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Nathan Petersen's Cliff Notes Author (well sort of) The Beowulf manuscript survives in one codex, the British Museum MS. Cotton Vitellius A. XV. In 1731 the codex was scorched, damaging the last two thousand lines of the poem. The manuscript itself seems to be scribed by two different monks, the first scribing the first two thirds of the poem and the second abruptly taking over for the last third. The true author of Beowulf is unknown, although it is likely that Beowulf was an oral story copie

Setting: The setting takes place in March of 1973 in Daly City, California. Characters: Dave Pelzer - Dave is a smart and strong willed boy that gets abused by his mother. "Mother can beat me all she wants, but I haven't let her take away my will to somehow survive." Mother - She is Dave's abusive mother. Most of the time she's drunk and looks like crap. "She still has a hangover from last night's stupor. Her once beautiful, shiny hair is now frazzled clumps. As usu

Lindbergh, Charles Augustus (1902-1974), American aviator, engineer, and Pulitzer Prize winner, who was the first person to make a nonstop solo flight across the Atlantic. Charles Augustus Lindbergh was born February 4, 1902, in Detroit and was delivered by his great-uncle. When he was three years old, his three-story house burned down and a simpler home was built in its place. From the age of six he had his own gun and soon became an expert marksman. His mother,

"Joe DiMaggio - The Promise" By Joe Carrieri The cover definitely grabs you. Joe DiMaggio who has such a "mystique" look to him. I never knew how complicated a man DiMaggio was. DiMaggio was a complex person, shy, conservative and yet he married Marilyn Monroe - he was a man with magic who captured the eye of Americans when America needed a hero. His 56 game hitting streak will never be broke. I saw DiMaggio in a new light. This book shows a human side to DiMaggio with a story that should b

The story "Benito Cereno" is one that puts the reader in the position of making sense out of total chaos. This is done literally in the beginning when Delano steps onto the San Dominick; and is done later when the reader is supposed to figure out who was good and who was evil. The evil in this story is not easy to pick out, due to the timeframe that the reader is allowed to know about and the point of view that the story is told from. What Melville is saying about evil, in this story, is that s

As Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) once said, "Of all the animals, man is the only one that is cruel. He is the only one that inflicts pain for the pleasure of doing it." Twain had this in mind when he was composing The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Throughout this masterpiece there are several strange, yet realistic accounts of human behavior. The purpose of this novel was to inform the reader on the cruel, strange and undeniably true behavior of our own kind, more specifically Twain inten

The disgusting possibilities of criminal human behavior occur with anarchy. Every person on this planet has a mean streak inside them. In some cases people show this side often, others you would never know they owned it. We keep this feeling inside because that's what we're taught. We have been conditioned to keep calm and not speak our mind or express anger. Rage or hate can cause a person to retaliate in violence. Rule has been enforced upon us to show that there are consequences to our

Artificial Intelligence Artificial intelligence is a highly debatable topic. You either believe that it may be achieved or think it can't, and the middle is a little shady. Artificial Intelligence is the study to create a machine that can act like a human brain, including emotions, and consciousness. This speech will cover the subject of if it can ever be achieved and at what level. This would be a giant technological step. If it is ever achieved, everyday activities such as vacuuming, or

Good Earth Essay The Good Earth is a book about a Chinese man named Wang Lung and his relationship with the earth. Wang Lungs view of the earth contrasts with most people's view of the earth today. He lived in simplicity and then when he became rich, his greatest comfort came from that that was still simple. Today many people are "rich" and are living lives where they are only comforted by the very complicated things. In Wang Lungs life, lotus was very like this. To Wang Lung, the eart

Lord of the Flies Why do we choose the leaders that we do?: In the following paper, I'm going to attempt to explain why it is that we choose the leaders in which we do. There are many various reasons why we pick certain individuals to lead us. The first one, which is in no relation to Loard of the Flies, is by being appointed. People are often predetermined leaders. One of the most obvious examples of this is royalty. For thousands of years, sons and daughters of royal famlies are g