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Rashomon (film essay)

Posted on September 3, 2010 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (7)

The film Rashomon (Kurosawa, 1950) challenges us to question the reliability of verbal narration and the assumption that what is seen must be believed. This essay will examine the question – are words or images more credible in Rashomon? We will begin by analyzing the visual and verbal narrative presented to the audience; before comparing and contrasting character perceptions, as well as the imagery and cinematography employed by the film.


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Cleopatra VII (hist essay)

Posted on July 23, 2010 at 9:15 AM Comments comments (2)

Cleopatra VII was just 39 years old when she grasped the neck of an Egyptian cobra and plunged its fangs deep into her wrist. But as the gouts of venom coursed through her veins, and she looked back on all that she had seen and done and conquered in her final moments on earth, how would she have seen herself? There is little doubt that she played a fundamental role in the history of the ancient world. Legends of her beauty and cunning have echoed across the ages, and her name ha...

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Justifications for the Vietnam War (hist essay)

Posted on June 11, 2010 at 8:35 PM Comments comments (1)

DISCLAIMER: The following essay does not necessarily reflect the views of the author or site. It is simply an exercise in persuasive argument.


In 1954 the Geneva Peace Accords divided the nation of Vietnam into two separate states. This division was only meant to be temporary, and the country would be reunified in 1956 with nationwide elections. H...

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Drugs in Sport (soc essay)

Posted on May 20, 2010 at 8:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Over the years, different sporting bodies have evolved differently to the war against doping. Some, such as athletics and cycling, are becoming increasingly vigilant against doping in their sports. However, there has been criticism that sports such as soccer and baseball are doing nothing about the issue, and letting athletes implicated in doping walk away unpunished. An example of this was Operation Puerto – approximately 200 sportspersons were implicated in blood doping. O...

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Run Lola Run (film essay)

Posted on May 13, 2010 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (223)

The multi-linear narrative structure of Run Lola Run challenges the idea that a situation can be resolved in only one way. This essay will discuss how relationships between cause and effect contribute to the film’s multi-linear narrative. The term “multi-linear narrative” refers to a story which is capable of branching off into different directions depending on the choices of the viewer or the development of events, dictated by set parameters within the me...

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Garden and Sea at Dunwich (lit essay)

Posted on April 29, 2010 at 11:20 PM Comments comments (0)

This essay will begin by investigating the poetic structure and overarching narrative of the piece, as well as an examination into its theme of man’s place in the natural world, and the religious connotations that inspires. We’ll then explore two distinct allegorical readings of the poem – Christ’s death on the cross and the schism between England and the Roman Catholic Church.

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Capital Punishment (soc essay)

Posted on April 29, 2010 at 8:25 PM Comments comments (122)

Capital punishment, also known as the death penalty, is the execution of a convicted criminal by the state. The death penalty is imposed in the case of “capital offenses”; usually in the case of murder, but it has also been used to punish such serious crimes as armed robbery, kidnapping, rape, and treason.

Historically, the execution of criminals and political opponents was used by nearly all societies; both to punish crime and to suppress political d...

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The Global Warming Debate (soc essay)

Posted on January 4, 2010 at 7:15 PM Comments comments (1)

I will be investigating the “two conflicting versions of the truth” surrounding the global warming issue, by examining a number of texts that represent each side of the debate. There are two versions of the “truth” surrounding global warming. The first version argues that the temperature of the Earth is rising as a result of human activity, and threatens to disrupt the balance of nature and the ecosystem. This phenomenon is known as global warming and, as w...

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Jabberwocky (lit essay)

Posted on January 3, 2010 at 11:25 PM Comments comments (3)

The 1871 poem Jabberwocky, by Lewis Carroll, is an example of nonsense verse, or “amphigouri”. Poetic forms of this kind are normally composed for humorous effect, and are “intentionally and overtly paradoxical, silly, witty, whimsical or otherwise strange” (Mills). It is particularly common in English poetry, due to the typically absurdist streak in British humour. The poem is full “nonse words” of Carroll’s own creation, many of them ...

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International Treaties (soc essay)

Posted on December 28, 2009 at 9:20 PM Comments comments (0)

There are many limitations of international law in protecting human rights. They include the ineffectiveness of the United Nations to enforce these laws; the inability of the U.N. to maintain and uphold these laws; and the resistance of the nations to have conflicting laws thrust upon their people and culture.

The issue of human rights is not a legal issue, it is a political one. The world consists of many different countries and cultures. In fact t...

