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The Nature of Love in King Lear

A 10 page research paper concerning conditional and unconditional love as shown by the characters in Shakespeare's play. The writer argues a relevant thesis and details the nature of types of love and how each character exemplifies it, with emphasis upon Lear and Cordelia. Bibliography lists 7 sources. Kinglea

Shakespeare & the Effectiveness of Death / Juliet vs. Cleopatra

This insightful and analytical 8 page paper compares the deaths of two of Shakespearean characters : Juliet (Romeo & Juliet) and Cleopatra (Antony & Cleopatra). The thesis is argued that while their two stories did indeed have many similarities, Juliet's death was a much more effective one from a literary standpoint as Cleopatra's death was not as striking nor as saddening. Numerous examples from each story are provided to support this point. Bibliography lists 6 critical sources.

Jane Austen’s “Sense and Sensibility” and Alain de Botton’s “On Love” - Themes of Love and Imagination

This 24 page report discusses the two novels “Sense and Sensibility” (1811) by Jane Austen and “On Love” (1993) by Alain de Botton and the ways in which they reflect the themes of imagination and love and compares them to the poetry of Samuel Taylor Coleridge (“Kubla Khan”) and Lord Byron (“She Walks in Beauty”). Love and imagination are always partners in a romantic setting. The thesis presented by the author of the report is that love cannot exist without imagination. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

Joseph Conrad's 'Heart of Darkness'

Fourteen pages in length, this thesis paper argues that Marlow, the main character in Joseph Conrad's 'Heart of Darkness' used the mental defense of 'selective sight' to shield himself from the horrors of the Imperialistic practices in which he found himself to be involved. The plot of the novella is covered, and comments from various critics are included. An interpretation presenting Kurtz as only a portion of Marlow's is included. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

Virtue Ethics as the Motive Force Behind Actions: An Argumentative Essay

This 5 page argumentative essay defends the thesis that virtue ethics are the motive force behind actions. Essentially, this paper support the argument that virtue ethics tells a person what they ought to be, rather than what they ought to do, and as a result, defines the motives behind actions which are manifested in the form of character traits or virtues. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

Balancing Yin and Yang - The Merging of Tripitaka in “Monkey"

A 5-page analytic essay that examines the character of Tripitaka in Wu Cheng’en’s “Monkey”. Presented is the thesis that Tripitaka represents man himself while his three disciples, Monkey, Pigsy, and Sandy, represent the diverse elements that comprise human nature. Tripitaka’s journey in search of the Buddhist scriptures is explained as a metaphor for man’s journey through life, with the promotions presented to the pilgrims at the story’s end representing man’s acceptance of and merger with the different facets of his nature. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

Should Society Dispense With Race?

This 5 page paper argues that race should not be dispensed with, even after reviewing Paul Gilroy's well argued thesis. A critic of Gilroy's work is also included. Race in America is discussed in depth. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

NAFTA & American Industry / Positive Aspects

A 15 page research paper on how NAFTA benefits American industry. The writer cites many positive aspects of increased trade with Mexico including that of higher-paying domestic jobs. The specific case of the automobile industry is offered as an example to support the writer's thesis. Statistics are provided to support/back-up assertions. Includes charts & graphs. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

Stalin / USSR Agenda & The Korean War

A 12 page essay on the Stalinist Agenda, the history behind it, and its application to the Korean War, and particularly the 38th Parallel. The writer also addresses the United States' and United Nations' agendas along the same thesis. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

Disadvantages Of Globalization

The thesis that globalization is not good for underdeveloped countries is supported in this 15 page analysis. Central America is the focus of the paper, which includes a brief history of each of its seven countries. U.S. involvement in the region is emphasized. The paper concludes that the presence of multinationals in Central America is not the best thing for its people. Bibliography lists 15 sources.

