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Analysis Of The Poem ' The Last Laugh '

- Owen wants his readers to think about the harsh conditions of war, and understanding the tragedy and sad emotions of soldiers who wouldn’t get the last laugh since many of them die. To reference the title of the poem, Wilfred describes the weapons getting the last laugh at the end of each stanza. In “The Last Laugh,” Owen identifies the way in which the weapons have more power versus religion, family, and love. According to line 3, “The Bullets chirped -- In vain, vain, vain!,” the bullets are mocking his religion....   [tags: Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori, Poetry]

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The Last Laugh By Wilfred Owen

- According to the Encyclopedia of World Biography of “Wilfred Owen,” they talk about his background and his career after World War I. Wilfred Owen was born in Oswestry, England, on March 18, 1893. He became widely recognized as a British poet for his experience and impressions upon World War I. He was the eldest out of the four in his family. His father worked on the railway, and his mother was strict in her religious beliefs, yet still had affection for her children. In Owen’s Christian household, they practiced biblical themes and teachings....   [tags: World War I, World War II, Chemical warfare]

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Why We Must Laugh

- There are Holocaust films that are unexpectedly much cheerier than most Holocaust films. There is a never ending comedic feel in Life Is Beautiful that the main character offers with his entertaining and spontaneous personality. His creativity helped keep the story light when it was in reality a grueling subject. The success of Benigni's Life Is Beautiful seemed to mark the beginning of a new trend: holocaust comedies. The comedic aspect of Life is Beautiful brought out a different perspective of the holocaust that could make interpreting the holocaust in a less biased form....   [tags: Holocaust films, film analysis, history]

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Why People Should Laugh Every Day?

- Why people should laugh every day. What makes people laugh. Well, many things. If I were to ask a person “What makes you laugh?” The person may respond by saying “Something that is funny.” What is considered “funny”, one may ask. Humor can be defined as a comic, absurd, or incongruous quality causing amusement (Dictionary.com). People laugh at different kinds of things, for different reasons. A person can find laughter in humorous films, TV sitcoms, or friends’ anecdotes. Furthermore, laughter is quite important, it is associated with good health and wellbeing, and it is truly the best medicine and its benefits are far-ranging....   [tags: Psychology ]

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Biblical Narrative For A Good Laugh, The Witch, And The Wardrobe

- The most widely read book in the world, the Holy Bible, often finds itself correcting, guiding, being interpreted, and being reimagined by people all around the world. Frequently to make sense of the stories the Bible depicts, its readers will envision the accounts in a new way or setting to better understand an element of the original. Movies such as: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe; Evan Almighty; and East of Eden are examples of what reimagining biblical stories can look like. Sometimes, though, people will reinvent the biblical narrative for a good laugh, satire, or to poke fun at it....   [tags: Jesus, Bible, New Testament, Old Testament]

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Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau's The Last Laugh

- Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau's The Last Laugh About The Director: Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau is one of the most important filmmakers of the cinema during Weimar Republic period. He is often grouped with Fritz Lang and G.W. Pabst as the "big three" directors of Weimar Germany. He finished his career in Hollywood and was killed at a young age in a car crash. Three of his films appear on the greatest films lists of critics and film groups. Even though there seems to be little written about him. Early in his career he created one of horror film, Nosferatu (1922); his last film was Tabu (1931), a documentary film in the South Seas....   [tags: Film Movies]

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Laugh Your Way To Business Success

- Laugh Your Way to Business Success There are many advantages and disadvantages associated with advertising on the Internet and the development of an e-business. Today it is very clear that the use of the Internet as another media channel is just the start of the application of the media in a business context. But there are many things that are to be considered. A company cannot expect to gain a profit on an Internet activity based on the company¡¦s way in which it creates value and profit in the non-digital world....   [tags: Business ]

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Toys and Child Development: A Look at the Laugh and Learn™ Learning Basketball

- Introduction: The Laugh and Learn™ Learning Basketball is a developmental toy designed by Fisher-Price. Essentially the toy is a basketball hoop as well as corresponding stand that will adjust as the child grows, and is recommended by the website for ages six to thirty-six months. Additionally, the basketball hoop has the numbers one through five on it, as well as automated hands and a face which smiles as it plays one of twelve possible songs. The basketball toy is made out of a hard plastic and it includes every color of the basic rainbow (red, orange, yellow, green, purple and blue) The toy is also equipped with two smaller basketballs (which are not as rigid as their life-sized counterp...   [tags: child development, toys]

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Live Well, Laugh Often, Love Much: Personal Narrative

- A poem called, “Success” was written in 1904 by Bessie Anderson Stanley. The first line reads, “He has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often, and loved much.” It gained some new popularity a few years ago and was printed in various ways on multiple products. “Live Well, Laugh Often and Love Much,” was one of the variations. To my pleasant surprise, many people would remark that the saying reminded them of me. I also have gifts of mugs, frames and wall hangings that validate their sentiments....   [tags: gratification, living well]

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A Critique of The Cabinet of Dr Caligari and The Last Laugh

- A Critique of The Cabinet of Dr Caligari and The Last Laugh Both The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, produced by Robert Wiene, and The Last Laugh, produced by F.W. Murnau, are excellent examples of films created in the golden age of German cinema. These two films make use of the camera in order to see inside a character's mind, a technique greatly refined throughout German Expressionism. The ideas, feelings, thoughts, and dreams of a character are carefully shown in a first-person view, and the tone and mood of the characters and plot are mirrored in the surrounding environment....   [tags: Papers]

