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A Pair of Tickets by Amy Tan
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Amy Tan is an author who uses the theme of Chinese-American life, focusing mainly on mother-daughter relationships, where the mother is an immigrant from China and the daughter is a thoroughly Americanized --yellow on the surface and white underneath. In her book, the mother tries to convey their rich history and legacy to her daughter, who is almost completely ignorant of their heritage, while the daughter attempts to understand her hopelessly old- fashioned mother, who now seems to harbor a secret wisdom, who, in the end, is right about everything all along. At the opening of the story "A Pair...
do not always understand, like Jandale people do not always want to believe their past and the past of their families. When coming to an understanding of their past, people can lay to rest their urging thoughts and can come in closer contact to their present life. Now that Jandale has meet her sisters, she can now make peace in her life knowing that she has fulfilled her dreams and the dreams of her mother. She can now lay to rest the thought of her mother never seeing her twin daughters again and continue on with her existing life.
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1. In the play "All My...1. In the play "All My Sons," by Arthur Miller, the word 'father' means the personification of goodness and infallibility to Chris Keller. There was a strong relationship between Chris and his father, Joe. Everything Joe had done in his life was for Chris. His entire factory was intended for Chris once he retired. 2. Throughout the play, there was question of Joe's innocence in the death of twenty-one pilots, who were flying planes that had parts from Joe's factory. Chris strongly believed that his father played no part in those deaths and that the blame lay solely on Joe's partner, Herbert Deever. At the end of the play, Chris' realization that his father was guilty brings about anger and then remorse, when Joe commits suicide due to his guilty conscience. Joe has done everything in his life for his sons. 3. Once his elder son Larry died in the war, Joe devoted his life to his younger son Chris. "KELLER. "¦Because what the hell did I work for? That's only for you, Chris, the whole shootin'-match is for you." Many businesses are handed down from generation to generation. Joe felt his role in life was to build a business that his son could take over once he got too old to run it. His love and hope for Chris blinded Joe's ability to make a thoughtful and rational decision regarding faulty parts from his factory. This resulted in the death of the pilots'. Joe completely disregarded the lives that his parts would be affecting because all he cared about was his son. The love that Joe displayed to his son was returned in the love and respect that Chris had for his father. "GEORGE. "¦But you know him. You know in your heart Joe did it. CHRIS. Lower your voice or I'll throw you out of here." George Deever's confrontation with Chris about his father's guilt demonstrated Chris' belief that his father was not guilty of any crime. He refused to believe that his father played a role in shipping the defective parts to the government. This only reinforced the idea that there was a strong father son bond between Joe and Chris. 4. The moral values that were instilled in Chris blocked him from believing that his father was capable of anything else but good. These values prove to be the eventual down fall of Joe. At the end of the play Chris" idealism and his moral outrage came across powerfully as he realized that his father was guilty. The solid connection between father and son was broken. As Chris struggled to understand his father's actions, Joe still felt he had done no wrong. "JOE. Nothing is bigger than the family. I"m his father and he"s my son." These were poignant and sad words by Joe as it showed he still had not realized the scope of the disaster he had caused. After reading the letter from Larry on the day of his death, the symbolic understanding of the title finally comes across in dramatic sorrow when Joe fully accepts his responsibility. He feels the only recourse is to take his own life. "CHRIS. Mother I didn't mean to"¦." Chris felt that because he had pressured Joe into accepting his responsibility, to the universe and the people in it, he was to blame for Joe's suicide. This remorse demonstrated that although Chris was deeply angered and saddened by his father's guilt, he still loved him. 5. Throughout the play, "All My Sons," the theme of the family appeared on a number of levels. Chris and Joe demonstrated their dedication and love to one another through a strong bond. Joe proved this by doing everything in life, including committing a crime, for his son, Chris. Chris showed this bond by not believing in his father's guilt even though the truth lay at the tip of his nose. Even after the realization that his father played a role in many deaths Chris over came his anger and recognized that he still loved his father by demonstrating remorse at his father's death. The tie between Joe and Chris Keller lay deep in the love and respect that each had for the other and proved to tough to break.   

1. In the play "All My Sons," by Arthur Miller, the word 'father' means the personification of goodness and infallibility to Chris Keller. There was a strong relationship between Chris and his father, Joe. Everything Joe had done in his life was for Chris. His entire factory was intended for...

