Friday, November 29, 2019
Macbeth's Inner Look At Acts 4,5,6 Today is the true day of all death. For shame, I am lonely in a world of lost hope. I have been deceived to the greatest extent. Those three weird sisters have gone very far to put me through such foulness. They had told me that if the woods of Birnham should move upon my castle that I shall be vanquished. This has become true as my scouts have informed me that such a task has been performed. How could this be? I do not know, but if I were to look into the night the answers would point to the overpowering army of Malcolm. This is all but a murmur in my heart, as the word of my wife's death has become my lost hope. For many days I have been aware of her sick mind and did nothing to solve it. If it was I who decided her contemplation with death let me die in the perilous battlefields of antiquity. My scouts have given warning that MacDuff is in the front-line. I must engage in the battle. May god have mercy on my soul and not let the prophecies of the weird sisters be true.
Monday, November 25, 2019
Crime And Punishment Essays (955 words) - London Boroughs, Crime Crime and Punishment Our topic for this paper is Crime and Punishment. There are several different issues on this subject. We chose three main points to talk about: The Crimes, the People who solved them, and the different types of punishments. These are the topics we chose for our report. Crime in the nineteeth century was rapid though out London. But because of all of the poverty and sickness in the streets, crime was the only way to survive. Most of the crimes that took place in London were crimes that involved stealing. Pickpocket gangs and street gamblers were a regular sight when walking down a major London street. Prostitution was also a big money maker on the streets, done by both girls and boys. But crimes though out the middle class and rich were mostly property crimes and disputes which made up 90% of all crimes committed by the upper-class. In Victorian England and like today there a two categories which crimes fall under. "Indictable" which is the same as our felony crimes that make up all of the major crimes. These crimes consist of: Murder, armed robbery, burglary, larceny, rape, and assaults on the police. The next called category is called " Summery " crimes which is equal to our misdemeanor crimes. Summery crimes were all minor crimes such as: Property crimes, Vagrancy, Drunkenness, Prostitution, Minor Larceny , and all other minor offenses. Probably the most famous criminal in the Victorian period was " Jack the Ripper ". Jack the Ripper was " the first modern sexual serial killer" ( Sugden, pg.2) Jack's trademark was the killing of female prostitutes. But not only did he kill them, he would surgically remove organs and intrails and place them near the dead body. "Jack the Ripper" wasn't his only nickname, he was also called " the Whitechaple murder " because the body's were found near the Whitechapel Road, and " The Leather Apron" because of a man that would come by and beat up the prostitutes for no reason. Jack the Ripper is credited for 9 killings, but police think that he might be responsible for more. All of the killing accrued with in one square mile. Jack is described as carrying a long knife in which he would cut open his victims, and a black Gladstone bag, the contents of which is unknown. ( Sugden, pg.1) Jack the Ripper's identity is unknown which is probably why this case is so famous. It is rumored that Jack the Ripper was a member of the royal family, and that people knew of his identity but wanted to keep it a secret. The London Metropolitan Police system was created in 1829, after the public need for security has been told to the government. The Police Department consisted of 3000 policemen. The Policeman then were poorly paid. A constable's usual pay was 19 shillings, a week. An inspector got around 2 pounds, and some of that money was taken off for the cost of there uniform. There uniform was a blue tail coat with there number and letter of their division on the collar and hat. There only weapon was a short wooden baton. The government had a hard time finding recruits. Most of there men were old soldiers, and many of them were dismissed from the force for drunkenness. Later on the force started to become a real Police force, and the people of London appreciated it. The officers also were given many nicknames such as: Blue devils, peeler, and bobby. In 10 years the London Metropolitan Police Force cut the number of crimes in London by half. The crimes in Victorian England did not go without it's punishments. In early Victorian England Public hanging's were watched by many people, and the stocks were placed in the center of town where people would look at you and even beat you and humiliated you. But in 1838 the ending of all public tortures and executions gave way and became out lawed. These things lead to the building of prisons. In 1730 the prisons were at there worst and were not made for long term offenders. These prisons were so bad because they were privately owned and the
Thursday, November 21, 2019
INTRODUCTION TO LAW AND LEGAL REASONING - Essay Example This paper will critically analyse the above statement that legal interpretation is arbitrary and that judges rely on a variety of techniques to reach the conclusion they prefer rather than using a set of pre-existing rules or standards. An arbitrary decision can be defined as one that is determined by impulse and chance and not by reason or principle. This type of decision is made based on individual judgment or preference.1 When one states that legal interpretation is arbitrary, he or she means that the interpretation of law is made based on oneÃ¢â¬â¢s judgement or preference as opposed to the use of reason or principle. One problem that characterizes the decisions that are made by judges is that no one apart from the judge clearly knows the basis of those decisions. A judge might cite several aspects from which he or she makes the decision. However, this might not be agreeable to all people2. Generally, the law states that a courtÃ¢â¬â¢s decision on a certain problem or case must be reached by looking at the available evidence. When a defendant is sued by a plaintiff, the plaintiff should use evidence to prove beyond reasonable doubt that the defendant is guilty3. The defendant should also prove beyond reasonable doubt that he or she is not guilty of the accusations laid against him or her. If this were followed, when decisions are based on this aspect, then it would obviously mean that legal interpretation is not arbitrary. However, an important question that comes up in this respect regard whether judges apply this rule to all their decisions. This is a difficult question to answer because normally the decision comes from the judges and they are the ones who know what they look at before reaching the decision4. The concept of interpretation of the law has different senses. Many factors can determine how an interpretation is made. Interpretations are made from everyday language that legislators use as
Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Personal statement - Essay Example After completing my Law degree, I was able to work with several voluntary organisations that helped me discover my passion in helping others. Presently, I work for a voluntary organisation, Cocoa African Community Connection, which is located in Birmingham. My duties as a language interpreter and helping the refugees and victims of torture with immigration, housing, social and family issues has been an eye opener into the kind of activities that I would like to engage in the future. I have realised that I could make a significant impact in the lives of the refugeesÃ¢â¬â¢ children by teaching French in the local Primary school. I am fluent in French, as it is my first language, therefore, ensuring that these kids have acquired the knowledge that will help them become self-sustaining. I have realised teaching French in the primary school will help many children into understanding other cultures and enable them communicate with others effectively. This will help them obtain better lives, thus contributing to a better world. I am able to work in teams, possess excellent planning and organising skills, and I can work under intense pressure. This means that the children will be in capable hands, as I will work effectively to ensure that they obtain quality
Monday, November 18, 2019
Medical law - Essay Example Debates surrounding the law have been noted to have come from two major perspectives, the first of which is a legal and professional perspective, and the second being humanity and ethical perspective.1 It has been said that the controversies surrounding the laws have always arisen from a perspective where people have looked at the law from a human and ethical perspective rather than from a legal and professional perspective.2 The reason much controversy is said to arise when the law is viewed from humanity and ethical perspective is that it gives way for people to judge the law mainly from how wrong and dehumanising it is to take organs from a dead person, especially when the person did not leave any living proof of consent.3 Meanwhile, there is the legal and professional perspective which also looks at the impact of a refusal to engage in the supply of human organs for transplantation on the living. For example, the right to live has been argued to apply to the living rather than the dead and so it is important that as far as there is a professional medical intervention that can save a living person rather than a dead person, that intervention must be applied4. In this paper, the writer combines both sides of the argument and critically evaluates recent changes to the law, while giving alternative responses that can help increase the supply of human organs for transplantation. The Human Tissue Act 2004 is the current set of laws regulating the supply of human tissue for transplantation in the U.K. The Human Tissue Act 2004 is generally in place to regulate the activities bordering on the removal, storage, use and disposal of human tissue5. The laws were established by the Human Tissue Authority, which currently puts emphasis on consent. By consent, reference is being made to the need for a person, whiles alive to agree that once he or she dies, there can be a supply of part of his or her tissue for issues of medical purposes prescribed under the Act.
