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Five Things to Know About Ray Charles

by Regan Shrumm

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Ray Charles, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution

Ray Charles’ voice could be as blues-y cool as it was achingly gospel, as confessionary country as it was brassy jazz. His groundbreaking style and sound reflected his diverse life experiences. While fans of the “father of soul” might be familiar with the basic rolodex of Charles’ life, here are five pieces of trivia that fill in a few more details about the piano man who did it all, from why he first started wearing his iconic shades to the game he played to fight insomnia.

How Ray Got His Ray-Bans

Ray Charles Robinson was just 18 years old when he moved to Seattle and started a band with his friends, guitarist Gossie McKee and bassist Milton S. Garret. The three began the McSon Trio, a combination of the two names McKee and Robinson. The trio even developed publicity photos for the group. But before the images were printed and distributed, McKee had an artist retouch the photos, painting sunglasses over Charles’s sightless eyes. Charles began to wear sunglasses while performing after this, and some authors even suggest that this began the trend for blind musicians to do the same.  
 

Ray Charles Never Saw Blindness as a Handicap

A Yamaha KX88 keyboard, owned by Ray Charles, complete with braille stickers
A Yamaha KX88 keyboard, owned by Ray Charles, complete with braille stickers, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.

Ray Charles did not lose his sight until he was about seven years old. Years later, doctors suggested that juvenile glaucoma had caused his blindness. But Charles always maintained that his visual impairment never hindered his career in any way. Charles once told the New York Times: “I was going to do what I was going to do anyway. I played music since I was three. I could see then. I lost my sight when I was seven. So blindness didn’t have anything to do with it. It didn’t give me anything. And it didn’t take nothing.” Charles had his keyboards marked with braille stickers, including the Yamaha KX88 keyboard now held in the collections of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. In 1994, the musician received a Helen Keller Personal Achievement Award from the American Foundation for the Blind for his determination “not to let his disability limit him.” However hearing loss or the inability to listen to music, Charles believed was a tragic impairment. After experiencing a temporary ear ailment, Charles began to fund research in cochlear implants and other electronic devices; and he often anonymously funded hearing aid implants for those who could not afford them.
 

The Blues Brothers Renewed Charles’ Popularity

In the 1980 John Landis film The Blues Brothers, Charles sang “Shake a Tail Feather”
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During the 1970s when disco was huge, Ray Charles’ career had bottomed out and his album sales hit an all-time low. Recently divorced and having suffered a number of setbacks after battling a long-time drug addiction, Charles’ fortunes changed with the release of John Landis’ feature film The Blues Brothers in 1980. Joining such performers as Cab Calloway, John Lee Hooker, Aretha Franklin, and James Brown, Charles took on a role as the owner of a down-and-out music shop. The film became a box office hit and sparked an R&B revival.
 

Ray Charles Was a Chess Fiend

It was while Ray Charles was enrolled in a rehabilitation program at St. Francis hospital, near Los Angeles in 1965 that the musician learned to play chess. Taught by his doctor at the clinic, Charles, fighting insomnia, often played throughout the night with other patients. Charles loved that winning at chess was not a matter of luck, but rather of skill. “We start with the same pieces in the same places,” he observed. “You’ve got to outwit, out-think, and out-maneuver the other person.”

Charles maintained a life-long passion for the game and even had his own chessboards made, one of which is now in the American History Museum. The musician’s board features squares of alternating height; the black squares are raised while the white squares are lowered. To help him identify the pieces by touch, the black pieces have sharper tops, while the white ones have round ones.
 

Ray Charles Could Fly

Ray Charles with his aircraft, Ray Charles
Ray Charles with his aircraft, “Ray Charles.”

Charles had an interest in flying and was determined to buy his own airplane. During the early 1960s, he bought a five-passenger Cessna 310, which was piloted by Tom McGarrity, one of the very few black Air Force veterans. Often Charles would ask McGarrity questions about the plane, and would even help the pilot under the plane’s hood. On some nights, instead of McGarrity’s switching to autopilot, Charles would fly, listening to the hum of beam tones of the radar.

Regan Shrumm is an intern in the Division of Culture and the Arts at the National Museum of American History. She recently finished her Masters in Art History and Visual Studies at the University of Victoria in Victoria, BC, Canada.
 