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Cixous's The Laugh of the Medusa Against Showalter's Feminist Criticism in the Wilderness

- Cixous's The Laugh of the Medusa Critiqued Against Showalter's Essay Feminist Criticism in the Wilderness In learning about feminist theory this semester, one idea that arose from class discussions was the notion of essentialism. Essentialism, a theory that stresses essence as opposed to existence, was discussed at length and while some classmates found it to reductionary and cliché, it is a question that I assume must be asked of ecriture feminine writing. Does ecriture feminine writing essentialize women....   [tags: Feminism Feminist Women Criticism]

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The Last Laugh: A Look into Moore and Gibbons’ Characterization of The Comedian

- Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ graphic novel Watchmen is unconventional in the comic book genre, because it was the first to veer away from the simplistic plot of superheroes with superpowers in a fictional world and lean more towards a complex narrative of multiple characters that are more “human than super” in a realistic setting (Moore, “Mindscape”). The authors cover the dark issues of rape, war, and violence in Watchmen’s world where the characters’ lives soon end in their own demise. The most important concern the rhetors focus on is deciding what is truly right or wrong and this question of morality is present throughout the novel, shown through the character the Comedian (Edward Morgan...   [tags: Literary Characters]

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Motifs and Images in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey

- In Ken Kesey’s, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest there are many recurring motifs and images. One very prominent motif is laughter. Following the motif of laughter throughout the novel, it is mostly associated with McMurphy and power/control. McMurphy teaches the patients how to laugh again and with the laughter the combine loses control and the patients gain their power back. McMurphy’s first day on the ward, just seconds after entering the room and getting a good look at all the patients, he lets out a rumbling laugh that practically shakes the walls....   [tags: big nurse, McMurphy]

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Signs of Happiness

- The joy of laughter is all around us/everywhere nowadays. From the front page of reddit.com to the lecture of my college classes. Humor have it’s way into sneaking into our lives no matter where we head. But what is humor, and why do we laugh at the thing we laugh at. According to John Morreal laughter is a cause by the sudden change to happiness or greatness “Laughter result from a pleasant Pscyological shift Morreall (249)”. Morreall states that this theory applies to nearly all laughter. It does not matter what age nor situation somebody is in, this theory applies to it all....   [tags: laughter, release, emotions]

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Sense of Humor: Good for Life, Good for Health

- Laughter is the best medicine for relieving stress and tension, improving creativity, and giving more power boosts. Nowadays, sense of humor is used as a factor of relationship, from the sense you can choose your friends from best friend to worst friend. This sense effects on relationships in either a negative or a positive way. Sense of humor is bringing people closer to each other, increasing the amount of love to couples, and broking up some relationships with others. Sense of humor is one of the greatest factors of bringing people closer to each other more than before....   [tags: laughter is the best medicine]

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When I Think about Myself by Maya Angelou

- ... The person or narrator is a one or a social community who experience the irony of life in the poem. The attitude of the person or narrator in the poem towards the irony that she or he had experienced is sad but keeps steadfast to survive. The person shows a good spirit through laugh at all ironic that happens in his or her life. In another word, it shows the spirit of people to survive against all good and bad things that happens in their life. The second and third line of the first stanza can indicate as the attitude of the person....   [tags: poem analysis]

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Cry Now or Cry Later?

- The saying, “Laugh now cry later”, is very well known in today’s society and is use to destroy it also. This proverb is being destructively used to approve negative actions, to approve negligence on working hard for tomorrow’s future. This saying is well thought out so people can carelessly wreak their lives. Individuals take this saying into hand to excuse their absence of interest and productivity. The first time I heard this saying was towards the middle of my eighth grade year off the mouth of one of my peers....   [tags: personal narrative]

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How Laughter Is An Essential Characteristic Of Human Nature And A Blessing From God

- Well before anything else, an infant, around the age of one month, and well before exhibiting any of the more impressive "godlike" characteristics we pride ourselves on possessing, first of all smiles. Shortly thereafter the child learns to laugh. Laughter is an essential characteristic of human nature and a blessing from God. This gift enables us to view situations from a fresh perspective on even the most serious issues, and can shift the matter into more manageable proportions. Laughter has the power to lift the spirit, and transform tears of grief into lenses through which to see life more clearly and brighten black horizons with the light of hope....   [tags: Laughter, Laughter in animals, Tom Sawyer]

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Listening to and Watching Louis CK

- As I started to contemplate what I would write in this paper, I had a difficult time remembering things that used to make me laugh. So I called some of my family members and got some interesting feedback. My grandma told me that I used to have a little glowworm and every time it lit up I thought it was hilarious. My mom told me that I used to love getting my picture taken and I though it was really funny to see myself when the pictures were done. I cannot remember the first joke I heard. My favorite joke now is: “What do you call a fake noodle?” “An impasta!” I remember telling this joke my freshman year of high school and I still laugh every time I tell it....   [tags: comedic genius]

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The Good Side Of Humor

- David Smith English 211 Craig Sanders 03 December 2014 The Good Side to Humor “Why can’t you play Uno with a Mexican. Because they steal all the green cards” (Kickass Humor). Most people would find this joke funny, even a few Mexicans would find this funny. However, there will be some people that would take offense from this joke. Then again, it seems as though no matter what the case is there will always be critics. In some cases humor can be looked at as bad or a waste of time but there is a good side to humor....   [tags: Comedy, Humor, Joke, Defence mechanism]