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The Celts (hist essay)

Posted on November 1, 2009 at 7:10 PM Comments comments (1)

Although many of the classical writers believed that the Celts were barbarians, lacking in the refinements of civilization, this attitude is the product of cultural misrepresentation and considerable political bias. A more objective analysis of Celtic society suggests that they were just as civilized as the Romans and the Greeks, and in some cases, such as the equal treatment of women, more so.

A barbarian is a person belonging to a culture which has no form of w...

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Legalising International Whaling (soc essay)

Posted on October 1, 2009 at 7:55 PM Comments comments (1)

DISCLAIMER: The following essay does not necessarily reflect the views of the author or site. It is simply an exercise in persuasive argument.

Contrary to popular opinion, this essay will be arguing in favour of lifting the ban on international commercial whaling. It will be discussing the cultural and economic significance of whaling – both in industrial and developing countries; as well as the importance of marine scientific adv...

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Jedda (film essay)

Posted on September 30, 2009 at 12:20 AM Comments comments (116)

The 1955 Australian film Jedda examines the plight of a young Aboriginal woman as she wrestles between her place in “civilised” colonial Australia and the traditional heritage of her people. The story is told from the perspective of the indigenous people, and the audience is encouraged to sympathise with Jedda’s struggle for identity. This was quite a radical take on cinema during the time of its release, but what makes the film especially interesting is how much it reveals ...

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Se7en (film essay)

Posted on June 24, 2009 at 12:20 AM Comments comments (1)

First-Person Character Study

My name is William Somerset. I am a senior homicide detective who investigates a bizarre series of ritual murders in the crime film Se7en. I am one week away from retirement when I am partnered with the fresh-faced, rookie cop, David Mills. Mills and I attempt to track down the serial killer, known as John Doe, who chooses his victims in accordance with the Seven Deadly Sins.

The opening sequence of the movie introduces me as ...

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The Tragedy of Hamlet (lit essay)

Posted on June 19, 2009 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (0)

First-Person Character Study

I am Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, and the story of my life is not a happy one to recount. It is a tale of murder and deception; a legend of madness, incest and brutal revenge. It is indeed a tragedy to behold. When the story of my life was first performed some 400 years ago I was praised as a hero of the stage and a champion of Denmark; a valiant man whose spirit was not crushed by the treachery of ...

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West Papuan Asylum Seekers (hist essay)

Posted on May 27, 2009 at 7:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Recently, a group of West Papuan asylum seekers were granted visa’s into the Australian. I will be discussing how this has effected the political relationship between Australia and Indonesia. I will also examine the independence of West Papua, as well as the exploitation of human rights associated with this issue. For those who are not familiar with this particular subject, I will give a brief background on the issue in question.

On January 18th

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The Poetry of Samuel Taylor Coleridge (lit essay)

Posted on May 23, 2009 at 4:05 AM Comments comments (2)

Imaginative Journeys (Discussion)

A journey is when a person or group of people set out to reach an objective or accomplish a goal. The journey is the distance between the person(s) and their objective; the physical, mental, psychological, emotional, and spiritual changes and developments they experience along the way; and the events and stages that they are confronted with.


There are many reasons why people undertake journeys. They inc...

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Animal Farm (lit essay)

Posted on May 11, 2009 at 12:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Orwell said, “To see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant struggle.” The quote itself refers to an essay originally published by Orwell in March, 1946. The essay is called In Front of Your Nose, and was written as a piece that explored the implications of social facts that are so obvious that other intellectuals prefer to remain oblivious to them. What this basically means in English is that throughout history, particularly throughout the past century, societies a...

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Return to Paradise (film essay)

Posted on May 8, 2009 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (3)

Return to Paradise raises several questions that challenge human ethics and morality. The ultimate question the film focuses on is "would you forfeit three years of your life to save your friend?" This is the basic premise of the story. Two years after a wild vacation of smoking hash and having sex in Malaysia, John 'Sheriff' Volgecherev and Tony Croft are confronted by lawyer Beth Eastern, who explains to them that their good-natured, tree-hugging friend Lewis McBride has been arrested for d...

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The Tragedy of Macbeth (lit essay)

Posted on May 8, 2009 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (1)

Through The Tragedy of Macbeth William Shakespeare puts forth the idea that ambition is the root of all human evil. Macbeth is the story of a valiant and loyal soldier who is told by a trio of witches that he will ascend to the throne of Scotland. This enigmatic prophecy stirs within him a ruthless and brutal ambition to claim the crown for himself. His deep desire for power and advancement leads him – against his own moral conscience – to kill his venerable and beloved King Dunca...

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