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A Scene From Martin Scorcese's "Mean Streets"
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... that with such a specific view on how to make a film, Scorsese likes to work with what he knows. For him, it seems, having actors with whom he knows well, keeps his vision under more control. In terms of style, Scorsese likes to experiment. In his mobster movies, Scorsese likes to film and edit much of it like a documentary. This is effective in helping the viewer to get acquainted with the criminal life. Parts of Goodfellas and Mean Streets were in this style as was, to a more obvious degree, the first half hour of Casino. Usually the narration plays a large part in this style of filmmaking. The use of narration, in general, is another one of Scorses ...

The Downfall Of Macbeth
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... the entire play Macbeth ignores the voice of his own conscience. He knows what he is doing is wrong even before he murders Duncan. His own conscience is nagging at him but he allows Lady Macbeth and greed to cloud his judgement. In referring to the idea of the murder of Duncan, Macbeth first states,"We will proceed no further in this business"(I, vii, 32). Yet, after speaking with Lady Macbeth he recants and proclaims, "I am settled, and bend up /Each corporal agent to this terrible feat"(I, vii, 79-80). He allows himself to be swayed by the woman he loves. Lady Macbeth gave him an ultimatum and provoked him by saying: When you durst do it, then ...

Hamlet: Death
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... Chamberlain, it is his duty to obey the king and queen’s wishes and it is this loyalty that eventually proves to be fatal for him. An example of how Polonius’ innocent involvement with the royalty results in his death can be found at the beginning of Act III, scene iv, when Hamlet stabs him while he is hiding behind the arras in Gertude’s room. This shows how Polonius, a man unaware of the true nature of the situation he is in, is killed by a member of the royalty during the execution of one of their schemes. This makes Polonius’ death a tragedy. The next member of Polonius’ family to die is his daughter Ophelia. Ophelia’s death is tragic because of her complete inn ...

Is There Any Justification For Regarding Euripedes' Electra As An Inferior Tragedy?
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... nevertheless, though divine intervention Orestes and Electra escape from the scene of the crime relatively unscathed, not counting for the emotional suffering and guilt they feel over their actions. In my opinion this does not, however, make Electra an inferior tragedy as for the criminals to die would, in a sense, provide an escape from what they have done. Instead they must live with the knowledge of their crime for the rest of their lives. The tragedy in Electra is not simply confined to the action of the play, and in the first speech the Peasant reveals to the audience that it is more of an ongoing affliction on the house of Agamemnon. In one sentence the Pea ...

Educating Rita – Coursework Piece
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... it, is part of her attempt to change her personality. She says “They walk in the hairdressers an’ half an hour later they expect to walk out a different person.” Here she is being ironic and hypocritical. This helps the audience to realise that she has a lot to learn and emphasises the ‘problems’ Rita is trying to overcome. In one of the most revealing passages in the play she says - “There was always somethin’ …tellin’ me I might have got it all wrong. But I’d just play another record or buy another dress an’ stop worryin’. …’Til … y’ have to decide whether it’s gonna be another change of dress or a change in yourself.” This tells us exactly why she dec ...

"The Glass Managerie"
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... to win her love. She has a comical nature about her, always concerning herself with things that should not worry her too much, such as entertaining a man in the house and getting Laura married off quickly, and it almost seems like she enjoys having problems and hecticness in her life. She handles all these problems with pride and confidence, even though she doesn't always hold that confidence. Amanda is always wanting to have a greater impact on others lives and be held responsible for anything good that happens to someone. She has such an amazing amount of endurance that she emotionally supports the entire family. You are able to see that she will never give ...

A Deed Without A Name: The Significance Of Witches In Macbeth
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... avarice and aspiration usually cloud the minds of the characters. “Shall he dwindle, peak, and pine” (Act 1, Scene 3, Line 23), shows the heinousness that the weird sisters can cast upon those they wish. The witches first plant the seeds of greed and ambition in Macbeth when they meet him after the battle. They promise him that he will be Thane of Cawdor and, later, King of Scotland. Once he becomes Thane of Cawdor, he thinks only of soon becoming the King. Even shortly after becoming Thane, his thoughts are already on murder. “If chance will have me king, why, chance may crown me, without my stir.” (Act 1, Scene 3, Lines 143-144). Macbeth says this because he ...

Hamlet: Second Grave Digger
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... than I, so I guess settling for less is what I will have to live with. It all started with my parents, they were never really there for me as a child. I was born into a family of distaste and disfavor. I’ve only seen my father a couple times. He was always out at the taverns with the wenches. That’s how he met my mother, the beautiful harlot. She had to sell her body just to make ends meet. As soon as I was old enough to understand how life was for me, I went to work. At the age of 6 I was out on the streets offering my services to any whom would need them. I can still remember my first job cleaning up after horses. I would stay in the stables all day l ...

The Reasons Why Macbeth Is More Guilty By His Actions Then Lady Macbeth Is By Hers
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... any involvement in these cases. Based on these facts, Macbeth would be found more guilty than Lady Macbeth. The very first murder in this story was committed on Duncan. This crime was planned by both Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. The actual murder was done by Macbeth, making him more guilty of the crime. Lady Macbeth just talked about committing the crime, but she never actually went through with it nor would she ever, and that is all that counts. Talking about committing the incident is very different from actually doing it. Lady Macbeth did a little more than just talk about it though. She also urged Macbeth into doing it and that is what makes her part of thi ...

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... supporters spoke of him proudly while those against him had to hide in silence. To illustrate the inherent problems of the Rosas era, the director chose to show the injustices through the ordeals of Camila and Ladislao. First of all, in everyday life, Rosas demanded public showings of loyalty. Every citizen had to wear a bright red ribbon symbolizing their faith in their leader. Slaves, commoners, and even priests had to wear this ribbon. Through the execution of the bookseller, the tyranny of the Rosas regime is clear. He will tolerate to questions to his authority or allow anyone with a dissenting opinion to speak without fear of retribution. At the end of ...

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