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When I had found out that I
disagreeignment was to find the oldest text in my family, the first person that I went to
for help to find this was my mother. When I had asked her for help, she said "I have
a very old copy of your Great Great grandmother's death certificate from 1901". I had
helped her search for hours to locate this document, which was stored away safely. When I
had found it, I looked over its contents.
The old document was dated April 16th, 1901, which was the very
beginning of the 20th century, My Great Great grandmother's name was Charlotte
Davis. She was born in Nova Scotia, which is a Canadian province north of the United
States. Her current occupation, according to the document at the time of her death was
listed as "Housewife." It states that the cause of her death was
"Paralysis," which at the time was most likely either a stroke or failure of the
muscles to function properly, also known as being paralyzed.
One of the only people in my family that did not know about this
document was my Aunt Claire, whom I had just told that the document existed. I asked her
if she had known who she was, she said "yeah, I think she was my Great
grandmother." Then I had asked "when did you think that it was made" she
said "uhh 1910?", I said "no, it was made in 1901." The final question
that I had asked was "Is this the oldest document you have seen in the family?"
she had said "yes!, by far." I think that my Aunt Claire was very surprised to
know that a document had lasted this long in our family, until I showed her that text, she
thought that the oldest text in the family was her old work from high school.
To this day, this is the oldest known document in my mother's side of
the family. Although very old, the original document is still intact and is held by my
Aunt Marion. This document is important to my family because it tells in detail, part of
my family tree, and the early roots of my family in North America. This is why this
document was kept to the present day.
Captain Aubrey: It Is no
small pleasure to me to receive the commands of the court to have the honor to preside at,
that in delivering to you your sword, I should congratulate you upon its being restored by
both friend and foe alike; and hoping ere long you will be called upon to draw it once
more in the honorable defense of your country. This quote is from the 2003 movie
Master and Commander of the Far Side of the World written by Patrick
OBrien. The statement was made by Captain Stirling , a court officer in the trial of
Captain Jack Aubrey. Captain Aubrey was a daring and talented seaman who had a strong
desire for adventures on the high seas. He was acquitted from the damage done to the HMS
Sophie during battle.
Captain Aubrey , accompanied by his friend Steven Maturen, ships surgeon, and
his crew of dauntless seamen endeavored to do battle with numerous ships in the French and
Spanish navies in the time of war between Britain and Napoleons France.
The final battle of the HMS Sophie, the weaker ship which Captain Aubrey commanded,
involved a mighty clash with the more powerful Spanish frigate. The cannons roared loudly
and cracked the mainsail of the frigate. Most of the crew and her captain were either
killed or injured.
A brilliant plan , which Captain Aubrey conceived, involved making his ship Sophie
into a derelict, which appeared to be floating uninhabited on the high seas. This
disguise fooled the captain and crew of the Spanish frigate and resulted in the
ships capture by the British. Many of the crew were young teens or even children who
were sent to sea to do battle, as was the custom of the time. One young boy lost his leg,
but bravely survived having to use a wooden leg.
Patrick OBriens writing style is direct, intense, and contains numerous
alliterations i.e. commander of the court, you your, and
friend and foe. OBrien engages his audience by appealing to its taste
for adventure and bravery on the high seas. The cinematography is brilliant. One feels as
though one is right there in each battle.
The movie was very well done, incorporating loyalty, lust for victory, and mighty
combat into its plot. This was the time when Britain ruled the seas on the far side
of the world and elsewhere. The contrast between winter and summer during
Sophies journeys made for variety and interest to the audience. The nature scenes on
the Galapagous Islands added richness to the movie plot.
tragedy "Othello" is very unique literature. It departs in several ways from
Shakespaere's other tragedies and the tragedies of other writers of the day, Othello is a
black or "Moore." He became involvesd in a diabolical struggle with his
There are several characteristics of this play which sets it
apart from other plays. Most Shakespearean and other plays are full of action. The
charcaters are in conflict and are moving about in many different places and in many
different circumstances. "Othello" happens in Venice and Cyprus only.
There is no use of comedy (comic relief ) to counteract the pain
of tragedy. Most tragedies have a lighter side. This lighter side helps to draw the
audience away from the darker realities of the plot. It creates a contrast which is
pleasing to the senses of the audience.
The attention of the audience moves only toward the simple plot
of the all-too-human jealousy of Othello concerning his subordinate, Cassio. The plots of
both Shakespearean and other plays of the time were usually more complex. There was always
something that draws the audience away from the main plot.
