English Composition Essays & Term Papers

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THE INDIVIDUAL VS. THE GROUP The United States of America is considered a free country. It was founded on religious freedom, and the freedom of the individual that humanity deserves. We may be considered a free country but in reality we are many times not so free. We seem, in many ways, to have lost the individual freedoms that we were promised as a nation, or were we missing them from the start? Since the country was founded it has lacked the individual freedom on which it was built.

A Taste for Murder " It's my belief that the sausage is one of the noblest inventions of mankind," Henry Chandler said. "And presented in the form of a sandwich, it is not only nourishing, but also so practical. One can conduct the process of eating without undue preoccupation. One may read, watch, or hold a gun." On the wall, the electric clock read fifteen minutes after twelve noon, and except for Chandler and me the offices were empty. He bit into the sandwich , he che

Monroe, Marilyn (1926-1962), American motion-picture actor, who became the most famous international sex symbol of the 20th century. Born Norma Jean Mortenson in Los Angeles, the daughter of an emotionally unstable mother, she spent a troubled childhood in foster homes and orphanages and at the age of 16 entered into an ill-fated marriage. In 1944, while working in a defense plant, she was noticed by a United States Army photographer who induced her to pose for posters for the troops. Instantly

Cesar Chavez For some reason or another, the time frame for the story of Cesar Chavez would seem more appropriate in the thirties rather than the sixties. Perhaps it is because most of us think that all that "labor stuff" happened in the thirties and that such exploitation doesn't exist anymore. Yet there is a man, still living, who grew up in the most deprivation possible, in the thirties, and continued to fight for the migrant workers as if the thirties were never over. The poss

So many people running out of the building screaming. Some with tears pouring down their faces. Everyone had a bewildered indescribable expression on their face. "Help us!" Yelled a woman from the top floor of the ten story apartment building. A hand reached out the window and grabbed her, dragging her back inside. She screamed as loud as she possibly could. And then a gunshot followed by a deafening scream. The phone booths on the block were full of people calling family, friends. anyone th

Everyone knows the legend of Santa Claus, right? A jolly little fat man in a red and white suit gathers up a bag full of toys and loads them into his sleigh where he and his eight magical reindeer fly off into the night and deliver the toys to the children of the world on Christmas eve, then fly back to Santa's workshop at the North Pole where his elves help him prepare again for next year all before the rising of the sun. Sounds like a great thing, huh? A harmless tale told time and time

More Than a Location of Defecation Dan Everett When I first entered room 414 Territorial Hall, I was immediately struck by its vastness. To think that a room of this size could be totally dedicated to the bodily functions of college boys was something I found hard to swallow. The room seemed endless. Sink after sink marched down the center wall of the room into the distance. The high vaulting ceiling was dizzying to behold. And the colors! More shades of peach than you could possibly a

Great Expectations It is obviously noticeable with Pip (the main character and narrator of the book Great Expectations by Charles Dickens) what the changes are in his life. The most obvious changes in Pip are marked by three phases: guilt/fear, self-interest, and concerns. At the beginning of this book, Pip is a young child. and it is difficult at such a young age to not get intimidated by older more mature men and wo- men. Pip's first encounter with th

The day had started out innocently enough. Spencer, his little brother Duncan, Atom, and I had only been back in Manhattan for two days, after having been in East Hampton for a week. East Hampton had been nice, for a place Steven Spielberg lives , but there's only so much you can do in a rich-person summer vacation town. So we were ready for some action. Sort of. We at least wanted to get out of the house. So, as I said, the day had started out innocently enough. Duncan, Spencer, and I all

I. Ernest Hemingway's tough, Terse prose and short, declarative sentences did more to change the style of written English that any other writing in the twentieth century. II. Ernest Hemingway has had many great accomplishments in his historical life but just one event has hardly sticks out from the rest. The Old Man and the Sea is one of Hemingway's most enduring works. Told in Language of great simplicity and power, it is the story of an old Cuban fisherman, agonizing battle with a giant m

