Category: Culture and Mythology

Most likely written by some kind of nut, the film Powder is indeed strange. Powder is the story of an albilno completely hairless teenager who has the power to use an extraordinary amount of his brain capacity. Powder is the archetypal outsider.Edward Lightning Hands might be a more fitting name for all the overuse of the already worn out Boo Radley-like misfit who is also…

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The early expansion of Sparta Sparta is a town located south of the Arcadian highlands in Greece. One of a number of townships that arose on the Laconia plain was Sparta, which consisted of Pitane, Mesoa, Limnae, and Conoura, all small villages. Sparta then conquered other nearby villages and took over the plain of Laconia. Sparta , which may mean “scattered,” was made up of…

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The Iliad and The Odyssey: A Comparison Although both works are credited to Homer, The Iliad and The Odyssey provide two remarkably different views on the nature of the Olympian Gods, their relationship to humanity, and the general lot of mortals throughout their all too brief lives. As a result of these differences, both stories end up sending contrasting messages about life in general. In…

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In The Dance of Life: The Other Dimension of Time (Anchor Press/Doubleday, 1983), anthropologist Edward T. Hall entitles his first chapter “Time as Culture.” An extreme stance perhaps, especially given the potency of nature’s rhythms, but it is instructive of the extent to which experiences and conceptualizations of time and space are culturally determined. Unlike the rest of nature’s animals, our environment is primarily man-made…

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LIT 106, Intro to Film Prof. Benamou Short Essay Assignment September 23, 1996 Reflexivity In Film Awareness of film as a process and not just a finished product seems to have been around since the very beginnings of film. Buster Keaton, for example, used this idea in his films, therefore making the audience aware of the illusion of film. His somewhat unconventional methods included looking…

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I. Apollo is angry because Agamemnon has failed to let one of the god’s priests ransom a daughter Agamemnon had alloted himself as a war-prize. Agamemnon reluctantly gives the girl up but insists on taking in her place Briseis, a captive originally assigned to Achilles–hence the “wrath of Achilles,” which iis the epic’s announced topic. Achilles complains to his divine mother, Thetis, who presuades Zeus…

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True Hero Patroclus is the aid to Achilles and his closest confidant. He is an excellent complement to Achilles. They hold dear the same principles and possess the same attributes. Although Achilles’ skills are greater, Patroclus is a much greater hero and man than Achilles is. Patroclus’ moral character is very high. He stands up for what is right, and denounces the selfish actions of…

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Hollywood director James Cameron’s 1997 film, Titanic, is the most authentic historical drama of the sinking of the R.M.S. Titanic in 1912. Researching countless journals of the survivors and examining images of the actual ship, Cameron realistically recreated the doomed passenger ship’s voyage and destruction on a grand scale. From the world-class china and the officers’ outfits to the separation of classes onboard and historical…

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Mike Mayoka Film I Secret Adventures of Tom Thumb The film “The Secret Adventures of Tom Thumb” was one that blended many traditional styles of Film making into one concise and creative format. It is this creative blend of pixilation, claymation, and animation that make this film interesting and fresh to me. While viewing the film, I was absorbed in the manner in which the…

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Super Girl Growing up, every child has his/her own personal idols, ranging anywhere from He-man to Barbie to the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. The teenage master sleuth Nancy Drew is one of these prominent figures in the eyes of many young girls. Her stories tell of adventure and mystery, yet they also seem to find a place in there somewhere to reflect the lady-like and…

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