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Friendship is a necessary aspect of every human's life, as we are not self sufficient in and of ourselves (Other Selves, pg. 30). Despite its necessity, in some cases we are either forced or morally required to end these relationships. When the trust between two parties has been broken, the loyalty of the friendship is soiled, and it is therefore a true and just action to end the friendship.First, let's define what it means to be a friend. Friends can be described as: "an intimate associate, reliable, one who is not an enemy or foe, an ally, etc" (Webster's, pg. 540). Thus, based upon the...
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The human survival is based on friendship. From the highest authority to the lowest bums living on the streets all of them have experienced in some way or the other one of these different kinds of friendships. We take this friendship for granted because it is something that exists naturally in society and most of us never really have to actually go out into the world looking for a friend. Those of us who have had to live in a foreign country or in new surroundings have learned how important this is in life. My personal realization came when I had to start college in a new country, in different surroundings. The feeling of loneliness is enough to drive a person to near madness. So in...
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Friends Good friends are wonderful. They're there to support you and to help you. They make you laugh and feel good. I'm lucky, I have three very good friends. Sure, I have lots of other friends. But these three people, I would take a bullet for. We've known each other most of our school lives, but we never really "hung out" together until the seventh grade, when we all went to Junior High. There, cliques were formed; the popular and the unpopular began to separate. Most kids joined in massive groups to eat lunch. But we found each other and stayed in our group of four. Why?...because with our small group we could share our opinions and be heard. In those big groups, it's hard to get your...
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Friendship Life is more rewarding with friendship. We need friend in our life, a friend to share all the joy or the sadness. Everyday we have a change to meet someone new. It doesn't matter if we are at school, at work or even at bus stop, people are everywhere and we have a choice, if we want to get along or not. In my experience, I found there are categories of friendship such as convenience friends, historical friends, and close friends. The first category is convenience friends. There are people around us like neighbor, classmate or work friend. These are people with whom we exchange small favors....
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A FRIEND IN NEED IS A FRIEND INDEEDSometimes we move with our friends so intimately that the intimacy lasts for a long time. There are lifelong friends who have a bearing on our personalities, and two friends, who are thick as thieves, do ' influence each other, and the two grow together.The relationship with a friend has not been properly realized by us. Some do not believe in nurturing friendship as they are by nature aloof and reserved. This nature is not desirable, for, it indicates the lack of sociability. Sometimes parents or teachers may not be able to enforce a point on their child and a friend may come in to help them. I can relate an incident...
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To me, friendship is a relationship where both individuals can have a great time together, with whom there are less ego fights, with whom I can have open conversations, and who will prove loyal. A good friend always appreciates the good qualities in a friend, tries to mend the negative qualities, and encourages an honest and open relation. A good friend is a sense of inspiration and motivation. Good friends learn from each others' mistakes.
Based on my experiences, I have explored the different types of friends I have found in my life, and what we can expect from each of these types.
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Everyone is affected by certain events or individuals that greatly change their life. Many people have influenced me during my 21 years of my life, but I believe that the person that has influenced my life the most is a wonderful girl by the name of Lindsay Schiller. In the year that I have known her, she has become one of my best friends, and has helped to transform me from a lonely computer nerd into a happy college student with a decent social life.
Popular wisdom has it that, "You judge a man by his friends." Earlier in my life, that would have been difficult, because my father was a high school football coach, and...
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Human beings are social creatures. They strive for companionship with others. Although there are some people that might find pleasure in solitude until they reach the state of insanity, it seems clear that the majority of people do seek companionship if possible. Central among these companionships are friendships. For some people, this is what makes life worthwhile, the presence of friends. Aristotle found friendship important. Friendship is a sort of goodness, or at the least implies it. The good life finds its high point in the virtue of friendship. Friendship is what really measures a good man. With...
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I believe that in his essay, “Friendship”, Emerson’s main point is that people should not be afraid to expand their friendly horizons. They should more try to open up and be honest with people. The essay investigates simply how to be more open with others and gives tips on differentiating between true friends and those whom we just refer to as friends.
