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    Alexis de Tocqueville was born in Paris, France on July 29, 1805. He was born into an aristocratic family and had a relatively privileged life. His father, Herve-Bonaventure Clerel de Tocqueville, had a career in the French military as a second lieutenant. When Tocqueville was 16 years old he went to the college Royal in Metz, France to study philosophy. It was at this time that Tocqueville developed a passion for politics and he began to question the French aristocratic system. Afterwards, Tocqueville went to Paris to study law. The July revolution of 1830 had a big affect on Tocqueville’s family. Charles X abdicated, and Louis-Philippe took the throne. Because of the change of power, Alexis de Tocqueville’s position as Magistrate in Versailles…

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    Today started off as a good day because Meadow licked my face to wake me up. Lukas and I made breakfast together and let me tell you we got food everywhere. We where making French toast with eggs, I happened to trip over Meadow (who had no reason to be in the kitchen) and I hit the flour when I tried to grab the counter. Ever thing went down like dominos, starting with the flour, then the bread, and even Lukas. When he tried to help me up he slipped over some flour and went crashing to the floor…

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    Anita Desai's first novel Cry, the Peacock (1963), is about Maya, a dissenting female who battles against three traditional forces in her life: male authority expressed by her husband; her female friends who play stereotypical submissive-wife roles; and her religion's beliefs in karma and detachment. Being over-sensitive, sentimental and imaginative Maya is a total contrast to the rational, logical, Gautam. By making a beautiful use of the symbolic technique, Anita Desai has delved deep into the…

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    Rafaella Espin Mrs. Baker IB English HL- Period 2 11 January 2015 Anna Karenina Scavenger Hunt The French Language Tolstoy incorporates the use of French language in Anna Karenina in many ways for various reasons. Throughout the entire novel, many of the protagonists state random words or phrases in French. Tolstoy particularly starts this trend at the beginning of the novel to establish the character’s social status and educated background. The establishment of supremacy throughout the…

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    We continue forward. The night is warm and inviting. As we approach an intersection, I note the large, pillared building to my right. It is a Catholic Church, Paroisse Saint-Pierre du Gros Caillou. The parish stands in obstinate objection to the infringement of luxury stores taking over the street. The sidewalk alternates between cobblestone and smooth cement. History, here, is refusing to yield to tourism. As we continue on Saint-Dominique, it is becoming abundantly clear that we are getting…

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    Modern Realism

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    Realism was a mid 19th century art movement led by Gustave Courbet. It directly challenged the traditional conventions of academic art. Considered the father of Realism, he was an inspiration for many artists who would follow in Courbet’s defiance of artistic tradition. Specifically, realism sought to reject the idealized nature of painting and sculpture, in favor of a more realistic portrayal. Realists sought to portray contemporary life and real everyday situations, disregarding class…

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    During the trip to The Museum of Fine Arts of Houston, one of the most captivating two dimensional work was the Gust of Wind by Gustave Courbet. The energetic painting is not just merely oil on canvas, it is the representation of an oncoming storm in a once peaceful meadow surrounding a small pool. This realistic artist is well known for his paintings because they capture day-to-day attributes. Gustave Courbet did not focus on just landscapes, his paintings ranged from nudes, still lifes, to…

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    For many, the mundanity of real life is disappointing. The realities of the complex and oftentimes boring nature of life can leave people dissatisfied. Gustave Flaubert depicts one such person in his novel Madame Bovary, which details the life of its eponymous protagonist, Emma Bovary. Emma has dreams of an exciting, romantic life, but is quickly disappointed by her marriage to an unambitious man and immovable place in the middle class. Throughout the novel, Emma’s idealistic outlook on life,…

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    The Eiffel Tower

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    This particular poem is in the shape of the actual Eiffel Tower that spells out the poem. The Eiffel tower is the tallest structure in Paris and has become a symbol of both Paris and of France since this nationalistic poem was published in 1918 describing the poet’s feelings about France’s war with Germany. Despite much heated debate about its construction and many objections from artists in France claiming that the tower would be ‘useless’ and that it would humiliate such wonderful monuments as…

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    Oscar’s debt and moved back to St. Louis to live with her mother. While dealing with the general store and the family life Kate never had time to write. Though she was inspired by many things that surround her like the Creole, Cajun, and African American cultures. She soon started to smoke cigarettes and walk the city alone. After a year of living in St. Louis with her mother, her mother suddenly died and Kate would start to write to bring in an income for her family and use that time as an…

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