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Treating Women as Objects

Based on Two Books: 5 pages. This is an analytical paper with a thesis statement as follows: How and why men in our hierarchical society treat women as objects. In order to prove this thesis statement we will consider two books, The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood and Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

Racism in Othello

A 10 page research paper/essay that explores how racism is an overt factor in Shakespeare's Othello. The writer argues that the Elizabethan cultural background necessarily informs and shapes the meaning of the play because Shakespeare would naturally have written within his own cultural framework. This examination of Othello explores this thesis and, in so doing, it takes a post-colonial approach to criticism as this literary theory encompasses how "knowledge of subordinate people is produced and used" (Post-colonialism). Bibliography lists 7 sources.

Shakespeare/Othello & Racism

A 5 page essay that relates the racism in Othello to the racial violence of the 1960s. the writer argues that Shakespeare's take on mixed marriage, which is expressed in his play Othello is a remarkable statement of tolerance and liberalism. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

Othello/Character Study

A 3 page research paper that examines the Shakespeare's characterization of Othello. In Othello, Shakespeare explores the nature of evil through a truly despicable character, Iago, who manipulates a good man, Othello, into murdering a good woman, the woman he loves, his wife Desdemona. An examination of this play reveals that the action of the play hinges on Shakespeare's characterization of Othello. No additional sources cited.

Othello/Role of Jealousy

A 3 page essay that addresses the topic of the role that jealousy plays in Shakespeare's Othello. While the writer acknowledges that jealousy is the primary motivation that compels Othello to murder his wife, the writer argues that jealousy is compounded by his marginalized position in Elizabethan society, both as a military man and by his race. Iago's manipulation of the Moor is so successful because he is able to play off Othello's feelings of inadequacy and use Othello's qualities of decisiveness and integrity against him. No additional sources cited.

Othello/ Innocence Corrupted

A 5 page analysis of Shakespeare's 'Othello,' in which the writer examines the way in which Iago corrupts and destroys the love of Othello and Desdemona. The writer argues that Iago convinces Othello of Desdemona's betrayal by reconstructing reality and thereby distorting Othello's perception. No additional sources cited.

Othello--Character Sketch

A 5 page essay that examines how Shakespeare's Othello fits Aristotle's description of the ideal tragic hero. Othello is a virtuous man -- an outstanding, brave soldier -- who is deeply in love with his wife. However, Othello also has human frailties. It is because Othello allows Iago to bring these frailties to the forefront of his personality that he suffers a tragic downfall. No additional sources cited.

Jealousy in Othello

A 3 page essay that discusses jealousy in Shakespeare's Othello. Jealousy, both professional jealousy and sexual jealousy, plays is the primary motivational force portrayed by Shakespeare in Othello. While Shakespeare focuses primarily on Othello's sexual jealousy as his motivation for the murder of his wife, Desdemona, behind Othello's actions are the manipulations of Iago, which are motivated by professional jealousy. In other words, throughout the play, in general, Shakespeare warns his audience against the insidiously evil effect of jealousy. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

Fatigue: Work Week Restrictions for Medical Residents

A 3 page investigation of the relationship between the number of hours a resident is expected to work and his or her performance. The thesis statement that: "medical resident overload has the potential to significantly impact patient well being" is presented and the literature is examined to explore this thesis. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

Environmental Ethics

7 pages. This research paper is a defense of the following thesis statement: J. Baird Callicott is correct to suggest that a significant moral distinction should be drawn between wild and domestic animals. This paper defends three of the author's arguments that support his thesis. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

Casablanca: The Movie (1942)

(5 pp). How do you write a thesis statement in terms of a classic? Casablanca is a movie's movie. It may have been a movie we grew up with. One that someone sat us down and said, "you have to watch this;" or one we never thought we would watch, and yet "catches us" any time we are within five feet of viewing it. Thesis statement: Casablanca has all the elements that make a good drama, and may turn it into a "lifelong friend."

Willa Cather: " Paul's Case," A Study in Temperament."

(5 pp.) This story is often used in high school discussions, either as a "jumping off" place for talking about the "choice" of suicide, or an exercise in "cognitive thinking." The writer uses quotes from the story as well as statements from other critics to support the basic thesis statement: Paul's choice of suicide had several contributing factors. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

Managing Employees' Resistance to Change

An 11 page paper presenting Chapter One of a thesis addressing this topic. Contents of the chapter include an introduction for the study, need for the study, statement of the problem, the purpose of the study, hypotheses to be tested, a statement of limitations and assumptions, definition of terms to be used in the study, a brief outline of the organization of the study, and a summary of Chapter 1. Bibliography lists 12 sources.

