Suicide

Euthanasia, or "a good death", is an issue that has caused much controversy for the past thirty years. This topic has a legal and illegal side to it. Many people cannot unanimously choose one side or the other. The legal issue, or passive euthanasia, is considered as "allowing to die" (Gula, 5). It varifies the removal of life-support systems because there is not any moderate hope of restoration. The illegal issue, or active euthanasia, is considered as homicide (Gula, 5). Drawing a line between
Sexual Harassment The multimillion-dollar awards made by juries in sexual harassment cases suggests that people are overreacting to the problem, and lawyers are taking advantage of these profitable cases (Glazer). Sexual harassment is hard to define, easy to allege, and very costly to wealthy companies. Many people allege that they have been sexually harassed, but where is the line drawn in a changing society with morals differing from person to person. What’s offensive to one is totally accepta
Death of a Salesman, written in 1949 by American playwright Arthur Miller, illustrates the destructive compulsion of a man to attain a success far beyond his reach. This is accomplished through the portrayal of Willy Loman, the play's central character. Willy Loman is a pathetic character because he does not hold any possibility of victory. Unrealistic dreams which are the product of a refusal to honestly acknowledge his abilities deter any triumph that Willy may have the ability to achieve. Thr
Physician-assisted suicide presents one of the greatest dilemmas to the medical profession. Should someone who is mentally competent, but deemed terminally ill, be allowed to engage in physician- assisted suicide? According to the First Amendment of The Constitution of The United States, “one has the freedom to petition the government for a redress of grievances.“ The Fourteenth Amendment states, “The State cannot deprive any person of life, liberty or property, without due process of law; nor
Internet Censorship Society has always struggled to protect the public from the inappropriate acts of a few people, who impose lower standards of morality on an involuntary basis to the general public. Society has monitored and set controls on mass media such as radio, television, magazines, and movies. However, another mass media has arrived which has virtually uncontrollable worldwide access. The censors are now in a dilemma of how to regulate this new media called the Internet. Radio Stations
Gambling has become such a large part of Americans way of life that it has become socially acceptable. New kinds of gambling are being introduced every year as a way to boost the economy, create jobs, etc. But there is a high human cost. Although it might create revenues, it also creates problems similar to drug abuse. In its compulsive form, gambling can act like a disease such as alcoholism or cigarette addiction. It can also often lead to suicide. Gambling affects the poor the most, who also
Pterodactyls Pterodactyls, by Nicky Silver, is the story of a prodigal son, Todd, who leaves his extremely dysfunctional family and returns years later to find that nothing has changed except for his sister, Emma’s, recent engagement to a practical stranger. His alcoholic mother, Grace, tries vainly to bind the family together through repressed memories, cheating husbands, and utter chaos in planning the wedding. Todd, a gay man with AIDS, uses Emma’s fiancee, Tommy, for a lover and infects him
History and Philosophy of Medicine : Bodies in History Examine the ways in which psycho-social and sexual problems became medicalised in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Were men and women affected differently by this process? A typical approach to the examination of the history of medicine involves constructing a time line upon which are placed a series of ‘breakthroughs’ which are judged for their contribution to current knowledge. This purely technical rationale does not provide