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The Language Of Laughter

- Laughter is part of the universal human vocabulary. All members of the human species understand it. Unlike English, French, or Swahili, one does not have to learn to speak it. We’re born with the capacity to laugh. One of the remarkable things about laughter is that it occurs unconsciously. You don’t decide to do it. While we can consciously inhibit it, we don’t consciously produce laughter. That is why it’s very hard to laugh on command or to fake laughter. It provides powerful, uncensored insights into our unconscious....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Power of Laughter in One Flew Over the Cuckoo´s Nest by Randle McMurphy

- Although modern science has allowed us to develop many complex medicines, laughter is still the strongest one available in the real world and in the book. Laughter proves to be a strong medicine in more ways than one and is completely free, allowing anyone to use it at anytime. It allows us to connect socially with people, it can be used as a way of overthrowing power, and it is good for your health. As Randle McMurphy showed in the novel, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, laughter can lighten the mood in the darkest situations....   [tags: tree, socially, power, health]

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Lacome Lucien a Film by Louis Malle

- There is no doubt that Louis Malle while making the movie Lacombe Lucien wanted the eyewitness to feel uncomfortable when watching it. In the film we have to judge for ourselves but at the same time try to understand what leads people to do things that they choose to do. Louis Malle attempted to tell a 'real' story of 'real' people, rather than the good vs evil caricature. Possibly Malle wanted us to feel discomfort while watching the movie so that we identify with the individuals more and in some way, very minor, experience the feelings they experienced which due to the times they lived were very complex and uneasy....   [tags: film analysis, france, nazi]

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Physiology of Laughter: What Creates the Wonderful Sound of Laughter?

- ... We don’t know much, but researchers have done studies that have shown that laughter is caused by many parts of the brain. These researchers have done many tests by hooking subjects up to an electroencephalograph (EEG). An EEG is a record of the our brain’s electrical activity. (2013, Babylon) When doing these tests, researchers realized that the brain made the same continuous electrical pattern. The subjects were then shown something that was funny. Not even five-tenths of a second after the subject saw the joke, an electrical waved moved through the cerebral cortex....   [tags: muscles, zygomaticus, cheekbones]

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Courtship Behaviors Conducted By Anthony Paik And Vernon Woodley

- In another study on courtship behaviors conducted by Anthony Paik and Vernon Woodley certain an extended use of courtship behaviors is needed before sexual intercourse can occur. They found that courtship signals where most important when the two potential partners did not know one another. The use of courtship behaviors demonstrates an individual’s level of investment and capital. Courtship behaviors can be used as a measure for how much a potential partner is willing to commit to the potential relationship....   [tags: Gender, Sex, Sexual intercourse, Male]

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Humor and Tragedy in Virginia Woolf's Orlando

- Virginia Woolfe's "Orlando" uses both humor and tragedy to observe humanity's often absurd and eccentric superficial constructions, both of class and gender. Woolfe creates the distinctions between male and female but continuously shatters them to reveal the illusions we create about gender. As George Meredith suggests, comedy is created when "The comic poet dares to show us men and women coming to this mutual likeness" (15). Woolfe, however, goes beyond simply bringing men and women together as equals; she blends them together as one androgynous individual, the effect of which causes us to laugh at the artificial way in which society attempts to define gender....   [tags: Virginia Woolf Orlando Essays]

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The Physiology of Laughter

- ... When we hear the sweet music of laughter, is it because we breathed out while our vocal cords were not open and with the help of our respiratory muscles, we produce the steady sound of laughter. But, what goes on in the brain whenever we laugh. Of course, we all know that the brain is one of our major organs and our brains are always in use, but what goes on in the brain when we laugh. The study of laughter and the affects it has on the body is called gelotology. Although laughter may come easy and natural to us, our body has to go through a rather complex process....   [tags: complex human and anatomical processes]

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Personal Note On Travel Bloggers And Vloggers Aside From A New Language

- One of the most commonly asked questions we get as travel bloggers and vloggers aside from "Are you married?" Yes, people always question that... is "Damon and Jo, how do you guys learn languages so quickly?" or "How are you so good at speaking different languages?" We need you to hold up a hot second because it is never "easy," nor are we good at it right away. Every language learning process comes with struggles, embarassement, and eventually, just maybe, fluency. Recently I 've been determined to take on Italian....   [tags: Learning, Language, Speech, 2006 singles]

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Literary Humor Class I Have Learned

- Throughout this Survey of Literary humor class I have learned a great amount concerning different types of comedy. Some types are satire, parody, stand-up, and African-American (race related) comedy. The most preeminent comedians use their personal pain and struggles to generate laughter from an audience. Eugene Bertin stated, “There is a purifying power in laughter. It is truth in palatable form. It is instant vacation. Seeing the comical side of many situations makes life a greater deal easier....   [tags: Comedy, Stand-up comedy, Richard Pryor]

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Walt Disney 's Life And Struggles

