A Man Pushed to the Edge

I ask, is it possable for obsession, desperation, and tradgity to push a man over the edge of sanity to maddness?The film The Field, written/directed by Jim Shariden and produced by Noel Pierson, shows one man’s obsession with his field causes many tradgic events to occur. McCabe, played by Richard Harrison, is obsessed over a field that has been in his family for years,that had been bought by an English lady from his father durring the potato famine.McCabe now rents that land from her to keep the land n the family.
One of the main problems in the filmis that the widow decides to sell the farm by putting it up for aution.McCabe is fine with the autioning off of the land because he knows that no one in the village would take the chance and bid against him.A critic for the Desert Sun News remarks that “…the larger-than-life “Bull” McCabe, a bearish bully who has terrozied his tiny village-not to mention his family-for years”(Hicks).In other words “The Bull” McCabe has alot of pull in the village and no one dare to cross him.Though in McCabe’s mind the land was already his, there was a quick reality check in store.
An outsider, which they called The American, played by Tom Berringer, unknowingly bid against McCabe and The American was willing to double and bid that McCabe made.In some senses The American could be viewed as the villian in this story.His idea was to bring this small Irish villige into a nw age by cementing McCabe’s field in a campain for Roads and Factories.I believe that the fact that The American is rather ignorant to the way of life of those in the village slightly sways him away from the villiness type, because he belived he was doing something good by helping the town progress.

A Comedy

To the reader, The Merchant of Venice, may seem horrible and it be impossible to find the "comedy" at all.Perhaps, Shakespeare may have been simply trying to make people laugh at the appalling injustice we cause one another because of the small differences among us. Or, perhaps, he may have atfirst wanted the viewers of The Merchant of Venice to feel that they, the Christians, had nothing in common with the Jew, Shylock.What on earth could the Christians have in common with a Jew?Shakespeare demonstrates that the Christians were just as hungry for money and fortune as the Jew.Perhaps this is a comedy after all.
That Shakespeare sees people, Jew or Christian, as simply people, and if he could not make people see that they were all people with common ground, then he would have to start with something he knew everyone could relate with. The best item to come to mind was money.No matter if the amount is in ducats, dollars or pesos, everyone understands this concept. Although it does not seem perfectly clear in what way Shakespeare was trying to deliver the comedy in this play, one thing is evident,Shakespeare was a man before his time.
So, besides trying to find where the comedy is, maybe one should try to find where the most superficial person lies.Who is more superficial in this play?The Jew whose only business is money, or the Christians? It seems apparent that both are superficial, and one no more than the other.In the play Bassanio does not try to hide the fact that he needs to marry a woman of wealth to restore his fortune.Shylock’s daughter Jessica,promises to steal jewels and fortune from her father, proving that she too is money hungry.Even Salerio and Solanio seem to talk of nothing more than riches and wealth throughout the play.So yes, they all are superficial, and one can not peg one any more than another.So again, we are back to the comedy of the whole thi

A Color Purple

The characters relational identity towards one another in The Color Purple played a significant role in the development of each character.Specifically, the relationships between Celie and the other characters begin to define her and change her throughout the novel.The relationship between Celie and Shug Avery is the focus from early on in the book as well as the relationship between Celie and her sister, Nettie. Once Nettie's letters are found some of the focus returns back towards Nettie.
Celie and Nettie are sisters that are close, with Nettie being the younger one.Early on in the book Nettie serves as a stronger personality than Celie even though Nettie is much younger than her.After marrying Mr. , Celie takes Nettie into her home after Celie runs away from their step father.After some failed sexual advances by
Mr. _ towards Nettie, Nettie is forced to leave Celie behind also.This leaves Celie alone with Mr. _and makes Celie basically powerless. She is essentially seen as someone who is very passive in her confrontations, especially with Mr. _, as well as other men.However, Celie shows she knows that others see her as a powerless object when she tells Sofia, Celie's large dominant friend who marries Celie's stepson, she is jealous of her strong, self-defensive personality."I like Sofia, but she don't act like me at all.If she talking when Harpo and Mr._ come in the room she keep right on."Nettie tells Celie that she will write her but eventually the letters get snatched up by Mr._ and he never tells Celie about them.Celie assumes Nettie is dead because she has not heard from her since she left.One day Shug Avery notices a few letters that Mr. _ has been holding back.With them all being hidden in Mr._ trunk Celie, with the help of Shug Avery, regains her sense of self-identity by learning about her prior fa…

