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#1 User is offline   Asomath 

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Posted May 10, 2012 - 5:10 AM

Hey guys! Its been quite a while since my last request. Today I've got a Narrator read for a mini-documentary comparing literature to the Watergate Scandal. I've attached a $20 tip for the chosen read. My apologies for the length! If you would like to just read the first paragraph to show what it'll sound like, or do the whole thing in one go, that is totally okay. There is no set direction on this one. Just keep the flow and appropriate dramatic pauses! :)

Improvement. Throughout time, the human race has had an internal desire to better their lives in wealth, power, social standing and knowledge. Yet, a person’s desire is a flame that, if not controlled, can destroy the person as well as the people around them. Containing the fire of desire is the key to appropriately acting on one’s ambition. It is when a person shatters his or her own personal integrity in the pursuit of a goal that the inferno occurs. In the early 1970’s, the American people experienced this inferno-effect first hand with one of the greatest scandals in American History: the Watergate Scandal. This event exemplifies the negativisms of ambition and, under closer analysis, reveals the same consequences written about so commonly in British Literature. The uncontrollable spread of a web of lies, the duality of human personality, and the dangers of knowledge, from Macbeth, Dr. Jekyll, and Frankenstein, respectively, are all themes that are shared with the great presidential scandal: Watergate.

The year is 1972. The chaotic period surrounding the Vietnam War is beginning to come to an end as President Richard Nixon orders the withdrawal of American Troops from Vietnamese soil. As a result, Nixon is maintaining heavy support within the American polls as the favored candidate for the 1972 presidential election. In Shakespeare’s Macbeth, the titular character finds himself in a position similar to that of Nixon’s. Scotland is just coming out of both a civil war and a foreign invasion. After his victories in quashing the enemy forces, Macbeth is heavily favored by the Scottish people. However, after hearing prophecies of promised power, he begins to formulate his own plans for acting upon his desire. The first doubts for Nixon come when he is informed that five men broke into the Democratic Watergate Complex under the orders of high-ranking officials of his re-election campaign in order to obtain information. Worse though, was that these men had been discovered with some possible connections to the Republican Party. At this point Nixon could have revealed the truth, but this would weaken the party and surely lead to failure at the elections.

This is the crossing point.

He decides to lie about the party’s involvement in the break in, maintaining the party’s public image. As a result, he is re-elected as President of the United States by a landslide. In comparison, Macbeth murders King Duncan, and becomes King of Scotland. However, despite his success, he finds that he must kill more and more people in order to ensure his position. This reflects perfectly with Nixon, who must continue to lie and make deals in the shadows, or else be removed from his office.

It was with these secret dealings that Nixon assumed two personas. In the public eye he attempted to appear as innocent and clean as a president should be. In private he was continuing acts to ensure his clean image. Dr. Jekyll, in his pursuit to remove himself of sin, distilled an alter-ego of himself that was the embodiment of sin: a wretched creature by the name of Mr. Hyde. While Dr. Jekyll was a hospitable and friendly man, Mr. Hyde was a wrathful person who would often attack or beat people. Yet, soon Dr. Jekyll found that it was getting progressively harder to control Mr. Hyde. As Nixon continues deeper into his path of lies, the Justice Department obtains information that can incriminate Nixon: tape recordings. Nixon’s crimes are set for the public to see and, ashamed, Nixon resigns.

Nixon’s scandal stemmed from one idea. He obtained knowledge and misused it in an attempt to achieve his desires. In Frankenstein, Victor Frankenstein uses his studies of life to create a “monster.” This creature causes a rampage of destruction as a result of Frankenstein’s desire to act upon his aspirations. This is the danger of knowledge. For, although one can gain from it, exploitation of information almost always results in consequences. One who causes the consequences must take responsibility for it. Nixon suffered for this misuse of knowledge. Now, he is immortalized as the president who betrayed the trust of his country. The president who lied.

Throughout British literature the constant theme of wild ambition that overtakes human reason is integrated into such classic novels as Macbeth, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and Frankenstein. The theme is not an imaginary issue, though. In everyday life, those who strive to be something more always end up changing the world around them. When this desire to improve shatters personal integrity, the effects on the surrounding world can be disastrous. An example of this desire is the Watergate Scandal, the effects of a lie being clearly evident: the shattering of a nation’s trust in their government. The conflict between ambition and integrity is an eternal fire that must always be…

…contained.


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Posted May 10, 2012 - 6:08 AM

Here's my attempt.

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Posted May 10, 2012 - 4:23 PM

trying it. here's a take from me.

pAul

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Posted May 12, 2012 - 1:34 PM

Here is a dry read of the 1st paragraph from me! If there's a certain part of the narration that isn't quite the sound you were looking for, I will happily re-do those sections of the narration for no additional cost, attempting to reach the perfect narration you want.

Please send donations for this narration to eric@rocit.com on PayPal.

Thanks!
-Eric
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Posted May 14, 2012 - 3:10 AM

Watermarked audio for your consideration. Clean audio upon donation. Full read.

Kind regards,

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Posted May 14, 2012 - 12:57 PM

Here's a watermarked sample for your consideration.

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Posted May 16, 2012 - 3:33 AM

Wow guys, thanks! This was definently a tough one, since I got so many good reads. I decided on First Act's read for this one. Thank you everyone for participating!

Donation sent and +Repped to All

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Posted May 16, 2012 - 3:47 AM

Donation received. Thank you. Audio attached.

All the best with this project.

Kind regards,

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