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Movie: The Mission
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... the other. In the newer version of the treaty, the line that split the land was moved in favor of Portugal. On that land, missionaries had already set up missions. To better the economy for Portugal, the Spanish Church was sent in to get the Jesuits out. The would be effected by the continuation of the Jesuits because of the slave trade. If the Jesuits stayed, the Indians would have a spiritual leader . To brake their faith the Jesuits would have to be removed. Near the end of the movie, the Spanish do try to break the faith of the Indians. Father John is seen carrying a cross with many natives following behind him. He is killed purposely, and even thou ...

The Taming Of The Shrew: An Critique
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... these reasons many suitors wooed her. Kate was presented to be much more intelligent and witty than Bianca, but, ironically, she could not compete with Bianca because of these witty comebacks and caustic remarks she made (Dash 830). All of the men who desired Bianca needed somebody to marry Kate, as it was customary for the older daughter to be married before the young one. Finally, Petruchio came along to court Kate, saying he wanted to marry wealthily in Padua. It appeared, though, as if Petruchio was the kind of man who needed an opposition in life. The shrewish Kate, who was known to have a sharp tongue, very adequately filled his need for another powerful ...

The Crucible: John Proctor's Decision To Die; Is The Right One?
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... out to his friends. He wanted to teach them that they should stand up for what they believe in and not give in to unjust courts and/or other examples in life. By dying he taught his kids that not only he is not a sell out but he also taught them that he stood up for what he believed in. John Proctor is not a man known to go to church often, but he must of remember this quote from the bible: "No one has love greater than this that someone should surrender his soul in behalf of his friends"(John 15:13). This quote means that someone should surrender his or her soul for their friends, and by dying and standing up for what he believed in he taught his kids a valuable ...

Pulp Fiction
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... had to go back to see the movie a second time so they could make more since of the movie. This movie also has a very good sound track to go with it. It has these old recongnizable songs such as " If Love Is a Red Dress(Hang Me In Rags) by Maria McKee, "Son of A Precher Man" by Dusty Springfield, "Junggle Boogie" bye Kool and The Gang,"Flowers on the Wall" by The statler Brothers, and many others. The songs and the movie mixed well together with the movie. When i heard the songs on the movie I immeaditly had to run out and get the sound track. The movie had many other exciting items to represent the movie like Poasters,Books, Screenplays,collectable lunch boxes, shir ...

The Birth Of A Nation: The Pros And Cons
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... quite accurate to say that more or less every person in the world is interested in films, and has seen many films in their lives, yet film students are practically the only people that know who Griffith is. The reasons for this can possibly be summed up in saying simply, Birth of a Nation. Although this is regarded as his masterpiece, if it was never made, it is quite possible that his name would have remained as known as Beethoven. The problem is that it is such an amazing movie on a technological and aesthetic level, but looking at Birth of a Nation in a moral sense, it is almost embarrassing to mention it. There are a handful of reasons for this, but first ...

Hamlet: Theories Of Hamlet's Delay In Killing Claudius
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... not only because he's suffering from an Oedipal complex but also because he is far too sane or practical to commit an act of murder. In other words, basic sanity keeps him from killing Claudius. In society we are taught that those who commit murder are sick or insane. However, Hamlet's society believes the son of a murdered noble is responsible for avenging his father. When the ghost of King Hamlet appears and tells his son Claudius killed him by pouring poison in his ear, Hamlet does not act upon the word of the specter. He takes time to think about what the apparition told him. He contemplates whether it is a good ghost or a bad ghost. He plans things o ...

The Generation Gap In King Lear
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... to the themes of authority, power and loyalty, judgment and wisdom. Overall, it emphasizes the general themes of the generation gap. Symbolism contributes to the themes authority and power in King Lear. These symbols are represented by material things. For example, in [Act 1 scene 1] when Lear is dividing up his land, power and authority to his three daughters, depending on how much they can verbally express their love for him. [Lines 52-53] "Which of you shall say doth love us most? That we our largest bounty may extend where nature doth with merit challenge." The land that each daughter received is the extent of their authority and of their power i ...

Macbeth: Lady Macbeth Uses Others As A Shield For Guilt
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... same in thine own act and valor As thou art in desire? Wouldst thou have that Which thou esteem'st the ornament of life And live a coward in thine own esteem, Letting 'I dare not' wait upon 'I would,' Like the poor cat I' th' adage?" (I, vii, 39-49) By doing this, she manages to get Macbeth to kill King Duncan, however, in the end, she knows she is just as guilty as he is. Her guilt emerges in her visions of blood remaining on her hands, "The Thane of Fife had a wife. Where is she now? What, will these hands ne'er be clean? No more o' that, my lord, no more o' that. You mar all with this starting." (V, I, 44-47) Another less obvious place ...

Oedipus Rex: Figurative Blindness
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... those who are blind at length do have a higher vision – the truth. Oedipus was born into the prophecy that he would murder his father and wed his mother. In an attempt to avoid this fate, his parents, Laius and Jocasta, sent him into the mountains to die. However, a shepherd saved and gave him to Polybus and Merope. When he learned of his prophecy, he fled, under the assumption that they were his real parents. While fleeing, he encountered Laius and killed him. He correctly answered the riddle of the Sphinx, finally became the king of Thebes, and later married Jocasta. Oedipus fulfilled the prophecy without even knowing it. Thebes now had to endure a plag ...

Infomercials And Other Dishonest Commercials
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... that kind of degree be? Then as I kept flipping, I came across the "psychic network of friends" advertisement, just as they were offering a "free psychic reading to first time callers" all that was required was that a certain 1-800 number be dialed and a person could get a reading. Then to show that the reading was accurate, they had people come on and say that their experience with the psychic was "life changing," and that "it was so real…the psychic knew everything." It is amazing what people will fall for in this day and age. Info-mercials are basically half hour commercials that attempt to sell products to watchers. The products that most info-mercial ...

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