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  • Al Pacino Meets Shakespeare
    TRANSCRIPT. Thesis: Looking for Richard is al Pacino’s interpretation of Richard the third, as it explores the various context, values and ideas within Richard the third it attempts to reconnect a modern day audience with this ideas and values through a form of exploration and explanation. Though this “dociodramatypething” has been criticized for being too broad and in some cases unnecessary it definitely has found a level on which it can speak to a modern audience with both seriousness and...
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  • Al Pacino Biography - 1066 Words
    One of the greatest actors in all of film history, Al Pacino established himself during one of film's greatest decades, the 1970s, and has become an enduring and iconic figure in the world of American movies. Born on April 25, 1940, in the Bronx, New York, Pacino's parents (Salvatore and Rose) divorced when he was young. His mother moved them into his grandparents' house. Pacino found himself often repeating the plots and voices of characters he had seen in the movies, one of his favorite...
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  • King Richard and Al Pacino HSC Essay
    Question- “Analyse how the central values portrayed in King Richard 3 are creatively reshaped in Looking for Richard. Within art and literature, the context of the composer and audience significantly affects the ideal and values embedded in a text. Shakespeare’s play King Richard III reflects an Elizabethan context bound by a belief in a divinely ordained world order and consequently examines how the nature of power and ambition is gained through using human susceptibility to deception and...
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  • Al Pacino: from a Poor Kid Grow Up in the Bronx, to a Legendary Film Icon
    1) Attica, Attica. You broke my heart Fredo. Say hello to my little friend. Forget about it. All of these quotes are credited to one actor. An actor who has entertained movie-goers and theater buffs for more than 40 years. An actor who at one point in his career was nominated for an Academy Award in four consecutive years, which is an Academy Award record. His list of films reads like a bucket list of movies to watch before you die. The Godfather I and II, Dog Day Afternoon, Scarface, and...
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  • Scarface - 388 Words
    Scarface Scarface is a movie about an immigrant who comes to the United States in search of the "American dream." This rags to riches movie stars my favorite actor: Al Pacino. Pacino is famous for staring in the Godfather trilogies, Carlitos Way, as well as several other movies. In Scarface he plays an immigrant: Tony Montana. Pacino truly becomes this character and portrays him very well. The movie is about an immigrant, Tony Montana, who comes to Florida from Cuba. He is...
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  • Richard the Third - 945 Words
    Module A When considered together the texts in module a provide us with rich insights into human condition. IN what ways is the complexity of human experience explored in comparing the two texts you have studied in this modules. Human condition is defined as the positive and negative aspects of existence as a human being. In Shakespeare’s ‘King Richard III’, human condition is shown throughout the play through the words of the characters, but most noticeable is through antagonist Richard and...
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  • Mod a: Richard Iii and Looking for Richard
    The comparative analysis of Shakespeare’s “Richard III” circa 1591 and Al Pacino’s 1996 docudrama “Looking for Richard” (LFR) reveals the capacity of these texts to transcend their timeframes due to their exploration of ideas perennially relevant to human nature. As humans, there is an innate desire of us to exert our ideals and beliefs on others as well as an underlying ambition for power, hence these texts explore the way in which art can be used to shape and reshape historical perceptions as...
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  • Richard Iii - 1646 Words
    English Essay- Richard III “Through exploring connections between texts, a deeper understanding of each text emerges. Discuss this statement with reference to King Richard III and looking for Richard.” The way a text’s central values and themes are portrayed to an audience can be greatly influenced by the context in which it is set, although many of these themes can carry on through the time in which it was set in and still be relevant to a modern audience. William Shakespeare’s “King...
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  • hsc essay 33 - 1176 Words
    Idea and Explanation Example Quotes Techniques Appearance vs Reality Approx4 2per e.g. List act scene line 2per e.g. Richard III- Richard, himself is very aware of the gap between his outwards reality and inward reality. As a consequence he carefully constructs his façade while fully acknowledging his Machiavellian motivations to the audience in his asides. Clarence going to prison and Richard says he will try to get him out but doesn’t do it. The ghosts...
