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    In Mary Doria Russell’s novel The Sparrow, the complexities of social and structural sin, as well as fate and free will are evident. In class, we defined free will as making the conscious decisions of the choices in one’s life, and fate as very one-dimensional, where one’s outcome is already pre-determined (Theodicy PPT). In a story where God is present, it is hard to decide whether following what you believe to be Gods path is fate or free will, which is challenged in The Sparrow. Furthermore, The Sparrow follows the new model of sin, where the focus is on the good in everyone rather than the evil. In The Sparrow, Fr. Emilio Sandoz believes that following the music to the planet Rakhat is Gods path, and he must go to it because that is…

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    Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte and Frankenstein by Mary Shelley are two novels in which the themes of equality and inequality are explored extensively. The texts are both written by women in 1847 and 1818 respectively and both deal with gender inequality. Jane Eyre is also a social commentary on the injustices and inequalities of the classist Victorian hierarchy whereas Shelley’s novel focuses on the human rejection of unconventionality and the inequalities faced by societies ‘outcasts. The…

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    What in the Tractatus is Wittgenstein Talking About? Early Wittgenstein seems to suggest that sentences of natural science have meaning, without being able to give meaning to the way of which we understand those sentences. This dismisses philosophy as only a tool to help clarify claims of natural science. However, he uses philosophy to come to this realization. He makes the realization that the way he explains his own findings are in fact a violation of those findings stating, “My propositions…

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    Value of Philosophy to Individual life by Bertrand Russell. Russell’s goal of his article is to explain the everyday uses of philosophy and how philosophy influences human’s life both directly an indirectly. Russell also discusses how philosophy expands the human knowledge of what could be. Philosophy, according to Russell, frees our minds from the imprisonment of common sense. Therefore, this essay will explain Russell’s work and the point of his argument. Many scientists who study modern…

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    In the 2000 film Gladiator, Maximus, a Roman general, is betrayed and forced to live as a slave in the arenas as a gladiator, where his strength and courage alone can free him from his imprisonment. With the ultimate goal of enacting revenge on Commodus, the emperor who put his family to death, Maximus proves himself on the battlefield attempting to earn a rudiarius, (a sword granted as a sign of freedom to gladiators) by defeating numerous opponents, many very gruesomely, in the name of…

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    It is apparent that Euthyphro does not truly know what piety is; therefore, his soul is not in the best possible state since he has false beliefs. Certainly, money can buy education; however, it cannot buy true knowledge, which can only be attained through one 's desire and persistence to do philosophy. True knowledge, unlike wealth, is embedded within oneself. Even if Euthyphro had money to buy education to know what piety truly is, he would not know until he does philosophy. Bertrand Russell…

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    Ridley Scott's Gladiator is a 2000 film industry achievement which stars the hero, Russel Crowe, as the unwavering Hispano-Roman General Maximus Decimus Meridius. Joaquin Phoenix is the foe and stars as Commodus, the degenerate and goal-oriented child of the Emperor Marcus Aurelius. The maturing Emperor is featured by veteran performing artist Richard Harris. Lucilla, little girl of the Emperor, is featured by Connie Nielsen who needs to oppose the perverted advances of Commodus and ensure her…

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    Everyday individuals are faced with challenges that can vary from being big or small. By overcoming these challenges, individuals can be presented with transitions in life that may be confronting, exciting or transformative. In class we have studied the play ‘Educating Rita’ by Willy Russell and the feature article ‘The REAL Sarah Harris’ to provide us with examples of individuals that experience transitions that provide them with growth and change. These transitions allow the individuals to…

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    slight effect on my interpretation of my role in society. I was unaware that movies such as Snow White and Cinderella were trying to teach me where I was supposed to fit into society. I never understood why the only accessories for my dolls were either pretty clothes or beautiful furniture. I chose instead to steal my brother’s G.I. Joe toys. Spaceships, jeeps, guns and mountain climbing equipment, was much more exciting than new pots and pans. My Barbie’s were never married or even…

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    Transitions are changes which may by intentional or inevitable and they create and disconnect relationships, due to new perspectives. Transitions are explored within the drama Educating Rita by Willy Russell and the collage picture book “Windows” by Jennie Baker. The drama explores transitions through the relationship between Rita, a working class women and Frank a university professor, as Rita strives to break free of the class boundaries that restrict her and become educated, allowing her to…

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