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    When one effectively portrays the ills of a popular issue, the outcomes can be revolutionary. Such was the case for one of the twentieth century’s most widespread literary compositions, Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle. By painting the plight of workers and portraying the corrupt business ...
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    Charles Dickens wrote a Tale of Two Cities to illustrate how the French Revolution impacted the lives of everyday people in London and France (Victorian Web). Much social and political turmoil that the revolution initiated was largely due to an impoverished nation’s rampant unrest. The weal...
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    “The term naturalism describes a type of literature that attempts to apply scientific principles of objectivity and detachment to its study of human beings” ("The Use of Naturalistic Techniques in Frank Norris' McTeague and Jack London's Novels").  The Naturalist Literary Movement erupted in ...
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    When an author makes her work personal, it substantially enhances the audience’s response. In the novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe, the author effectively exploits the use of empathy, in order to draw attention to the ills of slavery. This use of empathy can be seen in...
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    In the novel the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, the author pins the notions of right and wrong against each other, while incorporating the wrongdoer’s intention and conscience. The main character, Huckleberry Finn, possesses a sound heart because he has respectable intentions...
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    The theory of Social Darwinism avows that biologically superior humans endure, while genetically inferior individuals die out. Author Frank Norris, a proponent of Social Darwinism, asserted that one should remain within his inborn social class. In his view, if one acts contrary to his inherited s...
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    Next to his bedside, lay a pack of Natural American Spirits supported by a paperback copy of Thoreau’s Civil Disobedience. His bedroom was a whirlwind of anti-establishment, transcendentalist sensations frolicked about. The turntable spun a 45 from the Hollies, directly below a laminated poster ...
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      Richard sat honestly, fixated on the newspaper before him. Within him, there existed a candle of innocence, anticipating to be ignited. The terribly tangible stories were fed into his brain brilliantly, as a match was readily lit. Finally, with all passion prepared to burst, Doctor Max...
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         A whirlwind of excitement radiated throughout the land of colorful enterprise. The people frolicked with exultant smiles, discontent seemed nowhere to be found. Happiness filled the land, and the people recycled one another’s joyful celebrations. Life was satisfactory, an...
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    What defines a successful leader? In Machiavelli’s The Prince, the author provides an ideal model to follow: a leader should exemplify intelligence, practice appropriate virtues, and be greatly loved by the people (Machiavelli). These guidelines heavily influence the effectiveness of a lead...
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    An allegory is “a story in which the characters and events are symbols that stand for ideas about human life or for a political or historical situation” (Merriam-Webster.com). Aside from conveying a symbolic message, an allegory still remains a story. In order to acclaim popularity or...
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    Comedy can be a substantially useful tool to help bring about political change. In Iraq, a comedy television series entitled, "State of Myths” satirizes the Islamic State’s misleading propaganda. With $750,000 for production, the show released their pilot in late September 2014. ...
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    How far will people go to uphold their moral standards? In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Atticus Finch’s character is tested when he is assigned to serve as the defense attorney for a black man. This is considered nearly a grave sin by his fellow Southern peers. Atticus Finch risk...
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    Should capital punishment be legal in the United States? Over 140 countries in the world have outlawed capital punishment, but the United States remains standing. This nation considers itself the moral capital of the world, and tries to establish democratic ideals and proper morality in lesser-devel...
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    Arthur studied the pristine-blue sky of the beautifully aged city of Paris. He sat in his hotel room glaring out the window. The picturesque view tempted Arthur to drift off into almost a trancelike state. A daydream began to develop as Arthur stared into the depths of the elderly city. His peaceful...
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    What is romanticism? It would be rather difficult to imagine a time where freedom of expression in the arts was frowned upon. This is what life was like for artists before romanticism. Prior to the Romantic Era, an artist's imagination was very limited. Romanticism was an artistic movement in t...
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    Air Pollution in China U.S. Ambassador to China, Gary Locke, recently resigned without giving a definitive reason why. This has led to much speculation that it was due to the ongoing air pollution conflict in Beijing. A heavy build-up of smog has covered the city, and people are taking note of it. ...
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    "One small step for man; one giant leap for mankind." It has been over 43 years since the space hero, Neil Armstrong, became the first man to step foot on Earth's only natural satellite; the dull colored ball called the Moon. The day was July 20, 1969 when Neil Armstrong accompli...
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    “However [political parties] may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, d...
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    The United States of America has lost a great man; a man whose perseverance is shown by his heroic deeds in serving in the Second World War and whose influence aided in drawing a close to the Vietnamese War. George McGovern served as a lieutenant in the US Air Force from 1943 to 1945 during World Wa...
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    The Stamp Act- No Taxation without Representation The British Empire had lost a lot of money during the Seven Years War against the French and the Indians. England had defended her colonies in North America, and believed that… in a way… the colonists should pay off their appreciation. And bec...

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