- Walt Disney has been dead for a long time, but his dream still stands as a beacon of hope for others who wish to pursue what seems to be an impossible dream to others. Disneyland was what he strived for and what he suffered for, it’s almost as inspirational as Walt himself. Walt Disney had to suffer through bankruptcy and losing ownership of his own character while also dealing with very real and relatable bouts of depression. and Walt persevered, he made his dream come true even when the odds were stacked against him and everyone told him that he couldn’t....   [tags: Walt Disney, Mickey Mouse, The Walt Disney Company]

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Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice

- Jane Austen wrote Pride and Prejudice in the early 1800’s when society and culture were quite different from today’s modern world. Jane Austen had a brilliant mind and gave the characters, of this novel, qualities of our modern time. She also wrote of a serious matter; however, she did so in a light and humorous way. She wrote of marriage and the truth in finding one’s true love. Jane Austen proved that there can be humor and comedy in a serious situation. Jane Austen’s choice of personality for Elizabeth Bennet was quite shocking for the time period of this novel....   [tags: humor, marriage, irony]

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Importance of Humor and Laughter in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

- Importance of Humor and Laughter in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest "There are three things which are real: God, human folly, and laughter. Since the first two pass our comprehension, we must do what we can with the third." In One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, humor is present in a very powerful form. Normally, insane people don’t have the capacity to laugh or find the humor in something as we "normal" people do. They live tragic existences, wandering day by day in the bland, depressing world of an asylum....   [tags: One Flew Over Cuckoos Nest]

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Volpone – Disturbing or Funny?

- 'It invites us to laugh at things which with only a slight shift of perspective are troubling and disturbing rather than funny' The backbone of ' Volpone' is a tale of a dark and absurd world where twisted, greedy characters deceive and attempt to deceive each other. Despite this bleak situation it is a very funny play, the humor increases as the characters sink to new levels. This interplay of disturbing human fault with witty humor does indeed allow us to laugh at situations that are at a second glance horrific and  distressful....   [tags: Jonson Volpone Essays]

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Laughing And Sense Of Humor

- Laughing and Sense of Humor “What is it that differentiates human beings most revealingly. Some say it is their varying degrees of compassion; others say it is amounts of prudence; still others, people's differing appreciations of beauty, or whatever makes them angry. And there are other possibilities worth considering. But in truth nothing is so revealing as a person's sense of humor.” It is not very hard to notice the many differences between people. There are thousands of things that differentiate us....   [tags: essays research papers]

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What is Success?

- Success takes many different definitions. People have different interpretations of what success really means. For me is as simple as: living well and laughing often. The idea of living well is a very broad statement. Living well, in my opinion is getting success in personal, social and professional life. If I can achieve all of these three levels of success, I believe that I have lived well. Personal success for me is being able enjoy little things that life has to offer. For instance; understanding and appreciating diversity....   [tags: Personal Reflection, definition, narrative]

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Friendship Essay: Where Would I be Without Friends?

- My personal definition of friendship is it is the people you surround yourself with, have an amazing time with and laugh with. There are several qualities that go into a good friendship. There are often times when friends drift as well. My Friendships have played an extremely important role in my life. I do not know where I would be without my friendships. Friends to me are the people you know and enjoy being around and talking to. There are the best friends that are usually closer than the others and you are always with....   [tags: Friendship Essay, Personal Narrative]

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The Most Amazing TV Programme: The Simpson´s

- ... Surprisingly, “The Simpson’s” is known as longest running animated sitcom created by Matt Groening for the fox broadcasting company. “The Simpson’s” has been on out screens for over twenty five spectacular year. Who wouldn’t like to know or watch about American satirical TV programme. Many people enjoy watching satirical American TV programme because most American TV programme are funny and comedy. Cartoonish, caricatured and unrealistic: “The Simpson’s” is cartoonish TV programme which was made for comedy purpose and it was created by Matt Groening and developed by L....   [tags: funny, comedy, hilarious, sitcom]

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The Role of Humor in Kurt Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle

- The Role of Humor in Kurt Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle "I've narrowed comedy down to two words: clown and farts. Because first it makes you laugh, and then it makes you think." Dave Attell's joke comes remarkably close to describing exactly what it is that Kurt Vonnegut is able to do with his writing. First, he makes his readers laugh, and then he forces them to think. By employing such humorous devices as irony and satire, Vonnegut is able to bring humor to a less-than-humorous subject....   [tags: Cat's Cradle Essays]

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Two Friends: Raveen and Tiffanie

- Everyone has friends. Friends are people whom you can trust with your innermost secrets, with the understanding that you will not be betrayed. True friends shed tears along with you in trying moments and laugh along with you when you are successful in what you do. In any friendship we can find the similarities and differences among two members of the group. They seem to walk, talk, and share the same interest. In contrary, they are so different it is a wonder how they are still friends today. This is how it is in the friendship of Raveen and Tiffanie....   [tags: there is love and trust in the differences]

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Laughter as Therapy in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey

- Laughter as Therapy in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey Laughter is a therapeutic form. In the novel One flew over the cuckoo’s nest by Ken Kesey laughter represents freedom and an escape from nurse Ratched’s restrictions. Laughter also proves a vital role in helping the patients deal with their problems. Not only does it help them deal with problems but it also gave them the push toward progress on getting out of the institution.      Mcmurphy was the one who started making people laughing in the ward....   [tags: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest]

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The Distasteful Communication of Insulting and Humor in Daily Life

