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The Merchant Of Venice: Shylock - An In-depth Character Analysis
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... loan, free of interest. Shylock was willing to loan money to one who totally ruined him in public, on terms that were nicer than his normal business terms. This kind, forgiving heart can be seen in Act 1 Scene 3 beginning with line 148: “Why, look how you storm ! I would be friends with you and have your love, forget the names that you have stained me with, supply your present needs and take no doit of usance for my moneys, and you'll not hear me! This is kind I offer.” -Shylock Often, this quote from Act 3 Scene 1 line 83, “Why, there, there, there, there! A diamond gone cost me two thousand ducats in Frankfurt! The curse never fell upon our nation ...

Jewish Art
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... aspect of her art was that for her seeing her pieces come out of a fire was a reward in itself. She was not in it for the mmoney or material rewards. I think a lot of times people are only in it for material reward and it gets in the way of great art. It seems to me that this helped her to become such a good artist Her focus was mainly on very well known Jewish objects. Some of these include Menorahs, Sadaka boxes, and Mezuzahs. These where very evident part of her slide show. All of them were very obscure and odd looking but each told a storyf which only she knew. At first glance they were not so great but after her explanation they became beautiful. H ...

The Crucible: Hysteria And Injustice
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... Elizabeth Proctor, and Rebecca Nurse who cannot fight the accusations made against them by those following Abigail. Those following Abigail are considered to be holy men that are full of honesty and justice, but the play shows that even those who are thought to be respectable and right, like people of government or community leaders can bring death to innocent people if they are driven by something wrong. II. Plot: The plot begins with the inciting incident where Rev. Parris finds his niece Abigail Williams and his daughter Betty along with his slave Tituba doing some dance in the forest. Right when he finds them, Betty becomes sick and won't talk or open he ...

Hamlet: Holding Back Revenge
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... end of the play” (Heilman p.45). Hamlet is not shore if this is really his farther or a devil in disguise. Hamlet Swears revenge will be quick for his father’s murderer. For the two months since Hamlet has seen the ghost, Hamlet has been unable to commit his vowed revenge; unable to explain to himself either his long delay or his depression and insanity. Maybe he’s scared of taking revenge on Claudius, he may think by taking revenge he endangers his own soul. “No matter how right a man might think his motives are, if Claudius is innocent; the act of revenge would inevitably make Hamlet as evil as the accused in the eyes of God” (Becker p.32). “Hamlet decides ...

Evil In Macbeth
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... Scotland. " All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, thane of Glamis All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, thane of Cawdor All hail, Macbeth! That shalt be king hereafter."(I, III, l. 50-53) Soon after the meeting with the witches Macbeth realises that he is the thane of Glamis and the thane of Cawdor. He realises that the only way for the 3rd prophecy to come true is to kill Duncan the king of Scotland. So Macbeth and his wife decide to kill Duncan and Macbeth becomes the king. He then decides he should kill Banquo because he could betray him, the witches said that Banquo would be the father to the line of kings and that means Macbeth will not be king for a long time. The mur ...

Breaker Morant
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... the British occupation of South Africa during the turn of the twentieth century, but they generally wanted to make gains politically and economically. Great Britain primarily wanted resources that weren’t found in Europe. Gold and diamond mines were all over South Africa, and Great Britain knew that if they had possession of them that their economy would profit greatly. Also, South Africa had many strategic points for ports to be built. Ships traveling to India and Asia could stop at these ports. It was a perfect place for British ships because it was like a mid-point between the two places in which it was traveling. Ships could also replenish supplies such as food ...

The Odd Couple: Summary
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... wife and see if she knows where he could be. She tells them that they have just broken up after being married for twelve years. To startle the men even more, she tells them that Felix has gone out to kill himself. Almost immediately, Felix arrives at Oscar's house, where the men are playing poker. They all try to keep him calm but nothing seems to work. Finally, they decide that Felix will stay at Oscar's until he gets back onto his feet. After a short period of time Oscar can not stand to live with Felix. He is a compulsive cleaner and everything must be in order at all times. One day, Oscar decides that he needs to touch something soft. By this he means ...

A Critical Analysis Of Shakespeare's Hamlet
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... had previously with Hamlet. She tells her father that Hamlet came to her disheveled and in a shaken state of mind, speaking of "horrors." (Act 2 Scene 2 line 94). Her father immediately believes that he is "Mad for thy love?" (Act 2 Scene 2 line 95). Opelia answers a question posed by Polonius by which she replied that she had told Hamlet that she could not see or communicate with him any more. Her father makes reference to Hamlet's madness once again by proclaiming that what his daughter said, "... hath made him (Hamlet) mad." (Act 2 Scene 2 line 123). The argument of whether Hamlet is insane because of his love for Ophelia is often debated, but a more co ...

The Glass Menagerie: Symbols
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... not like to be inside, to be a part of the illusionary world. Laura, on the other hand, thinks of the fire escape as a way in and not a way out. This can be seen when Amanda sends Laura to go to the store: Laura trips on the fire escape. This also shows that Laura's fears and emotions greatly affect her physical condition, more so than normal people. Another symbol presented deals more with Tom than any of the other characters: Tom's habit of going to the movies shows us his longing to leave the apartment and head out into the world of reality. A place where one can find adventure. And Tom, being a poet, can understand the needs of man to long for adventure and ro ...

Krapp's Last Tape: Imagery In Color
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... The playwrights indiscreetly utilize metaphoric and symbolic details to support their message. In "Krapp's Last Tape," Samuel Beckett exploits such techniques in expressing his own bleak and pessimistic view of the world. In his middle years of his life, Krapp retained this rigid and anal retentive nature. He kept these tapes in which he would constantly reevaluate his own life and try to always improve it, using these tapes as "help before embarking on a new retrospect" (1629). He had also stored these various tapes organized in boxes with their location written in a ledger. Yet in his latter years, there is an apparent decay of this regimental attitude. H ...

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