth
Hamlet - Claudius Vs. Lady Macbeth
Hamlet - Claudius Vs. Lady Macbeth Claudius vs. Lady Macbeth King Claudius of Hamlet and Lady Macbeth of Macbeth exhibit three similar qualities, dishonesty, evilness, and deceitfulness throughout the play; although sometimes they demonstrate these qualities in different ways, these qualities greatly affect the other characters in the plays . King Claudius and Lady Macbeth are similar in that they both let their crave of power and desire for the crown drive them to deceitfulness, corruption, and
Taoism And Buddhism
Taoism And Buddhism
Taoism and Buddhism Taoism and Buddhism Taoism is one of the two great philosophical and religious traditions that originated in China. The other religion native to China is Confucianism. Both Taoism and Confucianism began at about the same time, around the sixth century B.C.E. China's third great religion, Buddhism, came to China from India around the second century of the common era. Together, these three faiths have shaped Chinese life and thought for nearly twenty-five hundred years (Hartz 3
Buddhism
Buddhism
Buddhism Buddhism 1.) The First Noble Truth - Dukkha A.) The First Noble Truth seems to be an intrinsic understanding that all things are impermanent. This impermanence causes us to feel frustrated when we can't hold on to people or things we think we need. This need helps us feel wanted and/or important. Dukkha can also be described as the suffering we experience and see in our lives. Unpleasant conditions such as being sick, seeing our loved ones get sick and die, getting aggravated over thi
Sport In Australian Society
Sport In Australian Society
Sport in Australian Society Australian people's lives are greatly affected by sport. In Australia, most people will either participate in sport or watch sport, wether it at the arena or on television, what ever you do it would be hard not be caught up in all the hype surrounding sport. A lot of people will participate on weekends at a social level, but some people will play representative sport, that is the reason that many Australians have come to think of themselves as a great sporting nation
Time To Change
Time To Change
Time To Change The earth and many of its contents, thanks in large part to humans, is deteriorating and it has been for quite a time now. It is overwhelmingly populated with both ignorant and lazy people. In effect, not much is being done to prevent this deterioration. For instance, we are killing off vital animal populations every day. We have caused the extinction or endangerment of numerous species for absolutely no reason other than selfishness. An example is the poaching of elephants. We ar
Heart Of Darkness
Heart Of Darkness
Heart of Darkness Heart of Darkness In Heart of Darkness it is the white invaders for instance, who are, almost without exception, embodiments of blindness, selfishness, and cruelty; and even in the cognitive domain, where such positive phrases as to enlighten, for instance, are conventionally opposed to negative ones such as to be in the dark, the traditional expectations are reversed. In Kurtz's painting, as we have seen, the effect of the torch light on the face was sinister (Watt 332).
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
The Rocking Horse Winner
The Rocking Horse Winner
The Rocking Horse Winner A Feminist Reading of D.H. Lawrence?s The Rocking Horse Winner The man that does not know sick women does not know women. - S. Weir Mitchell The Rocking Horse Winner is the story of a boy?s gift for picking the winners in horse races. An omniscient narrator relates the tale of a boy whose family is always short of money. His mother is incapable of showing love and is obsessed with the status that material wealth can provide. This paper will explore the premise that D.H.
Dubliners
Dubliners
Dubliners Freedom versus Entrapment James Joyce's Dubliners was written in 1914 right at the onset of World War I breaking out in Europe. It is a journey through the stages of life itself: childhood, adolescence, adulthood, public life and finally death. Each one of the stories in the novel fall into one of these stages. After the Race falls into the adolescence aspect of the book. It does this because the characters have not yet grown up. Although they are adults they are still immature. Jimm
Count Of Monte Cristo
Count Of Monte Cristo
Count of Monte Cristo THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO By Alexandre Dumas Fernand Mondego was a simple fisherman who led a dull, monotonous life and was not very important in the social status. If he had just been content in all of his circumstances, his life might have been better. However, from the very beginning of the book, Fernand's goal in life was to obtain things he could not obtain. He desired power, fame, fortune-- and Mercedes. Most of these could be obtained in time, but Mercedes was one th
Continental Drift
Continental Drift
Continental Drift On the surface, Continental Drift and The Oddyssey are very different. The two protagonists, Bob Dubois and Odysseus, are as unalike as two men can be. Bob is an average man with an average life. He works for one man so that he can pay bills to others, trying to make what little money is left supply his family with the needs, both real and imagined, that every family has. Odysseus is a mythical figure, the ultimate man. He surpasses his peers in every manly endeavor, Then there
Beloved
Beloved
Beloved It is the ultimate gesture of a loving mother. It is the outrageous claim of a slave(Morrison 1987). These are the words that Toni Morrison used to describe the actions of the central character within the novel, Beloved. That character, Sethe, is presented as a former slave woman who chooses to kill her baby girl rather than allowing her to be exposed to the physically, emotionally, and spiritually oppressive horrors of a life spent in slavery. Sethe's action is indisputable: She has k
