French Essays

Anzaldua’s Struggle with Language

Gloria Anzaldua, the author of “How to Tame a Wild Tongue,” expresses a very strong tie that she has to her native language. Anzaldua grew up in the United States, but spoke mostly Spanish. She did not speak the normal form of Spanish though; she spoke Chicano Spanish, a language very close to her heart. The text focuses on the idea of her losing her home accent, or tongue, to conform to the environment she is growing up in. From…

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The French Revolution

The events leading to the French Revolution are quite obvious. 30 million people living in France, most living in small, rural villages while less than a million people lived in Paris. The population was growing rapidly but the economy was not. The previous king had spent too much money fighting wars and the national debt was staggering. There was an obvious rift between classes; peasants were starving while the noble class continued to live opulent lifestyles. At the beginning of…

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Nasa’s French

The night of the 25th of April was just right for it was such a great time for profound contemplation about what else lies beyond what our naked eyes can see. With the very credible lecture discussion presented by Dr. Bad Hansen, I came to realize that other than the few things we know about the galaxy we belong to, and the system we are in, there are other planets that may just be finishing their terms of orbits around…

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The French Oil Industry and Corps

In his book, The French Oil Industry and Corpes de Mines in Africa, Douglas Yates speaks to an interesting and important trend taking place in Africa. The French oil industry has long been strong and prosperous in Africa, but Yates takes a hard look at how it got to be that way. With the French being such a powerhouse in that area, it figures that there are stories of its beginning and there are even more stories about the ingenuity…

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Issues – Politics

Boeing is one of the world’s best known manufactures of aircrafts and so is Northrop Grumman who are the manufacturers of the airbus (Online News Hour, 2008). These are two top brands who are obviously competing in other areas of business and therefore any decision that involve them is bound to raise considerable heat. It should b noted that both are American companies though Northrop Grumman is partly owned by a French company. The nature of the contract which involves…

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Nick Djokovic

In today’s world, there are many sport figures one can look up to. We have chosen the best of the best in the tennis world, Novak Djokovic. Djokovic is a Serbian professional tennis player who is currently ranked world number 1 by the Association of Tennis Professionals. Despite being the underdog during his early years as a professional tennis player, he is now the best professional tennis player overtaking the previous king of tennis Rafael Nadal. Ever since the age…

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Background to the French New Wave Cinema

The New Wave (French: LA Nouvelle Vague was a term coined by critics for a group of French Filmmakers that existed in the late 1950s and 1960s. these set of filmmakers were actually influenced by Italian Neorealism, (New form realism). Although, this group of people was not well organized filmmakers, they were however connected through their self conscious rejection of classical cinematic form and their spirit of youthful iconoclasm. Many of them never had the social and political upheavals of…

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French Silks

Silk is a natural textile material obtained from the cocoon of the moth. It was first made in China. Silk technology reached several parts of Europe including France and Italy in the 12th century. Many of the French weavers in 17th century belonged to minority communities, and they had to flee to England in order to escape persecution. France and Italy were the leading manufacturers of silk during this period, but slowly England began to take an upper hand (Cotton,…

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French Revolution

Modernity by itself is a very abstract concept which can be associated with all new experiences in history. It is largely temporal because what is modern today is the old or obsolete tomorrow. Modernity is said to be a logic of negation because it tends to give importance to the present over the past, and at the same time also frowns over the present with respect to the future. From a purely historical perspective however, the society which evolved in…

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The French Support

The French support of the colonials during the American Revolution was essential to their ultimate success in defeating the British troops and securing their future as an independent nation. The cause of the American patriots was not seeing much success against the British for a good long while after the start of the war. This was caused, mainly, but the lack of trained troops, which the British had abundantly, and the British naval fleets and arms. On the other hand,…

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French Revolutionary Impulse

The French Revolution was integral in the development of democracy as it laid the foundations and set a precedent for subsequent revolutionary movements for a democratic system of government. This revolution was particularly successful, its effects compounded to inspire revolutions in the Americas and France. The French Revolution lays claim to being the only political revolution that has not seen bloodshed, this is due to the fact that James II could not revolt to an invitation from the parliament to…

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Success of the Haitian Revolution

The Haitian Revolution was the result of a long struggle on the part of the slaves in the French colony of St. Domingue, but was also propelled by the free Mulattoes who had long faced the trials of being denoted as semi-citizens. This revolt was not unique, as there were several rebellions of its kind against the institution of plantation slavery in the Caribbean, but the Haitian Revolution the most successful. This had a great deal to do with the…

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French Kings

The statement is true because the first feudal age was a time when the previous world order collapsed. It was ruined by a massive barbarian invasion that destroyed old institutions of “civilized” existence. Europe was ruled by numerous feudal leaders that led endless wars against each other. In such situation most of the people felt insecure and desired to be protected here and now. Such protection could be granted by local rulers who had small military units able to provide…

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