Saturday, November 16, 2019
Reflection on Personal Performance in Business Strategy Game Business strategy games involving management process before confirming the decision to be made. Lesson learned taken from the business game, from the process and the content from the case (industry and situation condition of the business). Management Process Planning was the first process taken. Reading and understanding the relevant information was necessary and plays a significant role in planning process. Expectation was established in the planning, and followed stepping process until all aspects have been determined, including all distinctiveness in production (capacity, model, etc.), transportation (shipping), labor, etc. Planning is critical, and it was indicated in the business strategy games, in which it required quite some time to achieve an agreement. Time was also a factor should be considered, and it drove the discussion on the planning to obtain the agreement. Organizing was also needed in the game to obtain optimal process. One opinion was listened and it organized the discussion and the direction of the process toward certain strategy. Other opinion was taking in to consideration, whether support or as devil advocacy to the strategy. The process also managed by organizing the flow of discussion to center on the strategy with already decided to be focused on. One person plays role as organizer at one time became a source person or follower in the other time. This approach of organizing made the progress of the discussion in the one focal point that describes the strategy taken which leads to the decision. When a member played the role as organizer, then the member did directing the process and content according to the chosen strategy, and also can happened that the strategy can be changed according to the expected result and considering assumption of strategy of the competitors. Some times in the process, one or more member can have their drive going down. In this situation other member did motivated the team to keep up the winning spirit. Controlling was also involved in the process, by focus on one thing and sacrifices in other thing, align with the strategy. These four processes of management were implemented i n the process of gaining the final decision and in determining the content to be made (such as production/manufacturing, shipping, labor, price, etc.), in which the final decision was made by consensus. The experience in the game gives the learning point in practicing of implementing management process, planning, organizing, directing, and controlling. Within a given time, group should be able to do planning (including crafting the strategy, and establish the goal), organizing the process (including agreed on the road map of the process, listening and expressing opinion, and adjusting to the characteristics of the group), directing (including do and accept direction, motivating others, make or initiate decision), and controlling (to be aligned with strategy). Management Functions Strategy plays a critical role in the process, and aim to make the company have differentiation that creates competitive edge compare with the competitors. Decisions are determined align with the chosen strategy. Strategy such as increasing market share and or increasing price to obtain more profit, and or have a low cost production by moving the manufacturing to the low cost location, and or lowering the labor cost, and or increasing the quality of the product, etc., were became the issues discussed during the process. Any decision made in the process should be linked to the strategy and eventually to the expected result (goal). Marketing management initiatives plays important role in the process. Attention was put in the advertising or promotion program. The decision on the initiatives was made in relation with other initiatives, and initiative should be congruence to be able to reach expected impact. Operations management was also applied, in order to have efficient and low cost production, to be able to lower the price, or put emphasizing in better quality of product and therefore adjust the price to a higher number. Having different locations of manufacturing was also part of consideration in operation management, including the days needed for shipping, and inventory level. Financial management was critical. At the end of the day, the success of the strategy, whether the plan was achieved of not, was determined by facts and figures which was analyzed and interpreted in terms of financial. The situation or condition of the company was considering of profitable, safe or potentially bankrupt, and whether the strategy was effective or not was determined from numbers including financial ratios. Production plan and realization, exchange rate, labor cost, product sold or unsold, inventory level, price, etc. were contributed to the financial condition, and will be analyzed further for determining next strategy (for next run). Human Resource was also had major role in the decision process. Number of labor involved, salary and incentives, were several factors considered in human resource function. During the discussion it was also considered incentive factors as the factor that can boost the motivation of the employees, in which can increase the productivity and eventually proportionally can lower the cost. Experience in the business games told that the management functions will be more effective if it was take into consideration in integrated way. The strategy made was comprise of many functions of management, Working in Teams Team work was a factor that can smooth the progress of the practice toward a productive way. At one time one member took the role as leader, and expressed the idea or opinion which regarded as reference that was supported or argued by other members. The leader than guide or direct the process toward obtaining acceptable or best solution. Other member played role as follower, tried to understand point of view of the leader, and gave opinion to enrich the information for having the decision. In one process it can happened that the role of leader was switch from one member to another member, and lead the discussion toward the decision. Working in team in the business games demonstrated by listening to other opinions or ideas and, gave contribution to the group by doing analysis and expressing constructive argument and idea or opinion to the group. In the process of making group decision, group tried to obtain consensus, with all group members support the decision. Experience and Lesson Taken to Working Place In leading unit in the working place, it is important to have clear goals for the unit, which are determined in the process of performance planning that usually take place at the beginning of the year. The goals comprises of organization (unit) objective, and individual objective which should be clear and measurable (refer to SMART Goals principle) and cascaded from top to bottom, means that the goals are aligned from executive or manager position to staff position. Having a clear goals or expectations will make all employees within the unit know exactly what are expected to be achieved and will make the monitoring of performance become more effective, and eventually it will make the evaluation of the achievement more effective. Leader should be able to define the goals, which reflected what the unit wants to be, particularly for the respective year. For the unit, strategy than decided to define what is the best way to achieve the goals or answering how to get there. Leader should be able to determine the strategy, which should consider of having different way of doing rather than just following the same thing. Strategy should have put into consideration opportunities and obstacles that can potentially will be faced along the year. For the unit performance, flow of work, service level agreement, number of employee, training and development program that will have impact to the quality of work, compensation practice, etc. should be considered in order to have effective strategy. Every people in the organization have potential, and leader should put effort to unleash the potential of the individual and support them to perform in their work. Many initiatives of improvement or programs come from the people in the unit that can give positive impact to the unit. Motivation is needed to keep the work spirit not fall to the lower level. Leader should do coaching to ensure people in the unit understand and on track, make sure that people move to the same direction with same strategy. Every function of management can be implemented to achieve optimum result. Managing the operation implemented to ensure effectiveness and efficiency of work. Human resource management will help in ensuring what unit do are align with the business. Financial management can be implement whether in business or support function, for instance to measure Return on Investment of certain initiatives. As member of management team, we should contribute in a positive way by giving opinion and ideas, or doing what has been decided productively. Discussion should be conducted in conducive way, listen what other people say and express opinion to reach to the decision. When decision has been made, member should follow and committed to perform the decision in effectively. Success of the unit is also determined by the competency, performance, and contribution of the members. To have an optimum result, member should be able to look the purpose as unit purpose not individual purpose. This principle can create synergy between members in the team and can contribute more to the performance of the team. The business strategy games provide inspiration that can be applied in the working situation. Having competitors that can affect the result of one group convey the message that in establishing standard, one unit should not look into inside factors, but should also consider outside factors. The capability of the unit can be seen differently and will lead to different goals and strategy. Strategy can be different if the external condition is supportive and indicates opportunity and will be different if the external conditions are not accommodating. Macro and micro analysis can be conducted to have a more comprehensive analysis for obtaining effective and right decision.