- There is no end to the ways that insults and humor are constantly at work in daily life. They are a large part of the fabric that makes up human socialization and communication. When these two effects are mingled, the result can either be very entertaining or very distasteful. This leads one to wonder what elements need to be mixed together to tip the scales in one direction or the other. It is really the combination of delivery, environment, personalities, and audience that make insult humor funny....   [tags: laughable, entertain, comedy]

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Outcast Theme in a Novel, a Film and a Song

- Authors, to illustrate the issues with society, usually use the outcast, a figure banished from or disliked by the community. The person who stands out or comes off as different, usually gets the title of outcast. Ruby Bridges, a smart African-American girl attending an all white-person school, and even Steve Jobs, growing up as kid who liked to tinker with objects and who never had many friends, were great modern examples of outcasts. The constant human condition of needing to feel more powerful than others drives people to call others, “outcasts.” The Outsiders, a great novel about outcasts, uses a group of people, the greasers, as the outcasts of the story....   [tags: Rejection, Prejudice, Bullying]

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The Effects Of Laughter On Our Mental And Physical Health

- An average adult tends to laugh fifteen times per day approximately; in contrast, an average child laughs three hundred to five hundred a day (Sherman, 2014). Ignoring the significant benefits that laughter causes in our lives, we dismiss the times we laugh. Those benefits have been studied since 1979 when Norman Causin, a pioneer in this field, wrote ‘‘Anatomy of an Illness’’ a book where he narrates his experience about how he used humor (laughter) and a positive attitude to relieve his own pain from his medical condition....   [tags: Psychology, Emotion, Anxiety, Laughter]

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Analysis Of Ted Cohen 's ' The Super Bowl '

- Mocking People is Not Funny Every year during the commercial breaks in the Super Bowl, companies invest millions of dollars to entice people to buy their product. One such company that airs numerous commercials during that night is the popular Frito Lay chip brand, Doritos. Whenever these commercials air, people will find a chance to laugh because it was funny. In the aftermath of these funny commercials, this snack company was able to find different ways to make fun of middle aged people, kids, animals, and elderlies in different points of view....   [tags: Old age, Middle age, Super Bowl, Frito-Lay]

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Laughter and Humility in the Eyes of St. Benedict

- There are many different reactions to St. Benedict’s response and advice concerning laughter, how laughter is a bad trait, and how it may also at times be a good trait. Many do not agree with what St. Benedict has to say about laughter, simply in my opinion it is because they do not understand fully what he is discussing and his stance on the matter. 1“Let us follow the Prophet's counsel: I said, I have resolved to keep watch over my ways that I may never sin with my tongue. I was silent and was humbled, and I refrained even from good words.” Although St....   [tags: St. Benedict]

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Pets Can Change Any Person or Even Entire Families

- ... The pet gives the patient something to think about instead of whatever they are thinking about that gives them anxiety you just have to give them a chance to try to help you. Also pets are always doing funny things that make us laugh and when we laugh that laughter triggers the release of chemicals in the brain that enhance your immune function. By petting a dog for 18 minutes your body increasing your natural antibody against invading germs called secretory immunoglobulin A (IgA). Other studies have shown that people with pets make fewer doctor visits, especially for non-serious medical conditions....   [tags: nursing the sick, lonely, heart attack]

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The Good Women of Setzuan by Bertolt Brecht

- When looking at the story of The Good Woman of Setzuan, written by Bertolt Brecht, it is not easy to tell whether it is a tragedy or a comedy. Although the play has many comedic elements, the general storyline is quite sad and most of the characters end up worse off than they were at the start of the play; although the elements of comedy that Brecht does choose to include are an essential part of the play. Each piece of comedy serves a specific function to broadening the understanding of the message of the play....   [tags: Comendy, Literary Analysis, Tragedy]

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Order Versus Chaos in Lord of the Flies

- “Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of man’s heart, and the fall through the air of a true, wise friend called Piggy” (Golding 225). In William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, he uses the theme of order versus chaos to show that good has the capacity to become evil. It starts with the boys’ beginnings on the island, to the breakdown of their society, to the tragedies that unfold their civilization. The boys are victims of a deteriorating civilization that turns them into ruthless and more animalistic characters without any law, order or control....   [tags: boys, island, piggys]

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The Sword And Shield Metaphor And Other Perspectives

- Richard Pryor once said, “There’s a thin line between to laugh with and to laugh at” (A-Z Quotes). Leon Rappoport, a professor at Kansas State University, believed in the same thin line as Pryor. Rappoport received his BA and MS at New York University, and completed his PhD in 1963 at the University of Colorado (Kansas State University). He studied psychological sciences, and concentrated his studies in decision making and human judgment, even writing a book called Punchlines: The Case for Racial, Ethnic, and Gender Humor (Kansas State University)....   [tags: Comedy, Humor, Laughter, Humour]

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The Medicine Bag by Virginia Driving Hawk

- There comes a point in everyone’s life when they go through an experience that enables them to come to age, and transition into adolescence. In Virginia Sneve’s short story, “The Medicine Bag”, Martin learns a valuable lesson on judging others as he comes to a realization on what a true Aboriginal is. In addition, he understands that his assumptions about his friends’ attitudes were inaccurate. Martin also moves from a phase of thinking of himself solely to thinking of others, as noted when he starts to reflect on his grandfather’s feelings....   [tags: martin, grandfather's visit, aboriginal]

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Green Grass, Running Water by Thomas King

