Arnold Wesker

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  • The Importance Of Lorenzo In William Shakespeare's The Merchant Of Venice

    Lorenzo’s importance in the Merchant of Venice It’s common for fathers to grant a blessing for the elopement of two individuals. This blessing is usually given if they approve of the two who are wishing to be married. However, if the father doesn’t want his daughter to be married, then his wish should be respected. This is hardly the case in Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice. Lorenzo, a minor character, intends to elope and run off with Jessica, the daughter of a rich Jew named Shylock. Knowing that Shylock would disapprove because Lorenzo is a Christian and they intend to take all of his money, the couple marries in secret. This action fuels a deep anger and hatred inside Jessica’s father, causing him to seek out vengeance later in the play. Shylock takes out his anger and hatred on Antonio, a merchant of Venice, by offering an inhumane contract that he swears to follow. He wouldn’t have been this cruel if he hadn’t been angry with Lorenzo taking Jessica away. Even though Lorenzo is a minor character, he is still important in the play because his religion clashes with Shylock’s, he is a friend of Antonio, and loves Jessica in his own way. By making Shylock angry, this leads to the main climax of the play and making it end the way it did. Christians, like Shylock, and Jews, like Lorenzo, clash with each other during the play. The night Jessica runs off, Shylock says, “...lock up my doors, and when you hear the drum and the vile squealing of the wrynecked fife, clamber not…

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  • Essay On Crime And Corruption In The Great Gatsby

    organized crime rose to unparalleled heights, and related corruption and violence rose steadily. For example, in 1919, Arnold Rothstein famously persuaded the Chicago White Sox into throwing the World Series. This lead to the eight players involved inevitable banning and a forever tarnished reputation for the players in the sport (“Seabury”). Arnold Rothstein also participated in many other illegal and illicit practices such as a multi-million dollar drug smuggling ring (“Seabury”).Ordinary…

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  • Theme Of Destruction In The Great Gatsby

    Destruction Fee As Jay Gatsby attempts to win over his golden girl, he is oblivious to the fact that he is hurting himself and the people he cares about along the way. Not only is Gatsby blind to not see the incongruity of his goal, but he fails to realize that the love of his life, Daisy Buchanan, has other aspirations for her ideal life that Gatsby will never be able to fulfill. Much like the way Gatsby thinks and acts, Tom Buchanan and Myrtle Wilson struggle to be mollified with what they…

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  • Importance Of Women In The Great Gatsby

    The Great Gatsby In the story of The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, it has taught us that ladies would go after guys that are high class and have tons of money. Back in the Jazz Age, many females would like to live in a wonderful life. The would like to marry guys that are able to support themselves by getting what they want to have or what they need the most. Most ladies do not the men for who they are, but what they had become and their title. In this story, there are three ladies that…

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  • The Concept Of The American Dream In The Great Gatsby

    The idea of the American Dream is treated in a similar way in The Great Gatsby. Nick perceives Gatsby as “so peculiarly American” and can be considered for much of the novel as the embodiment someone seeking the American dream. (Fitzgerald 64). However, when Gatsby is killed, and “nobody came” to the funeral, the reader comes to the conclusion that the American Dream is an impossible one (176). Part of the allure of both of these characters is their personal aesthetic. However, while Dean…

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  • The Great Gatsby Moral Essay

    Thesis Statement: I believe that wealth does not immediately define the morals and sins of those who are possession of it, due to many lower class characters partaking in immoral acts, morals being shaped by upbringing, not bank, and that lower class citizens have a wealthy and greedy mindset, but are, in fact, not wealthy themselves. Subclaim 1: In The Great Gatsby, a majority of the characters portrayed as being part of the lower class are shown to be just as immoral as those who were born…

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  • The American Dream: The Great Gatsby

    American Dream: The Great Gatsby In the novel, The Great Gatsby, F. S. Fitzgerald writes about a time period in American history where achieving anything was possible, at least that was the common belief. Not only does he describe the economic, social, and historical circumstances that drive his characters, but also a glimpse into the minds of the characters that they use as a way to justify their actions and motives. The most basic reason for the actions that take place in the course of the…

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  • Theme Of Desire In The Great Gatsby

    “Desires push people to give up something that they’ve had for something that they want.” In The Great Gatsby, many things are hinted at and there are many themes and interpretations that can be made from the story. In my case, I based my findings off of desire. One of my main reasons for this is because of the amount of love that flies around in the story. It’s pandemonium in a sense. Even from the beginning, we learn early in the story that Daisy and Jay are in love. But when Jay left for war…

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  • American Dream In The Great Gatsby

    The American Dream is a devil in disguise. While many see the American Dream as an opportunity to a better, more fulfilling life, it misleadingly entices those who pursue it. Individuals who try to follow his/her own American Dream usually face disappointment after being misled by the false facade it presents. The United States is understand to be a place that offers space and freedom to succeed for those desperate to escape their miserably disappointing reality. However, our perceived…

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  • Compare And Contrast East Egg And West Egg In The Great Gatsby

    In the novel The Great Gatsby, the two main settings are the two very contrasting East Egg and West Egg. F. Scott Fitzgerald, the author of The Great Gatsby, uses the distinct differences between New York’s East Egg and West Egg to his advantage by furthering the character building throughout the novel, showing the East Eggers’ pretentious prejudice towards West Egg, and also displaying the East Eggers’ dumbfoundment towards the completely contrasting West Egg lifestyle. These contrasts become…

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