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
How to Find A Writing Topic Problem-Solution Essays Have you ever received a problem-solution essay where you cannot think of anything to write? Although many of the forty million students in America go through this at one time or another, don't despair! There are several systematic ways to find a writing topic. Some topics take no research at all. Let's look at a few of them. First, the local newspaper may contain some interesting articles. The newspaper can be used as a utility to the writing process. Problems will present themselves in many newspaper articles. Articles will most likely contain many facts and quotations about a certain problem making the subject easily researchable in a short time. People must be careful, though, when using the newspaper. Many other people may use it as a source and you may find yourself writing about the same thing as someone else. Another solution might be to write in regard to your own past experiences that have involved problems and solutions. They may be problems you have had with your parents or siblings. A problem could be that you cannot decide on something and have to make a tough decision. Writing about a decision that you made about clothes will suffice. But in the view of someone else, the problem may seem insignificant. Both previous solutions may in some cases fail. If so, writing about not knowing what to write and how to solve that may lead to the best alternative. It may look as if the assignment was quickly jotted down due to the fact that there is no research to do, but if it is well written it can turn out to be a very good essay. When specific information is needed there are many things that could be doctored to suit the needs of the article.
Monday, November 11, 2019
22 RECONSIDERING A CAREER IN SECONDHAND RETAIL Anton Dubois, the owner of Book 'em Danno in the Mission, had been a Death Merchant longer than anyone else in San Francisco. Of course he hadn't called himself a Death Merchant at first, but when that Minty Fresh fellow who opened the record store in the Castro coined the term, he could never think of himself as anything else. He was sixty-five years old and not in the best health, having never used his body for much more than to carry his head around, which is where he lived most of the time. He had, however, in his years of reading, acquired an encyclopedic knowledge of the science and mythology of death. So, on that Tuesday evening, just after sundown, when the windows of his store went black, as if all the light had been sucked suddenly out of the universe, and the three female figures moved toward him through the store, as he sat under his little reading light at the counter in the back, like a tiny yellow island in the vast pitch of space, he was the first man in fifteen hundr ed years to know exactly what Ã¢â¬â who Ã¢â¬â they were. Ã¢â¬Å"Morrigan,Ã¢â¬ Anton said, with no particular note of fear in his voice. He set his book down, but didn't bother to mark the page. He took off his glasses and cleaned them on his flannel shirt, then put them back on so as not to miss any detail. Just now they were only blue-black highlights moving among the deep shadows in the store, but he could see them. They stopped when he spoke. One of them hissed Ã¢â¬â not the hiss of a cat, a long, steady tone Ã¢â¬â more like the hiss of air escaping the rubber raft that is all that lies between you and a dark sea full of sharks, the hiss of your life leaking out at the seams. Ã¢â¬Å"I thought something might be happening,Ã¢â¬ Anton said, a little anxious now. Ã¢â¬Å"With all the signs, and the prophecy about the Luminatus, I knew something was happening, but I didn't think it would be you Ã¢â¬â in person Ã¢â¬â so to speak. This is very exciting.Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"A devotee?Ã¢â¬ said Nemain. Ã¢â¬Å"A fan,Ã¢â¬ said Babd. Ã¢â¬Å"A sacrifice,Ã¢â¬ said Macha. They moved around him, just outside his circle of light. Ã¢â¬Å"I moved the soul vessels,Ã¢â¬ Anton said. Ã¢â¬Å"I guessed that something had happened to the others.Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"Aw, are you disappointed because you're not the first?Ã¢â¬ said Babd. Ã¢â¬Å"It will be just like the first time, pumpkin,Ã¢â¬ said Nemain. Ã¢â¬Å"For you, anyway.Ã¢â¬ She giggled. Anton reached under his counter and pushed a button. Steel shutters began to roll in the front of the store over the windows and door. Ã¢â¬Å"You afraid we'll get away, turtle man,Ã¢â¬ said Macha. Ã¢â¬Å"Don't you think he looks like a turtle?Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"Oh, I know the shutters won't keep you in, that's not what they're for. The books say that you're immortal, but I suspect that that's not exactly true. Too many tales of warriors injuring you and watching you heal yourself on the battlefield.Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"We will be here ten thousand years after your death, which starts pretty soon, I might add,Ã¢â¬ said Nemain. Ã¢â¬Å"The souls, turtle man. Where did you put them?Ã¢â¬ She extended her claws and reached out so they caught the light from Anton's reading lamp. Venom dripped from their tips and sizzled when it hit the floor. Ã¢â¬Å"You'd be Nemain, then,Ã¢â¬ Anton said. The Morrigan smiled, he could just see her teeth in the dark. Anton felt a strange peace fall over him. For thirty years he had, in some way or another, been preparing for this moment. What was it that the Buddhists said? Only by being prepared for your death can you ever truly live. If collecting souls and seeing people pass for thirty years didn't prepare you, what would? Under the counter he carefully unscrewed a stainless-steel cap that concealed a red button. Ã¢â¬Å"I installed those four speakers at the back of the store a few months ago. I'm sure you can see them, even if I can't,Ã¢â¬ Anton said. Ã¢â¬Å"The souls!Ã¢â¬ Macha barked. Ã¢â¬Å"Where?Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"Of course I didn't know it would be you. I thought it might be those little creatures I've seen wandering the neighborhood. But I think you'll enjoy the music, nonetheless.Ã¢â¬ The Morrigan looked at each other. Macha growled. Ã¢â¬Å"Who says things like Ã¢â¬Ënonetheless'?Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"He's babbling,Ã¢â¬ said Babd. Ã¢â¬Å"Let's torture him. Take his eyes, Nemain.Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"Do you remember what a claymore looks like?Ã¢â¬ Anton asked. Ã¢â¬Å"A great, two-handed broadsword,Ã¢â¬ said Nemain. Ã¢â¬Å"Good for the taking of heads.Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"I knew that, I knew that,Ã¢â¬ said Babd. Ã¢â¬Å"She's just showing off.Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"Well, in this time, a claymore means something else,Ã¢â¬ Anton said. Ã¢â¬Å"You acquire the most interesting things working in the secondhand business for three decades.Ã¢â¬ He closed his eyes and pushed the button. He hoped that his soul would end up in a book, preferably his first edition of Cannery Row, which was safely stored away. The curved claymore antipersonnel mines that he had installed in speaker cabinets at the rear of the store exploded, sending twenty-eight hundred ball bearings hurtling toward the steel shutters at just under the speed of sound, shredding Anton and everything else in their path. Ray followed the love of his life a block up Mason Street, where she hopped on a cable car and rode it the rest of the way up the hill into Chinatown. The problem was that while it was pretty easy to figure out where a cable car was going, they only came along about every ten minutes, so Ray couldn't wait for the next one, jump on, and shout, Ã¢â¬Å"Follow that antiquated but quaint public conveyance, and step on it!