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The Epic of Gilgamesh is an epic poem from antiquated Mesopotamia about a king who is two thirds god and one third man. The king does not fulfill his leadership expectations as he is selfish and often angry with the gods. Gilgamesh goes off on a quest to attain immortality when his companion Enkidu dies. In this quest he fails and eventually dies, but he came to terms with his own mortality and lived on his greatness through his travels....
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“Why do you think they always say never give up on something you want to be in life?” Life is all about how you make it, you will have to fight many battles just to be where you want. Some might be easy, and some might be hard. Reading many epics this semester, The Odyssey, Gilgamesh, and Sundiata are relatable to this phrase. Despite the timing and culture background of each epic, they all have a similar story and multiple...
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The story of Gilgamesh is very complex and as stated by Kenneth Rexroth a psychological one as well. It displays and encapsulates the mental processes and ways of thinking for the audience to understand and enjoy throughout their reading. In this paper, I will attempt to create a type of psychological portrait. This displays in detail how the characters change throughout the story, as well as what changes within them both physically and mentally. We begin the story with a...
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In the Epic of Gilgamesh, there is Gilgamesh, half man half demigod whose ultimate goal is to reach immortality and then there's Endiku, who was made from clay and water by Aruru who lived with the wild. The whole creation of Endiku was made to rid Gilgamesh of his arrogance and Gilgamesh quest for immortality is what ultimately led him to meet Endiku and the genuine kinship between those two is libertarian. Everything is shared, devotion to the fellowship is...
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Both ‘The Charge of the Light Brigade’ and ‘Exposure’ deal with the topic of war in vastly contrasting approaches. ‘The Charge of the Light Brigade’ details the account of the six-hundred and seventy cavalrymen and officers that were given an ambiguous order to attack Russian troops armed with cannons during the Crimean War. Tennyson accentuates the cavalry’s bravery and heroism against the seemingly immeasurable enemy in ‘noble six hundred’ and ‘boldly they rode.’ Alternatively, Owen describes a different aspect of...
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Pop culture refers to the traditions of a particular society or a group of people. In America, pop culture is usually associated with the entertainment industry, which varies from music, art, fashion, and literature to film, television, and radio. A majority of people consume products from these sources which has a significant impact on them. However, pop culture has contributed to a great extent in challenging the dominant gender stereotypes. Gender stereotypes have always dictated that there is a sure...
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It is commonly seen when a book is turned into a movie, to have significant changes and alterations. Some add up to the overall thrill movie-makers want to create for their audience, some fail to depict the writer’s thoughts when writing the book. The novel “Hunger Games” is among those books that have been incarnated in movie theaters all over the globe. However, Suzanne Collins, writer of The Hunger Games, would most certainly question several parts of her trilogy’s adaptation,...
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The dystopian novel “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins illustrates different battles the civilians of the society experience throughout their lives. The novel portrays how the Capitol dominates twelve districts economically and mentally. The districts are deprived of the standard lifestyle because the Capitol takes in all the wealth; it also brainwashes the citizens of Panem into thinking that the best way to avoid a civil war is to have an annual battle between the districts. This battle is known...
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Introduction Books were always important to me as a kid and grown-up. I liked to imagine myself within the story to escape the boring mundane world. Like many others, I grew up with the Harry Potter series, and later as a young adult I read the Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. It is important for young people that they can find themselves in stories and learn how the world works. But what is considered suitable literature for young people? In...
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In the Hunger Games film, Katniss Everdeen is praised as a female heroine who has penetrated the Capitol's patriarchal wall and defied their traditional gender norms. The dystopian nation of Panem is divided into the Capitol, populated by the rich, and the 12 Districts, in which each is responsible for the production of a trade. The Capitol is a corrupt government that controls the disadvantaged districts by forcing children to kill each other in the Hunger Games for entertainment and...
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Buck, who is a very big and pretty Saint Bernard, has changed through the book due to his new owners, and friends, and his new journey’s. Buck throughout this story has to be able to adapt to his new changes and has to overcome all his new challenges. Weather it’s be taken from his home, beaten with a club, just being worked half to death he still has been able to make it through this life of his. Buck starts...
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In the novel 'The Call of the Wild' by Jack London, the protagonist Buck, a dog from South-land is kidnapped and sold to hostile people in the North. He has to adapt to becoming a dog of the North. Within this novel, Buck undergoes a very significant change of character and emotional state. He transitions from being the self-illustrated King of Judge Miller’s house, to a wild and liberated dog, emerged in a wolf pack within the land of the...
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Individualism describes the habit of being independent and self-reliant. In both The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and The Call of the Wild, the main characters display the habit of individualism. Christopher takes himself from his home in Swindon to London. Buck travels from Santa Clara Valley, California to Canada. Both characters take their trips alone. In The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, the reader sees not only the theme of curiosity that the...
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Very long ago the Yukon Territory many people used to live there in the age of the 1800’s. Long ago there wasn't a mailbox so those people would rely on the mailman with sled dogs. The book and the movie “ The Call of the wild” are both similar yet different. Like any movie based on a book the movie The call of the wild presents different characters and events than the book so it can be more enjoyable and...
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The Call of the Wild is a novel of “devolution” which traces the process of releasing Buck’s savage, atavistic nature beneath its civilized veneer”(citation). Buck, a St. Bernard Shepherd mix, was a very loyal pet to his own family in California where life was easy and good. However, Buck is kidnapped during the time of the Klondike Gold Rush where sled dogs were in high demand ending this easy life. The novel progresses through tough times, not known to a...
