Archive for the “Other Works” category
This paper is part of a project for a class titled “Gender and Literary Texts”. The assignment was to analyze something from the media and draw conclusions about how society views different genders and sexuality today.
“The game Persona 4 is notably the first videogame with a playable character who struggles in an in-depth manner with his gender and sexuality, along with being the first video game that treats transgenderednes with supposed seriousness. I see this as provocative in light of the class materials because we read a lot, especially in the articles and other secondary sources, about how people struggle with the performance of gender and how they themselves, as well as society at large, performs gender on the individual.”
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This is a final paper for a four-hundred class titled, Jacobean Revenge Tragedies. It is one of the longest academic works I have done.
The Revenger’s Tragedy is a very interesting piece of literature because many of the nuances of the play are guided by the views of the times: such things as agency and control over one’s fate. Vindice is an interesting character because he seems to have control over himself, and on the surface his quest for revenge appears to be the harbinger of death to many of the other characters. I this essay I will look at who is really the one in control and whether anyone has any real control over their lives.
The action in the play is very much pushed forward by a sense of urgency perpetrated by Vindice and his lust for revenge. The philosopher Lloyd Bitzer wrote a paper on the rhetorical situation; how it comes into existence and creates an exigence, “an imperfection marked by urgency” (Bitzer 221). He then goes on to say that “…a work of rhetoric is pragmatic, it comes into existence for the sake of something beyond itself; it functions ultimately to produce action or change in the world; it performs some task.” (Bitzer 219) A situation has been created here in this piece of theatre with the murder of Vindice’s wife, Gloriana, and so the work becomes rhetorical, challenging itself and its characters within to rush on towards their respective ends.
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This is a recipe that Gen Thomas and Tenaysia Fox used for the Instructions Project for WRT307: Professional Writing in the spring of 2012. The introduction is below:
“This set of instructions for Chai Buttercream Frosting has been designed with beginners in mind. They clearly describe the easy process for making this smooth, creamy topping for any cake-like dessert! All ingredients and appliances needed are listed below.”
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Here is the abstract from a feasibility project from a Professional Writing class:
“This is a feasibility study of the options available to the Diabetes and Endocrinology Associates medical practice. They are the largest, most well known for their brand of medicine in the tri-state area (RI, MA, CT). They want to embark on an expansion project and are looking for the most cost-effective idea. Three viable options will be explored: converting to electronic medical records (EMR), opening a satellite office in the Warwick area, or reopening a satellite office in the Bristol-Barrington area.”
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Excerpt from the final research paper for the WRT205: Critical Research class:
“In the book, 1984, by George Orwell, people were seldom allowed to read. It seemed that “pleasure” reading was unheard of, and the little information they got from the news was watered-down or fabricated. The words used in most written sources were infantile and utilized “Newspeak”, which contained mentally confining words such as “unlight” and “goodthink” (Orwell 301, 303).
The practice of banning or censoring books is around even today. Every year hundreds of parents in the United States, alone, complain that certain books should not be allowed to reach their eager children and they are ‘challenged’. Most remain challenged, but there are usually some that get banned in certain areas of the world for some time. This practice is harmful to the spreading of ideas and learning. If you cannot get your hands on knowledge and new ideas, then you cannot grow as a person. Banning books makes it so that one person’s ideas cannot reach another in the most widespread form of worldwide communication—the written word.”
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