There are many people whom we speak to and meet on an everyday basis. In everyday conversations we show others that they are favored “from the highest degree of passionate love, to the lowest degree of good-will, they make the sweetness of life.” It is believed by many that our intellectual powers...
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A friend by definition is someone you know well and regard with affection and trust.
I am not a very outgoing person, and to be totally honest, I am very isolated from other human beings. Except for my family and people at school. I cannot say who I would like to have as friend. I never given much thought. Perhaps I like God to be my friend. He is not selfish and very forgiving. He knows the hearts, seeing you for you; the imperfections, the motives, the joys and virtues. I could say what qualities a friend should have. A friend is loyal, reliable, trustworthy, and loving.
The friend is loyal by sticking by you through good times and bad times. She would not gossip behind your back,...
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Friendship is defined by Philip Zimbardo as a relationship between people characterized by intimacy but not by passion and commitment. Zimbardo uses his reward theory to show us how people get attracted to each other, being it friendship or a relationship. The idea revealed in the reward theory is that attraction is a form of social learning based on social costs and benefits and hence we like those who give us maximum rewards at minimum costs. Zimbardo also introduces concepts like proximity, similarity, self disclosure, and physical attractiveness as factors that determine our relationships.The principle of...
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Once upon a time, there was a little bunny named Harriet, and she loved nothing more than playing with her best friend Alice. Alice lived across the field from Harriet’s burrow. They spent hours nibbling on clover and wiggling their whiskers. Most of all, they loved playing with Harriet’s Wii. One tragic day, the Wii broke. The next day, Harriet waited and waited for Alice to come over to play. Alice did not come that day, nor the next. Alice never came over to play again. Harriet did not know that Alice had found a new friend, with a Wii that worked. When Harriet found out about Alice’s betrayal of their friendship, she wondered: what is a true friend? In an attempt to ease her...
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Aristotle on Friendship
We are social creatures. We surround ourselves with other human beings, our friends. It is in our nature. We are constantly trying to broaden the circumference of our circle of friends. Aristotle understood the importance of friendship, books VIII and IX of the Nicomachean Ethics deal solely with this topic. A modern day definition of a friend can be defined as “one joined to another in intimacy and mutual benevolence independently of sexual or family love”. (Oxford English Dictionary). Aristotle’s view on friendship is much broader than this. His arguments are certainly not flawless. In this essay I will outline what Aristotle said about friendship in...
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Friendship Theme in Gilgamesh
True friendship is egalitarian. Everything is shared, loyalty to the friendship is equal, and the basis of the camaraderie is wholly altruistic. The friendship between the king Gilgamesh and the man of the steppe, Enkidu, was not a true and equal friendship. Loyalties and sacrifices to that friendship were disproportionate.
Friendship is conveyed in more than one way in Gilgamesh. The companionship between Enkidu and the animals of the steppe is the first example of friendship. Enkidu lived with the animals, as one of them:
He freed them from the traps / The hunters set. / A hunter’s son one day /
Saw Enkidu opening a trap: / The creature was all...
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Male Friendship:-Antonio and BassanioThis friendship seems rather one-sided as Antonio makes far more sacrifices and gestures of friendship than Bassanio. In Act I, Bassanio admits,To you, Antonio, I owe the most, in money and in love; And from your love I have a warranty To unburden all my plots and purposes How to get clear of all the debts I owe. (1.1.4)Antonio's overture to donate a pound of his own flesh seems especially significant of itself as its altruism is superlative, but it is considered by some critics rather grotesque as it suggests the rites of marriage, in which "two become one flesh."Some...
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Friendship in Harry Potter
Friendship is an in-depth relationship mixing trust, loyalty and
support. It is the combination of understanding, empathy and intimacy.
But, no one can form a friendship until he/she realizes that the basis
of being friends is meeting the needs of the other person. One must be
a friend in order to have one (Mugglenet). Friendship and its main
components: loyalty-trust, support, and similar values are very well
emphasized in Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone.
Trust and loyalty go hand-in-hand for friends. Friends are trusted
with secrets, both large and small, because good friends never break a
confidence. Good friends are forever loyal. This is...
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There are many valuable things in life, but friendship may be the most valuable.