As I Lay Dying
As I Lay Dying
As I Lay Dying As I Lay Dying William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying is a novel about how the conflicting agendas within a family tear it apart. Every member of the family is to a degree responsible for what goes wrong, but none more than Anse. Anse's laziness and selfishness are the underlying factors to every disaster in the book. As the critic Andre Bleikasten agrees, there is scarcely a character in Faulkner so loaded with faults and vices (84). At twenty-two Anse becomes sick from working in t
Animal Farm - George Orwell
Animal Farm - George Orwell
Animal Farm - George Orwell Animal Farm George Orwell 128 Pages George Orwell, the pen name of Eric Blair, was born in Bengal in 1903. He was educated at Eton School in England, and then served with the Indian Imperial Police in Burma. He returned to Europe and became a writer of novels and essays. Much of his work was political, and although he had a hatred of Communism, he was a socialist. Orwell died at the age of forty-seven of a lung problem, leaving behind several unfinished works. Animal
God
God
God Since the time of Epicurus to the present, many people have had certain beliefs in myths and in the Gods. Epicurus presents his philosophy pertaining to these convictions. In his reasoning, he derives a definition of mythology and of the Gods contradicting to much of popular thought. Many people depend on mythology when they need an explanation for a phenomenon. Epicurus rationalizes that mythology is unchangeable and dogmatic, for ?when one accepts one theory and rejects another which is eq
On Earth As It Is In Hell
On Earth As It Is In Hell
On Earth as it is in Hell Many times we hear of society?s affect on people; society influencing the way people think and act. Hardly mentioned is the reverse: peoples? actions and lifestyles affecting society as a whole and how it is characterized. Thus, society is a reflection of its inhabitants and in The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, it is a wasteland described as the valley of ashes. Since the characters of this novel make up this wasteland, aren?t they the waste? Symbolically, thi
Tragically Inane: The Cherry Orchard And Six Characters
Tragically Inane: The Cherry Orchard And Six Characters
Tragically Inane: The Cherry Orchard and Six Characters The deconstruction of the conventions of the theatre in Anton Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard predicts the more radical obliteration presented later by Pirandello in Six Characters in Search of an Author. The seed of this attack on convention by Chekhov are the inherent flaws of all the characters in The Cherry Orchard. The lack of any character with which to identify or understand creates a portrait much closer to reality than the staged dram
The Once And Future King - Arthurs Failure
The Once And Future King - Arthurs Failure
The Once and Future King - Arthur's Failure He was only a man who had meant well, who had been spurred along the course of thinking by an eccentric necromancer with a weakness for humanity. Justice had been his last attempt-to do nothing which was not just. But it had ended in failure (White, OAFK 634). The he in this passage refers to King Arthur, the main character in T.H. White's The Once and Future King and Book of Merlyn, who failed in his attempt to unite England due to the mistakes ma
The Crucible - Characters Hidden Motives
The Crucible - Characters Hidden Motives
The Crucible - Characters Hidden Motives The Crucible is about Salem during the witch trials of 1692. People living in and around the village were greatly affected by the hysteria, which had horrible consequences including the hanging of many innocent people. Some of these people had motives other than the ones they revealed. Many looked out for themselves in greed, while others looked to make things better for people that were suffering from the dire consequences of the mischievous girls. Rever
The Crucible
The Crucible
The Crucible In 1962, Massachusetts was plagued by a witchcraft craze that would result in the hanging of at least 20 people and the jailing of at least 150 others. This event is considered one of the most tragic incidents in our American history. The witchcraft hysteria originated in the small village of Salem, where most of the people were poor, uneducated, but more importantly, superstitious. The town was quick to blame witchcraft when several of the girls in the village became indisposed by
The Crucible
The Crucible
The Crucible The Crucible The Crucible written by Arthur Miller is a story that explains a down side to human nature. This shows how human nature can be cruel to it?s own kind. In such a way that killing of it?s own species begins to take place. The Crucible takes place in a little town called Salem where not too much happens besides a few disagreements between neighbors. The horrible, unexpected events that take place show how the people of Salem can actually blame their own follow neighbors an
The Crucible
The Crucible
The Crucible The Crucible: Men of God Men of God? The Crucible by Arthur Miller is a play in which the Red Scare from the 1950's is paralleled to the Salem Witch Trials in 1692. It contains a wonderfully developed plot, which displays society's flaws by establishing a good versus evil scenario. Miller creates characters to fuel the evil and others that evolve to show the outbreak of good. Two of these characters are Reverend Samuel Parris, and Reverend John Hale. These men are the spiritual lead
The Glass Menagerie