- In Green Grass, Running Water by Thomas King, King intertwines stories to create a satire that pokes fun at Indian culture compared to European culture. The book attempts to also poke fun at Judeo-Cristian beliefs by examining the creation story. King makes fun of the story of Adam and Eve. He pokes fun at western civilization and government. Although the book made me laugh some of the meanings behind kings writing puzzled me and made me question king's motives. The book is truly a puzzle that can be hard to decipher for most....   [tags: running water, coyote´s identity]

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How to: Escape a Combine Harvester

- How to: Escape a Combine Harvester One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey explores the tendency of humans to conform to ideals proposed by popular society. The participants in this society process their new members, shunning those who deviate from the norm. Ken Kesey uses the image of a combine harvester to symbolize the organized way society classifies its inhabitants. As a person excluded from society, Chief Bromden feels pressured by the representatives of society who try to ‘fix’ him, to make him conform to the popular ideal....   [tags: Literature Analysis]

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Australian Humor and the Australian Identity

- Australian humour is very unique to Australia, and many other cultures find it quite unusual. It can be described as dry, anti-authoritarian, self-mocking, very ironic and as to stretch the boundaries of what is acceptable. Our humour is seen through our use of slang, print cartoons, radio sketches, comedy series’ on television, films, everyday life and in Australian literature. According to the Collins Dictionary and Thesaurus , humour means, “The quality of being funny; the ability to appreciate or express that which is humorous; situations, speech or writings that are humorous”....   [tags: Australia, Humor, ]

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Relationships in Four Updike Short Stories

- John Updike was born in 1932 in Shillington, Pennsylvania, a small town where his father was a high school science teacher. An only child, Updike and his parents shared a house with his grandparents for much of his childhood. His mother encouraged him to write and draw. He received a tuition scholarship to Harvard University where he majored in English. As an undergraduate, he wrote stories and drew cartoons for the Harvard Lampoon humor magazine, serving as the magazine's president in his senior year....   [tags: Literary Themes]

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Shakespeare's Identities: A Midsummer Night's Dream

- In A Midsummer Night's Dream, playwright William Shakespeare creates in Bottom, Oberon, and Puck unique characters that represent different aspects of him. Like Bottom, Shakespeare aspires to rise socially; Bottom has high aims and, however slightly, interacts with a queen. Through Bottom, Shakespeare mocks these pretensions within himself. Shakespeare also resembles King Oberon, controlling the magic we see on the stage. Unseen, he and Oberon pull the strings that control what the characters act and say....   [tags: literary analysis]

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Sfar's "Vampire Loves"

- This section of Sfar's Vampire Loves is telling of Lani's emotions but also that of the Tree-Man as they interact with each other. This section is the first and only time in this story Lani is witnessed enjoying herself and not worrying about the break-up she had with Ferdinand. With the backdrop of the darker green behind the two characters, their colors stand out. The backdrop accentuates their complementary colors, pale green and bright green. This emphasizes that these two earthy creatures are made for one another....   [tags: Literature Analysis]

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Charlie Chaplin: A Brief Biography

- “My prodigious sin was, and still is, being a non-conformist” (Chaplin). Charlie Chaplin was known as one that pushed limits in a variety of ways. This is how he thrived. His tip toeing along the boundaries drew people in while his genius kept them asking for more. Charlie was a jack of all trades and of them undoubtedly mastered three. Thus, through his talents, he impacted the worlds through many key elements. Throughout his life time, Charlie Chaplin greatly influenced British history, art and culture through his work as a comedian, as an actor and director....   [tags: silent film comedians]

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Werewolf Maybe: A Narrative Fiction

- ... Then, as the world got blindingly white, he was drowned in the comforting darkness of unconsciousness. Though he was now unconscious that did not stop the two men from beating him further. Shawn Spencer’s head hung forward with his normally immaculate brown hair limp and greasy plastered to his head. The area he was within was a dank dark place with a musky smell permeating the space around the small cell-like area. The thick stone walls are covered in many places with a dull grey sludge which adds to the dark, evil feeling the room gives....   [tags: sleep, footstep, serum, wolf]

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Experiencing the Magic Theater

- After reading Herman Hesse’s “Steppenwolf,” one probably notices the main character in this novel, Harry Haller, is in a constant internal battle, where there is a “continual and deadly enmity” (41-42) between two natures, one where he claims to possess and the other to be divided by “a human and a wolfish one” (41). Although one can gain many insights from reading Steppenwolf, I believe Haller seeks to conform to the bourgeois in every aspect of his life. However, he belatedly realizes how he actually despises the bourgeois for its complacency and conformity....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Harry Haller]

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Inspiring the Latino Community

- Inspiring the Latino Community When we have dreams we do everything possible to achieve them. We are sometimes faced with barriers that prevent, or make it harder for us to accomplish our goals. Latinos in the United States work hard to give their families a better life. Latinos all have faced many challenging circumstances in order to accomplish their dreams. Latinos look up to other Latinos and when they see other Latinos that have succeeded then they feel that they too can succeed in whatever they put their mind to....   [tags: george lopez, mexican-american]

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The Benefits of Laughter

- Feeling down and depressed. Laugh all those troubles away. Laughter is a simple yet substantial way of putting that little spring back in the step. When people say “Laughter is the best medicine,” what are they referring to. Laughing acts as calorie burner, prevents heart disease or other illnesses, can increase learning abilities and focus, or even bring a more optimistic outlook on life. One of the many benefits gained by laughter are the physical benefits. “I believe laughing is the best calorie burner” (Hepburn)....   [tags: cure and therapy for depression]

