• Portrait Of A Lady Lily Isabel Osmond
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    Henry James, book report Henry James's The Portrait of a Lady and Edith Wharton's The House of Mirth examine the societal constraints of their female protagonists, and the limited possibilities open to them in the midst of wealthy society. Isabel Archer and Lily Bart are victims of a rigid society in which the independent lifestyle they desire is only acceptable for women who are either 'unmarriageable' or exceedingly wealthy. Despite this commonality, the two characters differ greatly in terms ...
  • Personal Free Humans Rousseau Things
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    Jean-Jacques Rousseau had a theory of human nature that differed from all others. The way we started, grew as a society, and live now, are totally different than what we have already learned this semester. He thought of what is called a Social Contract Theory. This theory will be discussed in this paper, especially in the aspects of personal freedom, the role of the intellect, human social and / or spiritual relations, and the nature of the self. How much personal freedom does a person have? Wel...
  • Jes Grew Freedom Text People
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    Ishmael Reed, through parody, allusion, and satire, manages to convey the meaning of Jes Grew without once explicitly defining it. There is a good reason why he never defines it; Jes Grew has no true definition. Even those infected by this? anti-plague? that evokes the jump, jive, and wail, do what you feel like spirit inside of them, can? t put their finger on exactly what is? this Jes Grew thing? (33). One cannot explain Jes Grew without destroying its carefree feeling. Yet without? finding it...
  • Jack Kerouac Dean Sal Freedom
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    'On the Road'; by Jack Kerouac is a fresh and captivating novel which follows the life of Sal Paradise as he sets to the roads of America to escape the repetition of every day life. His journeys become a quest for new experiences and a new way of living, crossing both moral and legal boundaries in search for true freedom. Kerouac uses many techniques to attempt to convey the theme of personal freedom as well as to achieve freedom of expression. Jack Kerouac applies an original, spontaneous style...
  • Democratic Regime Plato Justice Democracy
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    In the Republic, Plato seeks to define justice and, through definition, show that justice is intrinsically worthwhile. In doing so, Plato sets out to explain the principal concept of political justice, and from this obtain a parallel model of individual justice. Essentially, justice is defined as a result of accurate logic or reasoning. However, it is quite important to note that the democratic regime discussed in the Republic is not the same as the known democratic regime of today. The democrat...
  • Clockwork Orange Freedom Alex Personal Burgess
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    Journal 1 A Clockwork Orange In the novel, A Clockwork Orange, I feel that Anthony Burgess has tried to show the importance of individual freedom over doing the right thing. However he has taken an extreme example of violence and perverse acts to accent this belief. It is my opinion that Burgess has somehow been blinded to the facts of nature in his quest to ensure personal freedom. The lines of just cause and moral principle have been eliminated. Personal freedom can be described as acting upon...
  • Suicide Active Euthanasia
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    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...
  • Patriotism Personal Freedom
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    "Patriotism" An egotist, according to the American Heritage Dictionary, is one devoted to his or her own interests and advancement. Everyone is an egotist in one way or another. Even when a person commits the most selfless acts of altruism, the act usually benefits the person in one way or another. Humanity is not, by nature, altruistic; humanity is, by nature, egocentric. This is evident in Yukio Mishima's "Patriotism" with the main characters, Reiko and Shinji. People are egotistical in the ch...
  • Legalizing Marijuana Essay Freedoms Despite Being Illegal
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    The War of Personal Freedom Since 1937, the possession, sale, and use of marijuana in the United States of America has been illegal. Ratified after only ninety seconds of floor debate in the House of Representatives, the bill that criminalized marijuana was based mostly on unfounded myths and exaggerated rumors. (Stroup) For the first time, the United States government was violating Americans personal freedoms. Despite being illegal for nearly sixty years, more and more Americans are using the d...
  • On The Road And The Beat Generation
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    Throughout the twentieth century, we have been witness to several movements which have helped to shape the face of American culture. From the beats, to the hippies and the punks of the seventies and eighties, these movements have modified the way we, as Americans, think and behave. "World War II marked a wide dividing line between the old and the new in American society and the nation's literature" (Zeleny 427). When the war was over the whole nation came to witness the times when nearly every y...
  • Civilization's Influence On Increasing Loneliness In The World
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    Both the development of technological tools and the uses to which humanity has put them have created modern civilizations in which loneliness is ever increasing. Humans during their history have always been social animals - in order to survive they lived in groups and for a long time it was an economical necessity. Today technological development made it possible for many people to live alone. More and more people in developed countries are choosing personal freedom and put their personal in...
  • Causes Of School Failure
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    Every year more than 300, 000 students fail out of college in the United States. The impact of college failure can damage a person's self-esteem, which consequently can influence his or her entire lifetime. Many college students are oblivious to the many obvious causes of failure. Some causes of failure are the lack of high school preparation, the increase of personal freedom and the lack of determination. One cause of failure in college students is the lack of high school preparation. One r...
  • A Bird In The House
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    The theme of entrapment is evident in Margaret Laurence's A Bird in the House; all the characters in the novel are entrapped. These characters deal with the sense of confinement and the need for escape. Vanessa, Ewen and Aunt Edna all reach personal freedom, however only to a small extent because they are left with the pain of their memories and regrets. Vanessa reaches personal freedom to a small extent. The stories in A Bird in the House show the pains that Vanessa goes through while growing u...