Persuassive Writing

Power and the Comedy of Confusion In Midsummer Night’s Dream

In the opening of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, conflict over marriage exposes the gender inequalities that lie at the heart of Athenian society. In Egeus’ domineering attitude towards Hermia, Shakespeare depicts the ways in which noblemen have control over females. In the introduction of a world in which humans and supernatural creatures co-exist, the play […]

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Comic Books In America

The 1930’s and early 1940’s was a period of social, political, and economic unrest. The combination of the Great Depression and international political tensions (eventually resulting in World War II) left the nation desperate for a cheap form of escapist entertainment to aid them in forgetting the tough and trying times of their realities. Traditional […]

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Al Smith And The Forces Of Hell

As of 1928, Al Smith faced an insurmountable political obstacle. “[Al Smith] is a typical product of American conditions- a man who gains recognition by making the best use of his inborn qualities”read the New York Times, on July 22, 1927. Unfortunately for Smith, these ‘inborn qualities’ would not allow him to win him the […]

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Community service has increasingly been made a graduation requirement of schools in the New York area, with Hunter College High School maintaining a minimum service quota of seventy-five hours. While such protocol is well-intentioned, it is a concern that students do not recognize the value in the work they do, completing hours to meet predetermined […]

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The Impact of Caste Today

Caste systems still wield power over everyday life in India. While the collective culture presents a façade of attempted change, the actual effort to achieve such change has been inadequate and habit prevents the social structure from changing. Society as a whole still considers caste to be important, and generations of tradition endow a form […]

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A More Perfect Union

Steven Spielberg’s dense, flawed, and ultimately extraordinary new movie “Lincoln” is a moving tribute to the democratic process, a grand and epic film about the grubby details of politics. No film in recent memory has depicted American politics with this level of intricacy, detail, and studious patriotism. Long known for his grand gestures and sweeping […]

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