TWO CRITICAL IDEAS ABOUT HAMLET Throughout many years there have been many critics who have criticized Hamlet by William Shakespeare. Some critics of Hamlet viewed the character Hamlet as being evil, while others viewed the character hamlet as being good and healthy. This essay will discuss and explain two critical ideas, and whether I agree or disagree with the critics. In "The Embassy of Death: An essay on Hamlet," published in 1930 in the volume entitled The Wheel of Fire, William Knight arg
The Tragedy of Macbeth is plagued with the images that coincide with its many themes. Although there is really no central theme and all seem to intermingle, it would be extremely difficult to research the play in its entirety. Therefore, I've chosen to focus my study towards the recurring image of blood and how it's presence affected both Macbeth and Lady Macbeth and the eventual outcome of the play. The blood images in the play had different effects on the two. But perhaps the most noticeably
Shakespearean Tragedy The Shakespearean tragedy has a predictable pattern: It centers around the life of a hero, who is always someone of great standing, someone exceptional and unusual. There is a reverse of fortune and the hero falls from the position of man who has everything to a man who has less than nothing. The hero is always portrayed in the hyperbole and everything is in a grand scale. When he sacrifices he sacrifices everything and his reach always exceeds his grasp. This exaggeration
Euthanasia, which means "good" or "peaceful" death, has been practiced through the ages. Doctors have always been dedicated to the task of easing pain and suffering, to make dying easier. Adding the adjective "active" alters the meaning of euthanasia. The emphasis shifts from comforting the dying to inducing death. The practice of voluntary euthanasia and assisted suicide would cause society to devalue all life, especially the lives of the dying, the disabled, and the elderly. We should not und
Homer Simpson Homer Simpson, well-known citizen of Springfield, USA has many positive qualities that many people overlook. Homer is an outstanding citizen. A devoted husband, Homer leaves his wife with few complaints; he cares deeply for his family of four (Marge - Wife, Bart - son, Lisa and Maggie - Daughters) and he'll do almost anything to prove it even if that means making himself look foolish. Even when he once believed he was on his death bed his only thoughts were of making up with his fa
Type and Structure of Crime and Punishment Crime and Punishment is a psychological novel that deals with Raskolnikov’s aspirations to transcend pity, guilt, and the desire for companions. He is mentally tormented due to his intellectual disgust with his compassionate and submissive nature that suffers for others’ pain. Both of Raskolnikov’s personalities are personified in the novel. The embodiment of the cold, intellectual side of Raskolnikov’s character is Svidrigailov, who cares little of oth
The character of Prince Hamlet, in Shakespeare's "Hamlet," displays many strong yet justified emotions. For instance, in Hamlet's "To be Or Not To Be" soliloquy, perhaps one of the most well known quotes in the English language, Hamlet actually debates suicide. His despair, sorrow, anger and inner peace are all justifiable emotions for this troubled character. Hamlet's feeling of despair towards his life and to the world develops as the play moves on. In Hamlet's first soliloquy he reveals that
"One of the greatest gifts you can get as a writer is to be born into an unhappy family," Conroy once said (Starr 3). Pat Conroy received this gift from Don and Peg Conroy on October 26, 1945 in Atlanta, Georgia. His writings are reflections of this life he received so long ago. He was born into a traditional Catholic family. His father was a Marine Corps fighter pilot, and his mother was a socially eager house wife (Disc. Auth. 1-2). Pat was the first of seven children and 6 miscarriages. Fami
-----Romeo----- Romeo is described in the book as a good looking guy. He's probably in between the ages of 15 and 17. In the beginning of the story Romeo kept his feelings to himself. He wasn't really close to his parents and the only people he could really talk to were Benvolio and his trusty advisor Friar Lawrence. He seemed to be really confused about love and what it really was. At first he is infatuated with a girl named Rosaline, but then meets Juliet and instantly falls in love with her.
