Billy West

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  • Compare And Contrast Hamlet And Claudius

    In many popular works, heroes and villains are represented as simple, one-sided characters, which is the discerning feature that represents the clear distinction between hero and villain. An example of a hero and villain from today’s popular culture that exemplifies this simple relationship is the characters of Harry Potter and Voldemort, respectively. However, in William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, the roles of protagonist and antagonist are much more complex and two-sided. The characters of Claudius and Hamlet reflect this unorthodox approach. Although Hamlet and Claudius appear to be a traditional hero and villain respectively, a closer look reveals that they are not. The main factor that sets them apart is the way their actions can be interpreted regarding the concepts of chaos and order. Hamlet’s and Claudius’s actions characterize them as hero and villain, respectively. Hamlet is the hero in this tragedy because he avenges the wrongful murder of his father. Hamlet’s uncle murders his father, and this murder is one that is quite unnatural. Hamlet believes he is the “scourge and minister” of the heavens (3.4.176) when it comes to avenging his father’s death. Hamlet also believes that he is working as a tool of God, and that he is the only person that can complete this task. A traditional hero in most stories would try to establish order again after the villain wreaks havoc. Likewise, Hamlet tries to establish order in Denmark. Hamlet’s attempt at establishing order becomes…

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  • Billy The Kid Research Paper

    Throughout history, society and culture has consistently evolved and transformed ushering in better opportunities for people willing to work hard. During the 19th century, the United States began expanding westward exploring and settling its new territories all the way to the Pacific ocean. With this great expansion came the need to connect the nation from coast to coast, resulting in the development of a transcontinental railroad that could transport an individual across the expanse of the…

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  • The Horrors Of War In Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five

    “So it goes.” These three words convey the fatalistic mindset of Kurt Vonnegut through the voice of Billy Pilgrim, the protagonist of Vonnegut’s novel, Slaughterhouse Five. The strength of Vonnegut’s novel lies in his own personal experiences, as he himself was an American prisoner of war, was captured in Germany, and then was transferred to the city of Dresden. Throughout the novel, Billy Pilgrim suffers flashbacks of the horrors of war, specifically those associated with the bombing of…

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  • Billy Budd Literary Analysis

    Themes: Literary Theme as it Relates to Setting and Conflict A compelling story captures the audience quickly and keeps them enthralled throughout the duration of the read. Authors, understanding this concept, incorporate immense detail into their work in order to keep the reader absorbed. This detail launches with setting, and culminates into conflict. Artfully, master writers use these details to establish a strong central and over-arching theme for their writings. Authors such as Herman…

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  • Slaughterhouse-Five Chapter Summary

    Literature like a Professor book and I 'm putting myself in the eyes of the character and this is helping me to understand what Billy is going through as his time traveling experiences start. I really like using this technique. Chapter 3: I’m really enjoying this novel. Billy is struggling, as he is now a captive of German soldiers in the war. He continuously has his time travels as he is in captivity. I find it interesting that the author mentions the photographer. This photographer indirectly…

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  • The Ignorance Of The Piano Man Analysis

    The Trance of The Piano Man “Sing us a song you 're the piano man, sing us a song tonight.” Here I am laying on my cot, listening to my one of my favourite songs. Whatever grievances I was still holding onto now seems like an insignificant speck; whether it be homework, exams or even my social life. The absolutely captivating words of Billy Joel are hypnotic, and before I know it I slowly drift asleep falling under the Piano Man’s trance. I opened my eyes, disoriented and dazed; with no idea…

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  • The Apartment Film Analysis

    The Apartment Film has a specific structure that creates meaning out of a series of photographs. This structure uses a specific language to create a narrative that the spectator should be able to understand. Christian Metz believes that through denotation a stronger meaning can be derived from the connotation. The study of connotation is that it is always symbolic in its nature, while denotation is the literal sense of the film. Connotative meaning should extend over the denotative meaning…

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  • Analysis Of Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five

    starter: Are we experts of our fate, or would we say we are pawns of destiny? The medium through which Mr. Vonnegut exhibits this question is demise. Passing is the essential issue to which all activity in the book associates. The story is essentially about the death of 135,000 regular German folks in the bombarding of Dresden. The story is additionally about Billy…

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  • Theme Of Isolation In Slaughterhouse Five

    Throughout Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five, the reader gets a unique insight on the life and experience of Billy Pilgrim. Billy Pilgrim has gone through unspeakable things. There are three major aspects of Billy Pilgrim’s life that perfectly represent his experience in isolation, and how, or how not it was able to connect him with others. His experiences in the slaughterhouse, on Tralfamadorian, and with his son all answer this very peculiar question. When looking at the question itself, it…

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  • Rhetorical Devices In Slaughterhouse Five Essay

    Vonnegut does not only write about the history through his life and the Dresden bombing, but more about the impact it made on Billy, a former soldier who fought in the war. Vonnegut sorts out the rhetorical devices proper such as repetition, hyperboles, metaphors and other rhetorical devices to help give a better understanding of what Billy goes through after fighting in The Battle of Bulge. For instance, Vonnegut exploits the unintelligible phrase “and so it goes” through the story to…

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