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A Bleak Paradise: Georg Büchner‘s “Leonce and Lena” (Revised)

Impoverished peasants without a voice, an increasingly socially, politically, and economically oppressed working class, wealthy nobility garbed in fine silks and satins perched high in their castles; such was the societal landscape of Germany in the years 1815 to 1848. … Continue reading Continue reading

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Defining a Life: The Ethical Questions of Embryonic Stem Cell Research

One of the most heated political battles in the United States in recent years has been over the morality of embryonic stem cell research. The embryonic stem cell debate has polarized the country into those who argue that such research … Continue reading Continue reading

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A Bleak Paradise: Georg Büchner’s “Leonce and Lena”

Impoverished peasants without a voice, an increasingly socially, politically, and economically oppressed working class, wealthy nobility garbed in fine silks and satins perched high in their castles; such was the societal landscape of Germany in the years 1815 to 1848. … Continue reading Continue reading

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A Truth That Is Out of This World: Kleist’s “Ordeal by Fire”

For the entirety of human civilization, the question of defining the truth has been at the center of virtually all political and social debates. For is it not the truth that defines what is right, what is wrong, what is … Continue reading Continue reading

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Suppressing the Uncanny: Chaplin’s “Modern Times”

Though many stories involving inanimate objects appearing animate and vice versa give the viewer a sense of the uncanny, in “Modern Times,” the utterly ridiculous and comical manner in which Chaplin interacts with an increasingly mechanized world amuses rather than disturbs … Continue reading Continue reading

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