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    In Italo Calvino 's "The naked bosom," the protagonist Mr. Palomar undergoes an internal conflict of viewing a woman 's bare bosom as she sun-bathes along a beach. Palomar is discreet upon his actions, yet he fails to realize the implications of viewing the woman 's breast in such a derogatory manner. His inner restrictions, specifically society’s perception of nudity, compel his course of actions as he is torn from one thought to another. It is suggested that social conventions related to nudity create confusion and miscommunication amongst individuals. In the opening paragraph, Palomar 's conflict becomes evident to the reader. An internal conflict is being presented as his perception changes of viewing this woman sun bathing along the beach, to an object. Initially, Palomar is hesitant to see the woman 's breast, yet he becomes fascinated by her silhouette. Internally, he feels exhilarated when he decides to look at the women 's bosom. He perceives himself to be a “strange man” (Calvino 8). His eyes switch from the bosom itself to the scenery surrounding her. He wishes to concentrate more on the bosom, but is hesitant to look at it boldly. For instance, when…

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    I believe there is meaning behind the quote, “A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say” by Italo Calvino. Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams in my opinion is what Italo Calvino defines as classic. This book has taught me many great life lessons that apply to my everyday life. To anyone who has skimmed through the book Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, it appears to be just a zany science-fiction novel about the misadventures of Arthur Dent. To a true…

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    form. Textual dynamic texts convey the stark departure from established ideologies such as humanism, capitalism and the notion of progress following the events of World War II that induced a loss of faith in humanity and science. Composers experimented with language and form, attempting to communicate the postmodernist concerns of epistemological uncertainty through destabilising techniques such as gaze, self-reflexive construction, parody and pastiche, reflecting the postmodernist theories of…

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    John Steinbeck's book Of Mice and Men is a classic because it has withstood the test of time, keeping its ability to deliver it’s powerful messages. Classics are books that “exert a peculiar influence, both when they refuse to be eradicated from the mind and when they conceal themselves in the folds of memory, camouflaging themselves as the collective or individual unconscious”. Each time one rereads a classic they discover new things about about the book as if it is the first time. John…

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    In the book “Invisible cities”, Italo Calvino described 55 different cities from Marco polo’s memory. Towards the end of the story, the fifty-five cities made me more and more troubled, as if they were just a city of different character. Marco polo visited Kublai Khan when he was 21 years old at 1,275 A.D. In 1279 the Yuan Dynasty unified the whole China to establish the seventh Chinese Dynasty. Western countries have send numerous messengers to meet with Kublai Khan, but Khan only put Marco…

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    Whyte has a very different approach than these two described so far. Whyte only extrapolated conclusions from evidence based on non-objective observations. He would set up time-lapse cameras to track the movement and patterns occurring in a plaza or urban space. He could then determine the popular areas where certain groups of people would congregate, and the time it would normally take place. For example, in the case of the city plaza, people tended to stay in direct sunlight on fair weather…

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    Nonchalantly, after a meeting with Queens College’s Golden Key club’s committee, I decided to apply in order to become a e-board member. Within the next two weeks, I received an email saying that I was welcome aboard. Without ever participating actively in any organizations on campus in four years and not confidence of my qualification for the position, I joined. Today, I am proud I did because the learning experience transients most of my beloved professors’ lectures. They, Golden Key Members,…

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    Park Breach Vacation

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    The issue with sleeping is that quiet environment is necessary. In the story “Park bench vacation” by Italo Calvino, the main character Marcovaldo also chose the wrong to sleep. There is not a forest close to his apartment, so he decides to sleep in a park for the night in order to experience serenity. Unfortunately, the bench on which he wants to sleep is occupied by a couple of lovers. After a while, he can lie down on the bench, but the light of a traffic light, the noise made by a team of…

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    Possible Worlds Theory

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    perhaps a bibliorg.” Ariel despises real life and has the strong wish to become part of a book in order not have to experience all the bad circumstances of her life. She makes it her mission to first find the missing page and then to try out the mixture to enter the troposphere just like Mr Y did in the novel. The curse Ariel even before properly immersing the first time is her hope to escape into a book and experience something more enjoyable and less self-destructive than her own real life.…

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    Authenticity is the cause of diversity. It is the self-authorship that guides each soul in a different direction, developing individual identities. Charles Taylor, a philosopher of social sciences, claims, “The moral ideal of authenticity is that each of us find our own way of being in the world.” We find that way through undergoing life’s disappointments and achievements directly, not from handed down stories. In “The Dinosaurs”, Italo Calvino explores the concept of what it means to actively…

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