Ã¢â¬ And there were no cabs in sight. It turned out that jogging up a steep city hill on a hot summer day in street clothes was somewhat different from jogging on a treadmill in an air-conditioned gym behind a row of taut fuck puppets, and by the time he got to California Street, Ray was drenched in sweat, and not only hated the city of San Francisco and everyone in it, he was pretty much ready to call it quits with Audrey and go back to the relative desperation of Ukrainian Girls Loving Him from afar. He caught a break at the Powell Street exchange, where the cable cars pick up in Chinatown, and was actually able to jump on the car behind Audrey's and continue the breathtaking, seven-mile-per-hour chase, ten more blocks to Market Street. Audrey hopped off the cable car, walked directly out to the island on Market, and stepped onto one of the antique streetcars, which left before Ray even got to the island. She was like some kind of diabolical rail-transit supervixen, Ray thought. The way the trains just seemed to be there when she needed them, then gone when he got there. She was master of some sort of evil, streetcar mojo, no doubt about that. (In matters of the heart, the Beta Male imagination can turn quickly on a floundering suitor, and at that point, Ray's was beginning to consume what little confidence he had mustered.) It was Market Street, however, the busiest street in the City, and Ray was able to quickly grab a cab and follow Audrey all the way into the Mission district, and even kept the cab for a few blocks when she was on foot again. Ray stayed a block away, following Audrey to a big jade-green Queen Anne Victorian building off Seventeenth Street, which had a small plaque on the column by the porch that read THREE JEWELS BUDDHIST CENTER. Ray had his breath and his composure back, and was able to watch comfortably from behind a light post across the street as Audrey climbed the steps of the center. As she got to the top step, the leaded-glass door flew open and two old ladies came rushing out, frantic, it seemed, to tell Audrey something, but entirely out of control. The old ladies looked familiar. Ray stopped breathing and dug into the back pocket of his jeans. He came up with the photocopies he'd kept of the driver's-license photos of the women Charlie had asked him to find. It was them: Esther Johnson and Irena Posokovanovich, standing there with the future Mrs. Macy. Then, just as Ray was trying to get his head around the connection, the door of the Buddhist center opened again and out charged what looked like a river otter in a sequined minidress and go-go boots, bent on attacking Audrey's ankles with a pair of scissors. Charlie and Inspector Rivera stood outside Fresh Music in the Castro, trying to peer in the windows past the cardboard cutouts and giant album covers. According to the hours posted on the door, the store should have been open, but the door was locked and it was dark inside. From what Charlie could see, the store was exactly as he had seen it years ago when he'd confronted Minty Fresh, except for one, distinct difference: the shelf full of glowing soul vessels was gone. There was a frozen-yogurt shop next door and Rivera led Charlie in and talked to the owner, a guy who looked entirely too fit to run a sweetshop, who said, Ã¢â¬Å"He hasn't opened for five days. Didn't say a word to any of us. Is he okay?Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"I'm sure he's fine,Ã¢â¬ Rivera said. Three minutes later Rivera had obtained Minty Fresh's phone numbers and home address from the SFPD dispatcher, and after trying the numbers and getting voice mail, they went to Fresh's apartment in Twin Peaks to find newspapers piled up by the door. Rivera turned to Charlie. Ã¢â¬Å"Do you know of anyone else who could vouch for what you've been telling me?Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"You mean other Death Merchants?Ã¢â¬ Charlie asked. Ã¢â¬Å"I don't know them, but I know of them. They probably won't talk to you.Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"Used-book-store owner in the Haight and a junk dealer off lower Fourth Street, right?Ã¢â¬ Rivera said. Ã¢â¬Å"No,Ã¢â¬ Charlie said. Ã¢â¬Å"I don't know of anyone like that. Why did you ask?Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"Because both of them are missing,Ã¢â¬ Rivera said. There was blood all over the walls of the junk dealer's office. There was a human ear on the floor of the bookstore in the Haight.Ã¢â¬ Charlie backed against the wall. Ã¢â¬Å"That wasn't in the paper.Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"We don't release stuff like that. Both lived alone, no one saw anything, we don't know that a crime was even committed. But now, with this Fresh guy missing Ã¢â¬â Ã¢â¬Å" Ã¢â¬Å"You think that these other guys were Death Merchants?Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"I'm not saying I believe that, Charlie, it could just be a coincidence, but when Ray Macy called me today about you, that was actually the reason I came to find you. I was going to ask you if you knew them.Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"Ray ratted me out?Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"Let it go. He may have saved your life.Ã¢â¬ Charlie thought about Sophie for the hundredth time that night, worried about not being there with her. Ã¢â¬Å"Can I call my daughter?Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"Sure,Ã¢â¬ Rivera said. Ã¢â¬Å"But then Ã¢â¬â Ã¢â¬Å" Ã¢â¬Å"Book 'em Danno in the Mission,Ã¢â¬ Charlie said, pulling his cell phone out of his jacket pocket. Ã¢â¬Å"That can't be ten minutes away. I think the owner is one of us.Ã¢â¬ Sophie was fine, feeding Cheese Newts to the hellhounds with Mrs. Korjev. She asked Charlie if he needed any help and he teared up and had to get control of his voice before he answered. Seven minutes later they were parked crossways in the middle of Valencia Street, watching fire trucks blasting water into the second story of the building that housed Book 'em Danno. They got out of the car and Rivera showed his badge to the police officer who had been first on the scene. Ã¢â¬Å"Fire crews can't get in,Ã¢â¬ the cop said. Ã¢â¬Å"There's a heavy steel fire door in the back and those shutters must be quarter-inch steel or more.Ã¢â¬ The security shutters were bowed outward and had thousands of small bumps all over them. Ã¢â¬Å"What happened?Ã¢â¬ Rivera asked. Ã¢â¬Å"We don't know yet,Ã¢â¬ said the cop. Ã¢â¬Å"Neighbors reported an explosion and that's all we know so far. No one lived upstairs. We've evacuated all the adjacent buildings.Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"Thanks,Ã¢â¬ Rivera said. He looked at Charlie, raised an eyebrow. Ã¢â¬Å"The Fillmore,Ã¢â¬ Charlie said. Ã¢â¬Å"A pawnshop at Fulton and Fillmore.Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"Let's go,Ã¢â¬ Rivera said, taking Charlie's arm to help speed-limp him to the car. Ã¢â¬Å"So I'm not a suspect anymore?Ã¢â¬ Charlie asked. Ã¢â¬Å"We'll see if you live,Ã¢â¬ Rivera said, opening the car door. Once in the car, Charlie called his sister. Ã¢â¬Å"Jane, I need you to go get Sophie and the puppies and take them to your place.Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"Sure, Charlie, but we just had the carpets cleaned Ã¢â¬â Alvin and Ã¢â¬â Ã¢â¬Å" Ã¢â¬Å"Do not separate Sophie and the hellhounds for one second, Jane, do you understand?Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"Jeez, Charlie. Sure.Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"I mean it. She may be in danger and they'll protect her.Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"What's going on? Do you want me to call the cops?Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"I'm with the cops, Jane. Please, go get Sophie right now.Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"I'm leaving now. How am I going to get them all into my Subaru?Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"You'll figure it out. If you have to, tie Alvin and Mohammed to the bumper and drive slowly.Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"That's horrible, Charlie.Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"No, it's not. They'll be fine.Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"No, I mean they tore my bumper off last time I did that. It cost six hundred bucks to fix.Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"Go get her. I'll call you in an hour.Ã¢â¬ Charlie disconnected. Well, claymores suck, I can tell you that,Ã¢â¬ said Babd. Ã¢â¬Å"I used to like the big sword claymore, but nowÃ¢â¬ ¦now they have to make them all splody and full of Ã¢â¬â what do you call that stuff, Nemain?Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"Shrapnel.Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"Shrapnel,Ã¢â¬ said Babd. Ã¢â¬Å"I was just starting to feel like my old self Ã¢â¬â Ã¢â¬Å" Ã¢â¬Å"Shut up!Ã¢â¬ barked Macha. Ã¢â¬Å"But it hurts,Ã¢â¬ said Babd. They were flowing along a storm sewer pipe under Sixteenth Street in the Mission. They were barely two-dimensional again, and they looked like tattered black battle flags, threadbare shadows, oozing black goo as they moved up the pipe. One of Nemain's legs had been completely severed and she had it tucked under her arm while her sisters towed her through the pipe. Ã¢â¬Å"Can you fly, Nemain?Ã¢â¬ asked Babd. Ã¢â¬Å"You're getting heavy.Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"Not down here, and I'm not going back up there.Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"We have to go back Above,Ã¢â¬ said Macha. Ã¢â¬Å"If you want to heal before a millennium passes.Ã¢â¬ As the three death divas came to a wide junction of pipes under Market Street, they heard something splashing in the pipe ahead. Ã¢â¬Å"What's that?Ã¢â¬ said Babd. They stopped. Something pattered by in the pipe they were approaching. Ã¢â¬Å"What was that? What was that?Ã¢â¬ asked Nemain, who couldn't see past her sisters. Ã¢â¬Å"Looked like a squirrel in a ball gown,Ã¢â¬ said Babd. Ã¢â¬Å"But I'm weak and could be delusional.Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"And an idiot,Ã¢â¬ said Macha. Ã¢â¬Å"It was a gift soul. Get it! We can heal Nemain's leg with it.Ã¢â¬ Macha and Babd dropped their unidexter sister and surged forward toward the junction, just as the Boston terrier stepped into their path. The Morrigan backpedaling in the pipe sounded like cats tearing lace. Ã¢â¬Å"Whoa, whoa, whoa,Ã¢â¬ chanted Macha, what was left of her claws raking the pipe to back up. Bummer yapped out a sharp tattoo of threat, then bolted down the pipe after the Morrigan. Ã¢â¬Å"New plan, new plan, new plan,Ã¢â¬ said Babd. Ã¢â¬Å"I hate dogs,Ã¢â¬ said Macha. They snagged their sister as they passed her. Ã¢â¬Å"We, the goddesses of death, who will soon command the all under darkness, are fleeing a tiny dog,Ã¢â¬ said Nemain. Ã¢â¬Å"So what's your point, hoppie?Ã¢â¬ said Macha. Over in the Fillmore, Carrie Lang had closed her pawnshop for the night and was waiting for some jewelry she'd taken in that day to finish in the ultrasonic cleaner so she could put it in the display case. She wanted to finish and get out of there, go home and have dinner, then maybe go out for a couple of hours. She was thirty-six and single, and felt an obligation to go out, just on the off chance that she might meet a nice guy, even though she'd rather stay home and watch crime shows on TV. She prided herself on not becoming cynical. A pawnbroker, like a bail bondsman, tends to see people at their worst, and every day she fought the idea that the last decent guy had become a drummer or a crackhead. Lately she didn't want to go out because of the strange stuff she'd been seeing and hearing out on the street Ã¢â¬â creatures scurrying in the shadows, whispers coming from the storm drains; staying at home was looking better all the time. She'd even started bringing her five-year-old basset hound, Cheerful, to work with her. He really wasn't a lot of protection, unless an attacker happened to be less than knee-high, but he had a loud bark, and there was a good chance that he might actually bark at a bad guy, as long he wasn't carrying a dog biscuit. As it turned out, the creatures who were invading her shop that evening were less than knee-high. Carrie had been a Death Merchant for nine years, and after adjusting to the initial shock about the whole phenomenon of transference of souls subsided (which only took about four years), she'd taken to it like it was just another part of the business, but she knew from The Great Big Book of Death that something was going on, and it had her spooked. As she went to the front of the store to crank the security shutters down, she heard something move behind her in the dark, something low, back by the guitars. It brushed a low E-string as it passed and the note vibrated like a warning. Carrie stopped cranking the shutters and checked that she had her keys with her, in case she needed to run through the front door. She unsnapped the holster of her. 38 revolver, then thought, What the hell, I'm not a cop, and drew the weapon, training it on the still-sounding guitar. A cop she had dated years ago had talked her into carrying the Smith & Wesson when she was working the store, and although she'd never had to draw it before, she knew that it had been a deterrent to thieves. Ã¢â¬Å"Cheerful?Ã¢â¬ she called. She was answered by some shuffling in the back room. Why had she turned most of the lights out? The switches were in the back room, and she was moving by the case lights, which cast almost no light at the floor, where the noises were coming from. Ã¢â¬Å"I have a gun, and I know how to use it,Ã¢â¬ she said, feeling stupid even as the words came out of her mouth. This time she was answered by a muffled whimper. Ã¢â¬Å"Cheerful!Ã¢â¬ She ducked under the lift gate in the counter and ran to the back room, fanning the area with her pistol the way she saw them do in cop shows. Another whimper. She could just make out Cheerful, lying in his normal spot by the back door, but there was something around his paws and muzzle. Duct tape. She reached out to turn on the lights and something hit her in the back of the knees. She tried to twist around and something thumped her in the chest, setting her off balance. Sharp claws raked her wrists as she fell and she lost her grip on the revolver. She hit her head on the doorjamb, setting off what seemed like a strobe light in her head, then something hit her in the back of the neck, hard, and everything went black. It was still dark when she came to. She couldn't tell how long she'd been out, and she couldn't move to look at her watch. Oh my God, they've broken my neck, she thought. She saw objects moving past her, each glowing dull red, barely illuminating whatever was carrying them Ã¢â¬â tiny skeletal faces Ã¢â¬â fangs, and claws and dead, empty eye sockets. The soul vessels appeared to be floating across the floor, with a carrion puppet escort. Then she felt claws, the creatures, touching her, moving under her. She tried to scream, but her mouth had been taped shut. She felt herself being lifted, then made out the shape of the back door of her shop opening as she was carried through it, only a foot or so off the floor. Then she was hoisted nearly upright, and she felt herself falling into a dark abyss. They found the back door to the pawnshop open and the basset hound taped up in the corner. Rivera checked the shop with his weapon drawn and a flashlight in one hand, then called Charlie in from the alley when he found no one there. Charlie turned on the shop lights as he came in. Ã¢â¬Å"Uh-oh,Ã¢â¬ he said. Ã¢â¬Å"What?Ã¢â¬ Rivera said. Charlie pointed to a display case with the glass broken out. Ã¢â¬Å"This case is where she displayed her soul vessels. It was nearly full when I was in here Ã¢â¬â now, wellÃ¢â¬ ¦Ã¢â¬ Rivera looked at the empty case. Ã¢â¬Å"Don't touch anything. Whatever happened here, I don't think it was the same perp who hit the other shopkeepers.Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"Why?Ã¢â¬ Charlie looked back to the back room, to the bound basset hound. Ã¢â¬Å"Because of him,Ã¢â¬ Rivera said. Ã¢â¬Å"You don't tie up the dog if you're going to slaughter the people and leave blood and body parts everywhere. That's not the same kind of mentality.Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"Maybe she was tying him up when they surprised her,Ã¢â¬ Charlie said. Ã¢â¬Å"She kind of had the look of a lady cop.Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"Yeah, and all cops are into dog bondage, is that what you're saying?Ã¢â¬ Rivera holstered his weapon, pulled a penknife from his pocket, and went to where the basset hound was squirming on the floor. Ã¢â¬Å"No, I'm not. Sorry. She did have a gun, though.Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"She must have been here,Ã¢â¬ Rivera said. Ã¢â¬Å"Otherwise the alarms would have been set. What's that on that doorjamb?Ã¢â¬ He was sawing through the duct tape on the basset's paws, being careful not to cut him. He nodded toward the doorway from the shop to the back room. Ã¢â¬Å"Blood,Ã¢â¬ Charlie said. Ã¢â¬Å"And a little hair.Ã¢â¬ Rivera nodded. Ã¢â¬Å"That blood on the floor there, too? Don't touch.Ã¢â¬ Charlie looked at a three-inch puddle to the left of the door. Ã¢â¬Å"Yep, I think so.Ã¢â¬ Rivera had the basset's paws free and was kneeling on him to hold him still while he took the tape off his muzzle. Ã¢â¬Å"Those tracks in it, don't smear them. What are they, partial shoe prints?Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"Look like bird-feet prints. Chickens maybe?Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"No.Ã¢â¬ Rivera released the basset, who immediately tried to jump on the inspector's Italian dress slacks and lick his face in celebration. He held the basset hound by the collar and moved to where Charlie was examining the tracks. Ã¢â¬Å"They do look like chicken tracks,Ã¢â¬ he said. Ã¢â¬Å"Yep,Ã¢â¬ Charlie said. Ã¢â¬Å"And you have dog drool on your jacket.Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"I need to call this in, Charlie.Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"So dog drool is the determining factor in calling in backup?Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"Forget the dog drool. The dog drool is not relevant. I need to report this and I need to call my partner in. He'll be pissed that I've waited this long. I need to take you home.Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"If you can't get the stain out of that thousand-dollar suit jacket, you'll think it's relevant.Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"Focus, Charlie. As soon as I can get another unit here, I'm sending you home. You have my cell. Let me know if anything happens. Anything.Ã¢â¬ Rivera called the dispatcher on his cell phone and asked him to send a uniform unit and the crime-scene squad as soon as they were available. When he snapped the phone shut, Charlie said, Ã¢â¬Å"So I'm not under arrest anymore?Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"No. Stay in touch. And stay safe, okay? You might even want to spend a few nights outside of the City.Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"I can't. I'm the Luminatus, I have responsibilities.Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"But you don't know what they are Ã¢â¬â Ã¢â¬Å" Ã¢â¬Å"Just because I don't know what they are doesn't mean I don't have them,Ã¢â¬ Charlie said, perhaps a little too defensively. Ã¢â¬Å"And you're sure you don't know how many of these Death Merchants are in the City, or where they might be?Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"Minty Fresh said there was at least a dozen, that's all I know. This woman and the guy in the Mission were the only ones I spotted on my walks.Ã¢â¬ They heard a car pull up in the alley and Rivera went to the back door and signaled to the officers, then turned to Charlie. Ã¢â¬Å"You go home and get some sleep, if you can, Charlie. I'll be in touch.Ã¢â¬ Charlie let the uniformed police officer lead him to the cruiser and help him into the back, then waved to Rivera and the basset hound as the patrol car backed out of the alley.
Friday, November 8, 2019
The Twenties Modernism Vs Traditionalism. The Twenties Modernism Vs TraditionalismIntroduction This decade (1920-1929) is also known as the 'Roaring Twenties ' and sometimes as the 'Jazz age'. This is a period with a huge number of developments in the United States, first of all, there was the economic boom, and this was a post war effect of the First World War. The decade was graced with a spell of economic prosperity. In the early years of this decade, America realized that they have huge urbanized settings than rural. This was also the time when there was prohibition in the United States causing rise of criminals and criminal families such as Al Capone and the Chicago outfit. During this decade, baseball was the major sport and this was when the immigration act was passed. This is also when women were allowed to vote in the nation and work so there was a rather large number of women in work areas.1 Modernism versus Traditionalism During that decade the generation of youth began behaving differently than was previously seen as the norm. Youths lived in the urban areas and mostly led brush (fast-paced) lives. This new trait that was developing altogether is what is being referred to as modernism now and the traits that were left in order to adopt this new life standard is known as traditionalism. Before modernism, the elders stayed in the rural areas and lead quiet and deliberate lives. In order for us to see both sides of the coin of this argument we should try to understand these two groups of individuals. We must consider this in the light of how they saw each other in what areas and what makes them different. These areas are Urban and Rural, Evolutionist and Creationist, Youthful and Aged, The Alcohol debate (prohibition), The radio and Car effects. URBAN VS RURAL: during this time America was at the peak of urbanization trend that began around fifty2 years earlier and for the first time the nation was seen as more urban than rural. The modernists of this time preferred the fast-paced lifestyle. The time was characterized by a huge influx of population to the cities. The cities offered their thoughts to the traditionalists who were backward people at that time and were against development and that they lived their lives based on very thin margins of thinking and they were not open to change. The traditionalists at the time preferred the quiet life in the countryside and the farms. Generally the rural people had their own opinions about the modernists who lived in the cities; they considered them immoral due to their dressing styles and other character traits and since the modernists were more in the cities and business was prosperous they saw the modernists as people too much into money and materialistic values. EVOLUTIONIST AND CREATIONISTS: The modernists at the time started drifting away from the norm and beliefs of religion. They no more accept the known doctrines that the world was created by a deity which was a strong belief of traditionalists; modernists started becoming more liberal and started accepting explanations that the world, as we know it, was evolved as stated by the biological concept of evolution.3 This concept says that any living creature is bound by time and develop with the passage of time; this means the creatures become better in their later generations. This also caused a major trial4 (the ScopeÃ¢â¬â¢s trial) which happened in 1925 in the state of Tennessee in which a teacher, John Scope was accused of teaching the concept of evolution to his students. The teacher was found guilty but the trial ruling was overturned due to a problem in the prosecutions side. The traditionalists preferred to stick to religion and its doctrines at the time. They stay within the boun daries and teachings of bible and believed that the world was created by God and that evolution was a myth and that the opinion that humans came from monkeys (as dictated by the theory of evolution) is untrue