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  • Richard III Essay - 946 Words
    “Texts on their own are interesting, but when you compare them to other texts they become illuminating.” How has your exploration of the connections between King Richard III and Looking for Richard moved you to a heightened appreciation of each text? William Shakespeare’s, King Richard III, and Al Pacino’s film, Looking for Richard, conversely explores key ideas and values portrayed in both texts. The comparison accentuates the deep similarity of ideas and values, which drive the two texts....
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  • Looking for Richard Review - 1534 Words
    A freezing winter morning it was, the breeze beating against my chest makes me wonder… Wait, how did I get here? I thought I was reading Pacino’s Looking for Richard Review? That’s exactly what you’re doing, and this pleasant surprise is about all the insight I can give you about the fantasy sto… I mean ‘docudrama type thing’. Yes ‘Docudrama type thing’ as described personally by the narrator Al Pacino. The opening scene with the cold winter background, leave less grounds and the grey skies...
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  • King Richard Iii & Looking for Richard Essay
    ------------------------------------------------- What themes and techniques link the two texts? Refer to the opening scenes of both. (50/50) Due: Thursday 16th Shakespeare’s play King Richard III and Al Pacino’s documentary Looking for Richard are two text composed more than 400 years apart that can be linked through their themes and techniques. The influence of these themes or values however, is subject to the context of the audience. Both texts explore the...
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  • Similarities Are More Revealing Than Differences
    Throughout Al Pacino’s Looking for Richard and Shakespeare’s King Richard III, there are many similarities between both texts. This can be seen through values such as the importance of integrity as well as trust. However, it is only to a certain extent that both texts portray these similar values. Throughout Al Pacino’s modern remake of Looking for Richard, many modern cinematic techniques such as the specific use of colours, rearrangement of the original text as well as comparisons made in...
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  • Analyse How Central Values Portrayed in King Richard Iii Are Creatively Reshaped in Looking for Richard
    As time progresses away from the Shakespearean era, the central values of Shakespeare’s King Richard III are steadily losing touch with the modern audience. Throughout Al Pacino’s modern remake of Looking for Richard, many modern cinematic techniques such as the specific use of colours, rearrangement of the original text as well as comparisons made in commentary are heavily included. It is through such cinematic techniques that the modern audience is able to comprehend not only the central...
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  • King Richard Iii and Looking for Richard
    The texts King Richard III and Looking for Richard both accept the centrality of power and the yearning for it, as a central plot driver and an assumed part of the human condition. However, each presents a different perspective as to the nature of power; its origins and morality. Discuss this statement with close, detailed reference to both texts set for study. Power is defined as the possession of control or command over people and events. In Shakespeare’s play ‘King Richard III’, the...
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  • Richard Iii and Looking for Richard
    A deeper understanding of ambition and identity emerges from pursuing the connections between King Richard III and Looking for Richard. Compare how these texts explore ambition and identity. Ambition; an earnest desire for some type of achievement or distinction, as power, honour, fame, or wealth, and the willingness to strive for its attainment * Al Pacino’s production as an art-house vanity project * Promotes himself – manipulating the audience through cutaways, specific and...
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  • King Richard Iii and Looking for Richard Essay Plan
    ESSAY PLAN!!!!!!!!! Intro * Both Shakespeare’s Richard III and Al Pacino’s Looking for Richard both portray central values and ideas of the time. * The texts ideas are reflected by the context of the time. * Both texts written in different time periods meaning completely different contexts which shape the text. * Through Pacino’s hybrid style docudrama, he attempts to demystify Shakespeare’s Richard III, making it more accessible to the everyday person. * Shakespeare shows...
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  • Looking for Richard Comparative Essay
    William Shakespeare’s “King Richard III”, an Elizabethan play written as a piece of Tudor propaganda, and Al Pacino’s 1996 docudrama “Looking For Richard” set in contemporary New York, have distinctive parallels in what values they concern themselves with despite their markedly different contexts. Our understanding of both texts is advanced through exploring the composers’ contrasting values of free will clashing with Providentialism and the importance of integrity and honesty in the Murder of...
