Cliff Notes Essays & Term Papers

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People or events that appear very briefly in life may have dramatic effects on the lives of people they touch upon. Basketball coaches from the junior high school level often influence their athletes to take up playing basketball in their high school career. Dying friends often compel people to conduct research and dedicate their lives to the study of medicine. Galapas' short stint with Merlin turns Merlin's life around in the novel, The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart. From the beginni

Losing Face Everyone has experienced losing face. I can remember as a kid, being caught in a lie and trying desperately to weasel my way out without looking stupid. There were times as an adult, I would deny having problems at my job, too worried of loosing creditability. In Mark Salzman’s book “Iron and Silk”, he shows the Chinese culture and how important it is to keep face in front of a foreigner. Early in the book, Mark is introduced to Pan a marital arts expert. Dur

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley is a novel that takes place in Utopia. Yet in this ideal place everyone is conditioned to be happy, it is a place where various things such as the arts are restricted so all people will be synchronized in thinking. Love and commitment does not exist but rather everyone belongs to everyone else. This place is also a place where soma holidays help people escape from their realities and never have its society feel any kind of distress or illness. This place was

Book Report on Breakfast of Champions By Marcel Burney When one hears the phrase “Breakfast of Champions,” he envisions a grinning picture of Tiger Woods, Michael Jordan slam dunking, or Dale Earnhardt in a racecar on a box of Wheaties, a popular breakfast cereal. A few avid Saturday Night Live fans might recall a skit performed by James Belushi. In the skit, Belushi’s “Breakfast of Champions” was beer, cigarettes, and donuts. Neither of these examples ar

GRADE 12-CANADIAN LITERATURE BOOK REPORT 1997-98 The book chosen to be read for this assignment is called, "The Honorary Patron". The author of this book is Jack Hodgins and it consists of three hundred and thirty three pages. The initial setting is in Zurich, with a stopover in Toronto. The main narrative takes place in an unnamed small town in British Colombia near Victoria which is trying to organize a "Pacific Coats Arts Festival as a possible tourist attraction. The organizers h

All I Want is a Little Respect In the novel The Odyssey, the gods played a big role in the lives of the people on earth, or the mortals. Since the gods ruled over each of their specific lands, the mortals were to respect the gods fully, or suffer the consequences of their disrespect. Their decision on whether to abide by the gods or not significantly either helped or hurt them, depending on which god they were dealing with. There were many gods that ruled over every region of th

The Seeing Man Plato’s “The Republic: Book X” and Longinus’s “On The Sublime” both can be used to outline the end of Raymond Carver’s short story, “Cathedral”. The actions of both men, the blind man and Robert, could be better understood in reference to Plato’s idea of the real vs. the imitative and Longinus’s adaptation of the sublime. “Cathedral”, at times, seems to be written with these two authors in mind

There are critical periods or turning points in everyone s life. Discuss the way Alex s Coloundra vacation affects his life. This is the topic question asked for this essay. This topic is a key theme of the novel After January because it is a time of change or a turning point in Alex s life and highlights the decisions we all have to make. Before the book has begun Alex has received his TER and has now begun the long wait for his acceptance into the course he wants to study. The TER has the p

In 1852 when John Henry Newman wrote his essay, “The Idea of a University,” he wanted to convey that a University’s purpose was to be able to educate first-rate members of the social order. Newman’s theory, although over a hundred years old, still applies to today’s college students; many are seeking higher educations to not only lead to successful careers, but to also become an improved person in society. In a time when human endeavor was being redesigned

Night Mare This book is called Night Mare. It is written by Piers Anthony. In this book, the nextwave of barbarian warriors invade a place called Xanth ravaging and destroying as they advanced. But a Mare named Imbrium has her own problems. She has started to mishandle her job of delivering bad dreams. Now the Night Stallion dismissed her, exiling her to the day world. Piers Anthony is the pen name of Piers Anthony Dillingham Jacob. He was born on August 6th, 1934 in Oxfor