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– Fahrenheit 4511 In the futuristic novel Fahrenheit 451, the author, Ray Bradbury, expresses several problems that influence the story. Many of these problems have to do with the behavior of the people in the twenty- fourth century society. One major problem is that firemen have been given the job of burning books in order to stop the spreading of ideas, and to cause all of society to reform and therefore be happy. Many people do not agree with this and they try hard to keep books alive, even though they may be killed for it….   [tags: Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451]


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Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

– Fahrenheit 451 Imagine a society where books are prohibited, where the basic rights made clear in the First Amendment hold no weight and society is merely a brainwashed, mechanical population. According to Ray Bradbury, the author of Fahrenheit 451, this depiction is actually an exaggerated forecast for the American future, and in effect is happening around us every day. Simply reading his words can incite arguments pertaining not only to the banning of books but to our government structure itself….   [tags: Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451]


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Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

– In the 1950 novel Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury presents the now familiar images of mind controlled worlds. People now live in a world where they are blinded from the truth of the present and the past. The novel is set in the, perhaps near, future where the world is in war, and firemen set fires instead of putting them out. Books and written knowledge is banned from the people, and it is the firemen’s job to burn books. Firemen are now the policemen of this time. Some people have rebelled by hiding books, but have not been very successful….   [tags: Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451]


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Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

– Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury Guy Montag is a fireman in the future in charge of burning books. On his way home from work one evening, he meets his new neighbor, an inquisitive 17-year-old girl named Clarisse McClellan. She asks him about his job and tells him she comes from a strange family that does such peculiar things as talk to each other and walk places (being a pedestrian is, like reading, against the law). She asks him if he is happy and then disappears into her house….   [tags: Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451]


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Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

– Shortage of Books ”I’ve always said poetry and tears, poetry and suicide and crying and awful feelings, poetry and sickness; all that mush!” exclaimed Mrs. Bowles to Montag in Ray Bradbury’s book Fahrenheit 451 (103). Mrs. Bowles thinks written words can make an individual really gloomy and disconsolate. Because the goal of this society is to always be satisfied, and to stay satisfied people watch TV, made up stories, which never makes them think or wonder, that is why Mrs. Bowles is convinced that poems are nasty….   [tags: Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451]


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Charles I: The Death of a King and the Birth of a Superpower

– The eradication of Charles I from power in England allowed the country to become the major superpower of the world by the end of the 18th century. A superpower is defined as an extremely powerful nation, especially one capable of influencing international events and and policies of less powerful nations. Many common characteristics are prominent when concluding whether a country is a superpower or not, including an educated populace, a healthy economy, a rich culture, a strong military, a large land mass, and a stable government….   [tags: beheading of charles I, charles II]


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Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451

– Fahrenheit 451 In the book Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury, the main character, Guy Montag meets a girl, Clarisse McClellan, who will tell him something that will change his life forever. Guy is a fireman, who ignites fires instead of putting them out. He burns house where books have been found. The reason that these houses along with the books are burned is because the government of this society does not want its people to read books. He then talks to a girl named Clarisse, who tells him of a past where people were not punished for reading books, but instead encouraged to do so….   [tags: Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451]


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Analysis of Themes and Symbols in A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens

– The story of A Christmas Carol, written by Charles Dickens, is one that mostly everyone is familiar with. It airs during the holidays in an enormous amount of variations. The basis of each variation is the same. Ebenezer Scrooge, our main character, is a cold hearted man. It is Christmas Eve, and as Scrooge is closing his office his nephew comes in to wish him a Merry Christmas. Scrooge, being as “cold” as he is, just thinks that Christmas is a time where people spend money. Scrooge lives alone….   [tags: Charles Dickens]


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Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451

– "Guy Montag enjoyed his job. He had been a fireman for ten years and he had never questioned the joy of the midnight runs, nor the joy of watching pages consumed by flames…never questioned anything until he met a seventeen-year-old girl who told him of a past when people were not afraid. Then he met a professor who told him of a future in which people could think…and Guy Montag suddenly realized what he had to do. (Ray Bradbury-Fahrenheit 451)". Was Guy Montag the same person at both the beginning and end of Fahrenheit 451….   [tags: Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451]


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Charles Darwin’s Life and Accomplishments

– Charles Darwin was born in February 12,1809. When Charles Darwin was a little kid he struggled a lot in school. In 1825, Charles become a fortunate person and went to medical school. Darwin was a British scientist who set the foundations of the theory of evolution and converted the way we imagine about the natural world. Charles Darwin was the discoverer of the biological theory of evolution. Charles Darwin was married for 43 years to Emma Darwin who was his cousin. Charles Darwin had 10 children….   [tags: charles darwin, evolution, natural world]