A subject that has been disputed more ever since medical technology has dramatically improved is Euthanasia. Euthanasia is assisted suicide, or it could be ending a patience's suffering by letting him die. Medical technology is advancing so fast euthanasia is not needed to be a practice in today's society. Moreover, it is inhuman and against the law. Many people with incurable diseases have thought about euthanasia. Their families do not want them to go through the pain any longer. One reason w
Rome TROY HOGGARD Mr. Terry May 25, 1997 10th grade ROME Introduction Rome also known as the ancient city was the capital of the greatest empire of the ancient world. It was a great and prosperous city that was filled with at least one million people. Many people believe that the height of the city of Rome reached its height near the time that emperor constantius the second had seen it for the first time. When he had seen all the sights such as the sanctuary of Jupiter capitolinus, the public b
Gregory Lycaon shivered as a slow chill crept across the room. He could feel his muscles tensing; he clenched his fists and shut his eyes so tightly they hurt--please, don’t let me remember. Gregory slowly opened his eyes and glanced out the window at the thankfully black, moonless sky. He tentatively uncurled his fists and began to examine his hands. The long, thin fingers, which now appeared to be quite elegant, had not or could not have been responsible for the ghastly scenes that kept recur
Brave New World (1932) is one of the most insidious works of literature ever written. An exaggeration? Tragically, no. Brave New World has come to serve as the false symbol for any regime of universal happiness. So how does Huxley turn a future where we're all notionally happy into the archetypal dystopia? If it's technically feasible, what's wrong with using biotechnology to get rid of mental pain altogether? Brave New World is an unsettling, loveless and even sinister place. This is because H
Indentured Servants and Slaves Indentured servants in the 17th century and black slaves in the 18th century lived very similar lives. Both people had to endure a treacherous journey to the New World, both were isolated from their families and their loved ones, both were looked at as subhuman and both had their human rights infringed. The most important differences between these two people were how they got into a life of hardship. Indentured servants had the choice, and could look forward to th
Cancer Article Angela Yurtin Pd. 2 The articles “The Cancer Killer,” “Insurance,” and “The Enemy Within” all highlighted many concerns and problems that arise with cancer. They not only introduce medical aspects, but also the societal aspects as well. The articles also told of many procedures and ideas that are currently being studied and tested, and they highlighted many important breakthroughs. “The Cancer Killer” was based on new research and development of the p53 gene, and how it affects c
The novels Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy and The Great Santini by Pat Conroy are different in terms of order and detail. It is from these events that the reader is able to see how the main character in each novel progresses with his growth, how he sees his life, and how others view his life. In both novels the main character seems to view himself as normal but really he is very unique. In The Great Santini the focus is more on the father and the way that he treats his children when he is back f
Hippolytus The play Hippolytus by the Greek playwright Euripides is one which explores classical Greek religion. Throughout the play, the influence of the gods on the actions of the characters is evident, especially when Aphrodite affects the actions of Phaedra. Also central to the plot is the god vs. god interactions between Artemis and Aphrodite. This essay will show how the actions of Hippolytus and Phaedra relate to the gods, what the characters expect from the gods, how the gods treat the
BURIAL RITUALS IN JUDAISM In the religion of Judaism the way they take care of their dead are quite unique. The belief in life after death is apparent but unusual as to how they reach it. In this paper, I will talk about how this religion deals with death, prepares for burial and practices funeral rituals. In Judaism, life is valued above almost everything else. Jews feel that life descends from a single person, thus taking a single life is like destroying an entire world, and saving a life is
Anorexia Each year millions of people in the United States are affected by serious and sometimes life-threatening eating disorders. The vast majority are adolescents and young adult women. Approximately one percent of adolescents girls develop anorexia nervosa, a dangerous condition in which they can literally starve themselves to death. Another two to three percent develop bulimia nervosa, a destructive pattern of excessive overeating followed by vomiting or other " purging " behaviors to cont
“She was going to make them pay. Every one of them. She had no idea how. But she knew she was going to get revenge. “Tomorrow,” she thought. “If tomorrow comes”.” In this book the main character has a near perfect life (at least in the beginning). She is going to marry a very wealthy man, has a great job and many other things that make life worth living. Her world enters oblivion when she goes to New Orleans to attend her mothers surprising funeral. In New Orleans, Tracy learns that her mother'
One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest Film versions of novels don’t usually give viewers a real sense of what the novel was about. Often important details of the novel are left out when it comes time to make the film. This was the case of the literary adaptation of Ken Kesey’s novel One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest. The film was successful in entertaining its viewers, it had a little bit of everything. It provided comedy, drama and a superb plot. McMurphy’s arrival changed the whole mood of the movie.