The Glass Menagerie
The Glass Menagerie Tennessee Williams? The Glass Menagerie Tennessee Williams is one the major writers of the mid-twentieth century. He has written plays like The Glass Managerie and A Streetcar Named Desire. The common theme of The Glass Menagerie is that hopeful aspirations are followed by inevitable disappointments. This theme is common throughout all of Williams? books and throughout his own life as well. It is shown through the use of symbols and characters. I have only one major theme for
The Waste Land - Symbolism
The Waste Land - Symbolism
The Waste Land - Symbolism Symbols in T. S. Eliot's The Waste Land When the poem was first printed in book form two months after its initial publication in the Criterion of October, 1922, the printer needed additional copy to fill a signature; since Eliot had no other poems ready at that time, he submitted the explanatory notes on The Waste Land which now fill about five pages in the Complete Poems and Plays, 1909-1950. The notes have been the focus of much critical effort and comment, a
Something Wicked This Way Comes
Something Wicked This Way Comes
Something Wicked This Way Comes Throughout Something Wicked This Way Comes, by Ray Bradbury, there is a constant battle between good and evil, and many problems dealing with greed. In most stories good prevails, but things happen differently this time. The characters, as in real life, have problems with greed and evil thoughts, which will bring them great misfortune during the story. During the story the author often uses foreshadowing to give hints to the reader of future events. When the story
Of Mice And Men
Of Mice And Men
Of Mice and Men Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck, is a story which shows how weak the human trait of loyalty can be if put through the test of time. It shows how people can turn on their family, best friend, and even their life-long companions if they are presented with the opportunity for advancement in life. This novel shows the reader the true animalistic nature of all humans through the use of highly developed characters as well a thoroughly developed story line. George is not a strong man
Neighbor Rosicky
Neighbor Rosicky
Neighbor Rosicky Ever since our Declaration of Independence was created, people have been emigrating from their home countries to live the American dream. This dream is stereotyped as a house with a white picket fence, a well-manicured backyard and two little children running around, doing what normal American children do. However some people view the American dream as something much different, be it living in a big city or on a small farm. In Neighbor Rosicky, the American dream is being able t
Nathan The Wise
Nathan The Wise
Nathan the Wise Continually present in Gotthold Lessing?s play, Nathan the Wise, is the pursuit for truth. In particular, a truth that goes beyond religion, one that reaches to the depths of humanity: human nature?s freedom. In his play, Lessing reveals the freedom of human nature among mankind through the bonds of friendship. Furthermore, Lessing conveys an optimistic view of human nature in such a way that left to its own devices, human nature will seek the goodness of mankind and fraternity.
Medea - Guilty As Charged
Medea - Guilty As Charged
Medea - Guilty as Charged Medea: Guilty as Charged Men of Corinth, I am here today to confirm who is solely responsible for the death of four innocent victims. Medea. She mischievously murdered the king and his daughter, then proceeded to brutally violate the little bodies of her own children. Some of you may argue that outside factors coerced her to act irrationally. She wants you to believe that pain and suffering caused by Jason?s disloyalty drove her mad enough to act out so rashly. However,
Little Women
Little Women
Little Women Little women book report In 1868, Louisa May Alcott wrote the book Little Women in response to a publisher's request for a 'girl's book'. Louisa wrote this book by calling upon her own memories of her childhood and putting them down on paper. This is the story of four young girls, Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March, and how they endure all the trouble and hardships that come along during their lives. They are raised by their mother and by their father, and many interesting characters po
Of Mice And Men
Of Mice And Men
Of Mice And Men Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck, is a story which shows how weak the human trait of loyalty can be if put through the test of time. It shows how people can turn on their family, best friend, and even their life-long companions if they are presented with the opportunity for advancement in life. This novel shows the reader the true animalistic nature of all humans through the use of highly developed characters as well a thoroughly developed story line. George is not a strong man
Jade Peony - Wealth
Jade Peony - Wealth
Jade Peony - Wealth Wealth When people talk about wealth they usually mean materialistic things such as money, however there is another type of 'wealth', emotional wealth. This is the wealth that people give to each other. Some examples can be spending time with people, lending a hand to someone you do not know, providing kindness, and being a friend to someone when no one else will. If a person gives wealth to another individual it is likely that this act of kindness will never be forgotten, th
Old Woman Magoun
Old Woman Magoun
Old Woman Magoun Most people, when forced to give up the one thing they truly love, would rather see it be destroyed than in the hands of another person. In Old Woman Magoun, by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman, the old woman is in that position. She is burdened with relinquishing custody of her granddaughter, Lily, to the child?s father. Throughout the story, the old woman faces an inner struggle over caring for and, ultimately, losing her granddaughter. She deals with her struggle in a very realistic,