Moral Indifference, The Holocaust & The Directive for Genocide

A 6 page paper supporting the thesis that socialization and moral indifference have led to a lack of concentration on the major elements that have underscored the actions of leaders resulting in the Holocaust of Nazi Germany as well as atrocities in Central America and Vietnam. The writer supports the premise that it is possible for such conditions to occur again unless actions are taken to prevent emerging institutionalized complacency. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

Unions & The Effects of Strike on Auto Workers

A 21 page thesis developed on the belief that the effects of striking on the workers under the UAW and long-term and widespread. This paper explores the impact of the strike on the individual as it relates to personal finances, productivity after the strike, issues regarding job security because of the strike impact on corporate levels, and job relationships between strikers and non-strikers after the fact. This paper concludes that strikes may have become an ineffectual way to attempt change within unionized structures because the negative impact on the employees is to great Bibliography lists 10 sources.

Jack Kerouac's "On The Road" - The Freedom To Move Around

3 pages in length. The thesis this passage illustrates is how living in the here and now is the only true way to realize the extent of one's existence. To some, Kerouac's passage may represent nothing short of a rambling incongruence of unconnected thoughts that somehow pertain to the aspect of travel, however, those who can see beyond the superficial element of literary prose clearly understand the yearning for life's experiences that compel one to leave behind every nuance of one's past and head for the unknown of tomorrow's future. No additional sources cited.

"Frontier Regulars" by Robert M. Utley

A 5 page paper which examines the thesis and main points of Robert M. Utley's book, "Frontier Regulars: The United States Army and the Indian, 1866-1891." No additional sources cited.

Peter Schrag/Paradise Lost, Decline in CA

A 3 page book review that focuses on Schrag's principal thesis in his text, Paradise Lost, California's Experience, America's Future (1999). According to Schrag, at one time, California was very close to being perfect. It had good schools, good roads, a welcoming atmosphere and believed in a progressive future. However, that was roughly thirty to forty years ago, and today everything has changed. Schrag's basic thesis is that the quality of life in California has been steadily declining over the last several decades and that the culprit for this degeneration is the "orgy" of "voter initiatives" that have caused the consistent erosion of public services (Schrag 9). No additional sources cited.

The Use of Dreams and Supernatural References in Bulgakov’s “The Master and Margarita” and Mann’s “The Magic Mountain”

This is a 5 page paper discussing the references of dreams and the supernatural in Mikhail Bulgakov’s “The Master and Margarita” and Thomas Mann’s “The Magic Mountain”. Mikhail Bulgakov’s “The Master and Margarita” and Thomas Mann’s “The Magic Mountain” both contain references to dream sequences to allow the characters to escape or mask the reality of life which surrounds them. In “The Master and Margarita”, Bulgakov uses dreams sequences and references to supernatural elements to allow the characters to speak about the underground world of the secret police. As characters are taken for questioning, the details of the abductions by “them” are made possible by the unreality and the distance provided by dreams. In addition, references to the supernatural such as “the Devil” also invoke memories of ancient taboos in society which are known to be punished. Mann’s central character Hans in “The Magic Mountain” has various dreams, daydreams and “vision quests” which allow the character to escape the routine and reality of his life. Already escaping somewhat to the sanatorium in the mountains, Hans has drug and fever induced dreams in which he gains more insight into the actions of man and offers him more freedom and confidence in his own decisions in life. Bibliography lists 6 sources.


This 18-page paper focuses on research of potential methods used for firefighter recruiting. Bibliography has 10 sources.