PUNK ROCK VS. ORGANIZED RELIGION As the world becomes more and more diverse in its races, ethnicities and cultures there arise many different religions. Most of these religions have a strong following which almost inevitably calls for a communal meeting of other people from the same faith to discuss their common belief and gather other people to join with them. Such communes are generally regulary scheduled and even have national holidays associated with them. The faiths themselves are out to

The Birds The birds kept on hitting the door. Nat took his family into the living room, and moved the couch against the door. On the floor where the couch was there was a trap door. Nat and his family went into the trap door and found bombs, weapons, and a tank. Nat was very suprised. As the birds broke in they quickly ran in the trap door and shut it tight. The birds tried to break in but the trap door was metal. Nat explored all the stuff in the room. It had everything that you

My Interest in Ink I can't recall why, but ever since I was fourteen I've been interested in tattoos. My curiosity began when I started adding tattoos to the cartoon characters I had drawn in my art book. Then I began drawing them on my skin in class and making new designs in my art books. I was fascinated by the fact that it was possible to draw permanent designs on the body, designs that would change the way you saw your body forever. I began researching tattoo history on the Internet fo

Just a little note. This is a story that we had to write, describing our own trip through hell, a la Dante. Introduction While driving to Emerald Mall I find myself at a strange place. It looks like a shopping mall, but I have never seen such a shopping mall in all my life. It has ten levels, including the basement, but contains no windows whatsoever. I begin to drive past this strange mall, but notice that the road surrounding it goes in a circle that leads back to the entrance, the are no

A Greatly Troubled System October 27, 1998 The formal education system used in today's schools is greatly troubled indeed. We are oblivious to the hundreds of thousands of students oppressed by tyranny that encapsulates our schooling system. From homework and grades to the progression of school; schools need changes. This system stands waiting, while the talents of many young men and women are exposed to a backward system with hypocritical framework. One of the many examples is the policy of

Just a string of thoughts... Life. A sparkling myriad of light, a multi-faceted gem, an opal basking in the sun... the ever dancing shadows flicker off the walls as the inconstant light ever changes with the tides. As fickle as the woman that lies with fate and Lear's witches, life is; and yet is not. For the path traced by the pen is straight and crooked, upon those who step into the same rivers flow other and other waters, ergo, the way up and down are the same. So it is written, so sha

Sexual Harassment Sexual harassment is any unwanted action or language of a sexual nature. Sexual harassment may include jokes, comments, and or sexual advances, also asks for sexual favors, that make's you feel uncomfortable is sexual harassment. Basically anything of a sexual nature that makes you feel uncomfortable . There are two types of sexual harassment quid pro quo which is something for something, and hostile environment which is jokes, comments, and innuendos. With all sexual hara

A Real Boy "My baaaaaack! My aaaaarm! Ooooow!" The distorted moans tore me from blissful slumber to the horrible living nightmare I thought I had escaped when my head hit the pillow. This was my first night of hell on earth, and the worst was yet to come. The invitation to spend spring break in Malibu, California (as a paid camp counselor) had been terrific, the condition that I had to do so here was the sick joke of it all. I was in a dank cell on a county jail style bed, awake at three

The nation was stunned on Tuesday, February 3rd, 1998, when the state of Texas executed Karla Faye Tucker, for the gruesome double murders with a pickax in 1983. She was convicted fifteen years ago, and was given the death sentence by lethal injection. Tucker was the first woman executed in Texas since 1863, and only the second in the United States since the Supreme Court allowed capital punishment to resume. Texas remains one of the few states that still enforces capital punishment, an act p

Bambi's Lousy Childhood One lousy morning, the sound of voices were so damn loud, that it woke me up. I leaned over my branch, and saw a scrawny and faggy, newborn fawn cuddling with his mother, surrounded by a goddamn crowd of animals. From that moment I realized that the forest prostitute has struck again. I don't know why the hotshot King of the forest doesn't mind his wife being a prostitute, I mean he probably doesn't even know it's his son. Anyway, that's another story. Since dawn, Thumpe