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Using Synchrotron X-ray Irradiation to Support Gold Nanoparticles on MWCNTs

– Over the last decade, nanoparticles have been paid much attention due to their special physical and chemical properties. This interest is because the properties of them are different from their bulk material. More specifically, gold nanoparticles can be used in many fields: semiconductors, biosensors, catalysis and biomedicine (1). It can be synthesized by a number of different methods such as, by radiation (2), Vapor deposition (3), electrochemically (4) and thermal decomposition (5). In addition, it can be attached to carbon nanotubes to synthesis a functional hybrid great metal/CNTs catalytic material….   [tags: X-ray Irradiation, Gold particles]


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Charles Darwin’s Life and Revolutionary Work

– Charles Darwin by far, revolutionized biology as known to modern society. He is responsible for the theory of evolution that people of today still go by. He was born on February 12, 1809 in England as the fifth child into the family of Dr. Robert and Susannah Darwin. He had three older sisters and one older brother. Because of his father’s success as a physician, and his mother coming from the Wedgewood family fortune, the Darwin family was considered well-off. Robert Darwin worked many great hours while Susannah stayed home to take care of the children….   [tags: Charles Darwin, evolution, ]


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Ray Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles

– Ray Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles      If the Martian Chronicles had been written in the 1999’s instead of fifty years ago, many issues and problems would change. Ray Bradbury wrote his book in 1946. In it he wrote about problems such as censorship, man’s cruelty to man, and loneliness. Each issue shows up in one or two of his chronicles. All of his issues affect every one of his characters in many different ways.      Censorship is a main problem or issue today, and in the book it shows up in one of his chronicles, “Usher II”….   [tags: Ray Bradbury Martian Chronicles Essays]


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A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens

– Charles Dickens is much loved for his contribution to classic English literature. His epic stories, brilliant characters, and illustration of contemporary life are unforgettable and made him one of the most prominent authors in history. Charles was born on February 7, 1812 in Portsmouth, England to John and Elizabeth Dickens. He was the second of eight children. Dickens was driven to achieve success from the days of his boyhood. With little formal education, he taught himself, worked furiously at everything he undertook and rocketed to fame as a writer in his mid-twenties….   [tags: Charles Dickens’s Writing]


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The Structure of Charles Dickens’s “A Christmas Carol”

– Charles Dickens’s, a British social reformer which has presented to an audience a brilliant novel: A Christmas Carol. The play is set in the mid 1900’s where the industrial revolution was introduced which resulted in inventions such as machines; people consequently were fleeing the countryside for work in city for good paying jobs, for good achieving business people this gave their business a massive amount of money but a small minority of people were underprivileged because money was distributed unfairly….   [tags: Charles Dickens, Christmas Carol, ]


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Charles Darwin and Human Evolution in Intelligence

– The great and famous Charles Darwin is still remembered today after almost 2 centuries had passed. He was one of the most significant scientists to change how we view this world. Life, as we know it, was changed by Charles Darwin. But I don’t believe that looking at the present will help in any way so I will take back to the past. It is a fact that throughout history people have always believed in some sort of god. Some religions were weak and have come and gone, where others have come and stayed….   [tags: Charles Darwin, evolution, intelligence,]


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Analysis of Paris Spleen, by Charles Baudelaire

– Charles Baudelaire was a French poet in the late eighteen hundreds. He composed many short poems that didn’t necessarily rhyme. Most of his texts allow for several interpretations. The poems were concentrated around feelings of melancholy, ideas of beauty, happiness, and the desire to escape reality. Baudelaire uses these notions to express himself, others, and his art. Baudelaire fuses his poetry with metaphors or words that indirectly explain the poems to force the reader to analyze the true meaning of his works….   [tags: Literary Analysis, Charles Baudelaire ]


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Symbolism in Farenheight 451 by Ray Bradbury

– Symbolism in Farenheight 451 by Ray Bradbury Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury is a futuristic novel, taking the reader to a time where books and thinking are outlawed. In a time so dreadful where those who want to better themselves by thinking, and by reading are outlaws as well. Books and ideas are burned, books are burned physically, whereas ideas are burned from the mind. Bradbury uses literary devices, such as symbolism, but it is the idea he wants to convey that makes this novel so devastating….   [tags: Farenheight 451 Ray Bradbury]