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  • Success in gangster movies now and then through Robert Warshow's "The Gangster as Tragic Hero"
    "In the deeper layers of the modern consciousness, all means are unlawful, every attempt to succeed is an act of aggression, leaving one alone and guilty and defenseless among enemies: one is punished for success." Robert Warshow This is a quote from the famous essay "The Gangster as Tragic Hero", a "classic example of film criticism and cultural analysis". The essay was published for the first time in 1962 in Robert Warshow's book "The Immediate Experience". In it the author examines some of...
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  • Analyse How the Central Values Portrayed in King Richard Iii Are Creatively Reshaped in Looking for Richard.
    "An honest tale speeds best, being plainly told.” This quote from William Shakespeare’s King Richard III is a seed from which Al Pacino’s docu-drama Looking For Richard grows, both texts demonstrating the intrinsic relationship between contexts and the composition of texts. As 21st century students, we see Pacino’s creative reshaping emphasise inherent values within the original text, from dynamic perspectives to interpretational understandings, presented in an ‘honest’ and ‘plainly told’...
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  • Richard and Looking for Richard - 1111 Words
    Humans find resonance in connections to ideas, values and concepts. Art and literature are shaped by the society in which they are made. In this, the values of the contextual society will impact, in some way, upon the outcome come of the piece of work as the creator seeks to appeal to their audience. However, the values presented by Shakespeare in his tragedy, written in the 15th century, Richard III (RIII) transcend Shakespeare’s contextual world and coincide with the values we hold today. The...
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  • King Richard Iii and Looking for Richard
    Essay 1 – King Richard III and Looking for Richard How has your study of the connections between King Richard III and Looking for Richard deepened your understanding of the context of and values within, each text? William Shakespeare’s play King Richard III and Al Pacino’s docu-drama Looking for Richard have enriched my understanding of how context shapes the values inscribed within each text. In light of this, the connection that exists between the two texts is: how the central character of...
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  • King Richard III and Looking for Richard
    ‘Time does not alter core human aspirations but the context helps us to understand the significance of those values and ideas at that time to those people.’ How is this concept explored by the composers of your prescribed texts? The exploration of William Shakespeare’s play ‘King Richard III’ and Al Pacino’s film ‘Looking For Richard’ reveals the explicit relations between the two texts and how core human aspirations and values transcend in time. While Shakespeare utilised a range of...
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  • Richard Iii/Looking for Richard
    HSC Advanced English, Module A: Richard III and Looking For Richard, Essay Connections of commonality and dissimilarity may be drawn between a multiplicity of texts through an appreciation of the values and attitudes with which they were composed. Accordingly, the values and attitudes of the individual being may be defined as an acute blend of externally induced, or contextual and internally triggered, or inherent factors. Cultural, historical, political, religious and social influences,...
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  • Comparison of King Richard III and Looking for Richard
    Connection between texts shapes your understanding of context and values Examinations of Shakespeare's play 'King Richard III' and Pacino's docu-drama 'Looking for Richard' reveals relationships between the texts and their respective audience. The fifteenth century and twentieth century contexts demonstrates the values of each text and enables understanding of how the film enriches the ideas presented in the play. 'King Richard III' portrays a hateful, corrupted Richard exploring divine justice...
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  • Paper 2: Module a Richard Iii/Looking for Richard
    Shakespearean Drama and Film How has your exploration of the connections between your prescribed texts enhanced your understanding of the values and contexts of each? In your response, make detailed references to your prescribed texts. Through exploring connections between Shakespeare’s Richard III and Al Pacino’s Looking for Richard the values of the era are often a product of the context of the text. However, through studying the theatricality of man and the pursuit of...
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  • Any Given Sunday - 628 Words
    Trenton York Theory of Coaching Football Any Given Sunday Summary July 14, 2014 Any Given Sunday We watched the movie “Any Given Sunday” in class the past two days. The movie was filmed in 1999 and is a drama film based on a fictional professional football team named the Miami Sharks. The Sharks are owned by Christina Pagniacci (Cameron Diaz) who also happens to be the general manager of the team. She inherited the team from her father when he passed ...