A man for all seasonas

The movie, A Man for All Seasons begins with the friendship of King Henry VIII and Thomas More. However, the deep and strong friendship weakens the moment King Henry VIII wishes to divorce his wife, Catherine and to marry another woman named Anne Boleyn.This had aroused King Henry VIII to determinate the long lasting friendship between Thomas More.King Henry VIII is a power, yet desperateking who desires to take over the Church of England. The conflict between Thomas More and King Henry VIII results to the eventual death of Thomas More.
Two main reasons had triggered the conflict and result between Henry VIII and Thomas More. Firstly, King Henry VIII and his wife, Catherine were in bad terms.King Henry VIII does not loves his wife anymore and does not wish to continue to be with her.He had requested to divorce with her. However, the main reason for this decision was that he had fallen deeply in love with anotherwomen named Anne Boleyn.King Henry wishes to be with her and not Catherine.During this time, Thomas More was the Lord Chancellor of England.However, when the English bishop broke with Rome and Henry was declared ?§The Supreme Head of the Church in England? More, as a Catholic can not bare with his conscience anymore and had resigned from his position as he disagrees with the King?s actions. Thomas More had given his high position, income and great household, in return to preserve his freedom and protect his family.More had found King Henry VIII?s actions to be unrespectable and not honorable. Secondly, More had refuses to swear under an oath that he accepts the King?s title and new marriage.The oath was the Act of Supremacy which gave King Henry VIII authority over the Church of England and the pope. King Henry VIII was totally outraged by Sir Thomas More.As an result he was arrested of treason and sent directly to jail. All Thomas More had to do was swear under the oath of the Act of Suprema…

A Closer Look at On Death and Dying

One of the most well known studies of death during the late twentieth century, On Death and Dying was created from an interdisciplinary seminar on death, originated and directed by Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross.In On Death and Dying, Dr. Kübler-Rossfirst introduced and described the now-famous concept of the five stages of dealing with death: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and finally, acceptance.These five stages can be helpful in recognizing and responding to the psychological state and needs of the patient and of those in grief.With sample interviews and conversations, she gives the reader a better understanding of how impending death affects the patient, the professionals who serve the patient, and the patient’s family, bringing hope, comfort, and peace of mind to all involved.
The five stages of dying are not mandatory elements in an inflexible sequence or levels that must be attained.It has been said that life is a journey, not a destination, and the same holds true for the process of dying.The stage of acceptance is not a goal to be reached by conquering the other steps.While most patients tend to go through a series of stages, they may go back and forth, skip around, or experience times where the stages seem to overlap, all according to the patient;s individual needs.With this in mind, it is important to remember that grief encompasses approximately five stages, with each patient progressing at his or her own pace.
Thefirst stage of death according to Dr. K;bler-Ross is denial, which typically occurs immediately following the initial diagnosis and prognosis.Patients and those close to them during this stage are not able to admit to themselves that they might die or suffer the immense loss that death represents.Typical responses include saying that the situation is not true, there was a mistake made by the health care professionals, or expressing the need for a second opini…

A Clockwork Orange (Term Paper)

A Clockwork Orange is a controversial work in which the setting is in a futuristic society in which, political powers have subsided and lawlessness, violence, and youth gangs terrorize the people.Free will is the cost that Alex De Large has to pay in a society that is so dominated by violence.Anthony Burgess, in his novel A Clockwork Orange, contends that unless man freely chooses to reject the attraction of violence, rehabilitation and conditioning only works if man's free will is destroyed.
At one point or another a person has experienced the appeal of violence.Violence has its ways to make people want more, similar to an adrenalin rush.Alex, who is the narrator, tells the story through thefirst person point of view.Alex and his Droogs (followers) experience violence on a nightly basis.On one particular night Alex and his Droogs were walking along when they saw a drunken old man who asked them for a quarter."One thing I could never stand is to see a filthy old drunky howling away at the filthy songs of his fathers and going Blerp Blerp in between, as it might be a filthy old orchestra in his stinking rotten guts." At this point they started to beat the old man fiercely with no regret for their actions."It’s a stinking world cause there’s no law and order any more.It’s a stinking world because it lets the young get on to the old like you’ve done." "Filled with anti-authoritarian and anti-behaviorist satire," Alex and the Droogs continue to an aban!
don theater where they surprise Billy Boy and his four Droogs who were giving a young woman "the old-in-out."The conflict between the two
gangs drew out of control to the point that the cops were alerted to the scene of the crime.Alex enjoyed these kinds of thoughts and feelings especially while he raped a young woman in front of her husband.The ironic thing wasn't his love for sex, fighting, and drinking,…

A Man For All Seaons

A “Man for All Seasons” is about a man so subtle and saintly that an actor
who takes on the role must be able to project an almost superhuman presence. As is evident, the story is based on the life of Sir Thomas More, man of God and chancellor to the court of Henry VIII. The year is 1530 and from what I know, actors in this movie typically wear transparent half-masks and double up on roles.
More was the only member of Henry VIII’s government who would not be seduced or corrupted by Henry’s threats. When the king asked More to sign an oath establishing the monarchy as head of the Church of England, More refused. He could not alter the law, he said. As the play progresses and More loses his wealth and even his freedom, he becomes almost self-righteous in his strict adherence to the law. Exasperating, but he must remain sympathetic as
his family goes down with him into grief and poverty. The man who plays him must show both his affectionate disposition and his unshakable piety or the script would be just an exercise in mouthing lines.
What I saw from the story was how the wheels turn in More’s mind, the glow of warmth and the bleakness of despair that flicker across his face. It is not enough to paint him as a man. He must be a man among grovelers and syncophants, a towering presence. A man for all seasons, in other words.
In most cases, I am compelled to say that one probably would not be able to successfully preserve their integrity in a situation such as Thomas More’s. But in response to the question of whether or not a man can reasonably hope to do so, I believe that More’s behavioral response exemplifies a positive confirmation of such.
Even if it could not be reasonably expected for a man to maintain his integrity when consistently faced with such a dilemma, it would probably be asserted that such was understandable. Somewhat i

