Tony Award for Best Musical Essays

  • Poetry Essay: A Road Not Taken By Robert Frost

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    Poetry Essay Shamyra Thompson Liberty University Poetry Essay Outline “A Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost Thesis: In the poem “A Road Not Taken”, Robert Frost shares how sometimes in life one has to make decisions rather they’re good or bad. However there are consequences following one’s decisions and choices. One can use their second chance by looking forward and choosing to take the right paths in life. I. Mood & Theme a. The poem’s author, Robert Frost, focuses

  • Family In Alice Huu's To Live By Fugui

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    According to Merriam-Webster, family can be defined as “the basic unit in society consisting of two parents rearing children”(Family). But in reality, family often transcends that definition. Families are people who have strong emotional connections with each other. To Live is a story about a man who experiences many misfortunes. Fugui’s family is a big part of his life and once they are all gone he has no choice but to live on without them. Throughout the story, Fugui realizes how important his

  • Character Analysis Billy Elliot

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    miner’s strike in 1984, a character that I found thought provoking was Jackie Elliot. Jackie Elliot’s family (consisting of his youngest son, Billy, the main character of the film, and his oldest son, Tony, and his mother known as Grandma) is severely affected by the strike as both Jackie and Tony are miners who are on strike. Jackie is portrayed as a quick-tempered, narrow-minded and traditional father allowing us to wonder about his true traits. Later on in the film, we see Jackie’s more accepting

  • Les Liaisons Dangereuses: Play Analysis

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    is a part of the Shubert Organization and has housed many successful revivals, such a The Elephant Man, The Glass Menagerie, and Hughie. The show had an initial showing out of town. The original production was in the Donmar Warehouse in London, with Tony-Winning Janet McTeer continuing the lead role and bringing along the Donmar’s artistic director, Josie Rourke, becoming the

  • Robert Hayden's 'Those Winter Sundays'

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    Jack Akers Instructor: Mary Wallace English 102-01 26 February 2018 Love and guilt: An explication of Robert Hayden’s “Those Winter Sundays” In the poem “Those winter Sundays” by Robert Hayden, Hayden experiences both the feelings of love and guilt for the way he treated his father while he was growing up. In the poem, Hayden reflects back on the things that his father did for him, not out of necessity but out of love. At the time, Hayden took these things for granted and never fully appreciated

  • Theme Of Conformity In Dead Poets Society

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    In the movie Dead Poets Society, Peter Weir, the director, creates continuous tension by superimposing the two main opposing themes of individuality and conformity through various camera and mise-en-scene codes. By choosing between diverse camera positions and angles, as well as deliberately placing important objects in various settings, he elegantly exemplifies the contrast between the school’s ethics of conformity and Mr. Keating’s teachings of individuality. This contrast is tangible in both Neil’s

  • West Side Story Play Analysis

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    Story (1961) was the second highest-grossing film of the year in the United States and swept the Academy Awards, winning ten Oscars, including Best Picture – more than any other musical. It garnered uniformly enthusiastic critical accolades (…). The soundtrack album was one of the best-selling LPs off all time up to that point.’ (Keith, page 100) West Side Story is known as one of the greatest musicals of all the time. Furthermore, the fusion of the magnificent play of colors with splendid melodies and

  • Porgy And Bess Comparison

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    received by critics, the musical was nominated for 13 Tony awards, and won six. For years, movie adaptations had been in the works, but due to legal or interest complications, the plans never came to fruition. Following the success of Chicago, the project was finally greenlighted and headed by director Bill Condon. Released in December 2006, the film has been the most expensive film with an all black cast. The film came to critical acclaim, winning a Golden Globe and 2 Academy Awards. In contrast to previous

  • Stephen Sondheim Musical Analysis

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    Musical theatre performance, which presents fictional plots and impresses audiences with show-stopping dance and song, unites dramatic works across the globe. American musical theatre, specifically, draws inspiration from European straight plays, burlesques, and operas, while dramatizing American topics. Nineteenth-century musical comedies use entertaining situations, rather than plot, to frame performances involving song, dance, and humor. For example, George M. Cohan’s works, although inspired

  • A Political Allegory In George Orwell's Animal Farm

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    Rationale Animal Farm is a political allegory that represents the Russian Revolution but instead of people the author, George Orwell, decided to use animals. Also the book emphasizes the communist system at that time but in the story the animals called Animalism. In this written assignment I will create a new character called Tornado who tries to save Boxer after Napoleon lied to the animals and called the Horse Slaughterer to kill Boxer instead of the hospital because he was sick, but Tornado can’t