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Creative Writing Turned Away

- I sat there next to her as the monitors beeped and made noises that you would hear in a hospital room of a really injured person.I had been here all week waiting for her to wake, and it was Monday. I hate Mondays. We had no clue where she came from or what her name was, but that could wait. I just wanted her to get better.What I did know is that who ever had her before had was evil and treated their females terribly,or whole pack wrong. All I could do was listen in horror as the doctor listed off everything she went through.She had countless sliver injections given to her; whip marks across her back, and scarring all along her body....   [tags: personal narrative]

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The Use of Humor in Our Society to Promote Ideas

- Humor is something that is highly valued in today’s contemporary world. It is something that we are constantly surrounded by, something that people use to fall back on when life gets too serious, something that unites people together if they can laugh at the same joke. However, humor can also cause offense and division if people oppose the particular ways of thinking being promoted in the text. Humor is probably the most powerful tool used by authors today to criticize, challenge or emphasize particular ideas or issues that are dominant in society....   [tags: Comedy Satire Papers]

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The Effects of Laughter & The Human Connection

- The Effects of Laughter & The Human Connection First of all, I have learned from my research that laughter is not the same as humor. Laughter is the physiological response to humor. In addition, laughter consists of two parts – a set of facial gestures and the production of a “ha-ha-ha” or a “ho-ho-ho” sound from our mouths. When we laugh, the brain pressures us to conduct both of these activities simultaneously. And, when we laugh heartily, changes can occur in many parts of our bodies including the arm, the leg, and trunk muscles....   [tags: Essays Papers]

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The Significance of Inappropriate Laughter in Dry September and That Evening Sun

- The Significance of Inappropriate Laughter in Dry September and That Evening Sun When one laughs, a public expression of feelings is being made. One’s guard is let down, and the act of laughing and the emotion that catalyzed it often appears to leave the immediate control of the laugher. Ironically, the more inappropriate the situation, the more full bodied and unstoppable one’s laughter can become. Both Minnie of “Dry September” and Nancy of “That Evening Sun” laugh at seemingly ill-timed occasions....   [tags: Faulkner’s Dry September Essays]

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Irony in The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

- Irony in The Lottery by Shirley Jackson “The Lottery” is full of irony. Shirley Jackson most likely intended to use this amount of irony to make the over all story funny in its twisted theme. Each layer of irony used, prepared the reader to have the most dramatic reaction to the last and final blow that wrapped the whole story up. I would say the most major and obvious type of irony used here was situational irony. Jackson knew that what most peoples’ impression of the lottery is winning money or something good....   [tags: Shirley Jackson The Lottery Ironies Essays]

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Eulogy for Friend

- Eulogy for Friend On November 16th each of the individuals on this altar were to take part in what would have been the most special day in Michael’s life… the day he would have taken Stephanie’s hand in marriage. Instead we stand before you today and attempt to eulogize a great friend and beloved brother. Though our hearts are filled with much sadness on this day, our message is not one of despair, but one of hope, love, and celebration. Anyone who had the good fortune of spending time with Mike can attest to the wit and good humor, which he embodied....   [tags: Eulogies Eulogy]

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The Importance of Humor

- Humor is the tendency to look at things from the mirthful or incongruous side. It is the quality that makes something laughable or amusing. Humor is the ability to perceive, enjoy, or express what is amusing or comical. It is the source of laughter and the catalyst of smiles. Humor is the spark that lights our eyes as well as the cause of tears that never grows old. Humor is a state of mind. Most of us have a tendency to regard a clever sense of humor as the distinction of a person who is good hearted and friendly, someone people feel at ease with....   [tags: Informative Essays]

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The Mythology of Baseball

- The Mythology of Baseball Upon arrival at the opening game of the season for the Whitecaps, I feel very self concious, as if I do not belong here. I glance at my companions and laugh, they probably feel the same way. We walk up the steps of the stadium and I smile, momentarily caught up in the sweet charm of a group of elderly men, playing 'Take Me Out To The Ballpark' in old fashioned brass style. This will be an interesting night at the very least. We joke around as we buy our wine coolers, thinking that if we are to experience a large American myth, baseball, we should also do something very American while doing so, namely drink....   [tags: Papers]

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Women and Equality

- Women, for decades, have strove for complete equality with men. This fight is not a new fight, it is a fight that started long ago and is still going today. Many times when we think of the life of women in the past we draw to the Victorian age, an age with great female writers, like the Bronte sisters. Charlotte Bronte, author of many great works, served as a critic and wrote many satire of society and the treatment of women in the Victorian era. The story of Jane Eyre is a bidungsroman, or a coming of age story....   [tags: Jane Eyre, Victorian]

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The Elizabethan Theater

- The Elizabethan Theater was an entertainment place located in England between 1562 and 1642. The theater was very famous during this time period for the popular plays presented to the audience. Shakespeare’s novels were one of the most well known acts in the Elizabethan Theater. One of his most popular novels was The Merchant Of Venice , which is still a popular novel nowadays. The novel deals with the relationship between christians and jews. It is about Shylock, a jewish moneylender, who seeks for revenge against Antonio, a christian merchant, who is not able to pay a loan....   [tags: entertainment, christians]