Versatile Craftsman It is not every author who is able to mimic human interaction while critiquing society. Shakespeare is one. Joseph Heller is another. Heller's wit and social commentary in such works as Catch-22, Closing Time, Something Happened, and God Knows sparks interest in the reader and successfully creates a reality which the reader is transported to. Heller's versatility also astounds, from writing war novels to describing the adverse affects of corporate society. He also sa

--------------------------------------November 29,1998--------------------------------------------- Society's Children "Generation X" is the term used to describe and define the generation born after 1970. Although it is given as being this age group, Generation X is more of a mind set, than an age. Described as lacking morals, ethics, and diligence, elder generations look down on Xer's as if they were willfully deceitful. While truth may lie in some of these accusations, the roots e

What Freedom Means to Me Free*dom (noun) First appeared before 12th Century 1 : the quality or state of being free: as a : the absence of necessity, or constraint in choice or action b : liberation from slavery or restraint or from the power of another : INDEPENDENCE July 4th, 1776, the bloodshed ceases and the dust settles. From within the war emerged a new country, run by no one other than themselves. This was the dawn of our country, which so many others look at and admire ev

But what of those who, out of mischief or piety, wish to deny the power of liberalism's fundamental premise? And those free spirits who wish honestly to resist liberalism's claims to authority? What can be said on behalf of liberalism's fundamental premise to them? Can reason defend freedom and equality as the political principles most appropriate to the dignity shared by all human beings? Alain Renaut thinks that reason is up to the task. Renaut, the co- author with Luc Ferry of French P

Marriage + Death? The institutions of both Marriage and Death have been around for centuries, and have continued throughout as central aspects of societies around the world. Are they tied together? If so, how? These questions have plagued many people throughout the course of their lives. How could two facts of life seem so different, yet when one looks closely, seem so alike? Each has its ceremony, and at each there is a gathering of loved ones. The emotions are often similar surrounding

Ever had times where you just can't think? Sure, all of us do. In writing its referred to as as writer's block. Although to most this only comes occasionally, I am confident that I was born with this block in my head. Still, even if I wasn't born with a block in my head, on Monday in my English four class I sure felt like it. Our teacher had assigned us to write a personal narrative and I was a blank as the piece of paper on my desk. The class was instructed to do various bra

A little Cloud Colours mentioned: "His eyes, which were of a bluish slate colour, revealed his unhealthy pallor and shone plainly above the vivid orange tie he wore." This colour description of Gallaher shows that he has escaped Dublin's paralysis yet the bluish slate colour shows that he is still a Dubliner and that he is slightly attached to the darkness of Dublins paralysis. Orange is a very light, warm colour but it contrasts with the colour of his eyes. This shows that he is free a

Your heart is pounding, you are racing to escape your mortal enemy, and also trying to steal a designated object from your enemy's base, and then all of a sudden, SPLAT!!! You look down and see a big blob of yellow, orange, blue, and pink. Then is when you know that you are out for that round. These are all of the thrills of the great sport called paintball. Even though it is a painfull sport it still atracts more and more people each year to this great sport. Paintball is one of the greatest

It was a curiosity we had had for a long time and had tried planning it for a long time and kept putting it off because we had the bad feeling that we get in a lot of trouble for doing something that we were not supposed to do. We waited for the perfect time for when we get our curiosity out of our system and also bring back a couple of stories. It all started in the summer of when we were going into nineth grade. We started talking about our experiences in the city with our parents, and that

Nick Williams 1st Hour December 7, 1997 THREE WISHES If wishes were fishes we'd all have some fried. There is an old saying "Be careful what you wish for." Everyday three or more times we say that we wish we could have this or we wish we could have that. We do not realize that wishes also come with negative outcomes. If you had three wishes then what would they be? In the book "The Monkey's Paw" they wish for things that aren't sensible and bad things happen. The first wish is for m

