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The Concept of Property in the Context of Early American Political Writing
Čabartová, Kristýna ; Robbins, David Lee (advisor) ; Veselá, Pavla (referee)
When observing the values which repeatedly appear in early American literature, we encounter ideas such as liberty, freedom, or the importance of the individual, but while property and ownership are often also core ideas and motivations for many Americans, their appearance is much more limited and excluded from certain contexts. However, property was always a key issue and economic profitability was always considered as foremost both on political and individual level. This can be seen all throughout American history since its beginning until the present, yet there is the curious trend of downplaying the importance of property in politically oriented text. While no one questioned its value in the past, Americans outwardly replaced property with liberty. Nevertheless, its importance cannot be hidden so easily and through careful examination it is shown as being understood as a pre-requisite of freedom and security, even as it is never the central focus of any major early American political text. This thesis explores the concept of property in the context of early American political writing in the area between eighteenth and nineteenth century; drawing from texts such as the Declaration of Independence, The Federalist, The Anti-Federalist Papers, Common Sense and other contemporary political pamphlets...
The Evolution of the Hero and the Villain
Čabartová, Kristýna ; Clark, Colin Steele (advisor) ; Markus, Radvan (referee)
Thesis Abstract - English The thesis aimed to identify changes in the character of the hero and the villain and to determine the socio-cultural factors which influence them (religion, feminism, globalization and capitalism), with specific focus on the trends which merge distinctive qualities of heroes and villains and reduce their differences to a point where the reader's sympathies shift from the hero to the villain or until they are indistinguishable from each other. The hypothesis was that moral relativism, whose popularity expanded during globalization, was the most significant factor in the current merging qualities of heroes and villains. Due to the great number of factors, the focus was mainly on the analysis of influences present in the twenty-first century, and only briefly outlined their historical evolution. The primary focus was on modern cross-over fantasy (mainly high fantasy) with stress on the main characters, analyzing the changes in their description, qualities and the way their behavior is portrayed, while attempting to explore the respective sociological reasons behind them. The first chapter provided definitions of the term fantasy and characterized the hero and the villain, reaching the conclusion that these terms are continually evolving and, in the era of modern fantasy, became too...
An Analysis of Female Characters in Contemporary Fantasy'
Čabartová, Kristýna ; Clark, Colin Steele (advisor) ; Beran, Zdeněk (referee)
- English The thesis analyzed female characters in contemporary fantasy while aiming to determine if there were any significant changes occurring, which would cause the female characters to be perceived as 'original' or 'revolutionary'. The first chapter focused on the definition of terms, deciding to consider contemporary high fantasy as literature written after 1945 of the "genre of imaginative fiction involving magic" set into a fictional world that has its own system of laws and rules by which it abides. It also outlined ideas of a number of critics on the subject of female roles and stereotypes in literature and agreed that while female characters are continuously evolving they are still largely stereotypical. In reference to this information, the second chapter analyzed concrete characters in chosen texts (The Lord of the Rings from J. R. R. Tolkien, A Wizard of Earthsea and The Tombs of Atuan by Ursula LeGuin, and A Game of Thrones by George Martin) to see the extent by which they are subjected to stereotypes. The results showed that female characters are greatly stereotypical; however, they are more likely to become more complex and dynamic in the more modern texts. The Questionnaire in the third chapter showed that readers are prone to notice these qualities and that they perceive them as...

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