Analyze the Triumph and Tragedy of the Manhattan Project The making of American's first atomic bomb was a long and triumphant journey. The United States set out on the development because of fear-fear that the Nazi Germany would develop the bomb first which would then use it against the U.S. In fact, the Germans had a head start because the underlying scientific fact, the fission of uranium, was discovered by two Germans. The effort to develop an atomic bomb was code-named the "Manhattan Projec
Should the United States accuse Middle-Eastern countries for supporting and executing terrorism? Since the beginning of time, there has been good and evil. Sometimes there would be a victory on the forefront of evil and sometimes on the forefront of good. This battle between good and evil has changed with time due to new technologies, new culture, and most importantly, new causes. Some evils such as terrorism have changed radically with time. Today, terrorism faces a worldwide attention and is
Shakespear’s “Hamlet” : Investigating Hamlet's Insanity Nicolas Hutchison Mrs. Bruce 10/11/98 Hamlet is one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays, and hardest to perform. The reason it is so hard to perform is because of the main character Hamlet. Hamlet is an easily liked character that must revenge his father’s death. He is forced to act insane in order to find out the truth of his father’s death. Hamlet does an excellent job of acting insane, so good, in fact, that it is questioned if he was ac
Othello the “Mad” Moor Shakespeare's “Othello” is a prime example of a cleverly crafted tragedy. Othello himself has all the elements of a tragic hero: the personal grievance involving a friend and loved one, the tragic flaw (gullibility), the sacrifice of suicide. Othello’s strong love for his wife and the love that Desdemona shows him by betraying her father shows the bond between the two of them. As a man Othello was honorable and noted with high regard around Venice, also a strong and great
Vespasian Vespasian, Latin in full CAESAR VESPASIANUS AUGUSTUS, original name TITUS FLAVIUS VESPASIANUS (b. Nov. 17?, AD 9, Reate [Rieti], Latium--d. June 24, 79), Roman emperor (AD 69-79) who, though of humble birth, became the founder of the Flavian dynasty after the civil wars that followed Nero's death in 68. His fiscal reforms and consolidation of the empire generated political stability and a vast Roman building program. (see also Index: Roman Republic and Empire) Early life. Vespasian wa
HITLER, Adolf (1889-1945). The rise of Adolf Hitler to the position of dictator of Germany is the story of a frenzied ambition that plunged the world into the worst war in history. Only an army corporal in World War I, Hitler became Germany's chancellor 15 years later. He was born on April 20, 1889, in Braunau-am-Inn, Austria, of German descent. His father Alois was the illegitimate son of Maria Anna Schicklgruber. In middle age Alois took the name Hitler from his paternal grandfather. After tw
A structural breakdown of Hamlet Exposition: I,i: The setting, characters and mood of the play are introduced. I,i: Armed ghost appears to Horatio and guards I, ii: Introduced to the main characters (Claudius, Gertrude, Hamlet, Laertes, Polonius). I, ii:Hamlet reveals his depression (in his first soliliquy) and we discover he is upset over his mother's over-hasty marriage to Claudius. I, iii: Laertes and Polonius give advice to Ophelia regarding her relationship with Hamlet. They convince her t
Home Brewed, the unauthorized biography of Drew Carey written by Kathleen Tracy, provides insight into the wacky lifestyle of the comic and actor. This biography, complete with eight pages of photos and quotes by Drew and his friends, tells the true story of how the common guy made it big in Hollywood but never forgot his hometown roots. The book details his secluded childhood, "party life of the years" in college, struggling standup performer years, and his current life. Drew Carey was born on
Marilyn Monroe: Suicide or Murder Marilyn Monroe, was it a suicide or a murder? The mystery continues. Marilyn was a sex goddess of the 1950’s and early 1960’s shortly before her death in 1962. Marilyn was a strong willed and very unique woman, who had a lifetime full of fame ahead of her. Why would she do something so weak as to commit suicide? Or did she? Dazzling, seductive, extraordinary, Marilyn Monroe was the All-American Sex Goddess, a superstar legend with magnetic energy so strong she
Childhood Innocence: What Holden Never Had Probably the greatest irony of the novel is the fact that, despite his love of "childhood innocence," Holden is and acts far from innocent himself. In fact, he is its antithesis. He acts that way for many reasons. First of all, he has so many responsibilities. Second, he never fits in with the crowd, and finally, he never gets any real help for the problems that he deals with. Holden does have a love for "childhood innocence" as seen across the book. F
