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Comparative Analysis of the German and American Business Cultures

As a soon to be graduate holding bachelor degrees in both Management Information Systems and German, I recently began to ponder in more detail how exactly my degrees would work together in my career. How could my understanding of the German culture work along side my knowledge of business processes and information systems? After studying a semester in Germany and working on several international project groups the answer to this question was very clear. Read more...

Posted: Thu, Dec 7, 2006, Words: ~2300, Reading Time: 11 min
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Biblical Christian Similitude and the effects of Contemporary Victorian Ideals in Christina Rossetti’s “Goblin Market”

Throughout the centuries narratives have been used to instruct, entertain, and to uplift the soul. The many Christian themed poems and narratives of the Victorian period are no exception to this pattern. Christina Rossetti’s poetic narrative, “Goblin Market,” bases itself upon and often mirrors biblical Christian motifs such as temptation, sin, grace and redemption; however, in the final lines of the poem, “Goblin Market” escapes from its similitude to the Christian narrative through the altering of the traditional Christ-like figure to a female savior. Read more...

Posted: Sat, Nov 20, 2004, Words: ~1700, Reading Time: 8 min

Symbolism and Meaning of “A Poison Tree”

William Blake’s “A Poison Tree” basically uses two symbols (an apple and a tree) to relate its meaning. The tree represents the growing anger in the speaker’s heart against his enemy and the apple represents the “fruit” of that anger, an action, in the poem, murder. Blake uses the poem to teach the reader that, just as Christ teaches, we should forgive our friends as well as our enemies and that we should not hold grudges. Read more...

Posted: Mon, Sep 20, 2004, Words: ~800, Reading Time: 4 min

Analysation of Chapter Six in Cannibals All!

Nota Bene: This essay was written my second semester of university. In this time I wasn’t a Christian and hadn’t been exposed to many different ideas and cultures. 2018 Michael would have written a very different essay. That being said, 2003 Michael is still worth studying. 2003 Michaels still exist in the South. I am proof they are willing and able to enter into discourse and change their minds if we give them the chance. Read more...

Posted: Wed, Dec 10, 2003, Words: ~1100, Reading Time: 5 min


Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ist eine sehr wichtige Person für die deutsche Sprache. Durch ihn war die deutsche Literatur zur Moderne und allgemeine Geltung angetrieben. Er ist der „Shakespeare“ der deutschen Sprache. Von seinem Gebornen in Frankfurt a.M. bis sein Tod in Weimer in 1832 hat Goethe viele Gedichte geschrieben. Goethes bekanntest Gedicht, am wenigstens in Amerika, ist die „Erlkönig“. „Erlkönig“ ist ein Gedicht über einen Vater und seinen Sohn. Die Beide „reiten durch Nacht und Wind“. Read more...

Posted: Sun, Nov 30, 2003, Words: ~300, Reading Time: 2 min

Vanitas, Memento Mori, und Carpe Diem

Die lateinischen Phrasen Vanitas, Memento Mori, und Carpe Diem sind sehr wichtig, besonders wenn Mann über die Zeit während und nach der Pest studiert. Diese Phrasen sind wichtig weil sie viel über die Ausblick und die Grundstimmung der Zeit sagen. Während und nach der Pest haben viele Menschen über Tod gedacht. Das ist weil Tod so prominent war weil so viele Menschen Krank mit der Pest waren. Die Pest war überall, dafür Tod stand immer gleich vor der Tür. Read more...

Posted: Fri, Oct 31, 2003, Words: ~300, Reading Time: 2 min

"Dover Beach": Understanding Meaning Through Symbols and Ideas

The modern existence of man is one of great complexity. Things seem as if they are one thing, but in reality are something quite different. The modern world is always changing and constantly moving. The world’s constant advancement of knowledge is attended by the loss of human feeling; the loss of love (Rosenblatt 80). In the summer of 1851 when Arnold wrote “Dover Beach” he saw and felt all of these things (Holland 6). Read more...

Posted: Fri, Oct 24, 2003, Words: ~1300, Reading Time: 6 min
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Martin Luther und die deutsche Sprache

Martin Luther war für die deutsche Sprache sehr wichtig. Er hat neue Wörter gemacht, die Grammatik genormt, und eine neue Leserschaft die Bibel gegeben. Weil diese Dinge so wichtig sind, ist (in meiner Meinung) Martin Luther die wichtigste Person der deutschen Sprache. Bevor Martin Luthers Bibel waren nicht so viele Dinge auf Deutsch geschrieben. Der größte Teil von der Texte waren auf Lateinisch geschrieben. Deswegen fehlte Deutsch viele Wörter; besonders in Religion, Recht, Medizin, Mathematik, und Bildung. Read more...