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  • Scarface vs. American Gangster
    When considering candidates for all time greatest gangster movies, one wouldn’t forget to mention such classics as Goodfellas, the Godfather, Reservoir Dogs, and Pulp Fiction. Some may even consider Tony Montana of Scarface to be the hardest, roughest gangster to ever appear on the movie screen. But what characteristics make this so? Is it because he was able to take over a drug cartel by violence to become the single most made man in Miami? Was it his ruthless business tactics, which ultimately...
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  • King Richard - 366 Words
    RicThrough the comparison of different texts, the audience gains deeper understanding of a composer’s contextual values. Shakespeare’s historical tragedy ‘King Richard III’ reflects a theocentric world view of Elizabethan England. This melodrama has been reshaped by Pacino’s 1996 doco-drama Looking for Richard exploring the relevance of Elizabethan beliefs after the influence of postmodern ethics on humanitarian ideas. Both Shakespeare and Pacino utilize the dominant media of their time to...
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  • Discuss How Mise-En-Scene and Camera Movement, Angle and Positioning Create Meaning for an Audience in the Final Gun Battle Sequence ‘Scarface
    Brian De Palma’s 1983 Universal picture ’Scarface’ embodies many features common to the formula of gangster action genre. In particular elements of textual analysis have been used to effect the meaning of the experience for the audience. This will be explored through a critical analysis of the mise-en-scene and camera techniques within the text. Scarface follows the life of Tony Montana and his close friend Manny Ray from their trip on the Cuban Boat Lift for refugees, to their arrival in...
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  • Macbeth vs. the Godfather
    macMacbeth vs. the Godfather Changing from good to evil The change from good to evil can happen to anyone. It can happen to the best of people, just like Macbeth in William Shakespeare’s Macbeth and Michael Corleone in Francis Ford Copalla’s the Godfather. In these two completely different stories, the protagonists Macbeth and Michael Corleone, start off good and transition into evil and gain too much power for them to handle. Changing isn’t a choice for either of them and evil just...
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  • King Richard Iii and Looking for Richard
    KRII and LFR Essay Draft 1 Changes in context and form offer fresh perspective on the values in texts. How does Pacino’s film “Looking for Richard”, reveal his response to the values explored in Shakespeare’s play, “King Richard III”? Through changes in context and form a fresh perspective can be offered on the values in texts. Pacino’s film “Looking for Richard” [LFR] reveals his response to values such as; the allure of evil, conscience and the artistry of language, that are explored in...
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  • Movie Analysis: Scent Of A Woman
    "HoooHaaa!" A few days ago, I chose to view and analyze the popular movie Scent of a Woman. I had never seen the movie before but had only heard good things about it. I can now say good things about this movie from personal experience. This film was extraordinary. The movie Scent of a Woman is about Oscar winning actor Al Pacino who plays a retired Lieutenant Colonel Frank Slade, an embittered Army veteran who is now blind, not to mention alcoholic, angry and foul-mouthed. Of course, he's also...
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  • The Merchant of Venice: Film vs Script
    By tracing back the early roles of Shylock done in the Elizabethan stage, we are able to appreciate the complexity of Shakespear’s character, Shylock, and how he has the greatest impact than any other character. In the early Elizabethan era Shylock was portrayed as an archetypical Jew of that time. He would be played by the performer wearing a red wig and large false nose. This look created the foundations of Shylock’s personality during the Elizabethan era; a comic villain not to be taken...
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  • Dog Day Paper - 648 Words
    “Dog Day Afternoon” Directed By; Sindey Lumet The name of the movie that I chose is called Dog Day Afternoon. Although it was mentioned in class, it happens to be one of my favorite films. With the plot revolving around a bank robbery, there’s your giant red flag of criminal Justice. The deals with many apparent and underlining themes like, homosexuality socio-economics, human relations and of course right and wrong. Perhaps one of the most interesting things about the film is it’s...