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While the genre of some works...While the genre of some works of literature can be debated, Macbeth written by William Shakespeare seems to fit into a perfect mold. Aristotle's definition of a tragedy, combining seven elements that he believes make the genre of a work a tragedy, is that mold. Displaying all seven aspects, Macbeth fits the definition precisely. Key elements in the play substantiate the fact that Macbeth is a serious story, the first elements of Aristotle's definition. From the first lines of the play, the mood is set featuring witches whom speak of witchcraft, potions and apparitions. Not only do the three witches aid in making this a serious story but also, they appealed to Elizabethans whom at the time believed in such supernatural phenomena. War for centuries has represented killing and feuding, thus, the war taking place between Scotland and Norway provided a dark component. The Thane of Cawdor's rapidly approaching execution due to his deceiving the king also plays a role in this grim work. Murder throughout all of Macbeth is an essential aspect when dealing with the seriousness of the play. From the beginning, Lady Macbeth urges Macbeth to do anything to overthrow King Duncan, whom is the king of Scotland, the role Macbeth desperately yearns for. During the excursion to become king, Macbeth successfully murders King Duncan, Macduff's wife and children, and with the help of a group of murderers Banquo; a brave general who will inherit the Scottish throne. Through the whole play, while such dank occurrences are used to create deep mood, Shakespeare also uses strong language and words. Such as when Lady Macbeth calls upon the gods to make her man-like so she will have the fortitude to kill King Duncan herself in this quote, "Come you spirits that tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here"¦ Make my blood thick"¦ Come, thick night, and pall thee in the dunest smoke of hell, that my keen knife see not the wound it makes, nor heaven peep through the blanket of the dark." This type of language provokes thoughts of death, blood and darkness though the imagery such dank words create. The play also follows through with its theme of blood by in the end of the play, having both of its lead characters die. Lady Macbeth, distraught by guilt over the bloodshed, commits suicide while Macbeth is murdered and beheaded by Macduff, a Scottish noblemen. Regardless of the outcome of the play, Macbeth was a good and great man, one of elements in the definition of tragedy. Macbeth was an honorable man whom held the position of the Thane of Glams and was victorious in battle. This victory helped him receive praise from Duncan, an admirable feat achieved by few. The most important detail that Macbeth is truly not just a good but a great man is the fact that at first, even though Lady Macbeth pleaded for him to kill Duncan, he declined. Through Lady Macbeth's manipulative ways brought about by her lust for power and position, he did indeed kill him and others though. Yet, this in itself if dissected proves he is a great man. Through strategic planning and cunning wits, he was able to murder, and briefly get away with it. Yet, every great man must have a single flaw, which they give into, as stated in the definition of a tragedy. Macbeth's flaw was ambition, brought about by Lady Macbeth and the witches. Through the imagery they created of him as a valiant, bold and triumphant King, he let his ambitions get the best of him, which led to murder, treachery, deceit and ultimately disaster. The ambition in him was not at full throttle until the witches and his wife fully brought it out of him yet, it was a flaw, unlike a curable sickness or dilemma, which he could not overcome, not even by fate. The aspect of a flaw that the good or great man cannot overcome by fate is the fourth element in Aristotle's adaptation of a tragedy. As stated, Macbeth could have done nothing to prevent his raging desire for success, which brought his downfall. As Aristotle states, when a man gives into his flaw, as Macbeth did, it's a tragedy. Macbeth indeed at first tried to avoid killing to get his wish yet, in the end, it seemed he had no conscience of it. He knowingly and willingly schemed and killed various people on the climb up the ladder to his goal of king. Macbeth even brought other people into his deranged tactics, the murderers, to do his business for him. The scenario of the play where Macbeth intentionally murders others to achieve his goals fills another one of the criteria of Aristotle's definition. In the closing stages of the play, Macbeth's shady and deceitful behavior engulf him and he is murdered by Macduff in an unforgettable cliffhanger scene. Regardless of his good qualities, Macbeth willingly and knowingly gave into his single flaw of ambition, which resulted in his murder and beheading. The seventh element of Aristotle's definition seems to describe Macbeth"s circumstances "to a T," stating: and therefore suffers and receives punishment. Arguably the highest form of punishment, death is the only thing Macbeth gains from surrendering to fault of ambition. One of Shakespeare's most recognizable plays, Macbeth most definitely fits Aristotle's definition of a tragedy. Entirely fulfilling all seven aspects, it seems as if Aristotle wrote such a definition specifically for Macbeth.   

While the genre of some works of literature can be debated, Macbeth written by William Shakespeare seems to fit into a perfect mold. Aristotle's definition of a tragedy, combining seven elements that he believes make the genre of a work a tragedy, is that mold. Displaying all seven aspects, Macbeth...

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