To live life without the experience of friendship, is not living. Human interaction is a
necessity to survival, but developed friendships are essential to the successful well being of
anyone. Based upon the American Heritage Dictionary, the definition of a friend is, ?A person
whom one knows, likes and trusts.? But to all, Friendship has no defined terminology. The
definition of a friend, and friendship, is based upon oneself?s own notions. Many people look for
different characteristics in friends, things that may be common in nature. There are many different
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Throughout our lives we are constantly meeting new people and forming relationships that may or, may not develop into anything more serious than a casual exchange in conversation. Relationships will always vary in the degree of emotional closeness. Some people may have a very strong relationship where opinions and feelings are shared with each other, while others may chose not to share personal experiences instead, opting for easygoing conversations and random topics. In today's society everyone has a different perspective of what they see. The personal and intimate relationship that is shared...
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I'm sure you have not only heard, but also used the famous phrase "opposites attract." The statement stands true not only in physics and chemistry, but also in relationships and friendships. We tend to be attracted to people with personalities that differ from ours, so life would be more interesting, and desire the opposite of what we have. A perfect example of this, is Sula and Nel, best friends from Toni Morrison's novel, "Sula", where the conventional ideas of good and evil are turned upside down. The two girls are like opposite sides of a magnet, strongly attracted toward one another and useless when split apart. Life puts their friendship to the test by toying with love and sex,...
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Friendship in Frankenstein
Friendship is one of the most common human desires found all over the world in every different type of people. In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, this deep-seeded need is explored, especially as it manifests itself in the hearts of three great men. Captain Walden writes to his sister about the loneliness that he is experiencing on his journey at the very start of the book. Then, as the story progresses, a similar want can be found in Victor despite his tightly woven relationship with Henry Clerval. The Creature is constantly denied his lust for companionship demonstrates the horrible consequences of incessant loneliness. His amiable nature combined with...
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To change the way of man's thinking may be more difficult than tochange the whole world. I know a girl who managed it. The girl whowanted to change the world and changed my view on life without herrealizing it. The girl has two sacred words .Panta rei. engraved on hertomb. We were an inseparable couple already from childhood, friends for lifeand death. We grew up together, shared good and bad times together,walked on the roofs of houses together, counted stars in the sky togetherand thought about rainbow chasing together. We went to the sameschool, to the same class, sat at the same desk.
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Personal Narrative- Friendship and Change
Oh, I think I see her. Is it? Yes that’s her." Finally, after three long months my best friend, of 18 years, has finally returned to me. That’s actually the way I felt. Her and I have a strange relationship. I’ve always considered her mine and she pretty much owned me too. It had worked really well for the both us, until now.
Running past me without even a second glimpse she jumped full force into the arms of her older brother. The three of us had always been like peas in a pod so I wasn’t at all surprised she leapt into his arms first. "Dang, what er you trying to do knock me over er somethin’?" "I told you I was gonna to do this over the...
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“The 1% of US students with labels of severe disabilities including mental retardation have been historically excluded from ‘inclusive’ education” (Bentley, 2008, p. 543). Laws such as PL 94-142 and “No Child Left Behind” (as cited in Bentley), say that ‘public school students with all types of disabilities be educated in the least restrictive environment—‘to the maximum extent possible…with children who do not have disabilities’ the majority of these students with special education labels, such as, mental retardation and multiple disabilities are still isolated in special education classrooms (Bentley, 2008, p. 545). Wehmeyer (as cited in Bentley), points out that mere access does not...
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He closed his eyes as he softly touched her face. Thinking about the last time he had held her in his arms, it was in the car. They were coming home from her soccer game and they sat in the back seat and he held her. Everything between them was falling apart but he had to hold her one last time just to say goodbye. He could tell that she knew it was over but she didn't want to accept it. What started out, as a friendship had grown into a deep caring for each other, maybe to deep? He didn't know what would happen to them, they had promised to always be friends...but that wouldn't happen. He got out before things got to...