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In the unforgiving and savage north, humans commit atrocities and make unwise choices but, many of these are unknowingly orchestrated by a hunger that burns inside of all, greed. The theme of greed is a key aspect throughout the book, The Call of the Wild. Buck, a civilized dog from the south, is taken from his home and paired with the uncivilized men of the north in pursuit of the valuable yellow metal, gold. Buck is forced to grow and...
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In chapter 3 of The Call of The Wild The dominant primordial beast was strong in Buck. And it was still growing. Spitz and buck had grown a hatred towards each other. A fight for leadership and dominance. Spitz took every chance he could to bully Buck or start a fight. It would have happened If it weren’t for unwanted accident causing them to make a bleak and miserable camp on the shore of Lake LeBarge. Buck had made a...
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In Jack London's The Call of the Wild Buck goes through a self-evaluation because of his surroundings and what he has to adapt to. Buck changes for the better and worse because of his adaptability, intellect and might. Because of these traits, he can overcome great obstacles. He is constantly trying to adapt to nature because it is the only way to survive. Buck improves physically and mentally because of his self-reliance and courage. In the story, Buck has to...
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Self-identity is a fascinating term for a human being. The quest for identity is an inevitable process in man’s life. Humans though, established his self in economic soundness in the migrant land but, tracing ancestral rootedness and correlating oneself with ancestral inheritances enthralled human beings for their self-identity. An ancestral inheritance such as history, race, language, and religion values one’s mere existence in the world. Generally, Immigrant writers express a deep sense of identity crisis and they try to reclaim...
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Phineas Gage: A Gruesome but True Story about Brain Science Phineas Gage ( a railroad construction foreman ) has a mishap that will change his life until the end of time. Phineas was a well-known foreman around his area and very much respected for doing dirtier work for everyone else. The interdependence of him and his team was to blast a tunnel through Cavendish, Vermont. The need for this is to get the railroad to pass through the stone of...
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The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman is based on a true story that involves the collision of American and Hmong cultures. Hmong medicine consists of herbs and shamanism, a practice that interacts with the spiritual world. Meanwhile, Western medicine is based on the advancement of science and technology. This book is based on telling the story of Lia Lee and how there is a conflict between different cultures. Lia Lee, a Hmong child with severe...
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‘Freedom Road’ by Howard Fast is a historical fiction novel based on the Reconstruction era after the American Civil War. This novel emphasizes the racial impact on the African-American society transitioning from slavery to living a civil life. It elaborates on the superiority of racism during the 19th and 20th centuries. The events that occurred in the novel are fiction but they took place during a distinctly important and problematic time period in history. In the novel, Gideon Jackson was...
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The book 'Beautiful Boy' is a father's journey through his son's addiction. David Sheff’s book is about his own son, who became addicted to meth and threw his life away. This story expressed his feelings along his journey throughout his son's addiction, steps to recovery, and early life. He was inspired to write this book so others with the same issue of addiction can relate. Sheff does support the idea that opioid and meth use is an epidemic in the...
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Why are we constantly unhappy? Why our daily life is so full of regret and anxiety? What is making true relationships so hard to keep? Tolle gives answers to these questions in his book ‘The Power of Now’. By his sayings, the most important thing that matters and the one we think about least is the present. All life is a series of present moments. This book explains how living in the present moment, meditation, freeing from one’s mind and...
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When I was four years old I decided to go as the Scarecrow from The Wizard of Oz for Halloween. I wobbled around my room spinning and leaping, pretending my legs were made of straw. I convinced my babysitter to teach me and my brothers how to do the iconic foursome skip from the film. As we ran outside eager to collect buckets of candy from our neighborhood homes, we linked arms, stepped one foot in front of the other,...
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When people of different cultures, beliefs, and backgrounds are living together, they tend to see themselves as a representation of a larger society. ‘The Book of Unknown Americans’ tells a story about people coming from different countries to the United States. Every character moved to the United States for a different reason: some moved because of better education and healthcare system, and some for a safe environment and lots of different opportunities. Throughout the book, each character experiences their own...
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‘Why Liberalism Failed’ provides insight to the beliefs of author Patrick Deneen. Deneen is a political philosophy and constitutional studies professor at Notre Dame, believing that liberalism has failed by succeeding. He believes the contradicting principles have allowed our citizens to take on individualistic beliefs and therefore succeeding in that sense, however this fails to unite the nation and produce an effective, long-term result in American society. Inspired by today’s governmental and societal structure, Deneen wrote this book to call...
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Many people have very different perceptions of what it is to be a man. Since history began, different cultures have had different perspectives on how to be a man and what a man is. Our culture’s perspective toward masculinity and femininity is harming individuals and society at large. Men and women are struggling to stay true to themselves because it is shameful for them to express their emotions or to be different. Robert Augustus’ book ‘To Be a Man: A...
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“Meaning, while a slippery concept, seemed inextricable from human relationships and moral values”. Intending to find the ‘meaning’ of life, 36-year-old Paul Kalanithi pursues a career and devotes his life to a neurosurgeon. But everything takes a turn when the doctor turns a patient himself. The book is the journey of the author who was once an actor but now is acted upon. The direct experience that he believed would help to generate the answers to his complex questions, was...
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‘Questions Are the Answers’ written by international best-selling author Allan Pease. Known for his books on understanding and interpreting body language which has allowed thousands of people to gain a new perspective on the way they handle interactions with others and how they view social situations. Published by Manjul Publishing House this easy read book is only 94 pages and guarantees that with “2 hours of study and dedicated practice” you can become a successful network marketer or business man...
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