Posted: Wed, Oct 15, 2003, Words: ~400, Reading Time: 2 min

Karl der Große

Rund um 2. April 742 ein größer Mann war geboren. Dieser Mann heißt Karl, Sohn Pippins III., und er würde viel für die Germanen (besonders die Franken) machen. Nach dem Tod seines Vater in 768 bekam Karl König von der Franken. Seit 32 Jahre hatten die Franken gegen die Sachsen gekämpft. Die Franken (und Karl) wollten die Sachsen christlich zu machen. Die Sachsen aber wollten nichts mit die Christianisierung zu tun. Read more...

Posted: Wed, Oct 15, 2003, Words: ~300, Reading Time: 2 min

Das Elend der Frauen im Mittelalter

Das Elend der Frauen im Mittelalter war sehr schwierig. Doch, das Elend der Frauen war wirklich schwierig bis die 19 Jahrhunderts, aber besonders so im Mittelalter. Warum war es so schwierig? Weil die Frauen keine Rechts, keine Stimme, und keine Leiterin gehabt haben. Im Mittelalter haben Frauen keine oder wenige Rechts gehabt. Eine Frau konnte kein Land und/oder kein Eigentum haben (zum Beispiel; Häuser, Wagens, Pferden, und so weiter). Für die Ehefrau war es nicht so schlecht. Read more...

Posted: Tue, Sep 30, 2003, Words: ~300, Reading Time: 2 min

Die Germanen

Wer waren die Germanen? Die Germanen waren ein Volk die entstanden etwa um 1000 v. Chr. in die Gegenteil von was ist jetzt Dänemark. Die Germanen sind sehr wichtig denn aus diesem Volk kommen die Menschen die jetzt in Deutschland, Frankreich, die Niederlände, England, Belgien, usw. wohnen. Das größte Werk über die Germanen kommt aus Tacitus’ Germania. In diese Texte hat Tacitus über die Leben, die Kultur, und die Religion der Germanen geschrieben. Read more...

Posted: Tue, Sep 2, 2003, Words: ~300, Reading Time: 2 min

Laura Wingfield's Relationships in The Glass Menagerie

Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie is “a very realistic human story” that many people across the world can easily relate to (Mazer). In many plays the story is made or broken by the relationships between the characters; The Glass Menagerie is no different in this respect. Though many different and well-developed relationships exist in The Glass Menagerie one person’s relationships shine above the rest. Laura Wingfield, “so paralyzed with terror” of the real world all around her, is the centre of William’s The Glass Menagerie (Mazer). Read more...

Posted: Fri, May 9, 2003, Words: ~1200, Reading Time: 6 min
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Hyper-Political Correctness in "There was Once"

Politically correct according to the American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition can be defined as “1. Of, relating to, or supporting broad social, political, and educational change, especially to redress historical injustices in matters such as race, class, gender, and sexual orientation.” Sounds good, right? What could possibly be wrong with redressing “historical injustices” and “supporting broad social” change, presumably for the better? I would presume that most people, within reason, would not have a problem with political correctness if this were the true definition. Read more...

Posted: Tue, Feb 11, 2003, Words: ~1300, Reading Time: 6 min
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Storm of Steel: Insight to the German Vaterland

The year is 1920 in the former German Reich. Germany has lost. Lost not just the war, but also her young men, her soldiers, her pride. Europe lay in ruins. The new Weimar Republic is unstable and lacks the lustre of the former Reich. People are asking, “Why did we fight? Why did our sons die? Why?”. A former soldier answers their cry. In Ernst Jünger’s book, “Storm of Steel” Jünger describes through the retelling of his experiences in the first world war why his people sacrificed and why Germany’s sons didn’t die in vain. Read more...

Posted: Wed, Nov 20, 2002, Words: ~1300, Reading Time: 6 min
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Why?: English Spelling Reform

January 15, 1994. I’m ten years old and am in the fourth grade. It’s nine o’clock at night and I should be asleep; however, I still have an hour or more left of studying. “I hate spelling,” I say to my mother. “Why can’t things be spelt the way they sound?” “I don’t know,” she replies. “Hurry up now. I have to go to work in the morning. Only ten more words to memorize. Read more...

Posted: Wed, Nov 13, 2002, Words: ~3200, Reading Time: 15 min