Racial Prejudice in Othello and Merchant of Venice
In both Othello and The Merchant of Venice racial prejudice is one of the dominating themes that prevail in both plays as characters base their judgments mainly on race and religion. In Othello racism stems out of appearances as the characters judge and are judged based on what they look like and their origins, whereas in The Merchant of Venice racism stems out of religion as seen through someone not being a Christian and being discriminated against.
The Gender Differences and Rift between the Public and Domestic Realm in Shakespeare’s Henry IV.
Shakespeare in the play Henry IV touches upon several important themes of glory, honor, and legitimate power which are considered masculine themes as they apply only to the men in this play. All the protagonists are men that are usually fighting for power whereas women are barely present in the play. Women are marginalized from any political or public affairs in this patriarchal society that Shakespeare introduces in this play, as they are perceived as overly talkative and not trustworthy bringing to light the deep gender differences that were present in the Elizabethan era. By focusing on the exchanges happening between Hotspur and Lady Percy in Act 2 we come to realize the two distinct realms—the political and the domestic—that exist between man and wife, and how in marriage sometimes these two realms can clash.
The Odyssey: The Powerful and Emotionally Flooded Father and Son Re-union
In the epic poem The Odyssey by Homer, Odysseus is presented as the main character, who desires to return to his home, Ithaca, where his wife and son are awaiting his return patiently even after twenty years of him missing. In book 16, line 193 the well-anticipated reunion between father and son is described by Homer in detail. Through the Homeric language in this passage, it is evident how everything Odysseus has been through was leading up to this beautiful reunion that holds great significance in the poem because, at the end of book 16, Telemachus and Odysseus plan their revenge against the suitors together to finally regain their well-deserved honor and glory.
We are Constantly Being Surveilled and are Possible Targets of Blackmail and Extortion.
Extortion and blackmail are two topics and crimes that have come up when I began to research surveillance issues upon learning about surveillance in our ‘Digital Communication and Culture’ class and how web users can be coerced and exploited due to surveillance online. According to an article titled ‘The Differences Between Extortion and Blackmail’ written by a Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney and published by the Los Angeles Criminal Defense Blog extortion is the “use of coercion to obtain money, goods, or serviced from an individual.” This could take place when there is any kind of violence involved. Blackmail according to the same blog can be defined as “obtaining money, goods, or services from an individual through the threat of revealing embarrassing, incriminating, or socially damaging information.”
Fast Fashion and the Effects it has on the Environment and How We can Save our Planet.
Background Fashion in general is defined as “the making or shaping of the appearance of the body by means of clothing and adornment in a way that expresses aesthetic ideals that are continually subject to change” according to an article titled ‘Fashion: Origins and Development’ written by Lourdes Font and Beth McMahon. Before the 1800s, the creation of clothing was a slow process, as sheep were farmed for wool and that wool was weaved and slowly turned to shirts, dresses and pants. Thankfully, during the Industrial Revolution new textile machines and factories were created in which sped up the process of clothing production according to an article titled ‘Fashion History Lesson: The Origins of Fast Fashion’ by Sara Idacavage. Fast fashion is dated back to 1989 when Anne-Marie Schiro wrote an article, where she talks about the opening of Zara in New York. She calls the Spanish company a ‘fast fashion’ one since the store is restocked every three weeks with the latest trends in which everyone wanted a taste of according to an article titled ‘Two New Stores the Cruise Fashion’s Fast Lane’ written by Anne-Marie Schiro. In addition, H&M opened its first store in the US in 2000 and that was another revolutionary beginning for fast fashion companies as Americans began to believe that cheap is chic and this idea was globalized according to Ruth La. Ferla in the article ‘’Cheap Chic’ Draws Crowds on 5th Ave’.
Sitcoms and The Use of Satire to Demonstrate Gender Issues
Sitcoms are one of the most entertaining tv series, especially in the US, as they expose topics that are not usually talked about in a household, like sexism and racial issues. The Big Bang Theory and The Mindy Project are two sitcoms where gender and power struggle, especially for women, is presented passively in a humorous way. We can relate to sitcoms on a deeper level since they're not just there to entertain us, but with the use of satire, important issues are touched upon in a way that doesn't make it uncomfortable to most people. Both series represent the struggle that women experience regarding how smart and how capable they are. From Penny that is not portrayed as intelligent or smart compared to her 'genius' male friends, to Mindy aspiring to be a successful doctor in a male-dominated field.
Art and Photography Essay
Contemporary and Modern Art, as I soon discovered through my theme of ‘distortion’ and ‘fragmentation,' are closely linked in both the concept and technique. They also both portray emotion such as agony, emptiness, and desperation. In the art world, a distortion is any change made by an artist to the size, shape, or visual character to a form, to express an idea, convey a feeling or enhance visual impact. I have always been fascinated by a style based on exaggerating elements of the human form. My aim was to differentiate between artistic exaggeration of elements and turn this concept into an artwork. If art is what is to be seen, rather than what is seen, then any amount of distortion should be acceptable. My intent was to create purpose in the use of distortion; to use distorted bodies and contorted faces to advance the composition and make a creative statement. A large source of inspiration was my visits to galleries, such as MOMA, Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, V1 Gallery and NY Carlsberg Glyptotek in Copenhagen, with memories of the lengthening of fingers and necks in the work of John Singer Sargent and the shocking grotesque forms of Francis Bacon. I, therefore, decided to focus on and contrast the work of a contemporary artist and a modern artist of the twentieth century, choosing the work of Jesse Draxler and Francis Bacon, that both use distortion to enhance an emotional portrayal in their work.
Imagine if you were forced to marry an unknown man or woman just because it's part of your culture, or simply just to follow your parents' wishes. Would you go along with it because it's part of your tradition, or would you stand up for your human rights? Arranged marriages are marriages that are planned by the parents of the bride and groom—in which they have little or no say and their opinions are usually ignored. Child marriage is a form of arranged marriages as female children are paired up with older males by their parents, for their own safety. However, it is seen to be violating human rights, especially women's rights as they deny a girl's right to health, choice, to live free from violent action and education.
The Place We Call Home
Many people on this beautiful, miraculous planet that has been taken advantage of for so many centuries don't know what is really out there in the wild. What do you think about when someone refers to the word "nature"? Do you think about flowers or apple trees? Do you think about insects or sea animals? Or do you truly wonder, what is really out there?
Politics A Level
Multiculturalism is often criticized for breeding tension and social conflict. However, critics of multiculturalism have argued this case in different ways depending on the political tradition from which they come. On the other hand, multiculturalists strongly reject this view arguing that multiculturalism is in fact a way of relieving tension and reducing social conflict.