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He shoots his nemesis with the pistol he has carried for ten years just as Will breaks the curse, killing Barbossa. Despite having assisted the Navy, Sparrow is sentenced to hang. Elizabeth intervenes, declaring her love for Will who is pardoned, while Sparrow escapes by tumbling off a sea wall. Black Pearl and her new crew arrive in time to retrieve him, and he becomes captain once more. Impressed by the wily pirate, Norrington allows him one day's head start before giving chase. A year following the events of the first film, Sparrow searches for the Dead Man's Chest, which contains the heart of Captain Davy Jones.

Sparrow made a bargain with Jones to raise the sunken Black Pearl and make Sparrow captain for thirteen years. Now the debt is due, and Sparrow must either serve one hundred years aboard the Flying Dutchman , or be dragged to Davy Jones's Locker by the Kraken. Beckett wants the chest and forces Will Turner to search for Sparrow and his magic compass. Turner locates Sparrow and his crew on Pelegosto , held captive by cannibals who intend to eat Sparrow.

They escape, and voyage to Tia Dalma a magical woman later revealed to be the Goddess, Calypso, bound in human form as Dalma, and former lover of Jones. Dalma immediately sees destiny in Will, and provides Sparrow with a jar of dirt - Jones can only set foot on land once every 10 years, and since land is where Sparrow is safe, Dalma suggests with the dirt that he takes land with him. Sparrow strikes a new deal with Jones to deliver one hundred souls in exchange for his own. Jones agrees but keeps Turner as a "good faith payment". Sparrow is recruiting sailors in Tortuga when he encounters Elizabeth Swann and James Norrington, the latter having succumbed to alcohol.

Sparrow convinces Elizabeth that Turner can be freed by using the magic compass to find the chest. The duo head for Isla Cruces and find Will, who escaped Jones's ship and has stolen the key to the Chest. Turner wants to stab Jones's heart and free his father from Jones's servitude, while Norrington plots to restore his career by delivering the heart to Beckett. Sparrow wants it to convince Jones to call off the Kraken. Norrington escapes with the heart amid a battle with Jones's crew, and Jones summons the Kraken. Realizing Sparrow is the target, Elizabeth traps him aboard the Black Pearl as the crew abandons the ship, and kisses him while she handcuffs him to the mast.

Then, the monster devours Sparrow and drags the ship and his soul to Davy Jones's Locker. The surviving crew seeks refuge with Tia Dalma who produces a captain she says can rescue Sparrow: a resurrected Hector Barbossa. Two months following the events of the second film, with Davy Jones's heart in his possession and the Flying Dutchman under his command, Cutler Beckett begins exterminating all pirates. Only Jack Sparrow is missing, killed and sent to Davy Jones's Locker at the end of the previous film.

Sparrow, as Pirate Lord of the Caribbean, must attend, as he did not bequeathe to a designated heir his " piece of eight ", a pirate lord's marker. The collective "nine pieces of eight" are needed to free sea goddess Calypso to defeat Beckett. After the crew locate him, Sparrow deciphers a clue on the charts allowing them to escape the Locker. Sparrow is briefly reunited with his father, Captain Teague.

When Sparrow negotiates with Beckett in the extended version of the film, it is revealed that he once sailed the Black Pearl under Beckett's command, but deserted after refusing to carry slave cargo.


The Black Pearl battles the Flying Dutchman during a maelstrom created by Calypso, during which Sparrow steals Jones's heart to become immortal. When Jones mortally wounds Turner, Sparrow instead chooses to save Turner by helping him stab the heart, which kills Jones and makes Turner the Dutchman ' s captain. Together, the Pearl and the Dutchman destroy Beckett's ship.

However, Sparrow had managed to cut out the navigational section of the charts and with them begins to search for the legendary Fountain of Youth. After failing to find the Fountain of Youth, Sparrow arrives in London only to learn someone is gathering a crew by using his name. While searching for the imposter, he saves Gibbs from being hanged but is captured by the Royal Guards.

Sparrow is surprised to learn Captain Barbossa is now a privateer in the Royal Navy. Sparrow refuses to negotiate with them to locate the Fountain of Youth and escapes. Sparrow fails in his attempt to take over the ship in a mutiny against Blackbeard and save the naive Angelica from her evil father. When Angelica is wounded, he tricks Blackbeard into sacrificing himself to save her, and Angelica blames Sparrow for her father's death. Sparrow and Angelica acknowledge their feelings for one another, but Sparrow maroons Angelica on an island, believing she may avenge her father's death.

Gibbs, meanwhile, has retrieved the shrunken Black Pearl from Blackbeard's collection of shrunken ships in the hope of restoring it to normal size. Though he has forfeited his opportunity for immortality, Sparrow settles for being famous as the one who found the Fountain of Youth. Following the film's end credits, Angelica's voodoo doll of Sparrow has drifted to the island that she is marooned on.