Another unique characteristic of "Othello" is
that this tragedy is a dispute between a man and his wife. Not one that has a universal
quality to it. The plot involves the home front, which most tragedies are not concerned
The unique characteristics already described concerning
"Othello" revolve around the diabolical dealings of the infamous Iago. Iago
engages Roderigo to warn Desdamona's father, Barbanito, of his daughter's plans to marry
Othello. Barbanito, however, permits the marrriage because he desperately wants Othello to
defeat the Turks in Cyprus. Iago and Roderigo persue Othello to destroy the marriage. Iago
subsequently manipulates Roderigo and Cassio into a fight; then Iago kills Roderigo and
wounds Cassio. Othello kills his wife, Desdamona, in jealousy; and Iago stabs
Emilia, Desdamona's friend. Othello then wounds Iago and kills himself.
What appears in the play "Othello" is not reality.
Iago, who appears to be a good person, is devious. Desdamona, who appears to be
unfaithful, is realy innocent of infidelity. The perception of Othello's being a black man
and subject to racial slurs, was the opposite of what Shakespeare intended.Shakespeare
intended for Othello to be a romantic figure like the black Magi in the Christmas Story.
Othello contributed to his own demise by the all-too-human flaw of jealousy toward another
man concerning the man's "affair" with Othello's wife. Desdamona.
Over the past 50 years,
much literary and artistic influence has come out of Great Britain.
That is why I have decided to write about various authors/ artists in five
These areas include poetry; music; short stories, the novel, and the
In the field of poetry , I chose Seamus Heaney. Seamus was born on 4/13/39
Casteldown, County Derry, Northern Ireland. He earned a teacher’s
certificate in English
at St. Joseph’s College in Belfast and in 1963 took a position as a
lecturer in English at
the school. While at St. Joseph’s he began to write, joining a poetry
workshop with Derik
Mahan and others under the guidance of Phillip Hobsbaum. In 1965 he married
Devlin and the following year he published the Death of a Naturalist. a poem
described a flax dam, rotting in the Irish sun. Seamus Heaney is a Foreign
Member of the
American Academy of Arts and Letters. And held the chair of Professor of
Oxford from 1989 to 1994. In 1999 he received the Nobel Prize in Literature.
been a resident of Dublin since 1976, but since 1981, he has spent part of
teaching at Harvard.University, where in 1984he was elected the Boylston
Rhetoric and Oratory.
Mick Jagger stands out in the area of music. He was born on 7/26/43. His
father was a
senior lecturer in physical education. Mick attended the London School of
worked as a physical education instructor at a U.S. service base ay 18. To
most people, he
in enigmatic; pretty cool with a sharp wit. In the 1960’s he was a breath of
Commentators joked about Mick, calling him “Neanderthal”, but they later
because the “Stones” became very successful. Mick has a great feel for black
music. The band played the old Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters music to
This brought the British and black cultures together. One of the band’s
earliest songs is
(Can’t Get No) Satisfaction. Central to the Stones’ music is its
dancerability. Nick’s a
great mover, in contrast to the nailed-to-the-floor outfits. Musically, Mick
about fun and he has never seen music as anything much more.
Sean O’Faolain impressed me as a great short story writer. Sean was born on
in County Cork, Ireland. And died on 4/20/91 in Dublin. His original name
Francis Whelan, an Irish writer best known for his short stories about Irish
middle classes. He often examined the decline of the Nationalist struggle or
of the Irish Roman Catholicism. His work reflects the re-awakening of
interest in Irish
culture stimulated by the Irish literary renaissance in the early 20th
On of Sean’s short stories: The Man Who Inherited Sin (194
showed his increasing
maturity. This short story depicted everyday Irish life in a lyrical yet
In the realm of the theatre, Martha Keltz is an important contemporary.
Martha was born
in London in 1941. She wrote three one-act mystic dramas concerning the life
esoteric work of Wellesly Tudor Pole, the founder of the Chalice Well Trust
of the Silent Minute. Wellesly Tudor Pole was involved in the
psychic-spiritual aspect of
the ‘war effort’ in Britain during WWII. He was also involved in the
Glastonbury. Through his connection with Winston Churchill, the Silent
instituted- one of the largest scale intentional consciousness exercises of
the last century.
These plays hover between this and the other world, politics and human
exploring a theme of world events and the role of consciousness. In Keltz’s
Chalice, the errors if misled modern man are addressed.
Finally, E.M. Forster has stood out as a noted English Novelist. Edward
was born in London on 1/1/1871 as the son of an architect, who died before
his only child
was 2 years old. His mother and his aunts dominated Forster’s childhood and
much of his
adult life. His years at Tonbredge School as a teenager where difficult. –
from the cruelty of his classmates. Forster attended King’s College,
Cambridge where he
met members of the later formed Bloomsbury group. After graduating, he
Greece with his mother and on his return, he began to write essays for the
Independent Review. In 1905 Forster tutored the children of Countess von
Germany. Forster wrote a biography, which was noteworthy, called The Hill of
portrait of Indian wit in 1953.
In conclusion, there were many talented British authors, playwrites and
artists during the
last 50 years. The invidivuals mentioned above are the ones who impressed me
as a student.