STD Transmission on College Campus

6 pages. This paper will deal with a local issue, sexually transmitted diseases prevalent on college campus, and argue an issue in that area. This is done in order to see the problem first, then the solution. This will be an argument driven by a thesis statement with the word "should" in it – a should statement. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

Knowledge of the Past, Knowledge of the Future:

5 pages in length. "Without knowledge of the past, we would have no knowledge at all." With this statement in mind, the author examines many different ways in which the statement is proven to be true. Examples are given and an effective thesis is made. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

Personality, Interests, Attitudes Measures

A 4 page paper that includes an outline in the page count. The paper begins with the thesis statement: Personality, interest, and attitude measures can be helpful in different settings. The essay goes on to explain the history of personality measures through the Big 5. It describes the Strong Interest Inventory and measures of attitudes. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

The Yin and Yang Nature of Othello

This 5 page paper supports the thesis that Othello is replete with opposites such as living and dying, black and white and good and evil. Quotes from the play are included. No other sources cited.

Pleasurable Aspects of Othello

A 7 page essay that examines what factors that an audience finds enjoyable in Shakespeare's tragedy Othello. The writer argues that a tale that causes its audience to see the world in a new light, from a new perspective, is pleasurable because it forces its audience to see the world with "new" eyes, which is what Othello accomplishes. Also, the writer argues that Othello is pleasurable for its audience because it tells a remarkable love story of extraordinary passion. No additional sources cited.

Othello: Sympathy for a Tragic Hero

A 5 page overview of Shakespeare’s “Othello”, and an analysis of its place in Aristotle’s contention that the audience should feel pity for the tragic hero. The author of this paper categorizes “Othello” as a classic tragedy and enumerates the many reasons why Othello was both designed by Shakespeare to elicit audience sympathy and, indeed, is deserved of that sympathy. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

Othello/Elizabethan Outsider

A 5 page essay that examines Othello's position as an outsider in society, defines it and discusses how this contributed to his tragic downfall. While undoubtedly Shakespeare had universal themes in mind that would connect Othello's experience to his humanity, it is also true that Shakespeare's Elizabethan audience would have perceived Othello in terms of being an outsider to white society. Furthermore, the writer cites sources that confirm that Elizabethans saw the African race as monstrous, equating black with evil. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

Sophocles' Oedipus & Shakespeare's Othello / Use of Irony

A 5 page research paper that compares the use of irony in Shakespeare's 'Othello' and Sophocles' 'Oedipus Rex.' Both Othello and Oedipus, two of history's greatest tragedies, have irony as a key ingredient to their make-up. In each case, pride overcomes other human emotions and this quality, even more then jealousy in the case of Othello, can be argued as the tragic flaw that causes the downfall of each protagonist. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

Shakespeare for the 90s? Oliver Parker's Othello

A 6 page review of the latest movie version of Othello, starring Laurence Fishburne as Othello and Kenneth Branagh as Othello. The paper notes that Parker cut and altered much of Shakespeare's dialogue and changed the very slant of the film in a quest for "relevance"; it questions whether Shakespeare would not have been better presented in a manner more faithful to the playwright's vision. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

Michael MacLiammor Plays Iago.

(5 pp) In the Orson Welles' 1952 film, Othello begins where it should end, with the funeral procession for Othello and Desdemona The horizontal Othello and Desdemona are glimpsed between the tall vertical spears of armored soldiers, other times in long shot. Then viewed from an overhead, probably a crane shot, suddenly there is a wretched man, a rope around his neck, being dragged through the crowd toward a cruel and savage-looking cage. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

Michael MacLiammor Plays Iago

(5 pp) In the Orson Welles' 1952 film, Othello begins where it should end, with the funeral procession for Othello and Desdemona The horizontal Othello and Desdemona are glimpsed between the tall vertical spears of armored soldiers, other times in long shot. Then viewed from an overhead, probably a crane shot, suddenly there is a wretched man, a rope around his neck, being dragged through the crowd toward a heavy and primitve-looking cage. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

Shakespeare’s “Othello” -- Act One, Scene Three

This 5 page report discusses the scene in which Othello goes with Desdemona’s father before the Venetian council to be accused of having “stolen” Desdemona away from her father. The scene establishes the Duke’s and council members’ respect for Othello, the love that exists between Othello and Desdemona, the foolishness of Brabantio, and, of course, the determination of Iago to destroy the couple. It serves as an excellent example of how one scene furthers the action of the entire play. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

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