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  • The Picture Of Dorian Gray Character Development Essay

    answers: “You have not realized how I have developed. I was a schoolboy when you knew me. I am a man now. I have new passions, new thoughts, new ideas.” (Pg. 107) This suggests that even after Sibyl commits suicide and his portrait changes, Dorian opts to pursue pleasure: he decides to choose the hedonistic path offered by Lord Henry. The portrait, a symbolic representation of Dorian’s soul, encourages Dorian to make the best of his youth and beauty, while he experiments with the likelihood of doing as he pleases, while society continues to associate him as being innocent. In addition to this, over the span of the novel, Dorian grows older he commits to living a double life, living, and acting as a respectable aristocrat and by night visiting opium dens, smoking and drinking. As Dorian’s sins grow worse over the years, as Basil’s portrait grows more hideous, despite the beautiful things with which he surrounds himself, he is unable to distract himself from the true horror of his soul. This leads to the climactic scene of Basil’s death. The quote: “…he passed his hand across his forehead, and then got up hastily, and dressed himself with even more than his usual care…” (Pg. 156), demonstrates the fact that Dorian is growing increasingly paranoid by the course of actions and is constantly tortured with guilt; however is very devious and manipulating in covering up the murder, a character trait that he never thought twice of possessing in the beginning of the novel. Overall, his…

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  • Aestheticism In Oscar Wilde's The Picture Of Dorian Gray

    to look a certain way took over the lives of many individuals. Both the poem and novel showcase this infatuation. After discovering the power that his charming look has, Dorian Gray places other important aspects of life below his need to stay beautiful, particularly intelligence and morality. Lord Henry himself states the idea of how beauty and intelligence cannot co-exist: “‘Intellect is in itself a mode of exaggeration, and destroys the harmony of the face’” (Wilde 6). Dorian…

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  • Theme Of Naturalism In Miss Julie

    Miss Julie is naturalistic play written by August Strindberg in 1888. A naturalistic piece is a more extreme form of realism that is defined as “An avant-garde movement, which flourished between 1880 and 1914, that portrayed heredity and environmental factors as the primary causes of human behavior through the accurate rendition of external realities,” explains editor Tobin Nellhaus. Miss Julie contains these naturalistic elements as it takes place in real time and focuses heavily on survival of…

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  • Chinese Drug Laws

    The first drug law established in the United States, prohibited the use of the drug opium, in any Chinese opium smoking dens. The drug law was said to be enforced so they could cut down on smoking of the endorphin enhancing drug between the white men and women and the Chinese, while inside these opium smoking lounges. The opium drug serves as a comfort drug for man to take to escape the somewhat cruel world they live in. Humans suffer from fatigue, hunger, and many other displeasures this world…

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  • Harrison Narcotics Tax Act

    During the Civil War, morphine was found to have pain-killing properties and soon became the main ingredient in several patent medicines. In the late 19th century, marijuana and cocaine were put to various medicinal uses -- marijuana to treat migraines, rheumatism and insomnia, and cocaine to treat sinusitis, hay fever and chronic fatigue. All of these drugs were also used recreationally, and cocaine, in particular, was a common ingredient in wines and soda pop -- including Coca Cola.2 Prior…

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  • Other Cultures

    World in 80 Days, there are many different cultures which Phileas Fogg and Passepartout explore through-out the entirety of the novel. All of these cultures are set in the late 19th century throughout the world. Some of these cultures include the Indian culture, Chinese culture and Native American culture among the many others that the two are exposed to. All of these cultures will be explored in a comparison of the novel to non-fictional information on the cultures at that time so as to…

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  • Short Essay On War On Drugs

    War on Drugs The war on drugs it a constant battle that we have going on in America. We are going to look at where it all started, what our government has done to stop it, what are the out come of drugs in the us, and last what are alternative solutions to help. These are going to help us get a better understanding of how the war on drugs became a priority, who put it into place, and how it is going so far for the American people. Drugs were intro discovered to the united states in the 1800’s.…

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  • Drug Trafficking Essay

    trafficking is an illegal trade that involves the production, selling, distributing, and purchasing of illicit narcotics. There are 200 million illicit drug users worldwide and that number continues to grow everyday. Depending on where you are in the world, drug trafficking can be the result of a myriad of different things. From minimal border regulation to the increasing supply and demand of drugs, narcotics are prevalent everywhere. Drug trafficking has made an enormous impact on middle…

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  • China Tea History

    didn’t agree with Britain at the time, and refused to buy any tea and boycotted all of the products. This led to the Boston Tea Party, and then eventually the Revolutionary War. They then created their own tea, although tasting awful, it displayed their pride. After this, the Chinese then banned any more tea trading, as poppy tea had large amounts of opium, and opium was highly addictive. Opium trading still occurred, as officials were bribed by Chinese opium merchants. The Chinese government…

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  • Thomas De Quincey Analysis

    Thomas De Quincey’s Gusto: Desires Unfulfilled My original primary interest about “Confessions of an English Opium Eater,” by Thomas De Quincey, was to learn whether or not the author deprecates the behavior of taking opium— not only am I unable to conclude the answer to this question when finishing reading the book, but also at least fifty percent of Confessions, I found, depicts De Quincey’s early life, mostly unrelated to opium. Even when it comes to opium eating, he often circumvents the…

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