Ian Buruma

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  • Syrian Refugee Crisis Analysis

    which he represents the issue of multiculturalism in France. Indeed, when reading any source, it is necessary to understand the background of the author. For example, the periodical “Strangers at the Gate”, by Judith Miller, can be read in an entirely different light when Miller’s background as a journalist is taken into consideration. Miller, a writer for the New York Times, retired after it was found that her reporting around the Iraq War was factually inaccurate and was overly-favorable to the position of the Bush administration. Having knowledge about Miller’s background as a journalist impacts the way in which one understands her writing. In “Murder in Amsterdam” by Ian Buruma, the fact that Buruma is from the Netherlands and that he knew Theo Van Gogh prior to his death greatly impacts the way in which Buruma will frame things and write about them. In “Rivers of Blood” it was also important to look at Enoch Powell and his political background. If someone were to read “Rivers of Blood” without knowing that Powell was a member of Parliament in the Conservative Party and giving the speech to the Conservative Association, they would not fully grasp the content of the speech. Likewise, knowing that de Bourmont consistently writes articles in support of union strikes and ending gentrification helps to frame the way in which he discusses issues of integration in France. Coming from a history of liberal journalism, it is not surprising that in the article, de Bourmont posits…

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  • Control And Power In Ian Mcewan's Atonement

    Briony has a need for control and order and she uses writing as a way to achieve her needs by creating worlds in which she has the ability to manipulate her characters and their outcomes. Unable to limit herself to fiction, it transcends to the real world and leads to events that unfold in Ian McEwan’s Atonement. Briony, the youngest of the Tallis children with large age gaps between them, is often alone and isolated. This loneliness causes her to be self-centered and in a constant state of…

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  • Conflict In Northern Ireland Essay

    voted yes, 45% voted no so that is still an overwhelming figure. The 45% of Protestants who didn’t want the agreement because it would mean them sharing power. The Stormont assembly The Stormont assembly was set up with David Trimble (from the UUP) and Seamus Mallon (SDLP) as first and deputy minister. It began to run Northern Ireland in 1999, but in 2002 Trimble resigned, due to a lack of IRA decommissioning, which meant the assembly collapsed after just 3 years and direct rule returned.…

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  • Jurassic Park Analysis

    Grant, Dr. Sattler, and Dr. Ian Malcolm (a highly-renowned mathematician) to act as consultants (and take a round trip through the park as a tour) for his grand biogenetic corporation in light of recent events that have occurred throughout the park, much to the dismay of Donald Gennaro, who has skeptical about the safety and overall prosperity of the park. Dr. Ian Malcolm constantly emphasizes that the current state of “Jurassic Park” will eventually fall into destruction and disorder, utilizing…

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  • Othello Sexual Desire Analysis

    sexual objects or activities, or as a wish, need, or drive to seek out sexual objects or to engage in sexual activities”, and a theme which appears to be significant in Othello, A Streetcar Named Desire, and Enduring Love. In all three, sexual desire proves to contribute in both building solidarity within relationships, and the destruction of them. For Shakespeare, sexual desire shows how concealing physical feelings can lead to the breakdown of one’s psychological state, causing the death of…

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  • Briony's Actions In Atonement

    In the novel Atonement written by Ian McEwan, we as the readers learn more about the novel through interpreting the actions of the key character, Briony. At a young age Briony falsely accuses someone of a crime and spends the rest of her life trying to atone for her actions and redeem herself. Through the novel she undergoes three main actions, the false accusation, and the two main actions she undertakes to atone for her sins; joining a hospital as a nurse as penance for her sins and rewriting…

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  • Shakespeare's Treatment Of Women In Othello Essay

    Shakespeare’s Women’s March (The treatment of women according to Shakespeare.) Many writers have different ideas of character treatment. Some people are biased based on physical characteristics, different personal choices, and even gender. Especially back towards the 1400 and 1500’s, women were not treated as equals, they were much considered as lessers. Some men had great thoughts about women and treating them as goddesses, and women were often the focal point of their writing. However,…

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  • Their Eyes Were Watching God Critical Lens Essay

    Critical Lens Essay Harper Lee, in her novel To Kill a Mockingbird wrote, “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view...Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.” In other words, to fully understand someone’s point of view, you must put yourself into their situation. This statement holds true in most literary settings, as to make sense of a character’s actions and thought process; you must consider their situation and their past…

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  • Manipulation In King Lear

    In the very first scene of the play the idea of one having control over one's own fate is evident through the contrasting actions of Cordelia's to those of Goneril and Regans. In Act one scene one of the play King Lear decides to give control of his kingdom to his daughters with each daughter receiving a third of the kingdom. The kings’ only catch being that each of his daughters has to profess their love for him in order to receive their share of the kingdom. Lears two eldest daughters Goneril…

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  • Cloning Annotated Bibliography Essay

    Global Issues in Context. Web. 9 Dec. 2015. This column is a take on the more pop-culture side of cloning, where human nature and more negative ethics come into play. It shows how cloning is already taking over the polo world, making it much more competitive. The direction of the sport might mean bad news for actual horses, who can’t compete with perfect specimens. The column offers my paper a look towards the other side of bioethics that condones cloning as “playing god,” highlighting the…

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