A traditional woman of Victorian Society was seen as a caring mother and a loving wife. She was born to give and to love. Often, the upper-class women were taught languages and the arts; this made them very well rounded and appealing to the gentlemen. In Jane Eyre, the women characters that are encountered have both traditional and non-traditional characteristics of the Victorian Society. Eliza and Georgiana Reed were two attractive, traditional young ladies of the Victorian times. Eliza

Essay on Lord of the Flies The novel, Lord of the Flies, was written by William Golding. William Golding was born on September 19, 1911. His literary ambitions began at the young age of seven. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Oxford University in 1935. His novels explore characters and situations. In Lord of the Flies, it is a time of war. A group of English schoolboys are on a plane, when they are attacked and they have to evacuate their aircraft. They find themselves on a remote

The book 1984 by George Orwell is merely a warning of what could happen to a society in the future after many years of decline. In the nineteen fifties it was thought of as a prophecy. Many people actually thought that George Orwell was a madman for predicting all of these events in this book to happen in the year 1984. The story takes place in Oceania that is as a big country where there are smaller parts to it, like London where the main character Winston Smith lives. London is the former

Young Goodman Brown Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne contains much symbolism. The symbols take many forms from the setting to the characters. The symbols can be viewed as just part of the story line, but apon further thought they represent many different things. Faith, Brown s wife, is a symbol herself. When he says, My love and my Faith, he is using his wife as a symbol and is really referring to his love and faith in God. He goes on to say this one night I must tarry away fr

In the futuristic novel Fahrenheit 451, the author, Ray Bradbury, expresses several problems that influence the story. Many of these problems have to do with the behavior of the people in the twenty- fourth century society. One major problem is that firemen have been given the job of burning books in order to stop the spreading of ideas, and to cause all of society to reform and therefore be happy. Many people do not agree with this and they try hard to keep books alive, even though the

Book Review---The Guide to Getting It On In the book The Guide to Getting It On, the author expresses the different aspects of sex in a fun and playful way. This book is a great source for anyone wanting to learn more about sex, relationships, or even the human body. Anyone who reads this book will benefit in one way or another. The content of the book contains every aspect of sex that anyone would ever be interested in learning. The first few chapters describe the more refined attitudes

Ezra Pound and T.S. Eliot on Modernism On Ezra Pound’s quote on modernism, he claims that “the modern age wants a literature that reflects an image of itself: “accelerated” and mass produced (“a mould in plaster/Made with no loss of time) as well as superficial.” This means that today’s society wants a literature that resembles itself, fast paced and shallow. Society want literature that is direct and straightforward simply because people find it too “time consuming

 young goodman brown Young Goodman Brown ““Young Goodman Brown”” by Nathaniel Hawthorne contains much symbolism. The symbols take many forms from the setting to the characters. The symbols can be viewed as just part of the story line, but apon further thought they represent many different things. Faith, Brown’’s wife, is a symbol herself. When he says, ““My love and my Faith,”” he is using his wife as a symbol a

The art of losing something isn t hard to master; So many thinks seem filled with the intent To be lost that their loss, is no disaster. Lose something everyday. Accept the fluster. Of lost door keys, the hour badly spent. The art of losing isn t hard to master. Then practice losing farther, losing faster: Places, and names, and where it was you meant To travel. None of these will bring disaster. I lost my mother s watch. And look! My last, or Next-to-last, of three loved houses w

In Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales, “The Friar’s Tale” supports the Friar’s persona outlined in the opening prologue. The tale told bye the Friar is one about extortion and hypocrisy, which is how Chaucer subtly describes the Friar. The tale told by the Friar is also a clever way of the Friar to express his dislike for his fellow pilgrim, the Summoner. The Friar, by definition of his job title, is to be a man of the church, caring for the poor and less fortunate an

