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  • Things In Wade's Life
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    Affliction "Portrait Of A Man Trying To Hang On" Wade Whitehouse is a man who is frightened to death of following in his father's footsteps, yet he follows them exactly. His violent temper and alcoholism are giant neon signs of how much he is like his father Glen and how closely related their actions are. Wade and his brother Rolfe lived with a violent and destructive man whose behavior was both mentally and physically threatening to his sons. Their father had successfully destroyed them in a lo...
  • Morality Of Passions By Nietzsche
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    The Morality of Passions by Nietzsche presents a view of man's relationship with passion contrary to the tradition and thought of major religion and proclaimed moral gurus. His main criticism of the way the church deals with passion is that it does not suggest spiritualizing the feelings that we all have approaching them as beautiful and good, but makes a thoughtless and quick judgement immediately. The most famous formula for this stands in the New Testament, in the Sermon on the Mount, where, ...
  • Gray's The Epitaph
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    Gray's 'The Epitaph': An Analysis In the Epitaph, Thomas Gray shows his discontent toward the way that life and death are categorized on this planet. He speaks of earth asa place which holds people for the time being that they are going through this grand cycle of what is called life. When somebody only 'rests his head upon the lap of Earth' it is not way of approving the way that people are laid down for their final resting. The Epitaph shows, properly titled, the lot about how people are being...
  • Life And Consciousness In The Biosphere
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    In "Menschheit und Mutter Erde", the author, Arnold Toynbee, describes his point of view concerning man's relationship and interaction with the earth's biosphere and also gives an insight on a future development of both. Tony bee begins with a clear definition of the term biosphere. The biosphere is defined as being the layer of the earth's crust, water and air, which surrounds our planet. After this definition, he points out that our biosphere is very small compared to the diameter of the earth...
  • Langston's Life
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    Never having any guidance, or direction, he has always seemed to work through all obstacles. Langston was a young man, roughly beginning his first year of medical school. Everyone he knew saw it a miracle that he ever made it as far as a bachelors degree, much less a Medical Degree. Born a "mistake" never knowing his mother, or father he spent much of his childhood and adolescence running from foster homes east and west, he had never known unconditional love or the feel of a true family. At the ...
  • Urshanabi And Gilgamesh
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    In 'The Epic of Gilgamesh' the main character, Gilgamesh, is searching for immortality. This want is brought about by deep feelings held by Gilgamesh for his dead friend Enkidu. From this, Gilgamesh finds himself being scared of dying. This fear pushes Gilgamesh to search for the power of immortal life, which is believed to be held only by women because of the fact that they can reproduce. This takes him on a long and tiresome journey to a land where no mortal has gone before. The search by Glig...
  • Edna's Unquenchable Hunger For A Life
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    The symbolic use of hunger in literature Throughout history, both men and women have struggled trying to achieve unattainable goals in the face of close-minded societies. Authors have often used this theme to develop stories of characters that face obstacles and are sometimes unable to overcome the stigma that is attached to them. This inability to rise above prejudice is many times illustrated with the metaphor of hunger. Not only do people suffer from physical hunger, but they also suffer from...
  • Yossarian
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    An Analysis of Catch 22 by Joseph Heller Catch 22, by Joseph Heller, is a critique of the society that we live in. Whoever is proud of what we have advanced to, and is unwilling to look at it ina negative light, would find this book very subversive. It threatens and criticizes the way of living of most who pride themselves in living a modern life. Heller shows through the ridiculousness of war how misguided much of modern society has become, in spite of all our so called civilized advancement. S...
  • My Only Day
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    For the Rest of My Life... For the rest of my life there are two days that will never again trouble me. The first day is yesterday with all its blunders and tears, its follies and defeats. Yesterday has passed forever bye my control. The other day is tomorrow with its pitfalls and threats, its dangers and mystery. Until the sun rises again, I have no stake in tomorrow, for it is still unborn. With God's help and only one day to concentrate all my effort and energy on, this day, I can win! Only w...
  • Most Important Thing
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    All About Nothing: The Story of My Life Perhaps the most important thing that has happened in my life is the fact that nothing really big or important has ever happened in my life. For example, my parents are still happily married, and nobody really close to me died. All of this is very unfortunate, I am sure, because if one of these things had happened I would have been able to find a topic for this very essay which I am writing very easily, and would not have had such a hard time getting this ...
  • Kiersten For The First Time
    536 words
    Sometimes in life, were not promised tomorrow. I found this out 2 years ago on January 2, 1998. As I reflect over my daughters first year of life, I was struck by a life I had never lived. The hospital staff, my family and I shared in the typical illusion that her survival throughout the night was all up to her and the power from above. However, the crisis that began in the NICU continued and in some ways intensified. Our lives would remain in turmoil While driving to the hospital, my anticipati...
  • Lucky And Justice
    412 words
    Poetic Justice is the story of the a young girl, Justice, who is on a search to find happiness in life. When she was only twelve years old Justice's mother committed suicide. This was the birth of a lifetime of abandonment for her. After witnessing the brutal murder of first and only true love Justice decides to forget about college and become a South Central Los Angeles hairdresser. The murder of her boyfriend also leads her to believe that she will never find true love in a man again. The only...
  • World As A Huge Rat Trap
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    To others, the world is a peaceful and quiet haven for everybody; some see it as a great wide somewhere still subject to explorations and discoveries; but to the unfortunate, it is nothing but a rat trap that closes in on everyone. Misfortune does not only take what is left to people but also makes them think ill of the world. It's the sole reason that the rat trap peddler condemned the world as a huge rat trap with earthly pleasure as its obvious bait. So much as misfortune caused him hatred, p...
  • Rest Of Her Life
    232 words
    Audrey Hepburn was born in Brussels on May 4, 1929, the daughter of a Dutch baroness and an Anglo-Irish businessman. The name on her birth certificate was Audrey Kathleen van Heemstra Ruston. When she was only three weeks old, she got sick with whooping cough and her heart stopped, but her determined mother revived her by spanking her. And even though she was only a baby, Audrey must have learned a lesson that day because for the rest of her life, even when she was sick, she lived her life to th...
  • Major Operation
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    ' A man of character finds a special attractiveness in difficulty, since it is only by coming to grips with difficulty that he can realize his potentialities. ' -Charles DeGaulle This quote couldn't more true, even at the age of seventeen my life has been riddled with adversity. Everything from major health related problems from birth to my father being injured at work and finally my cousin dying from cancer, all have made me realize truly the strength that I possess to carry on. I have overcome...

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