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Poems, Hide and seek and Once Upon a Time by Gabriel Okara Share a Theme of Childhood

- ... The poem 'Once Upon A Time' starts by the father telling his son how the people, or 'they', 'used to laugh with their hearts'. The word 'they' refers to western people, whom he sees as people that ‘shake hand’s without heart’. Also this description in the poem gives the impression of genuine emotion given off by the people. He then moves on to say that now they only, 'laugh with their teeth, while their ice-block cold eyes search behind his shadow', if someone laughs with their eyes, we can see their emotions....   [tags: demoralizing, suspense, innocense]

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Laughing to Keep from Crying: An Analysis of The Film As Good as it Gets

- Americans function in a normative society, where outliers are either considered dangerous or laughable. The patriarchal ideals upon which the United States was founded placed white heterosexual males at the top of the social ladder, but in so doing, all those who fall short of this specific condition are left struggling to climb toward normalcy. This ideal, however, is challenged by the blithely offensive, obsessive-compulsive main character of the film, As Good as it Gets. It is difficult to imagine an actor besides Jack Nicholson playing the part of Melvin Udall, whose neurotic behavior is a part of his particular brand of charm....   [tags: homsexuality, mental disorder, melvin, frank]

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The Splendor of Change through the Life of Ebenezer Scrooge in Dickens´ A Christmas Carol

- Dickens shows us truth, beauty, and goodness through the miraculous transformation of the character, Scrooge, in his story A Christmas Carol. In the final chapter of Dickens’ story, we are privileged to witness a complete and total alteration of the personal identity in Scrooge that exudes all that is good, all that is beautiful, and all that is true from the depths of his core; revealing a genuine heartfelt conversion. Dickens exposes what is beautiful in human nature – through delightful personality and emotional response....   [tags: truth, beauty, conversion, goodness ]

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Theatre Of The Absurd Humour Often Relies On A Sense Of Hopelessness And Violence.

- The theatre of the absurd encompasses a form of drama that emphasizes the absurdity of human existence by employing repetitious, meaningless dialogues and confusing situations, breaking the logical development, giving way to irrational and illogical speeches. A godless universe, human existence has no meaning or purpose and therefore all communication breaks down. The theatre of the absurd is sometimes defined it as a “working hypothesis”, a device, instead of a real movement. Martin Esslin in his book the “Theatre of Absurd” quotes that absurdist theatre has renounced arguing about the absurdity of the human condition; it merely presents it in being- in terms of concrete stage images”....   [tags: Esslin Theater]

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Using Four Arguments to Have Full Knowledge - Plato’s Cave and the Divided Lines

- Using Four Arguments to Have Full Knowledge - Plato’s Cave and the Divided Lines People must learn the value of life and the difference between living a dream and making your dreams come true. Being considered a father in western philosophy, Plato presented the Divided Line and Plato’s Cave to show the differences between the intelligent and visible world people live in; as the visible world being a world of one’s own reflections and shadowing’s, while the intelligent world is about the mind and thoughts....   [tags: Philosophy, Truth, Critical Thinking]

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The Affects of Bullying in Life and in Lord of the Rings

- In the story, Lord of the Flies, the affects of bullying are represented by the character Piggy; however, there are similarities, as well as differences in modern day bullying. Bullying has been lasting for decades now. In the novel, Lord of the Flies, Piggy is a victim of bullying by another stranded boy on the island named Jack. Studies show that bullying today have “gained notoriety as a type of behavior, becoming increasingly common” (Wayne). The bullying Piggy encounters and the bully Jack portrays himself to be in Lord of the Flies is very much alike to the bullying and the types of bullies that kids are being faced with today....   [tags: Golding, behavioral, psychological analysis]

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Shooting an Elephant by George Orwell, Brief Description of Words and Symbols

- 1. From the beginning of this essay Orwell’s purpose was never to shoot the elephant. In paragraph 3, lines eight through nine he explains not wanting to shoot it and speaks about bringing the gun to give the elephant a good fright. Leaving the gun at home or bringing the gun would have made no difference to what happened at the end. The gun was of little use, the main gun was not even his own but the riffle. 2. Orwell shot the elephant not to save the people in the village but for his own benefits....   [tags: irony, epiphany, coolie]

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William Golding´s Lord of the Flies: Portrayal of Evil within Mankind

- Edward Morrison, a Canadian journalist and Major General in World War I, once said, “If there is [t]rue [e]vil in this [w]orld, it lies in the [h]eart of [m]ankind.” Essentially, Morrison is saying that there is evil in the world, and it lies within each and every one of us. Morrison’s ideas are reflected in William Golding’s Lord of the Flies. In the novel, a group of British boys are isolated on an uninhabited island, all alone and without any adults. The boys are horrified by a supposed beast, but there is not an actual beast....   [tags: evil, beasts, mankind, nature]

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The Value of Life in Plato’s Cave and the Divided Lines

- ... The other segments labeled C, D, and E, are considered the highest form. People that belong in segments C-E, hypothesize everything they see then come up with their own conclusion based on the facts. As people living in the segments A and B are simply ways of saying when people are asleep while segments C-E are people who are open minded and see beyond the things people regularly see. Plato then uses another dialogue, which was presented after his Divided Line, of Socrates speaking to Plato’s brother Glaucon to show how lack of education may affect us....   [tags: prisoners, blind, dream]

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