Even in the classics, an author must have something outrageous to keep his reader’s attention. Ariosto, in his Orlando Furioso, does so with winged horses and curses placed upon high ranking officials. The main character in cantos 33-35 is Astolfo, and he starts his journey by riding upon a hippogryph. A hippogryph, in mythology, is a flying animal having the wings, claws, and head of a griffin and the body and hindquarters of a horse. Astolfo rides this winged horse for quite awh

The production of Murder in the Cathedral, which was a joint effort of the 2-SD students of the College of Arts & Sciences in cooperation with Kultura and Viare, came off with much success. Directed by Carlos Silvestre Carino, this Shakespearean-like play by T. S. Eliot flourished with a well-chosen cast and an ideal stage setting. Eliot centers the play around Archbishop Thomas Becket (alternately played by Joel Parcon & Robster Evangelista), who returns to the town of Canterbury after a seve

The Canterbury Tales In The Miller s Tale, Geoffrey Chaucer creates the lives of many characters. Some characters are good, while others have hidden faces. Two characters, Alison and Nicholas are first viewed on their outward appearances. After a second look, their true sides are unveiled. Chaucer uses hidden imagery to reflect the true sides of Alison and Nicholas. When studying a painting, one must look closely to discover the fine details that will lead to a better understanding of the ar

One of the best novels of Ernest Hemingway is A Farewell to Arms. Hemingway takes much of his life story line to his novel. A Farewell to Arms is the typical classic story that can refer to Romeo and his Juliet placed against the odds. In this novel, Romeo is Frederick Henry and Juliet is Catherine Barkley. Their love affair must survive the barrier of World War I. The background of war-torn Italy adds to the tragedy of the love story. The story starts when Frederick Henry is serving

Maternal Stability In Willa Cather’s story, “Paul’s Case,” Paul suffered setbacks and dilemmas because he never knew his mother as she died around the time of his birth. Therefore he is lacking the maternal guidance of emotional stability that every child needs to grow mentally. Paul is withdrawn from society, and he resorts to the arts and music to feel comfortable and free from his disassociation and sense of loneliness. One should not be confused and believe that his fath

Miyamoto Musashi I. Introduction During the ancient period of Japan there existed a time of war and power struggles. There were many people who followed the Bushido code or way of the warrior. These people were called samurai. Of the countless men who devoted their lives to the Bushido code there were none greater than Miyamoto Musashi. Musashi was one of if not the most famous samurai to ever walk the lands of medieval Japan. He was a legend in his own time. II. The Life and History o

The Struggle of Olaudah Equiano In the book The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, Olaudah Equiano the main character, was a victim to slavery and the world around him. Equiano was an Ibo from Nigeria, the youngest son in the family and his mother's favorite. He was trained at a young age in the arts of agriculture and war. His mother showered him with emblems, as if he was a great warrior. Equiano had a blissful and wonderful childhood. His nation encouraged all to

Conflict in Stories Complications usually arise after a writer introduces the main point in a story. These complications are usually the result of conflicts. There are three kinds of conflict within a story (Trimmer and Jennings 4). The first kind of conflict is conflict among the characters. The second kind of conflict is conflict between a character and his or her environment. The third kind of conflict is conflict among the thoughts, needs, or emotions of a single character. After c

Moliere's "The Imaginary Invalid" is a farcical play about a hypochondriac who is so obsessed with his health and money that he ends up neglecting his family. The story involves several different themes and plots within one family. A new interpretation of this 17th century play is now being performed at the Arts Club Theater; it incorporates some new changes and modernizations in addition to the traditional improvisation. Morris Panych has definitely succeeded in delivering a new, more co

In this study, I shall follow the protagonists on their journey from innocent people to people filled with hatred. I shall be primarily concerned with the responses, challenges, opportunities and attitudes of the Amerindians, putting special notice on how they were annihilated by the Spanish. The sources we will use we be short accounts by Bartolome de Las Casas and Bartolome Arazans de Orsua. The Amerindians were burned alive, hung, raped and eaten by dogs. The Amerindians noble and innocent