Sparrow returns in the fifth film, portrayed once again by Johnny Depp. Meanwhile, his rival Barbossa has become the richest and most powerful pirate of the seven seas. Sparrow and his crew attempt to rob the new bank of St. The robbery is a success, but all the gold in it had fallen while they were dragging the locker, and Sparrow's crew abandons him. Despondent, Jack trades his magical compass for a drink.

However, this betrayal of the compass releases an old enemy of Sparrow, whom holds a serious grudge against him; the ruthless undead pirate hunter Captain Salazar. Years previously, Jack had defeated Salazar by tricking him into sailing his ship into the Devil's Triangle, where Salazar and his crew were cursed to live as the undead. Salazar states that Jack perched in the ship's rigging like a "little bird", earning him the name "Jack the Sparrow".

It was during this event that Jack received his compass, as well as his characteristic gear. Remembering Elizabeth and Will from his previous misadventures, Jack agrees but not before expressing some hesitation. The next day, Sparrow is sentenced to be executed by guillotine by Jack's accidental choosing , but is rescued by Henry and his crew. Aided by aspiring astronomer Carina, Jack and Henry attempt to locate the Trident of Poseidon, as both are in need of its power to break curses related to the sea. Barbossa releases the Pearl from its bottle, giving them a chance to outrun Salazar.

Jack and Barbossa discuss the fact that Carina is in truth Barbossa's long-lost daughter, whom he had left at an orphanage in order to give her a chance for a better life. Jack attempts to use the secret to blackmail Barbossa, but fails. They are able to track the Trident to its resting place. Though Salazar nearly kills Jack, they are able to destroy the Trident. With the destruction of the Trident, Salazar and his crew become mortal again.

Jack, Henry and Carina escape as Barbossa sacrifices himself to kill Salazar. Despite their differences, Jack mourns Barbossa's death. Later, Jack watches Will and Elizabeth's reunion before he departs, the Black Pearl and his compass once again in his possession. He doesn't have the obligations of the plot in the same ways that the other characters have.

He meanders his way through, and he kind of affects everybody else. Following the success of The Curse of the Black Pearl , the challenge to creating a sequel was, according to Verbinski, "You don't want just the Jack Sparrow movie. It's like having a garlic milkshake. He's the spice and you need a lot of straight men Let's not give them too much Jack. It's like too much dessert or too much of a good thing. Sparrow is perplexed over his attraction to Elizabeth Swann, and attempts to justify it throughout the film.

At World's End was meant to return it tonally to a character piece. Sparrow, in particular, is tinged with madness after extended solitary confinement in Davy Jones's Locker, [10] and now desires immortality. This is mainly shown by his increasingly erratic behaviour and Jack's hallucinations, which appeared to be simply his deranged mind in the beginning where dozens of "Jack Sparrows" appeared to crew the ship in his solitary exile, but later the hallucinations grew more important and there were mainly two "Jacks" constantly arguing about which path to follow: the immortality or the mortality.

The last hallucination took place while Jack was imprisoned on the Dutchman, where his honest streak won. If there ever were another Pirates of the Caribbean film, I would start fresh and focus on the further adventures of Captain Jack Sparrow. Verbinski did not return to direct the fourth installment and was replaced by Rob Marshall.

The movie uses elements from Tim Powers ' novel of the same name , particularly Blackbeard and the Fountain of Youth, but the film is not a straight adaptation of the novel. Looking to do a family film , Johnny Depp visited the Walt Disney Studios in when he heard of plans to adapt the Pirates of the Caribbean ride into a film. Depp was excited by the possibility of reviving an old Hollywood genre, [7] and found the script met his quirky sensibilities: the crew of the Black Pearl were not in search of treasure but trying to return it to lift a curse on them, and the traditional mutiny had already occurred.

At the first read-through , Depp surprised the cast and crew by portraying the character in an off-kilter manner. Verbinski and Bruckheimer had confidence in Depp, partly because Orlando Bloom would play the traditional Errol Flynn -type character. Rebellious intent simmers among the masses, and it will not be long before it boils over.

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This beautiful, illuminating tale of hope and courage is based on interviews that were conducted with Holocaust survivor and Auschwitz-Birkenau tattooist Ludwig Lale Sokolov—an unforgettable love story in the midst of atrocity. I find it hard to imagine anyone who would not be drawn in, confronted and moved. Imprisoned for over two and a half years, Lale witnesses horrific atrocities and barbarism—but also incredible acts of bravery and compassion. Risking his own life, he uses his privileged position to exchange jewels and money from murdered Jews for food to keep his fellow prisoners alive.