and it should not be taught to students as it is misleading and would derail the generation away from their roots and culture as they literally are considered to be the gospel. Thus traditionalist were against it. YOUTH AND ELDERS/ADULTS: In this period it was the youths that mainly look to the modernist lifestyle. At the time, the youth gave precedence to certain objects that the elders did not see as necessary. Youths loved cars and the fast lives. They court around not to find spouses but just to have fun. Youths also desired life that gave off an air of independence and this they can only find in the cities and urban areas where one had to be a bit unscrupulous in order to get along. The women youth of the time came to be known as flappers due to their dressing habits, they wore short dresses and dyed their hair; this was the fashion at the time. They also wore make up which was not the norm. The elderly at the time are the ones who had the traditionalist aspect in them. They preferred life that gave them a sense of community and security which was mainly found in the rural and farm areas. They saw the youth of the time as being careless and immoral; the traditionalists had a more conserva tive dressing style, a more modest living and even speaking style. Even in the art that the traditionalists preferred it was more modest and subtle. THE ALCOHOL FACTOR: This also falls into the realm of prohibition5 also know as the 'noble experiment'. This was a period in which United States government had banned any activity that involved alcohol in its borders as in the transport, manufacture and sale of alcohol was banned within the United States borders.Ã Now even though this was the situation in the country, alcohol still did play a major role in the modernist vs. traditionalist agenda, after all, alcohol was still available mainly by means of crime lords and families such as that of Al Capone and the Chicago outfit. Modernists saw alcohol as an element that provided personal freedom. This was a complete paradox of what the traditionalists believed: they said that alcohol caused crimes and broke apart families and that where there was no alcohol people were generally happier and healthier. This period caused the aforementioned crime outfits to prosper even though alcohol was later legalized in 1933. EFFECTS OF THE RADIO: In 1923, there was a frenzy about radio and by the end of that year there was close to six hundred radio stations and close to half a million households in the nation possessed radio sets; whereas in 1922, there was less than a hundred thousand sets. Thus, within a short while it seemed as though radio was all everyone was doing because almost all organizations that were worth mentioning had radio stations. This provided a sure quick fire resulted in easy access to information. Spreading ad and promotions becomes easier. In addition to information, radio also provided entertainment. This changed lifestyle preferred by the modernists is what is totally different from the lifestyle followed by traditionalists. Traditionalist think modernist as leaving their norms behind, whereas young traditionalist thinks modernistÃ¢â¬â¢s lifestyle as attractive. Thus, it has been said that the Twenties were shaped by a clash of culturesmodernist versus traditional. This was an era shaped by two groups of people different in almost everything, whether it is their thoughts or their dressing style, their religion beliefs or their general lifestyle. Two cultures were coming face to face thus there were clashes plus acceptances. Thus people always give this argument that that time was a time of cultural clash. Ã Bibliography: 1.Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã Paul Sann, The Lawless Decade(Dover Publication: New York 1970). 2.Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã¢â¬Å"A GODLIKE PRENSENCE Ã¢â¬ : the impact of radios in 1920s and 1930s 3.Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã Wayne Curtis, Bootleg Paradise (American heritage: may/April 2007). 4.Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã John Barth , The Friday Book(G. P. Putnam's Sons:1984). 5.Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã Carneiro Robert, Evolutionism in Cultural Anthropology: A Critical History(Westview Press, Boulder, CO, 2003).
Wednesday, November 6, 2019
Short Story and Dance Pianist Essays Short Story and Dance Pianist Paper Short Story and Dance Pianist Paper Status in Two Chekhov Stories In the introduction to our edition of Chekhovs short stories, by George Pahomov, it is stated that Chekhovs fiction Ã¢â¬Å"captured the burgeoning Russian democracyÃ¢â¬ and that Ã¢â¬Å"in Chekhovs democratic world view, no one was excludedÃ¢â¬ (vii-viii). We see these ideals being put forward in the two stories by Chekhov that we will discuss in this paper. In these two stories, Ã¢â¬Å"The ResurrectionÃ¢â¬ and Ã¢â¬Å"The Dance Pianist,Ã¢â¬ we can see how Chekhov depicts a world where the authors own democratic ideals may be in mind, but which is in reality still very much based on the old-fashioned concepts of status and rank. We will see that both of these stories center around the concept of social status, especially in the way that different types of people react to a sudden change in the social status of one particular character in each story. What these two stories have in common is that in both cases, the central character is the one suffering the sudden change in status, and having to tell the reader about it afterward. Ã¢â¬Å"The ConfessionÃ¢â¬ is an early story of Chekhovs which deals with an unnamed, first-person narrator who tells the reader the story of how, one day, he received a small promotion at his work along with a small raise. He goes on to describe how this seemingly minor change in his life caused him to experience a sudden and unexpectedly intense shift in the way he was treated by people around him, who already had known him for almost his whole life. Not only does this sudden promotion change the way others treat him, it also shifts the way he perceives himself, leading him to take dangerous risks that will result in a disaster for himself. At the beginning of Ã¢â¬Å"The Confession,Ã¢â¬ the narrator explains that Ã¢â¬Å"I was rejoicing over the promotion and the slight increase in salary, nothing moreÃ¢â¬ (Chekhov 1). And yet, he also realizes immediately that Ã¢â¬Å"all at once people appeared to have changedÃ¢â¬ in his mind. Even one of his superiors, Kazusov, who he used to consider an arrogant ogre, starts acting friendly to him and invites him to his house (pp. 1-2). The narrators mother and father start spending extravagantly, buying better food and clothes even though he warns them that he is really not making much more money: Ã¢â¬Å"you know, my salary wasnÃ¢â¬â¢t doubled. The increase was trifling,Ã¢â¬ he tells them (p. 2). These early events give us the hint that others may be exploiting the man for their own ends, and this point will be important at the end. A hint of trouble comes fairly quickly in this very short story. Here, the narrator explains that the demands on him for money from his friends and family, and for his sudden wedding, have led him to take money from his workplace, even though he attempts to justify it in his mind: Ã¢â¬Å"Why not take it, when you know you are going to put it back as soon as you receive your salary? (Chekhov 3). Unfortunately, he never actually does return the money and is caught almost immediately, bringing disaster upon himself. Suddenly, no one wants anything to do with him anymore, and even his newfound friends abandon him: Ã¢â¬Å"Yesterday I was respected and honored on all sides; today I am a scoundrel and a thiefÃ¢â¬ (p. 4). The point of this story is to realize that it is not about the making of a thief, or how a man turns dishonest due to outward demand s on him. Rather, the point is clearly about how others perceive ones sudden change of status almost immediately, and will try to use it for their own