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Beaches is a movie about best friends, C.C. Bloom (Bette Midler) and Hillary Whitney (Barbara Hershey) meet for the first time under the boardwalk at the age of 11-years-old. Bloom grew up in the Bronx of New York City with very little money and the belief that one day she would be rich and famous. Whitney came from money living in Appleton, California where she dreamed of one day not having to follow all her high society rules and of being free to make choices and decisions on her own. The two girls stay connected through letters until after their college years when they were final reunited in New York after Whitney runs away from her old life to pursue her dream of “freedom”. Bloom is...
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Friendship is undoubtedly one of the most important elements in the books of Aristotle's ethical principles. Aristotle takes the idea of friendship to a serious degree. He categorizes them into three groups or types of friendships. This report will attempt to define each type of friendship as well as identify the role of friendship in a society.Aristotle considers friendship to be a necessity to live. He claims that no individual would chose to live without friends even if the individual had all of the other good things in life. He also...
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Aristotle identifies three motivations for friendship: usefulness, pleasure and good. He postulates that when people seek friendship, they look for someone who is worthy of their affection based on one of those three motives. Whether his argument is true is debatable. Many might object to this simplification of such a complex topic. However, his theory holds weight within the context of Book VIII.
Friendships based on two people’s usefulness to each other are considered by Aristotle to be the lowest form of friendship (Aristotle 220). Such friendships are based on each receiving something from the other, whether it is material, such as money, or intangible, such as knowledge. They seek out...
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Seen as a sort of excellence or virtue (or at least involving virtue) , friendship is analyzed more than any other topic in the Nicomachean Ethics. Thought of as one of the most indispensable aspects of human life, Aristotle examines friendship from a wealth of angles to show why friendship is both important and essential to a good life.Aristotle notes that to first understand friendship, we must first learn of the different medians between which it can exist. First off, we cannot relate the concept of friendship to any inanimate object, for it lacks the capacity to reciprocate or return any...
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In Books VIII and IX of Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics, the normative concept of friendship is precisely defined and separated into various categories of which Socrates’ and Alcibiades’ relationship can be ascribed to. To achieve this endeavor, one will need to understand Aristotle’s notion of perfect friendship based on reciprocal goodwill and virtue, and imperfect friendship based on utility and pleasure. By applying these evaluative aspects according to Socrates’ and Alcibiades’ characteristics and disposition in pursuing a friendship, the categories of their friendships are well elucidated. The friendship that Alcibiades seeks to obtain is that of erotic pleasure, while Socrates shows...
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Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein';
Through the exploration of value attached to friendship in Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein';, it is found that Victor, Walton, and the monster each desire a companion to either fall back on during times of misery, to console with, or to learn from. During various periods throughout the novel, it is found that Victor depends heavily on friendship when tragedy occurs to keep him from going insane. Walton desires the friendship of a man to have someone who he can sympathize with. The sole purpose of the monster is to find a companion to learn from and not be a total outcast to society. None of...
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Honor versus Friendship in Becket
Anouilh's Becket offers the story of the relationship between Thomas Becket and Henry II, King of England. The relationship begins with the two being fun-loving and teasing friends, develops into a rough-and-tumble relationship, and then ends in cold hatred. Because he will not give in to his demands Henry has Becket executed in Canterbury Cathedral. Becket had been Henry's friend and loyal supporter until he became Archbishop of Canterbury. At that point, he was determined his first loyalty was due God and not Henry even though he had supported Henry against the church previously. Becket fled to France in exile before returning to Canterbury...
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The Thanksgiving Visitor
In Truman Capote’s The Thanksgiving Visitor, a connection is exposed between the main character, Buddy, and his elderly best friend, Miss Sook, which serves as the center point of the story and reveals much about the intricacies of human nature. An autobiographical tale, the author describes his childhood of the 1930s in rural Alabama. An 8-year-old orphan who lives with his four cousins of sixty-plus years, he is an outcast among his peers who finds school and life outside the household quite scary. This dread of school is brought about by the neighborhood bully, Odd Henderson, who constantly beats and picks on Buddy any chance he can get. In fact, Buddy only truly...
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Friendship in A Separate Peace
A Separate Peace is a story about two youths, Gene and Phineas,
growing up at a beautiful boys’ boarding school in New England. Set at
the background of the World War II, the friendship between them grows
as the peace in Devon School diminishes.