Language is the basis to all cultures in the world, today. Whether it is in writing, sign language, or body language, it is a must in every civilization. Language is perceived differently through the male and female genders. Many forms of sexist language have been identified into three forms - language that ignores women, language the defines women narrowly, and language that depreciates women (Wetherall 276). Women have been discriminated for years. This all strings back to when the f

December 17, 1998 Dear Mr. William Golding, I am intrigued and disturbed by your view of mankind that you have portrayed in "The Lord of the Flies". However, this view, to varying degrees, is generally correct, with few exceptions. That is why I am forced to comply with your philosophy. After reading Lord of the Flies, I see the astounding parallel of various components of society to the microcosm shown in the novel. I have found that the events of wisdom and rationality being crushed, an

Censorship within these United States is not only an immoral and big-brotherly practice, but also an insult to all of those who call themselves US citizens. Every day censors everywhere try to sanitize TV, radio, print, and even the Internet. They deem what should and should not be viewed by John Q. Viewer. Each day in every medium of life, they tare suppressing our free spirits and restraining our thoughts. We all have been giving the ability to intelligently think for oursel

English, Hawthorne: Judging Others Some consider judgement the greatest sin that man can commit; Judgement occurs when one man criticizes another, or nature. In Nathaniel Hawthorne's Young Goodman Brown and The Birthmark, judgement becomes a reoccurring theme. In Young Goodman Brown, the protagonist, Goodman Brown embarks, on a demonic mission where he consorts with the devil, and judges his fellow men. With the devil's influence he concludes that all men are evil and from that point forwar

The strange doctor One day I went to a new doctor who I heard had a bad reputation, among the practicing field. I went to the doctor because he was cheap, only eight dollars per visit, he had diplomas all over the walls. He did not look like a quack. I went to see him about a problem with my neck that I had had for three months. His nurses were very beautiful. They put me in a trance. As I was sitting there, I heard a strange noise. It came from the basement. Then the walls started to move.

I Peek Outside… I slam the door as I return home from a rough day at school. I go up to my room and begin what feels like an everlasting project. I lay down on my bed and turn on some music. Then I get to work. I peek outside my window and notice the repetition of speeding cars driving by. Loud engines roaring throughout the neighborhood. Reckless teenagers roaming up and down my street. Sound blasts from their audio systems, and the bass pounds at my ear drums.

Thoughts on Feminists. I was not yet ten when I was first made aware of the feminist movement and my mother didn't have much use for that type of thing. You see, feminism in the eighties was a female version of the neo-nazi skinhead mentality. With men being the enemy instead of other races. In this movement, even to tolerate men was blasphemy, and to be attractive was considered weakness. This movement is no longer the norm, but it isn't gone either. While earlier feminists were: male

Do you know what rockets make me think of? . . . Nevermind. Actually I have a funny story about rockets and re-entry, so to speak. Then there is the jism powered rocket. . . or is that the rocket powered jism? Hmmmm. I think sex, while being very hot, is also very cool. Don't you think that's odd? Do you want to see my laser scalpel? It already has real applications just as my obstetric probe. It extends as far as need be and has a small hole at the tip for examining. When it is done i

Musicals, horror movies, martial-arts films. These genres all have a respected place in the history of the modern cinema. But exactly what is the "Eighties Teen Movie"? Why have these films not established themselves in the hearts and minds of movie historians? Many seem to doubt that it is a distinct category. However, serious analysis reveals that Eighties Teen Movies are every bit as distinctive as Buddy Cop Films and Fish Out of Water Comedies. Eighties Teen Movies (ETM) have many uniq

Bobby's Wish "Money,money please im cold and hungry may I have some change?" A old man reached into his pocket and said "Heres a dollar" "Thank you, thank you kind sir", and bobby ran off. As Bobby ran he noticed all the busy shoppers ,the reefs on the doors a and also a big Christmas tree in the middle of town decorated and a big star on top . Trying to catch his breath Bobby said "May I have an apple?",Bobby pulled out his money from his pocket and h

