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Middlemarch by George Eliot Analysis

One of the main characters of the novel is the narrator who tells the story from the multiple points of view of the characters, while adding her own reflective wisdom. This vantage point gives us compassionate insight into each character but within a certain social context, for the narrator stands for the collective wisdom gleaned from all the lives put together. This narrator is “omniscient” and anonymous, though we can think of her as close to George Eliot’s own viewpoint.
Immediately, the narrator begins to uncover the fact that most people are lost in their own illusions of reality, one of the themes of the book. She brilliantly weaves together the intersecting illusions of all the characters, showing us the profile of the town of Middlemarch, a fictitious small town in the rural English midlands in the early nineteenth century. Middlemarch stands for English life just before the impact of the industrial revolution. The time is just before the great Reform Bill of 1832. Life is still somewhat simple and conventional here in this backwater, and the citizens are not interested in anything but daily concerns. This sets the stage for their clashes with the more extraordinary and farsighted characters, Dorothea and Lydgate and Will Ladislaw who stand for the forces of change.
While it could be rather farcical that the beautiful Dorothea, who is constantly compared to the Blessed Virgin, is marrying Casaubon, the “dried bookworm of fifty,” Eliot treats Dorothea’s “soul hunger” as a real and tragic phenomenon in this society. She has no teacher or even comrade to whom she may tell of her own exalted thoughts and wishes. Even her sister Celia, though adoring her, criticizes her, and does not understand her need for living her religious vision in daily life. Dorothea thinks that Casaubon will understand and teach her, while he, it is clear, expects an obedient and self-abnegating wife. The narrator gives us foreshadowing of this problematic marriage by explaining Dorothea’s short-sightedness and “theoretic” nature, desire for “intensity and greatness.” Casaubon also has trouble with his vision and needs a secretary to help him with his life work, The Key to All Mythologies.

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You Should Know About Homeschooling

 

All children deserve a top notch education, but making that happen for your children does not have to mean expensive private schools or living in the most elaborate neighborhoods. Plenty of families have kicked public schools to the curb and start teaching their children at home. There are several ways to provide your children with the education they need from the comfort of your home. Keep reading if you would like to know more about it.

Do not neglect to give your kids some breaks through the day. Studying for hours on end can make them restless and tired of learning. Let them play or simply relax. It’s good for everyone.

Make all of life an opportunity to learn. Most children will excel and learn more by seeing how to put their lessons into practice rather than just reading it in a book. Aid them with their grammar when they are speaking or reading. You can cook together, for example. They are going to quickly learn, so they can make you proud.

Talk to other families near you who are homeschooling and set up field trips together. This allows your kids to socialize while learning. Also, you can save money over time with group rates.

While you want to protect your kids from negative influences by some children in the public school system, it is necessary to provide external interaction with other children. Take time out and go on play dates with the people in your neighborhood. Bring your children to the park so they can play with other kids. Organized activities, such as sports teams and clubs are an essential part of socialization, as well.

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The Fetishism of Commodities and the Secret Thereof, in the Marx-Engels Reader

In this section we discover one more characteristic of the commodity. Its ability and tendency to be fetishist. Marx begins by elaborating on how the ostensibly concrete categories of mainstream political-economy, specifically the commodity, are not a complete account of the social relations of production. The problem is that the bourgeois political-economists take the commodity-form for granted . They grasp it at the level of appearance only, and thus fetishist it. Marx will go on to debunk the Robinson Crusoe example to illustrate this point. The hypothetical situation of a lone Briton on his sunny island is totally at odds with the social character of labor.

But to take a step back, Marx begins by provisionally agreeing with the political-economist. Yes, he concedes, the appearance of the commodity is an appropriate point of departure. It’s not a falsehood that commodities are created by human labor and they are useful. Moreover, the political-economists were right to see the value of a commodity as determined by the socially necessary labor-time involved in its production – this labor being social in nature, meaning that is is done for the purpose of exchange. This is all consistent with the Robinson Crusoe example.