Gene and Phineas are like two poles of a magnet, opposite yet bound
together. Gene is academic, Finny is athletic; Gene is hard worker,
Finny is not; Finny is the extroverted leader and Gene is his
follower. Gene follows the rules, and Finny breaks them. Their
personalities and strengths are different and yet they are
“"It’s you pal," he said,...
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riendship is a special bond between two or more people. This relationship is built on the basis of trust, loyalty and honesty. In the play Othello, Shakespeare demonstrates these qualities through many of his characters to portray their deep friendship. However as the play progresses these friends turn into foes as many problems occur in their friendships and lead to many tragic events. The negative qualities that tore these friendships apart are distrust, selfishness and jealousy that led many of the characters to their tragedies. In the play Othello, Shakespeare demonstrates that there are many causes...
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In the writings of Aristotle, seen in Nicomachean Ethics, it is evident that Aristotle believes that friendship is necessary for a virtuous and therefore happy life. I believe that this is accurate due to the similar conditions necessary for a complete friendship and a happy life. It is also evident that friendship is useful in achieving a happy life because friendship can make performing virtuous actions easier. His interpretation can be misunderstood and mistakes in practice can be made, so we will need to discuss these follies as well, in order to understand all the effects of friendship on achieving a happy life.
Let us first examine the similarities of...
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Friendship. Betrayal. What is the difference between these opposites? Friendship is an alliance that is founded upon trust. Friendship is very much analogous to a joint faith amid friends. Friends are individuals who socialize together and communicate with each other. Betrayal on the other hand, is more of a destroying a trust with remarks, actions, or thoughts. This ties in exceptionally well with the book, A Separate Peace by John Knowles, which integrates the duality concept of friendship as...
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An Aristotelian Examination of Friendship in Homer's Iliad
It is strange to label any friendship a success or a failure; it is stranger still to call the friendship between Achilleus and Patroklos a failure, especially when it has long been celebrated as one of the greatest friendships in antiquity. After all, friendship is called a success when friends remain just that, and a failure when they part ways with diffidence. How else could we possibly judge friendship? I suggest, however, that the good of the friend is the end of true friendship, and that this principle can guide critical inquiry into the nature of friendship. The basis of this statement is Aristotelian. The Nicomachean...
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Throughout the history of art, literature, and theater, the themes of friendship and love have been the most prevalent. In numerous compositions, including Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics and Plato's The Symposium, these themes are recurrent as the main topics of discussion. Aristotle believes friendship to be a high and noble aim for mankind. Analogously, Plato considers love a necessity of life that enables "human beings to acquire courage and happiness, in both life and death." Both philosophers believe that these two themes lead a person to eudaimonia, or happiness. Due to the similarity of the two...
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While girl friends are sitting around fireplaces gossiping, sharing recipes and talking about the latest fashion trend, boys are exchanging opinions on the new administration and forming great friendship that may well impact the future of the whole country. History has witnessed some of the greatest friendship between men. As a result, their friendships have been idealized as the embodiment of bravery and loyalty. In comparison, those cozy nights girls spends wrapped in the bonding of sisterhood seems both trivia and naïve. Although these stereotypes about men’s or women’s friendship are not completely true, there is no doubt that significant differences exist between friendships among men...
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Friendship Essay: Ordinary People and At Risk A chum. An acquaintance. A comrade. No matter how you say it, they all lead to one common meaning: friendship. In the books Ordinary People and...
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Nothing is worse than to be alone in the world, and without having any friends, alone is how you will live your life. Albert Camus once said "Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow. Don't walk behind me, I may not lead. Walk beside me and be my friend." Friendships differ between people. Friendships span from individuals, ages, families, neighbors, and cultures. For example, a friendship a person may have with their parents would be different than the friendship they may have with a...
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Friendship - A Bond of Love and Hate
Sarah and I had a fight about two weeks ago. We hadn’t fought in a while so we were due for a battle. Sarah complained that a girl at my party was “talking about her,” and, obviously, if I was a real friend, I should have kicked her out. Funny thing is I wouldn’t have kicked the girl out even if I had known that she was talking about Sarah. This, in turn, caused Sarah to tell that she hated me and never wanted to speak to me again. And, before you know it, we were the stars of our own episode of (insert title of melodramatic television show here). I started running around my house, idiotic and drunk, proclaiming that Sarah was the stupidest bitch...