Hills Like White Elephants
Hills Like White Elephants
Hills Like White Elephants Communication Issues and Conflicts in Hills Like White Elephants, Daisy Miller, and Queer The charaters in Hills Like White Elephants, Daisy Miller, and Babylon Revisited all communniacte with one another in very diffrent ways. The way the Daisy spoke to Winterborne, is diffrent from the way that The man spoke to Jig. The were many other ways in which the people in these stories communicated besdies speaking. Their emotions and feelings were expressed by th
The Invisible Man
The Invisible Man
The Invisible Man Existentialism is a concept that is often explored in works of literature as a way of displaying a character?s interaction with society. Existentialism is defined as: an introspective humanism or theory of man that holds that human existence is not exhaustively describable or understandable in either scientific or idealistic terms and relies upon a phenomeno-logical approach that emphasizes the analysis of critical borderline situations in a man?s life and especially of such i
Famous Last Words
Famous Last Words
Famous Last Words War is a horrific experience made worse by those who try to control it for their own advantage. In Famous Last Words, Timothy Findley creates a world of intrigue as he describes the tales of conspiracy and corruption for world domination. That made World War II far worse than it otherwise would have been. This is shown through the relationships of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Joachim von Ribbentrop, and Benito Mussolini. The Duke and Duchess of Windsor are prominent people
Bread Givers
Bread Givers
Bread Givers Clashing of Wills Conflict between generations is a common them to many novels. In the novel Bread Givers , by Anzia Yezierksa, the clashing of wills of two generations is one major theme. We see clashes through culture, generations, community, religion,generations, and many others. The most prominent clash of wills is that of the protagonist Sara with her father Moisha or Reb Smolinsky. Some may say that these two characters clash because of their differences. Others might say that
Animal Farm - The Importance Of Squealer
Animal Farm - The Importance Of Squealer
Animal Farm - The Importance of Squealer Sly, greedy, and crafty are just a few characteristics that describe Squealer in the book Animal Farm by George Orwell. This pig is also a messenger, an actor, a great persuasive speaker, a follower, and an outstanding liar. He?s nimble, he?s clever, he?s manipulative and most of all he?s sneaky. Squealer uses his intelligence to persuade the other animals on the farm into doing what Napoleon wants, even if they don?t really want to do it. He uses his cra
Animal Farm - Significance Of Squealer
Animal Farm - Significance Of Squealer
Animal Farm - Significance of Squealer The novel Animal Farm, by George Orwell, is an allegory portraying the dangers of a totalitarian government. It seeks to show how a society where all live completely equal has not been, and cannot be achieved. Orwell, through the use of the character Squealer, shows how propaganda can affect members of a communist society in a negative way. By drawing parallels to events in communist Russia, Orwell's Animal Farm illustrates how propaganda was used to contro
Sodiers Home
Sodiers Home
Sodier's Home Harold's mother, the grandmother, and Bartleby are selfish characters. In Ernest Hemingway's Soldier's Home, Harold's mother shows selfishness in that she refuses to understand his changing behavior. Her son, Harold Krebs, is a young man who is returning home from his tour of duty in France. The overwhelming shock of his experiences at war molds Harold into a different man. Harold wants to talk about how the war has affected him. He is unable to tell his mother the unvarnished tr
Black Like Me: Racism Is A Foolism Misunderstanding Of Man
Black Like Me: Racism Is A Foolism Misunderstanding Of Man
Black Like Me: Racism Is A Foolism Misunderstanding of Man All men are created equal... or are they? John Griffin's Black Like Me shows how racism is nothing more then the foolish misunderstanding of man. White's current superiority hangs in the balance as Blacks become tired of being the minority, in the late 1950's. Even though this struggle isn't as dreadful as it was then, it still exists. The certainty of racism can't be ignored but it will soon disappear as generations mix. Racial discr
Adam Smith
Adam Smith
Adam Smith Some say he was absent-minded or even oblivious, but I rather like to think of it as frequent states of profound thought. The man I refer to is Adam Smith and after having read the assigned excerpts and a few other passages from his The Theory of Moral Sentiments and An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations I not only hold him in a new light, but I have arrived at three heavily debated conclusions. First, he believed that self-interest is the singular motivation
Martin Luther King Jr
Martin Luther King Jr
Martin Luther King Jr A Discussion and Analysis Of some of his Contributions As Well as their Social, Political and Economic Impacts Since the Thirteen Colonies first united, the United States has had one of the strongest economies in the world. Over the years, many theorists have had varying opinions concerning the reason for this nation's strong economic standing. One reason that has often been overlooked is that a great many of this nation's workers have been influenced by the Protestant work