Understanding the Maori Identity

When I was a child, a visit to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds and Te Kōngahu Museum of Waitangi in the Bay of Islands was an experience that I would never forget. The beautiful architecture and stunning performances engraved a picture of joyous harmony into my mind, and I left Auckland with the impression that the Māori were proud and embraced in their own society. Ten years later, upon further research, I realized that I could not be more wrong.

Angelo in Measure for Measure

This passage begins with Angelo’s soliloquy as he reveals the internal conflict between restraint which he had always strictly believed himself to live by, and the liberation of his growing sexual desires for Isabella. It then transitions immediately to a dialogue between Angelo and Isabella, revealing to the audience Angelo’s growing self-awareness as he gives in to his sexual temptations and allows them to manifest in his speech. Hence, Angelo is presented through this passage as a man susceptible to human passions and temptations of the flesh, just like any other fallible human being, contrary to earlier depictions of him in the play.

星空下的飘零之叹

——论析杜甫《旅夜书怀》中的抒情手法 文/胡思源 旅夜书怀作为杜甫五律中的名篇,可谓是大家之作,充分体现出杜甫的大家风范。这一年的正月,诗人辞去节度使参谋职务,四月,在成都的好友严武死去,身处于如此凄孤无依之境,诗人便决意离蜀东下。因此,这里不是空泛地写景,而是喻景抒情,通过写景展现他的境况和情怀:像江岸细草一样渺小,像孤舟一样寂寞。颔联”星垂平野阔,月涌大江流”写远景,明星低垂,平野辽阔;月随波涌,大江东流。这两句写景雄浑阔大,突出了诗人胸襟与视野。 实际上,诗人写辽阔的平野、浩荡的大江、灿烂的星月,正是为了反衬出他孤苦伶仃言,此诗“通首神完气足,气象万千,可当’雄浑’之品”。此诗为诗人杜甫的生命写照,彼时杜甫已是垂暮之年,又经历好友相继离世,居无定所,仕途坎坷的生活境况,因而苍凉悲慨,哀愁伤感的意绪润于字里行间。诗人在悲从中来,感时忧之时写下此诗,以此抒发心中悲凉感伤之情,其主要表现手法体现于因景生情,情景交融;意象使用,譬拟比托;反问,设问;对比,呼应以及炼字短句等手法。

‘Democracy has not taken root in Southeast Asia.’ Discuss with reference to the newly independent states of Southeast Asia. #3

Keeping in mind the definitions of “democracy”, which is democratic forms of governance where the population gets to exercise civil liberties and to effect change through electoral processes, and “taken root”, which means established and sustained. In the period after independence, many Southeast Asian states experimented with democratic forms of governance, but the record of these governments tended to be dismal as they often failed and were replaced by more authoritarian forms of governance.

Does truth still matter in today’s world?

The truth has been an age-old virtue that was heavily prized for its persevering value in allowing people to know the accurate outlook of the situations they face, and thus having the ability to make the right choices to solve their problems. However, in today’s increasingly interconnected world where information is easily made up, where problems exist not as separate entities but rather much like an entangled ball of numerous threads, waiting to be unravelled gracefully, the significance of truth is questioned as our fast-paced lives require us to solve our problems in the fastest way possible, and very often, telling the truth is troublesome. However, the reality is that it is precisely because of this outlook of today’s world that the relevance of the truth should be augmented. Granted, the cost of maintaining the truth is expensive, and may even compromise our ability to tackle issues at lightning speed, but the truth – pun intended – is that telling the truth could sometimes give us a clearer outlook at how to solve today’s problems.