Caliban, the "salvage and deformed slave." They represent two different extremes on the social spectrum: that of the natural ruler, and the naturally ruled. Caliban responds almost wholly to passions, feelings of pleasure -- his senses, while Prospero is ruled more by his intellect and self-discipline -- his mind. Caliban was born of a witch; Prospero is a magician. However, the types of magic practised by Sycorax and Prospero differ greatly: Sycorax, in many respects a traditional

THE REAL DR. FAUSTUS Tales of Faustian-like episodes are not limited to the past couple of centuries. Accounts of men signing deals with the devil have been recounted since before the Reformation. Most of the time, the party accused of associating with the devil was forgiven by God and not sentenced to fulfill his contract. It was believed by some, that to conjure up a demon that could be controlled through Jesus was an act of faith- and as such could be used for noble purposes. Th

In Tommaso Campanella’s document, The City of the Sun, a new social order is introduced amongst the Solarians. Campanella presents his readers with a utopian society that is ordered by rationality and reason. This ideal visionary is a redeemed world, free from injustice and competition in the market structure. Campanella, however, grew up in a society that was exploited and based on irrational principles. Campanella, therefore, reconstructs a society that operates in opposition to

Trail of Tears the Rise and fall of the Cherokee Nation Author: John Enle Publisher and Copyright: Banton Doubleday Dell Publishing Group, Inc. Sept. 1988 Pages: 634 Author John Enle, who was a sixth generation North Carolinian, grew up in Penland, North Carolina on a land once used as hunting grounds by the Cherokee. He is the author of 14 highly acclaimed works such as The Winter People. The Winter People is being made into a major motion picture. Setting This book takes place

Siddhartha In Herman Hesse’s Siddhartha, Unity is a reflecting theme of this novel and in life. Unity is first introduced by means of the river and by the mystical word “Om.” Siddhartha’s quest for knowledge began when he left his father and sought the teachings of the Samanas. By becoming a Samana Siddhartha had to give up all of his possessions and learn to survive with practically nothing. He quickly picked up all of the Samanas’ tricks like meditating,

In George Orwell s 1984, the story takes place in London, Airstrip One, formally called England, before it joined with North America, South America and some small European countries to form Oceania. The political system is known as Ingsoc, this consists of Big Brother, the Inner Party, the Outer Party, and the working class. The basic plot in 1984 is a simple one; it follows a man through his struggles to rationalize his existence in an upside down world. Winston Smith is the main protagonis

Faustus: the Punishment of Loss For a play that has retained much of its scholarly value over the four hundred and ten years, there is surprisingly little known about Christopher Marlowe’s masterpiece, The Tragical History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus. The date of its first performance is unknown, and is highly obscured by the added facts that there are two texts of Doctor Faustus, one published in 1604; the other in 1616 (Ribner viii). Christopher Marlowe, even in these e

"Style Critique on The Hot Zone" "Lassa is a Level 4 virus from West Africa, and it was one of Peter Jahrling's favorite life forms-he thought it was fascinating and beautiful, in certain ways. He had held in his gloved hands virtually every hot agent known, except for Ebola and Marburg. When people asked him why he didn't work with them, he replied, "I don't particularly feel like dying." Richard Preston traces the known paths of Ebola and Marburg in The Hot Zone. He tells of the

Shakespeare’s play “Much Ado About Nothing” takes place in Messina, a city-state of Renaissance Italy. The Renaissance was a period in European history believed to have been between AD 1300 and AD 1600 with a feudal society of agricultural economy and church dominated culture. It was during the Renaissance that Europe was transformed into a society dominated by central political institutions with education, arts and music heavily influenced by the Christian religion. I

“The Harness” By Ernest Buckler “The Harness”, written by Ernest Buckler is a short story written by a Canadian author. It is a story about a boy and his father. The young boy and his father don’t have a regular father-son relationship. At the beginning of the story their relationship is more like they are pals and the father treats his son as an adult. After a series of events, a normal father-son relationship begins to form at the end of the story. This story can be di