benefit. The mans friends and family have not turned away from him because they are so honest themselves, since they benefited from his generosity and even encouraged him to spend beyond his means. It is simply his sudden downturn in social status, the opposite of his sudden rise in status at the beginning of the story. The second story also deals directly with a sudden shift in a characters status is Ã¢â¬Å"The Dance Pianist. Ã¢â¬ Like to Ã¢â¬Å"The Confession,Ã¢â¬ this story also centers around a single character, who tells the story of an event that has just taken place in his life. Unlike the first story, however, the character in this story has a name, Pyotr Rublyov. Also in contrast to the first story, he is telling the story not to the readers directly, but to another character, his roommate who is the first person narrator of the story. A third contrast between Ã¢â¬Å"The Dance PianistÃ¢â¬ and Ã¢â¬Å"The ConfessionÃ¢â¬ is that in the present story the status change is really a change in other characters perception of the main characters status, rather than an actual shift in his status. In Ã¢â¬Å"The Dance Pianist,Ã¢â¬ the point is centered on a man who is mistaken for someone of more importance than he really is, and how society tends to treat people very differently based on perception of status. At the beginning of Ã¢â¬Å"The Dance Pianist,Ã¢â¬ our main character, Pyotr, a Ã¢â¬Å"former student,Ã¢â¬ comes bursting into his room late one night and after some prodding by his roommate tells his story of that evening. He had been working as a paid pianist for society people at an aristocratic party, and says that he was kicked out for something that he will soon describe in detail (Chekhov 47). He complains about the poor way that he is treated by society people, which lays out the foundation for what is to follow: Ã¢â¬Å"And what am I, after all? A piano player, a domestic, a waiter that knows how to play the piano. In the homes of merchants IÃ¢â¬â¢m addressed as an inferior, given a tip, and Ã¢â¬â no offense intendedÃ¢â¬ (p. 48). He explains that a young woman at the party began speaking to him casually, and he soon realizes (due to an overheard conversation) that she has mistaken him for an invited guest of the party, not just a hired piano player. Pyotr goes on playing the piano, trying to forget the incident, but it keeps bugging him throughout the night: Ã¢â¬Å"I commenced thinking what rubbish I had turned out to be; that after traveling two thousand versts to reach Moscow, in the hope of becoming a concert pianist or a composer, I now find myself a dance pianistÃ¢â¬ (Chekhov 50). Pyotr seems to feel bad for his roommate, a struggling writer, as well. Finally the point of the story occurs to him, and he explains it to his roommate, neatly summing up the lesson to be learned: What is it in the Russian character, I wondered, that makes it possible, as long as you are free, a student, or loafing around without a job, to drink with a man, slap him on the belly, flirt with his daughter; but as soon as you are in even a slightly subordinate relation to him, the shoemaker must stick to this last! Chekhov 51) As a result of this sudden realization, he finds that he cant hold his embarrassment and shame inside any more, and gets thrown out of the party for losing his composure. The clear message we can obtain from this long anecdote is that something as simple as a change in other peoples perception of ones status is enough to greatly influence the type of relationships that are possible or permissible for one. As we can again read from the introduction, we find an example of the sort of situation where Ã¢â¬Å"human relationships then become vertical, subject to objectÃ¢â¬ (xi-xii). In both of these Chekhov stories, the author has clearly set forward the reality of social status in the Russia of his own time, but he has also stated something universal about human relationships. We can see in both stories the sometimes disastrous effects that can result from either a real change in social status (as in Ã¢â¬Å"The ConfessionÃ¢â¬ ) or even a perceived or mistaken one (as in Ã¢â¬Å"The Dance PianistÃ¢â¬ ). Although Chekhov himself may have held democratic ideals (as mentioned at the beginning of this paper), in these stories he is able to describe the reality of a society in which status roles and social position are of high importance, and which imposes serious consequences for violations. Chekhov, Anton. Ã¢â¬Å"The Confession. Ã¢â¬ In Anton Chekhov: Selected Stories, pp. 1-4. New York: Signet Classics 1960. . Ã¢â¬Å"The Dance Pianist. Ã¢â¬ In Anton Chekhov: Selected Stories, pp. 46-52. New York: Signet Classics 1960.
Monday, November 4, 2019
Principles of Effective Leadership - Essay Example From the essay it is clear that for missions to succeed, especially in times of uncertainty, ambiguity, and adversity, leaders must live and conduct all their activities so that others may look them squarely in the eye knowing that they are associating with and placing their trust in an honorable individual. As the paper declares leaders exert themselves to promote the well-being of others. They do something or stand ready to do something for others. They develop self-reliance in others so that they can become effective members of an interdependent team. Self-reliance means that a staff member does not need the presence of the boss to carry out the tactical and operational elements of his or her own job. As a leader, one should state the job to be done but leave it to oneÃ¢â¬â¢s subordinate to recommend the methods that will accomplish the desired results, at the time required, with due regard for costs. If one wants to lead people, one has to communicate information directly and honestly. One cannot hem and haw or water down the truth. One has to keep oneÃ¢â¬â¢s people and the people to whom one reports, grounded in the reality of oneÃ¢â¬â¢s situation. Many women, especially, respect the social value of an indirect approach to problems, and this places them at a disadvantage in le adership situations. If one has trouble with the direct approach, one should put oneÃ¢â¬â¢s points in writing, structuring them so that when one goes into a meeting, one can use oneÃ¢â¬â¢s notes as an aid until one feels comfortable in delivering verbal reports without them.
Saturday, November 2, 2019
Family Therapy Modalities Paper - Assignment Example Generally, psychological treatments involve communication and issue of instructions to clients, but without administration of drugs. However, therapists or counselors may determine and understand situations to refer their patients to medical doctors or other forms of treatment. Individual therapy and family therapy have certain similarities and differences. Similarities Both individual and family therapies involve or base of psychological processes and procedures. The two methods do not involve administration of medical drugs or any forms of medical diagnosis. However, a therapist can recommend that a patient see a medical doctor when health condition of the given patient proves necessary (Lebow, 2014). When referred to a medical doctor, a patient receives the necessary treatment and returns to the psychologist for actual treatment. In both individual and family therapies, an individual patient attends and is usually the center of focus. Strategies and approaches designed to solve a given problem depend on the nature and condition of the given patient. Even though family members form an important part of the entire therapy in family therapy, much of focus and energy directs to the actual patient. Differences Individual therapy involves treatment of a patient when alone and in engagement with a therapist. Sessions for individual therapies do not involve any other third party besides the patient and the counselor. Family therapy on the other hand involves treatment of the patient while in company of the family members. Sessions for family therapies involve patient, family members and the counselor.