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Beekeeper Holly McNee Jensen quietly lives in a world of her own on Sullivans Island, tending her hives and working at the local island library. Is Archie really in love with that awful ice queen of a woman? If Archie marries her, what will become of his little boys? Restless Leslie is desperate for validation after her imploded marriage, squandering her favors on any and all takers. Their mother ups her game in an uproarious and theatrical downward spiral. Maybe they will. Queen Bee is a classic Lowcountry Tale—warm, wise and hilarious, it roars with humanity and a dropperful of whodunit added for good measure by an unseen hand.

In her twentieth novel, Dorothea Benton Frank brings us back to her beloved island with an unforgettable story where the Lowcountry magic of the natural world collides with the beat of the human heart. How to become invisible, to make someone fall in love with you, to transform into another creature: these are all things that people have believed in, yearned for, or feared, throughout history. Spells and charms have captured the imagination for hundreds of years.

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In every culture, in every age, in every place and, probably, in every heart, there is magic. Potions have been made for thousands of years — associated with bubbling pots and mysterious ingredients, they have been brewed to make medicines, drugs and poisons. Plants have also been important components of medicines as much as myth-making and magic.

This eBook short examines the colourful characters and curious incidents of the real history of magic, and how they relate to the Hogwarts lesson subjects of Potions and Herbology. From the use of bones and shells thousands of years ago, to peering into teacups in the parlours of Victorian England, for millennia people have strived to see what fate and fortune holds.

Trying to read our destinies, the study of the night sky has fascinated people for centuries, from the star atlases of ancient China to the celestial globes of 17th-century Venice.

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This eBook short examines the colourful characters and curious incidents of the real history of magic, and how they relate to the Hogwarts lesson subjects of Divination and Astronomy. In the past, naturalists and explorers travelled the globe to encounter weird and wonderful creatures that enhanced our knowledge of the world and pushed forward the development of science. Nevertheless, it seems part of human nature to want to believe in the unbelievable: from the bestiaries and cabinets of curiosities of the medieval period onwards. We think that truth and myth are easily distinguished today, but magical creatures and the stories around them continue to fascinate us — and they are as central to the Harry Potter stories as Harry, Hermione and Ron.

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Anywhere and everywhere, in every conceivable position, and some I didn't know were possible. Life was pretty incredible. Until I woke up in his chateau in France, alone. On the bed next to me was a note.

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That we are in full control of how we engage with the world. If you believe that to be true, then the article will sway you of its merits. As someone who grew up playing video games and continues to enjoy them As well as a lot of steaks , the most compelling account for the relationship of video games and violence is Randall Collins take on the Sandy Hook shootings. Nice read. While there is still cultural debate and moral panic over games causing violence, academia has been examining this topic since the late s and failed to present any valid, convincing evidence that temporary increases in aggression following video game exposure carry over to the real world or have any lasting effects at all.

So far, the only opposing voices are spurious psychologists like Craig Anderson, who know very little about the culture of video games and still labour under the misconception that, firstly, all gamers are anti-social teenage boys and secondly, games themselves have not matured past Mortal Kombat and the original GTA. Bohn, thanks for saying so! I think you have a point about the sociology of gamers though. Instead of video games causing violence perhaps they are just reflecting the violent world we live in. I can see a short term increase of aggression but this would go hand in hand after watching a boxing match or a film.

Watching a couple of drunks fight on a friday night does the same, as would are ancestors and other animals in a fight or flight situation. I,ve killed more pixels in a year than an average American invasion, my violent peers at school where from rough areas with very bad up bringings. Our long term experiences have more of an effect.

D as a factor in a violent society. Thanks for your comment! I disagree with your statement. As strange as it sounds, some people believe that VVGs singularly cause violent actions. I have heard people, especially parents, complaining that VVGs are just too violent and it will influence kids in a bad way. Action games are the funnest to play, in the list of games I have played and they never have any influence on me. So many factors figure into decision that violent person makes for it to be so simple as saying oh its cause they played GTA.

Many people including myself have and yeah i never murdered anyone. But my child life was a loving and nurturing environment. That said, i can def speak to the part about competitive play. I play mostly FIFA soccer and dam when I play other people online I can find myself acting like a total lunatic for god knows why. One thing I think that could be further looked into is the effect of violent games, and you tube vids, etc, that kids these days are able to access that I never was.

I wonder like what the long term effect of seeing a beheading at a young age, or any number of insane and in human yet clearly human acts has on kids now. Does it make them desensitized as adults? Does it make them more depressed? The world where innocence in children seemed to exist is quickly ending. Maybe that s a good thing. I always felt being lied to as a kid made me sour. Being protected from the harsh truths of the world made me bitter once I discovered them for myself. So perhaps knowing the truth is good.

