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  • Frost Through His Poem
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    Many people consider Robert Frost to be one of America's greatest poets, and one of his best known poems is "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening". In the poem, Frost describes a person stopping just outside of town in a wooded area with his horse. He stops for a moment to appreciate the wonder of the world that he has spent so much time in, something that he may not have done much in his younger years. The horse could be a symbol of the pressures of the rest of the "civilized" world. The horse ...
  • Lester In Colonel Fitts
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    American Beauty critique American Beauty directed by Sam Mendes won the Academy Award for the Best Original Screenplay and the Best Picture Award. Film critics restrained from clear-cut negative reviews, only occassionally pointing out weaknesses of the the plot or the shallowness of main themes of the picture. The money invested in realization of this film certainly paid back yielding a high level of return (just in U.S.A. 130 million dollars). To cut a long story short, this Hollywood producti...
  • Nature Of Domestic Life And The Facades
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    The poem 'The Ballad of Calvary Street' by James Baxter, the film 'American Beauty' (directed by Sam Mendes and released in 1999), and the play 'An Inspector Calls' written by J.B. Priestley and performed at Circa Theatre in 2005, are all texts that share a similar theme. Although these three texts are different in terms of authorship and the medium through which the significant messages are communicated, what the texts do have in common is that they all convey ideas about how facades and superf...
  • Life Without Beauty For Poe
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    Searching For Beauty Edgar Allan Poe is a man constantly searching for beauty to depart from the mental and moral ugliness in his life. This reflects in his the poetry and short stories. Poe sees evil as a major threat to himself and to man due to the fact that he lives in its presence. It is easy to establish this fact when looking at the tragedies in his own life relating to the deaths of his young mother, wife, and others he loved. It is no wonder that he sees the absence of beauty as evil, b...
  • Miranda's Aunt Amy And Her Cousin Eva
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    Historically women have been considered intellectually inferior to men and also a source of temptation and evil. Women have also been considered naturally weaker than men, squeamish, and unable to perform work requiring muscular or intellectual development. In most early societies, and up until fairly recently, domestic chores were relegated to women, leaving heavier labor such as hunting, plowing, and careers outside of the home to men. Maternity was considered the natural biological role of th...
  • Yoshida Kenko And Confucius
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    Yoshida Kenko and Confucius were both scholars who were very important in the cultural development of their country. Kenko defined the principals of good taste for Japan. He was the reining authority on Japanese manners and etiquette. Confucius was a Chinese philosopher who completely changed Chinese thinking. Confucian thinking was molded into the government and his name became synonymous with scholar. Yoshida Kenko, was originally named Ura be Kane yoshi, lived from 1283-1352 in Japan. He was ...
  • Epic Moment In Lester Byrnham's Unhappy Life
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    It's Just a Couch! Americans are caught up in the belief that what we are is what we own. There is a superficial nature to our society. We are nothing more than peacocks walking around strutting our feathers marked with price tags and brand names. The suburbs are a nesting ground for all of this fictitiousness. When Lester Byrnham introduces himself to his audience, he finds himself amidst the cradle of this fakeness. The movie American Beauty starts by accompanying Lester Byrnham through one da...
  • Main Focus Of American Beauty
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    Think hard about the following question. When was the last time that when a film's credits started rolling, you just stared at the screen, in silence? Seconds, minutes later, you were still in silence. The grin on your face seems to be placed there naturally, and won't go away. You can't move a muscle, as you are completely shocked and astonished, as the film you just viewed is among your favorites of all time. If you " re stumped, and can't answer this question, as it has been too long since th...

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