A Clockwork Orange

The "bildungsroman" framework for a novel exists in many timeless classics; however, the framework of Anthony Burgess's novel A Clockwork Orange does not follow this schematic exactly.A glaring difference between a conventional "bildungsroman" novel and A Clockwork Orange exists in the idea that the protagonist must engage is some personal moral or spiritual conflict.In A Clockwork Orange, Alex can not experience any sort of spiritual or moral dilemma as "he ceases also to be a creature capable of moral choice" (126).Aside from Alex's failure to face moral conflict, A Clockwork Orange follows the "bildungsroman" framework.
In a "bildungsroman" novel the protagonist must examine their surrounding society or culture.The two cultures present in the novel are that of the bourgeois and the nadsats.Alex examines as well as explains society and the differences between each culture for the reader:
"The day was different from the night.The night belonged to me and my droogs and all the rest of the nadsats, and the starry bourgeois lurked indoors drinking in the gloopy worldcasts, but the day was for the starry ones, and there always seemed to be more rozzes or millicents about during the day, too." (45)
Alex's ability to provide the reader with a concise explanation of the workings of society as well as observations (more millicents about during the day) proves that he watches and absorbs his surroundings.To further support the idea that Alex examines society, he reveals certain "vesches" that bother him such as witnessing a "moodge all filthy and rolling and burping and drunk." (20)Alex would neither be able to explain nor denounce any aspect of society if he did not scrutinize it.
Aforementioned, Burgess strays from conventional "bildungsroman" structure in making moral conflict impossible for Alex.Doctor Brodsky…

A Clockwork Orange

Over the past school year I have completed several books, both assigned and independently chosen.However, it wasn't until the last independent reading study of the semester that I finally found a book that compelled me to its storyline and characters, as well as challenged me to understand the author's futuristic slang language and dialogue in the story. Anthony Burgess' novelA Clockwork Orangeserves us as a graphic reminder of the negative aspects of the human spirit, and the resulting repercussions that may occur.
In the beginning of the novel the main character Alex and his "droogs" live a life filled with crime and violence.After numerous crime sprees, Alex is finally apprehended by the police and charged with murder.Due to the increasing prison population at the time, the British government discovered a new way of attempting to reform criminals.Society's failure to reform Alex into a law-abiding citizen proves the fact that Alex's evil nature comes from within and cannot be changed.
Alex disregards the rules of society and is driven by an unknown force within him to commit violent crimes at a constant rate.In one particular scene, Alex and his thug friends, rape a woman while forcing her husband to watch.This disgusting act illustrates Alex's true demonic nature.The significance of this particular scene is clearly apparent later on in the book.Alex even goes as far as double-crossing his friends by physically attacking them. Not realizing his mistake, Alex goes about committing even more crimes with his friends.Alex's downfall is brought upon him when his friends Dim, Pete, and Georgie betray him and purposely allow him to get arrested for murdering a woman.
The prison situation in futuristic London was not promising, especially for such a young boy like Alex.He realized he would not be able to spend life in prison and after hearing from a security gu…

A Man Escaped: Film Shot Analysis

In the movie “A Man Escaped,” director Robert Bresson uses tight shots to convey a confined sense of space throughout the film. The opening scene in the police car on the way to the prison feels cramped, even when Fontaine tries to escape from the car and his seat is empty. The camera is positioned as if it is in the front seat of the car facing backwards, but still quite close to the prisoners, with the center of the frame being the back window of the car. The camera height is modified medium-shot because the prisoners are sitting down. The frame includes the prisoners' bodies from their heads to their knees. This framing compresses the space in the back seat as if the men squeezed into the car then squeezed that into the frame.
Bresson uses the windows of the car as his only method of giving the audience a glimpse of the action on the outside, such as the guard getting out of the other car and running and the guards returning with Fontaine. In the shot, all the action occurs outside the car and during the commotion, everything in the backseat remains absolutely still. The prisoner next to Fontaine has an aura of disillusionment, as if he knows what will happen. He does not look up when Fontaine jumps out of the car; his stare is empty and at nothing in particular. Bresson alludes to the fact that all the other prisoners have lost faith and feel their doom is imminent, while Fontaine continually tries to escape and is constantly hoping and searching for freedom. Additionally, the camera remains fixed in the same position when Fontaine runs, leaving space in the frame for Fontaine's return. The camera does not follow Fontaine escaping because it is a prisoner in the car as well. Like the man next to Fontaine, the camera stays still and ignores everything else, not wanting to draw attention. The camera is a prisoner throughout the film and always dictates a confined mood.
An important tool that Bresson uses throughout t…