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Decay of Humanity in The Pedestrian by Ray Bradbury

– Mankind has made great progression with inventions such as the television. However, as people dedicate less time to study or participate in sport, and dedicate more time to tune into their television, one might wonder if this is growth or decay. In “The Pedestrian”, Ray Bradbury has decided to make a statement on the possible outcome of these advances. Through clever characterisation, themes and imagery, he shows that if society advances too greatly, then mankind may as well terminate itself….   [tags: Ray Bradbury, The Pedestrian]


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Symbolism in Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

– Ray Bradbury’s satire, Fahrenheit 451, is a novel full of symbols criticizing the modern world. Among those symbols appears The Hound. The Hound’s actions and even its shape are reflections of the society Bradbury has predicted to come.      Montag’s world continues on without thought; without any real reason. There is no learning, no growth, and no purpose. “The Mechanical Hound slept but did not sleep, lived but did not live in its gently humming, gently vibrating, softly illuminated kennel back in the dark corner of the firehouse’; (24), wrote Bradbury to describe this hound….   [tags: Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury]


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Charles William Eliot

– Charles Eliot is credited for having reformed the educational system in the Harvard University. Eliot was a Harvard alumnus and was President of the college. The reforms he implemented in Harvard had profound effect on all the educational institution thereafter. His insistences for educational reforms are driven by the experience and situation around him at the time. His interests in wanting to bring a change in the education system in United States are realized during his trip to Europe. Eliot advocated that education was not simply for the sake of bettering oneself but he realized that education and economic development went hand in hand….   [tags: Charles William Eliot]


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The Dialectic of Desire in the Films of Nicholas Ray

– The Dialectic of Desire in the Films of Nicholas Ray Nicholas Ray’s films frequently address a competition between a ‘father’ and ‘son’ (whether literal or figurative filial relationship). More importantly, Ray has an ideological approach to these struggles. In his films, homosocial struggles are always supplanted by Ray’s desired outcome of an idealized heterosexual coupling. That is, the threat of prolonged homosocial desire between his characters is usually eradicated by the death of one of the dueling men….   [tags: Films Movies Nicholas Ray Essays]


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Cruel Intentions in Hard Times by Charles Dickens

– Cruel Intentions in Hard Times by Charles Dickens Charles Dickens wrote Hard Times as an attempt to show the injustices of life for many different people and to explain that in order to be happy, people need one another. Through the epiphanies of many characters in this novel, Dickens shows their realization of this fact and how they plan to pursue their goals from there on. These characters are used as mouthpieces to spread the theme to the reader. Louisa Gradgrind, Stephen Blackpool, and Tom Gradgrind are such characters….   [tags: Charles Dickens, Hard Times]


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Unexpected Expectations in Charles Dickens’ novel “Great Expectations”

– The expectations others have for those around them play a large part in how they live their lives. One boy’s life is turned around completely by others’ expectations in Charles Dickens’ novel Great Expectations. This boy, named Pip, far exceeds his own expectations for his life when given the opportunity to rise from a lowly blacksmith’s apprentice to a gentleman and raise his place in society. Through this, the theme of expectation is shown as Pip’s future begins to change for the better; and the significance of the roles that Joe, Estella, and Magwitch have in impacting Pip’s circumstances….   [tags: Charles Dickens, Great Expectations, ]


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Use of Insect Images Thesis in The Pedestrian by Ray Bradbury

– Technology is becoming increasingly popular; we are forced to confront it everyday. Ray Bradbury has noticed this trend of people becoming more and more dependent on technology; after all we use the television, computers, and even automobiles everyday. In the pedestrian Ray Bradbury has used insect images in The Pedestrian that suggests that with the increasing number of people using technology it will trap and destroy us. Bradbury writes “During the day it was a thunderous surge of cars, the gas stations open, a great insect rustling and a ceaseless jockeying for position as the scarab-beetles, a faint incense puttering from their exhausts, skimmed homeward to the far directions.” In th…   [tags: Ray Bradbury, The Pedestrian]


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The Fiction and Journalism of Charles Dickens