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  • The American Dream in the Film Scarface
    The American Dream in the Film Scarface The film Scarface can be directly compared to the myth of the American Dream. The contemporary perception of the American Dream is one monetary gains and power in society. Scarface is a gangster movie in which the main character Tony Montana tries to reach his dream of overwhelming power and wealth. Tony Montana like Jay Gatsby believed that after obtaining enormous power and wealth, one would live in happily ever after. The director Brian De Palma...
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  • Obtuse Meaning in the Godfather - 1692 Words
    Notes on the performances of Marlon Brando and Al Pacino in the Godfather in the light of Roland Barthes ‘The Third Meaning’. In Roland Barthes’ essay, “The Third Meaning,” he posits two levels of meaning in a film or photographic image: the first is the simple or informational level which simply tells you everything you can learn from the setting, the costumes, the characters, their relations and so forth; and the second is the symbolic level, which shows you the connotations inside an...
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  • Simulacrum in S1M0Ne Movie - 356 Words
    What are the things people call real? What are the requirements of reality to make sense? These questions are in the category of:”You shouldn't have to ask that questions!” Why on earth asking these type of questions instead of relying common sense anyway? Common sense is learned habit for humanity through the ages that makes us feel relieved because of the security blanket of us called: “I cannot be the only one who believes this!” I call it “chaotic simplicity”. It is chaotic because learned...
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  • King Richard III and Looking For Richard Comparative Essay
    How has the study of the connection between your set texts shaped your understanding of context and values? The exploration of William Shakespeare’s play ‘King Richard III’ and Al Pacino’s 1996 doco-drama film ‘Looking for Richard’ reveals the explicit relationships between each text and their respective audience. The Elizabethan and twentieth century contexts in each of these texts are important as it demonstrates the value of each text and enables the understanding of how the film enriches...
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  • Shakespeare 2 - 1254 Words
    Adeja Crearer Professor Petersen April 11, 2015 Essay #2 The Merchant of Venice 2004 Michael Radford’s polished adaptation of Shakespeare’s play The Merchant of Venice explicitly shows how the tragic figure of Shylock, loses his sense of decency due to the maltreatment he endures. This version follows the text for the most part however, cautiously omits some moments and exemplifies others in order to create an intelligent and motivated film. Radford’s exposition of this play allows for...
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  • Film Music Critique - 619 Words
    Mus 355 Music Critique of film Score Action, suspense, love, and drama are all the makings for a great film. None of these key features to a film could have any substance or feeling without the help of music. Composers play a big role for setting the tone of the movie, developing characters, moving along or supporting action, and depicting the time and place the movie is taking place. In the movie Heat, Elliot Goldenthal does just that. Goldenthal was born in NY in 1954 and studied music...
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  • Shylock: Victim or Villain - 1724 Words
    Shylock: Victim or Villain? Throughout the play, Shylock is portrayed as many things, both victim and villain, therefore making him an extremely ambiguous character. On one hand, he is a very villainous character as shown when he declares that he wishes his daughter was ‘…dead at my food, and the jewels in her ear.’ This quote clearly shows his desire for wealth rather than love or family. On the other hand, Shylock is shown to be a victim when he claims that ‘Suff’rance is the badge of my...
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  • Dr. Jack Kevorkian - 2099 Words
    Dr. Kevorkian The story of Dr. Jack Kevorkian is a controversial and often misunderstood allegory. Dr. Kevorkian’s practice in the assisted suicide of his patients raised multiple ethical questions and shined light on the “right to die” issue. He will be criticized by many religious leaders, followers, and fanatics but will be supported by millions. He will be convicted of second degree murder and spend eight years in jail. There was an HBO movie about him starring Al Pacino that won an...
