Throughout my college career, I have written several papers with content that comes from both my own analysis and also quotes from other academic sources. Below are the introductory paragraphs of two such research papers.
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We Are Gathered Here Today to Witness and Celebrate Women’s Rights: A Study of How Marriage Conflicts with Women’s Formation of Identity
Marriage is meant to be the consolidation of a relationship between two people in an equal partnership. For much of history, the institution of marriage has been nothing more than a means of oppressing the female sex in favor of the patriarchy and proving its belief in male superiority. The patriarchy has been in power for so long that this set of ideals and dictates has become the consensus. In Betty Friedan’s The Feminine Mystique, she quotes Sigmund Freud as saying, “Law and custom have much to give women that has been withheld from them, but the position of women will surely be what it is: in youth an adored darling and in mature years a loved wife.” The patriarchy would agree that a woman can be defined in those simple and unfulfilling terms; it would continue to define a woman by her relationships with her male guardians. As modern society updates its doctrine concerning gender roles and oppression, there are more women creating their own canon that contains their experiences and voices.
Thou shalt not kill. It is a commandment. Murder is wrong, and that is one of the oldest laws known to man. The commandment is taught to children in bible school from before a time when they can even read. Sometimes people ignore this law so that they can get what they want. Whether that desire is for money or social status or even a misguided sense of justice, it is a fact that every man is aware that murder is a sin and a crime. Dame Agatha Christie is the most famous writer of murder mystery fiction. In The Gentle Art of Murder: The Detective Fiction of Agatha Christie, Earl F. Bargainnier writes “‘The queen of crime,’ ‘the mistress of fair deceit,’ ‘the first lady of crime,’ ‘the mistress of misdirection,’ ‘the detective story writer’s detective story writer,’ and even ‘the Hymns Ancient and Modern of detection’-these are just a few of the epithets which have been used to indicate Agatha Christie’s position as writer of detective fiction.” Famous for her novels filled with suspense and delicious violence, Christie wrote Murder on the Orient Express and And Then There Were None, both of which explore the theme of justice. In Murder on the Orient Express, Christie’s famous Detective Poirot solves a murder case that indicates the guilty party to be every other traveler on the train. He decides to let them go without consequences for their actions. In And Then There Were None, Justice Wargrave gathers together ten people with murder on their consciences and proceeds to kill them all for their crimes. These two men both attempt to take the law into their own hands and perform vigilante justice. In Svetlana Argashokova’s article, “Verbalization of Concept of ‘Vigilante Justice’ in Agatha Christie’s Creative Works,” she writes, “It is an act of retribution done by a person who can be called “vigilante.” Vigilante is someone who takes the law into his/her own hands by trying (judging) or punishing the other person.” These two men are perceived to be very different because of Christie’s portrayal of their characters, but they are more alike than they seem. A deconstruction of the characters, Detective Poirot and Justice Lawrence Wargrave, reveals that they are flexing their political and lawful power over others, not dispensing justice.