  • The Princess's Choice In 'The Lady Or The Tiger'

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    The Princess’s Choice Frank R. Stockton, the author of The Lady or The Tiger, wrote the story and left us questioning who might have been behind the door. The story is puzzling and mysterious all together. The story gives many evidences and hints to the princess’s decision. Some would say that the lady came out from behind the door, but there are several evidence that show that the princess chose the door with the tiger. First of all, if the princess chose the lady, she would be in so much pain

  • The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty Essay

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    “I try to live instinctively. And I guess I've always enjoyed living in a fantasy world, daydreaming,” is what American actor, James Duval, once said. In “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” by James Thurber, a middle-aged man who lives a boring life retreats to his imagination which allows him to experience glory and success. Thurber uses third person limited omniscient to portray Mitty in a way that shows the oppression and disappointment nearly all humans feel at some point in their lives, validating

  • Feminism Is For Everybody Analysis

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    Feminism is a movement that’s purpose is to end sexism, sexist exploitation, and oppression as defined in Feminism Is For Everybody by bell hooks. Gloria Jean Watkins, better known as bell hooks, is an American writer, teacher, and cultural critic. Born September 25, 1952, in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, she attended racially segregated public schools as a child and later attended Stanford University on scholarship where she attained her bachelor’s degree. Following her graduation from Stanford, she

  • May's Lion By Le Guin Analysis

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    1. May’s Lion by Le Guin. May’s Lion is a story told in another story. This story is told by the person that May had told the story. They are two stories in one. First May recount this story how one morning she woke up and found a sick mountain lion in her yard. Not aware of what to do she calls the police, who end up shooting the lion. According to her “there was nothing else that they could have done”. The second part of the story is by Mays friend who narrates it according to how she understands

  • Dangerous Knowledge In Frankenstein Essay

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    Throughout Frankenstein, Mary Shelley shows how dangerous knowledge can be. Discuss. In her novel, Frankenstein, Mary Shelley highlights how the pursuit of knowledge can lead to disastrous consequences when it is placed in the wrong hands. This is evidenced by Victor Frankenstein’s carless actions, and that of his creation when it is discovering the world and society for the first time. Victor’s reckless behaviour contributes not only the deaths of his family, but the creature’s nature of becoming

  • Examples Of Dystopia In Animal Farm

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    all animals and the rejection of all human contact. By the end of the novel, the pigs are in an open alliance with the humans and behave just like them, even by walking on two legs. A revolution aimed at improving the lives of the animals, with the best possible intentions, has degenerated into a nightmare. Similar to the creation and destruction of the Soviet Union, Napoleon in Animal Farm is directly connected to Joseph Stalin, while Snowball represents Leon Trotsky, and Old Major is Vladimir Lenin

  • Negative Effects Of Movie Heroes And Villains

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    Positives and Negatives Effects of Movie Hero and Villains People grow up with heroes and villains when they are growing up to show proper behavior. This is displayed through the images in mythology, books, comics, television, and movies. The narratives have a vast influence on society is with movies. The heroes or villains in movies are “the manifestations of how an individual views of life. It can mirror their hopes, dreams and aspirations” (Pedalino) if the individual relates to the hero

  • Chaos And Order In A Midsummer Night's Dream

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    In the real world, love is a very fragile force. Love can be easily broken and manipulated by multiple other outside forces. In A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the two most basic themes are the chaos and order that are the causes of all the actions that take place. Chaos versus order in A Midsummer Night’s Dream also is a representation of Yin and Yang. Yin, represents the bad or darkness in the world, this is the chaos in the play. Yang represents the good or light in the world, this is order.

  • Analysis Of Celine Dion's My Heart Will Go On

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    Music is very popular all over the world, and it comes in different forms and flavors. People of all ages enjoy listening to different types of music and express positive emotions. In addition, the Romantic song is the branch of music, which conveys the pleasant message of peace and love. However, people use romantic lyrics to share their pleasure when it is successful and relieve the grief when it is not. It’s also used as a bridge to connect hearts that are miles apart. I believe love is just like

  • Theme Of Religion In The Handmaid's Tale

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    The Handmaid’s Tale is a novel written by Margaret Atwood in the 1980’s. It is about a main character named Offred who is a Handmaid, the narrative follows through her life in Gilead. It regularly goes back in time to before being a Handmaid. There are very strict rules that a Handmaid has to follow. They have very little rights, if they even have any. This is further illustrated in the role of religion and how it plays out in the novel. Margaret Atwood used many references to religion as a whole