It’s all obvious and not inaccurate, Marx says.

Yet, political-economy fails to see this social relation as existing between producers; instead it sees only the products of labor in relation to each other. In his words, “It (exchange-relations) is nothing but the definite social relation between men which assumes here, for them, the fantastic form of a relation between things.” (p.165) We can attribute this phenomenon to the nature of labor under capitalism. Specifically, we produce commodities so that they can be exchanged. Thus our only obvious exchange relation to other producers is that we interact with them only to the extent that they produce commodities. What we have are “material relations between persons and social relations between things.” (p.166)

Marx chooses to title this phenomenon “the fetishism of commodities”, borrowing a religious term signifying that the creations of human labor appear to be independent, to live a life on their own. Marx lists some of the attendant effects of the fetishism of commodities:-

1]  A failure to see social relations between producers of commodities even as they exchange commodities with each other.

2]  A reduction of all qualitatively different labor to the value-form, thus making all labor commensurable.

3]  Confusion over the substance of value; seeing it as something other than the crystalization of labor-power.

4]  Misrecognition of the social character of private labor.

Ultimately, the fetishism of commodities naturalizes that which is historically specific. A perfect example of this is that gold and silver, or any other metallic currency, are things whose values is assumed to be intrinsic to them, though of course if one were to rigorously interrogate the issue we would find that the values of such things exist purely as social relations. Revisiting the first chapter of Capital with this in mind, we see Marx’s argument to be that the commodity is not only a thing. It is also the structure of labor-in-capitalism, turning all labor in value-production and obfuscating its own specificity as a social form.

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Payoneer

 

  • Provides low cost and fast fund transfers from businesses worldwide to local bank accounts in INR.
  • Provides professionals, SMES, online sellers and marketplaces with all the tools required to get paid globally
  • Receive international payment in US Dollars, Euros, British Pounds, Japanese Yen, to their local bank account
  • Up to 71% cheaper than its nearest competitors

 

Payoneer, a leading online payments company transforming the way businesses send and receive cross-border payments, today reiterated its commitment to become the preferred business partner for Jaipur professionals, exporter and traders community in Rajasthan.

Payoneer empowers global commerce by connecting businesses, professionals, countries and currencies with its innovative cross-border payments platform.  In today’s borderless digital world, Payoneer enables millions of businesses and professionals from more than 200 countries to reach new audiences by facilitating seamless, cross-border payments.  Additionally, thousands of leading corporations including Airbnb, Amazon, Getty Images, Google, and Upwork rely on Payoneer’s mass pay-out services.

The Payoneer Advantage:

  • Cost Effective: SMEs can receive funds from their international clients for ZERO transfer fees and save up to 71% on currency conversion charges than other payment solutions.
  • Convenient: Payments are sent directly to SME’s local bank account, in INR.
  • Compliant: Payoneer is a licensed and registered e-Money issuer across the EU and Money Service Business (MSB) in the US.
  • Established: With operations spanning over 200 countries and territories and 150 currencies, more than 700 employees worldwide, and its India HQ in Bangalore, Payoneer is a preferred payment provider for over 30 lac small businesses world over.
  • Global: Growing network of global and local offices throughout North America, Europe and Asia.

Three Service Channels:

  • Global Payment Service: Provides access to international receiving accounts, allowing global clients to send payments in their local currency. Supports payments from commercial companies in the United States (USD), Europe (EUR), United Kingdom (GBP) and Japan (JPY)
  • Billing Service: Invoice your client and request payment directly through your Payoneer dashboard. Clients can pay you online using their credit or debit card, company bank account from anywhere or through eCheck in the US.
  • Marketplaces: Payoneer makes it easy to receive funds from more than 2,000 international marketplaces and mass pay-out clients like, Fiverr and Airbnb. Sellers, Freelancers, and affiliates simply sign in to their account on the company’s website and select Payoneer as their payout method

ECOMMERCE: SELL GLOBAL, LIVE LOCAL: Payoneer provides ecommerce marketplaces and online sellers with all the tools required to pay and get paid globally as easily as they do locally. With Payoneer, global marketplaces including Amazon, Wish, Rakuten, NewEgg and Lazada enjoy the convenience of using a single unified interface for initiating, tracking and reconciling disbursements regardless of the location, payment method or currency of the sellers.