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  • Movie Review: the Merchant of Venice
    Movie Review: Merchant of Venice (2004) Author: Christopher Soden — Published: Jun 02, 2006 at 2:33 am 7 comments Like many of you, I studied Shakespeare in high school and college, but The Merchant of Venice was a play I’d never read or seen. I’d heard that it raised the issue of antisemitism, but assumed it made a case against it. In the relatively short amount of time that I have been reviewing films I’ve more or less adopted the personal wisdom that a red flag should emerge when I feel...
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  • Richard III comparative study
    Practise Questions Texts are often a reflection of the society they embody: through awareness of context deeper levels of understanding can be developed and explored. By a comparative study of texts parallels in context can be established and evaluated, with the alternate visual mediums key in enhancing the audience experience. Al Pacino’s “Looking for Richard,” (1996) provides a more coherent view of William Shakespeare’s “Richard III,” (1592), using similarities between texts to accommodate...
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  • Gangster Look - 489 Words
    http://www.ehow.com/about_5034813_clothes-gangster-wear.html Working-Class Roots * The core of gangster fashion stems from the dichotomy between poor beginnings and eventual wealth. A gangster is essentially a street criminal, someone who came from an impoverished background and gained money through violent and illegal means. "Working" gangster clothes thus often reflect hardscrabble origins: cheap fabrics and easily purchased materials. Wealthier gangsters, on the other hand, tend to...
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  • The Fall of Man - 1202 Words
     “Young Goodman Brown” and The Devil’s Advocate The fall of man is a recurring theme within literature. Originating from the Bible in the book of Genesis, man’s fall from God’s grace is tragic, but creates an engaging story. Throughout the ages, literature from all time periods and areas has consistently used this theme and similar symbols to depict each author’s perception of the fall of man. John Milton’s “Paradise Lost” is a popular work of literature that reflects the fall of man. However,...
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  • North Dallas Forty vs. Any Given Sunday
    Any Given Sunday and North Dallas Forty, made over 25 years apart, are two of the most famous football movies ever made. Both of these movies focus on an examination of American values as seen through the lens of a professional sport, both on and off the field. Any Given Sunday and North Dallas Forty do indeed have many striking similarities. Furthermore, it seems that both movies try to give a detailed depiction on the corporate mentality of modern day professional football; while at the same...
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  • Explore the Three Portrayals of Shylock You Have Seen in Act 4 Scene 1. in What Ways Are Each Effective and Why?
    Explore the three portrayals of Shylock you have seen in Act 4 scene 1. In what ways are each effective and why? The character of Shylock plays an important part in The Merchant of Venice. He is a money lender who charges interest (commonly known as usurer) and agreed to a bond with one of his customers called Antonio. Antonio agreed that if he wasn’t able to repay him, then Shylock could receive a pound of his flesh. Unsurprisingly Antonio couldn’t repay him, and so the bond was taken to...
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  • Euthanasia - 1108 Words
    Euthanasia; should people get the right to play as God Should humans be allowed to play the role of God? Legalizing euthanasia would do just that! The power to play with people's lives should not be handed out under a legal and/or medical disguise. Thus euthanasia should not be legalized. The term 'Euthanasia' comes from the Greek word for 'easy death'. It is the one of the most public policy issues being debated about today. Also called 'mercy killing', euthanasia is the act of purposely...
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  • The Legacy of Michael Corleone - 886 Words
    Matthew Grange Miss Bohanon Comp 1 March 21, 2013 The Legacy of Michael Corleone Have you ever heard someone say that the book is always better than the movie? Most avid readers hold this belief to be indubitably true. In most cases, the differences between the book and the movie are minute. However, one movie series based on a book has three astronomical differences that change the entire message conveyed by the writer. Even though said franchise is considered a cult classic and has...
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  • Merchant of Venice Film Analysis
    English 101-210 Final Draft Battle of the Directors The Merchant of Venice, also known as “The Jew of Venice” is a drama play originally written by William Shakespeare in 1598. The major conflict occurs when a man named Antonio (Venetian merchant) fails to pay off a loan to a greedy Jewish money loaner known as Shylock who demands a pound of flesh from Antonio in return. Antonio and his friends take a journey through friendship, love, and hatred in an attempt to free him of his pound of...
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