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    Vonnegut follows Billy Pilgrim, a man whose mind has become “unstuck” due to the horrors of war. The semi-autobiographical novel spirals through Billy’s life, creating a dizzying and broad narrative touching on the countless unnamed people through arbitrarily linked segments. A major aspect of the novel is the trauma Billy experiences throughout the war, conveying Vonnegut’s own suffering and allowing the audience to empathise with both. Vonnegut explores the manner in which experiences in war warp Billy’s emotional responses to people and events around him, as he is unable to empathise with others long after the war is over. He ultimately condemns this, and encourages the audience to disapprove of his apathy, instead encouraging the reader to pity Billy for the suffering he has experienced. Billy constantly travels in time throughout Slaughterhouse-5, broadening the narrative structure and presenting the manner in which the trauma of war affects all aspects of his life. He drifts through war, and then through life listlessly, feeling he has no power to change anything. This is reflected in the structure of the novel, as it winds randomly through stages of Billy’s life, always being pervaded by Billy’s recollections of the war, even as he grows old. This is seen also in the repetition of “nestled like spoons”, both when he and other POWs huddle for warmth in train carriages and then again on his honeymoon. This allows the audience to see and empathise with the manner in…

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    No Pity Summary

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    first to admit that I don’t enjoy reading. Fair to say I was forced to read No Pity, but in all honesty, I really enjoyed and appreciated it. The awareness gained from this book, and the class, I’ll carry it for as long as I live. No Pity focused between the 1950’s and early 90’s. The book gives you an interesting look at the personalities and process leading to the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act in the early 90’s. Shapiro brings to light some major hurtles people with…

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    into this soliloquy about what he is feeling. Hamlet, a 17 year old boy, is easily consumed by his emotions and does not hesitate to share them throughout the course of the play. Hamlet first expresses his rage by cursing himself and “the everlasting,” otherwise known as God, for deeming suicide a sin. Hamlet is overcome with pity for himself at this point, for good reason. As an actor, I would portray this scene first by looking down at myself in disgust. Making sure to touch my skin as if it…

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    “The Second Tuesday” 1. In what ways do you agree or disagree with Morrie's perspective on self pity? I believe that Morrie has a very enlightening view on self pity and I agree with most of . Not everyone is mentally capable of accepting what is wrong in their life, so I don't really believe that everyone can do what he states. Some people recover and reflect on negative things going on in their lives in different ways and that may mean that some people spend more time pitying…

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    The Pity Of War Summary

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    A Review of the Pity of War by Niall Ferguson World War I (Originally coined the “Great War”) took place between 1914 and 1918. The fundamental causes of World War I, more than one hundred years later, are still actively debated by historians. In Niall Ferguson’s “The Pity of War”, Ferguson dives deep into the causes of World War I and takes on three major objectives throughout his book: He attempts to explain the origins of World War I, discredit any myths debated during the war, and explains…

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    Pity for the Wild: Three Grotesques, written by Tennessee Williams and directed here at the University of Florida by Tiza Garland and Dr. Ralf Remshardt. In this production, we were given three different scenes with three different sets of actors. The scene designer Carl L. Sage seemed to have worked hard on the first scene but lacked creativity for lights and images on the second scene. Also, the directors Tiza Garland and Dr. Ralf Remshardt made smart casting choices, especially with Grace…

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    How does Wilfred Owen’s representation of the experiences of individuals contribute to his wider concerns about the “Pity of War”? In your response, make detailed reference to “Futility and one other of Wilfred Owen’s poems set for study. Wilfred Owen’s poetry set during World War 1 illiterates a wider concerns of the experiences of individuals contributing the the “Pity of War”. Wilfred Owen is critical of the unworthy treatment of soldiers and the ramifications of this behaviour along with…

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    In William Shakespeare’s play Othello, it is debatable if Othello truly deserves pity or not. Othello executes some horrible tasks, such as murdering his own wife. However, he only acts this way because he is completely manipulated by Iago. In my opinion, William Shakespeare is successful in stirring pity for Othello. Othello experiences several traumatic, and avoidable events which leads to a strong sense of pity. To start, Othello is convinced by Iago that his beloved wife, Desdemona has…

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    Tragedy is meant to invoke many emotions within its audience, particularly of the negative variety, and Oedipus the King is no different. An audience watching this Greek play may, in fact, experience both pity and fear at the same time. Firstly, the audience pities the character of Oedipus because he is a character an audience can easily relate to thrust into terrible circumstances. Oedipus has flaws just like any other human being, such as arrogance and paranoia, but he is all around a decent…

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    Tis Pity She's A Whore

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    Is Incest the Worse Thing in ‘Tis Pity She’s A Whore? In many ways, John Ford’s, ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore is a straightforward play. Giovanni and Annabella, brother and sister fall in love with each other and have an incestuous relationship. Incestuous relationships are one thing that has stayed taboo for many generations. Everyone in the story tells the protagonist that it is wrong. This play is often compared to “Romeo and Juliet” by Williams Shakespeare, because of the star crossed love.…

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