Number Head line Page 1. The history of the team 2-22 2. The head coach 23-26 3. Hakeem Olajuwon 27 4. Charles Barkley 28 5. Scottie Pippen 29 6. Rockets Acquire Pippen 30-31 7. Turbo 32 8. glossary 33-34 Houston Has Been Home Of The Big Man-From Moses To Ralph To Hakeem The Houston Rockets were introduced to the NBA as the San Diego Rockets in 1967, the same year that the American Basketball Association launched itself as a rival league. Despite boa

As a child growing up in California, education didn't seem to be one of my strong points. My parents did little to give me guidance in my schooling and my choices involving education. I was not forced by my parents to read or write much when I was younger. Had my parents been a little more controlling when I was younger, I may not be in the predicament that I am in as of late. My grades are not as poignant as I would like them to be and my reading and writing abilities leave a great dea

My Best by Brandon Noll "Isn't this exciting, Boss?" asked my assistant, Bob. "It overwhelms my brain at all the adventures that we have before us." "I feel the same way. I haven't slept for days, just thinking of all the unending possibilities before us." And then IT hit. And now I haven't been able to sleep again, thinking of all the unending possibilities before me-now takes on a whole new meaning. My assistant, my family-where are they now? Are they alive? Do they need me? Will I

Note: This essay does not reflect upon ANY actions or way of thinking of the author =) (hey you never know when you might accidently get in trouble over things like these) Hello, I'm a student, and this summer I went to California. California is a big state on the west coast, and has a city named Las Vegas in it that's really cool because everyone there gambles. Las Vegas had big pools that I liked to swim in while Mommy and Daddy were blowing our money away. I ran into a couple guys from

ESSAY: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn depicts a boy struggling against the beliefs of a hypocritical society. The author has Huck go through many harsh experiences to develop his theme. Mark Twain's theme of the individual versus society in Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is developed through Huck's experiences of imprisonment, cruelty and inhumanity on the shore, which contrast with the freedom Huck has on the river, thereby explaining Huck's difficu

 Run Away with the Money It was a blustery day in Boston, Massachusetts in the early 1800's. A rowdy looking sailor stepped out of his cabin, walked across the deck of his boat, and jumped onto the dock. He had just found out that some people from China would pay quite a nice sum for ginger and ginseng. His only problem was that he needed more money to be able to finance his trip to the West Indies. He wandered through the

One Monday morning my mom called me and said "Your going to be late for school." I yelled back "Good I want to be late now leave me alone." and I went back to bed. She called me again so I got up because I knew I wouldn't hear the end of it if I didn't get up. I rolled out of bed, pulled on my clothes and stumbled down the stairs. The time was 8:30 and I didn't have time to eat so I brushed my teeth, and hair, and washed my face. I needed a pop to make it through first period so I stoppe

Paper writen by Christopher T. Sommer A+ The battle was raging. The two races were pitted against each other in a fight to the death. The ground was already littered with the wounded and dying. One pair was locked together as they tumbled over and over. Both were relentlessly hanging on until one or the other would die. As Henry David Thoreau watched this battle between Red and Black Ants, he thought about life. Henry David Thoreau grew up in Concord, Massachusetts in the mid 1800's

Strange Days "School is about to start, I wonder if James is going to be here today," David thought as he sat in his desk toward the rear of the room. He stood up and walked to the window at the back of the room. Looking outside through the window, David saw the large baseball field. Looking beyond the field he noticed the row of houses where James lived. The door to James' house opened and David saw James running to school. David went back to his desk and entertained himself with the ca

I stalk My Prey. I am the master of the world. I sense everything. My eyes can see the fleas on an animal's back two hundred metres away. My nose can smell the fear of The Stalked through miles of jungle. My eyes can sense the slightest tremor in the skin of the lizards high above in the trees. I slither quietly through the jungle, noting the location of everything. I stay low to the ground, blending in with the sights and sounds. I respect my prey, for he is adm