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Finding Friendship in the Film Finding Forrester
In Finding Forrester a movie that takes place in the Bronx, there are two main characters, William Forrester and Jamal Wallace who find friendship in an unlikely way because of their passion for reading and writing. Though both are very different from each other they are drawn together by similar interests.
The characters are different in many ways; Forrester is a male Caucasian in his mid seventies who graduated from Columbia University and lives by himself. Forrester has confined himself to his apartment for ten years. His only foray to the outside world is when he leans out the window to clean off the grime. Forrester pays for...
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When you were still in the kindergarten, friends were the people who romped about with you, played mischievous tricks upon everyone. When you were getting bigger, perhaps at primary school, friends were the people who helped you in your homework, who sung with you at the school choir. Had you forgotten them? Had you betrayed them? Are you a good friend to your friends? A true friend would always tell you the truth, be you best partner when you need him, most of all, support you.
It is not right to act suspiciously in front of your friends. Not long ago, my friends were very busy planning a birthday surprise for me. They stopped talking when I drew near and whispered when I was within...
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Little Friendship in Austen's Persuasion
Jane Austen's Persuasion is a dark novel. From the jolting breaks in the romantic drama--the falls of little Charles and Louisa Musgrove--to the heroine's depressing existence--Anne Elliot has a "great tendency to lowness" (Austen 66)-- to the overall autumnal mood, the work is at times a gloomy, though always interesting, read. Perhaps its darkest facet though is the ubiquitous presence of an antagonist. While Mr. Elliot appears, most blatantly, to be the villain, in actuality, it is Lady Russell, whose persuasions are both manipulative and, frighteningly, pervasive, who should truly bear that stigma.
Upon learning that Anne will...
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Life is more rewarding with friendship. Every day is a chance to meet someone new. It does not matter if you're at school, work, or just out running around, people are everywhere. Whether you get along with them or not is your choice. In my experiences, I have found there are three different types of friends that help your life run more smoothly.
Many of us meet a good number of friends though work. These would be what we call your “work friends”. The more friends an individual has at work the better off that individual is. Often times, fellow employees will help when you're falling behind in the work schedule. With their plans permitting, they will cover or trade a shift for you if...
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A friend is someone difficult to find. A friend is someone you can always count on when times are tough. The dictionary's definition of a good friend is a person attached to another by feelings of affection or personal regard. A good friend is there when you are struggling. For example, when a boy breaks your heart a good friend walks you through it and offers a shoulder to cry on. According to Bree Neff, a good friend is someone who is trustworthy, doesn't talk behind your back, listens to your problems, gives good advice and tries to lend humor along with his or her support. There are also bad friends, those who pretend to care and then turn around gossiping and starting drama. Good...
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The Epic of Gilgamesh is a historic story of the king of Uruk, Gilgamesh. The story depicts the short lived friendship of Gilgamesh and Enkidu. The story begins as Shamat the harlot seduces Enkidu and convinces him to go to the city of Uruk and meet Gilgamesh. From that moment on, the two were very close. They planned a trip to the forest of cedars to defeat the monster known as Humbaba so that Gilgamesh could show his power to the citizens of Uruk. However, Enkidu tried “vainly to dissuade” (18) Gilgamesh in going to the forest. Despite Enkidu’s plead, the two continued on their voyage to the forest where Humbaba lives. Once they arrived, they found the monster and killed him.
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All four writers, Aristotle, Cicero, Montaigne, and Emerson discuss the importance of male friendship, and all four characters make statements about the superiority of friendship above other associations. However, the tone, the interpretation of friendship, and manner of rhetoric is influenced by the translation of the individual writer’s culture.
Aristotle uses a rather categorical approach to friendship. By making strict delineations and then using examples, he establishes a rather strict definition of friendship that is created along lines of social class. He argues, among other things, that friendship must be between similarly virtuous men of equal standing. In addition, the purest...