The Indulgence Controversy

This 8 page paper discusses the reasons Martin Luther posted his Disputation of Doctor Martin Luther on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences. His 95 Theses concerned this very specific issue. This paper reports Luther's objections to this practice, how the practice came about, its purpose, the use of papal power, and the indulgence vendor that was the catalyst for Luther's Disputation, which was an invitation to discuss the theses he posted. The paper reports the Church's rationale for indulgences and their alleged source of authority in initiating indulgences. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

Huntington, Clash of Civilizations

A 5 page research paper/essay that discusses the thesis proposed in the 1993 article “The Clash of Civilizations?” (which was later expanded into a book) by Harvard University professor Samuel P. Huntington, he which he proposes that the central source of global conflict will not be “primarily ideological or primarily economic,” but will be between cultural perspectives (Huntington, 1993, p. 22). This examination of Huntington’s thesis, first of all, looks at his position in more detail, and then examines the implications of Huntington’s position and the storm of controversy that it has generated. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

Jeffrey Reiman/Rich get richer, Poor get Prison

A 6 page book review that profiles Reiman's text The Rich Get Richer and the Poor Get Prison. The writer argues that the 2004 edition of Jeffrey Reiman's classic text shows that time has only validated the accusations that Reiman formulated against US jurisprudence in the original edition of his book in 1979. As Reiman points out in his preface to the seventh edition, "recent events continue to bear out the main thesis of the original edition of this book" (xiii). That thesis is that the criminal acts committed by the poor are treated a crimes while the acts of well-off people, which result in occupational death and disease, are not treated by crimes--"or if treated as crimes, not treated as serious crimes" (xiv). With the news filled with stories of white collar crime that robs millions of Americans of their retirement funds and financial security, this book is extremely relevant and should be required reading for all Americans--particularly in an election year. No additional sources cited.

D.H. Lawrence: Sons and Lovers

( 5 pp.) Thesis: Sons and Lovers, is an excellent title for D.H. Lawrence's 1913 story of an unaware mother's emotional enmeshment with her youngest son. This is the story of a family with four children: three sons and one daughter. We see how the family inter-relates to each other, particularly a mother to her sons. We are also shown how interdependency becomes an entangled web between an unaware mother and her youngest son. We will look at those relationships in light of our thesis, how a mother chooses to give more value to her needs than that of her son.

Galileo And The Warfare Thesis

5 pages in length. Writing in the late nineteenth century, Draper and White put forward an idea that was quickly embraced: the "warfare thesis," which suggests that science has always been in conflict with religion. Clearly, the direct connection between science and religion is not easily attained, inasmuch as science is based in a foundation of undeniable proof, while religion is grounded in the concept of belief. Would Galileo support or reject the warfare thesis based upon his Letter to the Grand Duchess, Christina? Indeed, one might readily argue that he would support Draper and White's theory, inasmuch as his letter was meant to bring to light the myriad shortcomings produced by biblical interpretation. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

Religion And Church Attendance

This 9 page paper discusses three articles that appeared in the Journal of Contemporary Religion in 2002. The first article by Bruce, Praying Alone? Church-Going in Britain and the Putnam Thesis, spurred the responses of two other authors. This essay also discusses Robert Putnam's thesis regarding the decline in voluntary associations among the populous and the premise that declining church attendance is just another example of a general shift away from collective activity. Using the three articles, Putnam's article and book and other sources, the writer asserts this is too simplistic. There are many factors involved with lower church attendance. Social capital is also discussed. Bibliography lists 11 sources.

Science and Religion / Can They Co-Exist ?

A 10 page research paper exploring the title question. Two primary questions are discussed: Can science and religion co-exist; and Are space, time and matter on in the same thing? The writer offers two theses. First, science and religion not only can co-exist, they must co-exist. Evidence for this is drawn from a number of philosophers and scientists including Descartes and Wertheim. The second thesis is that space, time and matter are three separate substances with evidence drawn from Descartes, the Deists, and Berkeley. Other philosophers and scientists are also briefly discussed in this paper. Bibliography included.

Encoding Specificity

An 8 page paper that presents the experimental findings of two studies on encoding specificity, then designs a third experimental proposal. The experiment proposed looks at the impact of age on encoding specificity and attempts to disprove Salthouse's belief that there is a direct correlation between age-memory decreases and limited encoding specificity. The thesis of this experiment suggests that other factors, including an abundance of prior knowledge, is the cause of what appears to be an age-bias.

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