But could it also be sad? Could it be disheartening. Could it make you grow up feeling hollow? Thanks for your reply! As a parent, I tend to agree with you about not lying to kids. I told my kids the truth about Santa early on. That said, I think that there are very real developmental differences between kids and adults. Developmental psychologists tell us that young children may not have the emotional strategies or societal context to make sense of abject violence. Thanks again for the discussion! As much as I was bitter, I feel like I have a pretty good world view.

How did they react? Early early on. But im sure if she knew the presents would still be coming thats all that shed care about. Always a great topic to see addressed. Great article! Grace, Thanks for posting a reply here! Do you know what I mean? That is something I try to avoid! Can you tell me where you attend ed school i. I totally agree, I think academic studies are really misrepresented a lot of the time.

So often people will throw out studies to back up their arguments but looking at the original article, the author had completely different intentions. It was a really good talk. Personally, I have always experienced an increased agitated emotional state as a response to repetitively failing at a task in a video game. That ranges between all modes whether it be single player stories, co-op based play, or multi-player arena based matches.

Most of the games that I own, and plan to own in the future, do involve violence in some capacity. But very rarely do I feel angry or a form of an increased agitated emotion every single time I play one of those games. That does not mean it will happen; or, if it does, it does not mean that an individual will possess those feelings outside of the environment that they have already experienced, which is the game itself. The biggest time of impact that Violent Video Games can have, I believe, is during childhood.

Too many times have I seen parents in front of me at my chosen Video Games retailer buy Gears of War or Grand Theft Auto or other games like those, for a child that is no older than I think more attention needs to be paid to the rating system that ESRB as put forth. There is a reason that certain games are rated M for Mature, and it is simply because those games are not designed to be played by anyone younger than the recommended age.

Jonssona, I agree. I think it really depends on the time of person who picks up these games. It never drives me to violence, maybe a couple cuss words but never to the point of using force. The alienation and detachment that comes with gaming is obsolete: just look at the panoply of social-networking, co-op, and online features that the latest console generation is foisting on us poor loner nerds. The same thing was supposedly true of comics in the 50s, video nasties in the 70s, and television in virtually every decade. I am in my mid forties and have been playing video games since the early days of Space Invaders and the ZX Spectrum.

Love the odd horror film also. Folks like you make the data difficult to interpret. The critical question is whether you liked blowing brains out because you played video games, or are aggressive type people drawn to play VVGs? Thanks for posting! I help create games, and I spend an inordinate amount of time making sure that the content I produce is within the age guidelines for the various certificating boards.

Michael, Thanks for posting a reply! Any chance you could tell us a bit more about what you have created? Also, how do you produce content that is specific to an age guideline? Do you have a maximum number of pools of blood? Or a quote of swear words? There must be a recipe for an E-rated game written down somewhere. That makes sense. Some studies show that VVGs can reduce stress and anxiety for people like yourself. In those situations, VVGs may actually reduce aggression!

Violent video games allow one to take out a lot of the stress, anger or frustration that one might have and seep into a world of unrealistic yet comforting virtual being. Very interesting. Of course, anxiety is over-determined in this culture. Radhika and others noted the calming effect of games, and I can see how that might work. But it seems to me that over the years my students have become more passive, but are also more apt to spike quickly into reactive modes when another student or some issue gets them going.

They also seem to have more trouble with debating and arguing their views. So I wonder if gaming may be part of a cultural arsenal that programs people for short-term emotional reactions rather than sustained critical evaluation. I teach East Asian history and religion, both of which have a lot of human and non-human characters that show up in modern fantasy media. Now, does this mean that the aristocracy has a moral responsibility to train their foot-soldiers? Or does this mean that only aristocrats with the time for martial arts should be allowed weapons?

Very interesting question. At first glance, I would have presumed that Confucius recognized that a little education is a dangerous thing and novices should be trained by someone with enough experience to understand the value of restraint and control. I see now how the societal context would add a layer of ethical ambiguity. Wing-tsit Chan trans. His recent work [Psych of Popular Media Culture] finds a correlation for children who play video games for more than three hours a day—they are more likely to be hyperactive, get involved in fights and not be interested in school.

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However, note: correlation does not mean causation. Computer game playing may lead to long-term changes in the reward circuitry that resemble the effects of substance dependence. Gamers are not a homogeneous group. We need more research into who gamers are, how they socialize in networks, and how much they play. If there is a link between video games and behavior and I think there probably is its the same as books or movies in that the link is derived by your own analysis and thinking on the subject matter.


Art can be a powerful thing but it is not a simple causation effect its a process of response that is embedded in a wider social construct and cultural patterns. The massive increase in video gaming over the last decade or so has coincided with the biggest drop in violence in the West on record; surely, given the vast numbers of people who play games, any increase in game consumption would lead to rising levels of violence in our societies, not diminishing levels.

This is an excellent article. I do wonder, though, if something more subtle is going on? The narrative which disturbs me is the lack of consequences for behaving badly in GTA.