– The Fiction and Journalism of Charles Dickens Readers of Charles Dickens’ journalism will recognize many of the author’s themes as common to his novels. Certainly, Dickens addresses his fascination with the criminal underground, his sympathy for the poor, especially children, and his interest in the penal system in both his novels and his essays.  The two genres allow the author to address these matters with different approaches, though with similar ends in mind. Two key differences exist, however, between the author’s novels and his journalism….   [tags: Charles Dickens]


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A Closer Look at Beatty in Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

– A Closer Look at Beatty in Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury “Any man who can take a TV wall apart and put it back together again is happier than any man who tries to slide-rule, measure, and equate the universe, which just won’t be measured or equated without making man feel bestial and lonely. I know, I’ve tried it; to hell with it(61).” Beatty, while lecturing to Montag, lets this confession slip out. With the words “I know, I’ve tried it,” Beatty became a very complex, deep character. Beatty, although obviously portrayed as the villain, is a wounded, misunderstood character….   [tags: Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451]


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Ray Carver’s collection Where I’m Calling From

– Ray Carver’s collection “Where I’m Calling From” After reading more than a dozen of Ray Carver’s short stories from his collection Where I’m Calling From, I have to ask the question, “Where was Carver calling from?” On the surface, his stories seem very simple. They are about people with average jobs such as hotel managers, waitresses, salesmen, and secretaries, who live unsophisticated, mediocre lives. Below the surface, however, there is always more to be discovered if the reader is willing to put forth a little bit of effort….   [tags: Ray Carver Essays]


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Characterization, Theme, and Imagery of Ray Bradbury’s The Pedestrian

– Two Works Cited Mankind has made great leaps toward progress with inventions like the television. However, as children give up reading and playing outdoors to plug into the television set, one might wonder whether it is progress or regression. In “The Pedestrian,” Ray Bradbury has chosen to make a statement on the effects of these improvements. Through characterization and imagery, he shows that if mankind advances to the point where society loses its humanity, then mankind may as well cease to exist….   [tags: Ray Bradbury, The Pedestrian]


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The Pedestrian by Ray Bradbury

– The short story The Pedestrian is an intriguing story that takes place in the future. This story suggests that if the world continues the progress that it is now then we will become no more than humans who are doing nothing with our lives. It shows how people would seclude themselves from others and begin to stop caring for others. Is this actually a possibility in the future. In this short story there is a man by the name of Mr. Mead who doesn’t necessarily do the same as everyone else. In this future based story, there is a curfew for everyone at which they should begin to watch TV….   [tags: Ray Bradbury, The Pedestrian]


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Extreme Censorship in Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451

– Extreme Censorship in Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451      Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 was an interesting Science fiction thriller that provided an odd view on the censorship of books. Not just some books, but all books. An entire distorted culture and civilization where all books are prohibited. And the penalty for being caught with books is that the books must be burned and in some cases the penalty may lead to death. In this tale of censorship and self discovery, Bradbury leads the reader through a short period in the life of the protagonist, Guy Montag….   [tags: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury]


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Death of the Literate World in Ray Bradbury’s The Pedestrian

– Ray Bradbury’s short story, “The Pedestrian,” shows the not-too-distant future in a very unfavorable light. The thinking world has been eaten away by the convenience that is high technology. This decay is represented by the fate that befalls Leonard Mead. Though only an isolated incident, it foreshadows the end of thinking, literate society. The world in the year 2053 is populated by people who are more dead than alive. Their technology has made them very lazy. Walking has become obsolete, as the title of the story indicates….   [tags: Ray Bradbury, The Pedestrian]


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Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 Comparison to the Matrix

– Ray Bradbury’s novel Fahrenheit 451 speculates on a future society in which there is no real knowledge, just a façade of lies because there are no testaments of truth, books. This book shares a plot much like that of the Warner Brothers’ blockbuster, Matrix, in which the human race is kept in the shadow of the truth by being put into a virtual reality. In both stories a destroyed civilization is being suppressed by an evil leader. Also, in both of these works have an average man rise from the ashes of his previous life and become instruments in the changing of the way life is….   [tags: Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451]


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“Recalled to Life” in A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

– … Manette his real name, Charles Evrémonde. The next day, Mr. Lorry discovers that Dr. Manette has a relapse and is making shoes, as he did in prison. This relapse lasts nine days and nine nights. Afterwards, Mr. Lorry tells Dr. Manette that he has to get rid of his shoe making tools. Dr. Manette is hesitant until Mr. Lorry brings up Lucie saying, “‘I would recommend him to sacrifice it. Come. Give me your authority, like a dear good man. For his daughter’s sake, my dear Manette’… ‘In her name, then, let it be done.’”(232)….   [tags: lucie, charles darney, dr. manette]