FREELANCING: WORK GLOBAL, LIVE LOCAL: Payoneer provides freelancers, freelance marketplaces and service providers with fast, flexible and low cost payment solutions. Freelance marketplaces such as PeoplePerHour and Freelancer.com – as well as any international company – are able to send funds to their freelancers easily and quickly. Freelancers in 200+ countries worldwide, who would typically encounter difficulties when attempting to receive global payments, are equipped with a host of payment services that remove the headache of getting paid.

AFFILIATES: MARKET GLOBAL, LIVE LOCAL: Hundreds of affiliate networks pay with Payoneer, including ClickBank, Taboola, Somoto, Supersonic, Taptica, CJ Affiliate by Conversant and MediaShakers – as well as networks built on Cake or HasOffers. Our solutions transcend geographical boundaries, allowing your affiliates to withdraw their funds in their local currency and using a payment method that best suits them.

Founded in 2005 and based in New York, Payoneer is venture-backed, profitable and ranked in the top 100 of Inc. 5000’s Financial Services companies. With 12 offices, worldwide (including its India HQ in Bangalore), it has an enviable talent pool of more than 700 employees globally.

 

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Semalt: 5 Vital Tips On How To Stand Against Phishing Scams and Spam

Approximately 1.6 billion bits of email spam is sent on a daily basis all over the world. It is estimated that 20 percent of the emails that are sent to you are spam. In North America, it is possible to trace the source of 80% of the spam since they are known to come from 200 popular spammers. Spam is a concern since it forms the basis upon which phishing attacks can be launched. Phishing risks you back account and your identity while spam is usually annoying.

Oliver King, the Customer Success Manager of Semalt, elaborates on the following approaches through which you can safeguard yourself against spam.

Open up multiple email addresses.

Firstly, set up a personal email address and restrict its use to personal correspondence to a few set of family and friends. In most cases, spammers build email lists by joining common names, numbers, and words. So as much as you would desire to use your surname and first name in your email address, it is advisable to be creative and select unique combination of characters. Primarily, you want to make it difficult for an individual to derive your personal email address. Now open a public email address and use it in situations that require you to subscribe to online services or register for a forum. Try to adopt the following measures with your public email address. Change it frequently. Use numerous public email addresses. These two moves will help you to know who is giving out your email address to potential spammers. After determining sites or platforms selling your email address, you are advised to avoid them and also report to Google.

Never reply to any spam.

The majority of the spammers verify log responses and receipts to their spam email addresses with an objective of determining the performance. This implies that the more you respond to this emails, the higher chances are that the number of spam will increase.

Reflect before you decide to unsubscribe.

It has been discovered that spammers are now sending fake unsubscribe emails dominated with spurious unsubscribe links. The tricks work in their favor by ensuring that once you click “unsubscribe” the amount of spam you receive increases. If an email comes from an unknown source and prompts you to unsubscribe, you are advised to resist the urge.

Ensure your browser is up to date.

Browser developers often update these applications to ensure that all the current security patches are in place. Failure to update your browser exposes your computer to malware or bugs that can collect your personal information and sends it to the spammers. You are advised to ensure that your auto update button is always on a move to safeguard your data.

Invest in anti-spam filters.

Ensure that the provider of your email account has numerous anti-spam features. Gmail from Google has a spam folder where it automatically filters email that it speculates to be spam from getting to your inbox. This serves to reduce annoyance created by spam especially when they find their way to the primary inbox.