Kate Chopin in her short yet gripping story The Storm explores a plethora of turbulent emotions of the protagonists in the backdrop of an unexpected storm. Though dubbed a sequel to her earlier work “At the Cadian Ball” (1892) it shares little resemblance to Calixta’s daring. All through, there is an undercurrent of nascent feminism. The tale is more of a reflection of sexually oppressed women of the 19th century under male dominion, woman rediscovering their feminine urge, the right over their bodies and relations they choose to have.
Every literary work is a statement by the author and a statement about the author at the same time. An analysis of the short story cannot be separated from an analysis of the author’s social, temporal and political circumstances. Chopin’s revolutionary tendencies could be attributed to her disillusionment with the American ruling class, in which she was born into (Skaggs). The fact that she lost . . . Read More
Most of us have heard the famous hymn “Amazing Grace” by John Newton. The story behind the song is quite an extraordinary one. We are reminded that it takes time to change the world. The movie captures in a most marvelous way the triumph of human spirit over centuries old mindless mindsets. It is a heart rending tale of extraordinary courage, resilience of one person fighting the system and changing the customs of his times. Wilberforce fights the system in his backdoor politics to end slavery for good. It is the victory of one man’s resolve and perseverance.
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Right through its history, America has not hesitated to use force under the pretexts of principles, sovereignty and justice. American military intervention in world affairs has risen drastically since the end of the Second World War. The period following the Second World War saw America assume the role of a superpower that headed the western coalition in what was a bipolar world. In a way, the nuclear bombing of Japan was the first of its international digressions and the ongoing Iraq quagmire the latest. Since the collapse . . . Read More
Within dystopic fiction, there is often a kind of way out to the dilemmas the society creates or enforces. What do you see as the principal “way out” suggested in each movie, and how does one differ from another? How, as well, do these visions of “wrongness” suggest what is wrong with our own culture, or at least as our culture was in the 1980’s?
Blade Runner depicts life in Los Angeles in November 2019, where human beings are manufactured genetically to carry out risky and undignified work in planet earth’s “off-world colonies”. In this urbanized society of chaos, fear is used as a way of coercing the collective will of its citizenry. Some of these fears include globalization, fear of aliens (earthly and otherwise), fear of immigrants, and a fear of loss of cultural identity. Other elements that contribute to the dystopic state are: widespread acts of violence within the working classes, and a dummy government that . . . Read More
Of all the biological causes of emotional disorders, genetics is the most influential factor. Such disorders as Down syndrome and Lesch-Nyhan syndrome are good examples of genetically linked emotional and behavioral disorders. These disorders have such a debilitating effect on the child that they can deteriorate physical as well as emotional health of the entire family (Byrd, 1997).
Emotional and Behavioral disorders in children can be traced to a broad range of causes. They could be broadly classified as biological and environmental causes. The former includes such factors as . . . Read More
As all the food that is consumed is biological and not synthetic, they are always susceptible to get spoilt. The leading cause for much of food spoilage is microbes. Not all microbes negatively affect the food that they act upon. For example, microbes acting on milk and butter can produce yoghurt and cheese respectively. The resulting food items are not considered as spoilage.
The concern of this essay is with regard to those microbes whose action upon edible substances results in the deterioration of that substance and hence makes them toxic. The mechanism of action of these microbes is quite interesting. For example, some microbes release enzymes into the liquid surrounding them and absorb nutrition from the fluid digested externally. On top of that, this process of digestion leaves behind a residue of toxic waste, which are poisonous. That is why food items (both natural and processed) with high fluid content tend to be more susceptible for spoilage. So this is one . . . Read More
The Wound Dresser is an intimate, graphic and deeply moving expression of the act of nursing the sick and dying. The poem is remarkable for its lack of exaggerated portrayals of pain and suffering. Yet, the attention to detail, the depiction of images, etc. are very sophisticated for a poem written in the nineteenth century. In other words, The Wound Dresser is a description of what Walt Whitman deemed significant to the nursing profession at the time of the poem’s composition. He . . . Read More
It has become common to see the term “Hispanic American” being used in scholarship as well as mainstream media. This representation of the community implies an underlying cultural homogeneity. But in reality there is much diversity within this classification on account of linguistic, social, political, economic and religious grounds. The following passages are toward supporting this thesis. The Hispanic American groups chosen for discussion are Mexican Americans, Cubans, Puerto Ricans and El Salvadorians.
Subtle differences in . . . Read More
Corporations whose shares are traded publicly must issue an Annual Report at the end of each financial year for the perusal of its shareholders and other stakeholders. The stakeholders could be potential investors, creditors, employees, regulating agencies and competitors. In other words, Annual Reports indicate the financial health of a corporation to all concerned. It contains such information as financial statements, the Chairman’s statement, and the management’s assessment of prospects in the following years. The reports comprise a mix of charts, graphics and their descriptions. Some landmark events such as acquisitions or additional issue of stocks also find a place in these reports.
The stock market crash of 1929 resulted in stringent standards applied to the preparation of Annual Reports. Hence the report has to be audited by a qualified accounting professional. The auditor’s role is to check for any intentional or accidental errors in the . . . Read More
What are the television business and regulatory factors that have encouraged product placement and why do some broadcasters and national advertisers resent it?
Product placement is the combined effort from entertainment program producers and sponsors in which branded commodities are embedded in the content with the intent of influencing consumer behavior in favor of the sponsor. In other words, it could be defined as “the purposeful incorporation of a brand into an entertainment vehicle”. This vehicle could take the form of television, radio, video games, . . . Read More