A Report on Sense and Sensibility Summary: Sense and Sensibility is a story about the Dashwood family, who loses everything when Mr. Dashwood falls suddenly ill and dies unexpectedly. Mr. Dashwood is forced, by law, to leave his fortune and vast estate to his son, Mr. John Dashwood, from his first marriage. These circumstances leave Mr. Dashwood's current wife, and three daughters (Elinor, Marianne, and Margaret) without a home and with hardly enough money to live on. Edward, Fanny Dash

Paul s Case The most difficult part of a person s life is often their teenage years. This is a time when people experience many changes in their emotions and thoughts. This is illustrated in Willa Cather s short story Paul s Case. Paul was drawn to stealing money and skipping town (and ultimately his suicide) because of his religion, Calvinism, the boredom of his lower middle-class town and life, and the inability of his teachers, and his dad to keep him involved in something that was i

The Left Hand of Normality In Ursula Le Guin s novel, The Left Hand of Darkness, Genly Ai, an agent from the Eukemen, is sent to the planet Winter, one of the non-federated planets in the universe. His mission is to see if he can persuade the people from Winter to join the federation. However, Genly soon finds out that the rulers of Winter did not like the idea of being part of a federation, because it might result in a loss of some of their own personal power. Genly is then forced to become

BETRAYAL The American university in Cairo Performing and Visual Arts opened its 1998 Spring Season on February 13th in Wallace Theater on campus with Harold Pinter's play, Betrayal. This play was directed by Eric Grischkat, and the costume design was made by Timaree Mc Cormick. AUC students have strongly participated in the designing, lighting, setting, directing, and in acting. These students were Noha Farouk, Shereef Bishay, Karim Bishay, Ramsi Lehner, and Alaa Shalaby. Betrayal i

In the epic novel of The Odyssey by Homer, the protagonist, Odysseus, display s the best example of a folktale hero. He isn t the son of any God or any supernatural being, and also he does not posses any immortal qualities. A call to an adventurous journey is what later on turns him into a hero. He goes through a 20 year journey fighting against monsters and gods trying to return to his home. In the beginning of the novel Odysseus is the King of Ithaca, a small island near Greece. The Greek,

The short story “Young Goodman Brown” by Nathaniel Hawthorne, is a story of a man, Goodman Brown, who comes to find out that the people he surrounds himself with are not perfect. During a journey testing his faith, a traveler, the devil, is able to use Brown’s naivete against him. After the devil has his way with Goodman Brown’s mind, Brown is never again able to trust even his wife, who is aptly named Faith, let alone anyone else. Brown’s view on humanity there on is one of

Have you ever played a chess game? It's a game of strategy and quick thinking to move the royalty skillfully, always concentrating on defeating the opposing side. Eiter side can forfeit the life of their king and queen with one costly move. The pawns are the insignificant pieces used to save the most important pieces. In Arthur Miller's The Crucible, the chess game portrays the tragic Salem witch hunts in which innocent livews were made victim of tis evil game started by Abigail, Bett

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, her selfishnes

Sin, a monster, in and of its self, or is the monster the one who causes the sinner to commit the sin? One may contend that, in Confessions, the monster is neither of these but the sinner, himself. It is neither the sin nor the influence that is the monster but St. Augustine, himself, that is the monster. In order to establish who or what is the monster in Confessions, one must first establish the definition of a monster. Webster's Dictionary defines a monster as "one who deviates from no

The Caged Bird Controversy The novel I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is the life story of Maya Angelou as she struggles through life in the South. Published in 1969, the novel has received critical acclaim since 1970 and spent three years as a number one best seller on the New York Times Best Seller List. (Caged Bird Essay) Although this book has a best seller, it was the ninth most frequently challenged book in American high schools (Caged Bird Essay) and has been a censorship targe