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Sydney Carton in Charles Dickens’ “A Tale of Two Cities”

– Sydney Carton is the most memorable character in Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities, a story of redemption, resurrection, self-sacrifice change and love, all of these words have to do with the extreme transformation of. Sydney Carton had such great love for Lucie Mannette that evolves from a depressed loaner that can only attempt to substitute happiness with alcoholic indulgence to a loyal caring friend who makes the ultimate sacrifice for the ones he loves. In the beginning, Sydney Carton’s the character that everyone looks down upon….   [tags: Charles Dickens, Tale of Two Cities, ]


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Creation and Augustine vs. Evolution and Charles Darwin

– In this philosophical scientific research paper, I will proceed as follows. First I will address the pros and cons of creation and evolution. Second, I will analyze the philosophical scientific causes of this issue in light of St. Augustine and Charles Darwin. Last I will infer my own results and therefore propose some scientific suggestions. Many people have asked the question, where did we come from. According to creationists a higher power, or “God” created the universe. Some believe that “God” started off the universe and let it form by itself….   [tags: Creation, Augustine, Evolution, Charles Darwin,]


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Charles Dicken’s A Tale of Two Cities

– Orison Swett Marden, an author known for his works in philosophy once wrote, “You will be modified, shaped, molded by your surroundings, by the character of the people with whom you come in contact”. Using these words, Marden summarizes what factors influence humans and shape how they turn out. A similar scenario appears in Charles Dicken’s A Tale of Two Cities, where two characters are initially driven by their love for different people, but soon turn into complete opposites. Madame DeFarge, fueled by love, turns evil, while Sydney Carton, a lazy alcoholic, takes charge of his life after being motivated by love….   [tags: a tale of two cities, charles dickens]


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Pip’s Ambitious Drive in Charles Dicken’s Novel

– Nature and instinct of mankind harvests a constant craving, lust, and ambitious drive for self-improvement. The struggles of life to have one’s voice heard, make a difference, be loved and remembered, strives individuals to leave an eternal mark on mankind’s earth dwelling timeline. These motives keep us moving forward day by day. In the novel Great Expectations, Charles Dickens tells the tale of a glaringly ambitious orphan child “raised by hand” (5) elbowing his way up the social class ladder during the Victorian Era….   [tags: great expectations, ambitious, charles dickens]


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The Charles River: The Waters Fine

– According to the local bean town folks some of the many don’ts of Boston living is “Don’t ever wear a Harvard sweatshirt” or “Ask for directions to Cheers.” One of these Boston themed gags such as “Don’t swim in the Charles, no matter WHAT Bill Weld tells you” is proving that the locals might be giving out uninformed advice this time around. The Charles River, always known as “having a healthy reputation for its extreme filth,” has a new lease on life ever since former governor Bill Weld took the dive heard round the world fully clothed around the same time the EPA announced a “Clean Charles” ready for swimmers by Earth Day 2005….   [tags: Charles River Essays]


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Civil War and Charles 1st

– Civil War and Charles 1st These are the events leading up to the civil war right to Charles execution Charles marries a catholic girl from France Rumours spread that 200,000 Protestants have died and Charles was behind all this Charles asks parliament for money they refuse Charles sends parliament back to their homes and carries on ruling England without parliament Charles demands ship money even though there is no war Charles try’s to arrest 5 MPs but they are not there they are tipped off and they have fled to London where they are treated like heroes Charles recalls parliament and asks for money they agree but his has to get rid of a few MPs…   [tags: King Charles I]


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The Signalman by Charles Dickens

– The Signalman by Charles Dickens ‘Halloa. Below there!’ …… A small expression that once understood strikes you with an essence of alarm, fear and intrigue. Throughout the short story of The Signalman, this quote was used several times and was repeated by several characters. Coincidence. Charles Dickens invites you to decide. This dissertation from www.coursework.info For the duration of this half term we have studied numerous short stories from the book Telling Tales. Throughout this period, we have developed our skills of assessing characters (characterisation), identifying language style and structure plus various others, and I will try to use my newly developed skills to answer our ass…   [tags: Charles Dickens Signalman Essays]


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