Seldom does a one work of literature change a society or start it down the road to cataclysmic conflict. One such catalytic work is Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852). It is considered by many, one the most influential American works of fiction ever published. Uncle Tom's Cabin sold more copies than any other previous fiction title. It sold five thousand copies in its first two days, fifty thousand copies in eight weeks, three hundred thousand copies in a year and over a million c
Jack London Jack London was born January 12, 1876 in San Francisco California. Jack’s parents’ were Flora Wellman and William Chaney. Flora had grown up wealthy in Ohio. As a child Flora was stricken with thyroid fever which stunned her growth and ruined her looks. In June 1874 Flora started living with astrologer William Chaney. In the summer of 1875 when Flora told Chaney that she was pregnant Chaney panicked and told Flora to leave his home at once. Flora took an overdose of opium. When that
The life of Poe is the most melodramatic of any of the major American writers of his generation. In Poe's poems, like his tales, his characters are tortured by nameless fears and longings. In both form and content Poe's early poetry is typically Romantic although of an unusually limited range. Today Poe is acclaimed as one of America's greatest writers, but in his own unhappy lifetimes he knew little but failure. Poe's characters as well as his plots are set in a negative satirical way, such as
“The Heart of Darkness”, Francesca Delbanco The Heart of Darkness by Francesca Delbanco is an article about depression. The article defines depression and the means to cope with it. Depression is caused by many things in life from a death in a family or friend, the feeling of an low self esteem to a disastrous relationship with a mate or companion. The authors article, states that everyone in their lifetime had been through it before. The article also states that depression is a state where one
Opening Statement An 18-year old girl, traveling home late at night is hit head on by a Ford pickup truck. She suffers severe head injuries and is in a coma. Her family is devistated, but hopes for the best. After a few weeks she opens her eyes but is totaly unresponsive. She is in what the medical profession calls a vegitative state. In a vegetative state, a person has very little action, thought, or feeling as in vegetables. After one month it is called a "persistant vegetative state". It is
A monster. An outcast left to fend for himself. That us how I felt everyday of my life for eight years. All of my life I have been made fun of for the way I looked. I could list all the names I was called, but I would need a hundred pages. I was made to feel inferior to the “norm”. I felt like the woman in Rod Serling’s “The Eye of the Beholder”, but there was no operation I could have that would change me. I had to learn to be myself, and not to be what I am not. It began to get seemingly seri
Many modern day novels conquer the topic of self discovery. They delve into a seemingly endless search for one's self to try and explain the purpose of soul searching. This journey that people take to find out who they are and what they are here for is the main theme of many popular books. Novels that cover this topic are popular because almost everyone has been on this search. It is not only present day novels that cover this frustration and many times confusing question. The search for self w
The year was 1787, and Benjamin Franklin, James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, and George Washington were signing their names to a document that stated, "A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free-state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed." What were they thinking? Did they have any clue as to what types of dangerous weapons we would have available today? Their guns could fire a maximum of five rounds per minute and that was a talent even
THE HOLCAUST, THE WAY IT WAS Definition of the Holocaust What does Webster's dictionary defines the Holocaust as? ho·lo·caust \'hO-l&-"kost, 'hä- also -"kästor'ho-l&-kost\ noun 1 : a sacrifice consumed by fire, 2 : a thorough destruction especially by fire. (i.e. a nuclear holocaust) 3 a often cap. : the mass slaughter of European civilians and especially Jews by the Nazis during World War II -- usually used with the b : a mass slaughter of people; especially genocide. Beyond the Definition The
The Truth of Suffering in King Lear Edgar. O, matter and impertinency mixed, Reason in madness! (4.6.192-93) Reason in madness, truth in suffering, and sight in blindness all contain the same basic meaning. In order to find and recognize our real selves and the truth, we must suffer. These various themes are continually illustrated throughout Shakespeare’s King Lear. Their effects are not solely felt by Lear and Gloucester. All sincerely “good” characters in the play must, in some way, suffer b
Depression is a serious health problem that could affect anybody, at any age. It's more than the down feeling that everybody experiences from time to time. Depression involves a "down" mood, along with some other symptoms, and lasts for more than a couple of weeks. This problem affects the total person, and in adition to all the feelings, it can change behavior, physical health, and appearance, academic performance, and the ability to handle, normal, everyday decisions and pleasures. Depression