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Bull Durham: To The True Meaning Of The First Fight Scene
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... is the new catcher on the Durham Bulls baseball team. At the same time Nuke comes over and ask Annie to dance, but Crash stands up and says that she is dancing with him. When Crash stands up in front of him, Nuke takes this as a challenge and he asks Crash if he wants to take it outside. At this point Nuke still does not know that Crash is his new catcher. While Nuke is waiting for Crash outside, Crash begins to wonder how he is going give Nuke his first lesson to make it to the majors. When Crash finally comes outside he sees that Nuke is standing in the middle of the street. Nuke is not alone he has the entire baseball team standing behind him. First, Cra ...

A Midsummer Night's Dream: Love
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... provided in that case.” (Act I, Scene I, Line 41-5). This shows his jealous rage as what one would do for someone’s love. At first, Helena is jealous of Hermia because Demetrius is in love with Hermia and not her. Demetrius stole Helena’s heart, and now is after Hermia. Helena wants to be like Hermia because then Dimities would like her. “Sickness is catching: O were favour so, Yours would I catch, Fair Hermia, ere I go, My ear should catch your voice, my eye your eye, My tongue should catch your tongue’s sweet melody.” (Act I, Scene I, Line 184-6). When the fairy juice is applied to Lysander and Demetrius and they begin to love Helena, Hermia becomes j ...

Nature’s Significance In King Lear
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... the play. When Lear asks Cordelia to tell him how much she loves him, Cordelia responds by saying that she loves him “according to my bond.” (1.1.102) Cordelia means that her love for her father is based upon the law of nature and involves the clearest recognition of her filial obligations. It is this very law which Lear himself depends on when he expects to be revered and obeyed both as a king and as a father by all his daughters. Shakespeare demonstrate this idea when he points out that at a later point in the play, after Lear was treated horribly by Goneril, Lear express his conviction that Regan, unlike Goneril, knows better “The offices of nature, bond of chil ...

Romeo And Juliet: Tybalt's Misinterpretation Of Romeo's Cowardice
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... Romeo's reluctance to fight. Tybalt came to pick a fight with Romeo and instead of getting what he wanted, Romeo continued to hold back because of his marriage to Juliet. Tybalt continued to push for conflict not understanding Romeo's unwillingness. Mercutio also misunderstands Romeo's reluctance to fight and decides to stand up for him by challenging Tybalt to a dual. Tybalt and Mercutio end up fighting. When Romeo stepped in between the fighting Mercutio believed that the dual had ended. And as Mercutio was taken off guard Tybalt attacked and Mercutio was killed. Romeo wanted to get Tybalt back for what he had done and make Mercutio's death of ...

Romeo And Juliet: Forbidden Love Leads To Death
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... Take thou some new infection to thy eye, And the rank poison of the old will die." Romeo takes the advise Benvolio offered, and not another word about loving Rosaline is spoken. On the same day, Romeo, Benvolio, and Mercutio went to the Capulet's party dressed in masks so their identities wouldn't be known. At the party, Romeo saw a beautiful girl dancing with Paris and instantly fell in love with her. He asked a servingman what her name was but he didn't know. "O, she doth teach the torches to burn bright! It seems she hangs upon the cheek of night As rich jewel in an Ethiop's ear- ...

Analysis Of Masaccio's "The Holy Trinity" And "Grunewald's "The Isenheim Altarpiece"
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... spectator, who looks up at the Trinity and down at the tomb. The vanishing point, five feet above the floor level, pulls both views together. By doing this, an illusion of an actual structure is created. The interior volume of this 'structure' is an extension of the space that the person looking at the work is standing in. The adjustment of the spectator to the pictured space is one of the first steps in the development of illusionistic painting. Illusionistic painting fascinated many artists of the Renaissance and Baroque periods. The proportions in this painting are so numerically exact that one can actually calculate the numerical dimensions of the chapel in ...

Romeo And Juliet: Romeo - A Tragic Hero
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... one as a tragic hero. One of these qualities is the noble birth of a character. In the play Romeo and Juliet Romeo being the tragic hero, possesses that quality. Romeo is a Montague, and in the city of Verona the Montagues are a well known and respected family. It is a known fact that the Montagues are of noble birth when it is said by Benvolio in Act 1, Scene 1, Line 141: "My noble uncle." Benvolio is referring to Lord Montague, who is the father of Romeo. The Montagues are also a rich family, and that is one of the reasons for the respect for Romeo. "Verona brags of him... a bears him like a partly gentleman." This was said by Lord Capulet in Act 1, Scene ...

"Fire From Heaven", "Much Ado About Nothing", And "The Flea": Sinful Acts
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... to create the perfect society. Their mission in Dorchester was to make extinct all the sinful acts of the townspeople. The struggle they started soon ended in failure. They were a definite influence upon his work. His views of sexual misconduct between married men and women being worse than that between unmarried people probably come from his growing up in a more modern world. The Puritans probably did distinguish some, but it wasn't very prominent or apparent. His makes this point clear in the passage, "Misbehavior among married people was especially serious, as it was likely to disrupt existing families, which were of course regarded as the essential fou ...

Immortality In Shakesperean Poetry
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... ideas paved way for a new concept of immortality - immortality through art. Da Vinci painted "Mona Lisa" and became immortal through legacy that he left behind him. Beethoven wrote his "5th Symphony" and he is still remembered for it. These ideas of eternal life were mirrored in poetry of William Shakespeare - the Renaissance man of England. In a number of his sonnets Shakespeare talks about immortality from diverse points of view. It is a wonder how Shakespeare can take an issue and approach from different perspectives and each time the same issue is presented in new light, and charged with new emotions. There are two basic ways in which Shakespeare relates to the ...

The Crucible: Reverend John Hale - A Dynamic Character
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... In the name of the lord of hosts and his son get thee to the lower world. This shows reverend Hales views on witchery. Another example of Hale's character and his savings of witches is when he said, “Now Tituba, I know that when we bind ourselves to Hell it is very hard to break with it. We are going to help you tear yourself free-” The point when Reverend Hale begins to change is in Act III during the trial of John Proctor. “I am a minister of the lord, and I dare not take a life without there be a proof so immaculate no slightest qualm of conscience may doubt it.” He starts to doubt if the very thing that he searches to rid the people of might be a l ...

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