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Obsolete Ideas in Chekhov's Ghosts and The Cherry Orchard - “Life’s slipped by just as if I’d never lived at all” - These are the last words of Firs as he lies ill after all have abandoned him at the orchard. As an avid follower of defunct theories, he is unable to accept the fact that what he preaches is what brought him to his ruin. Instead, he blindly blames the “young folks”, a somewhat ironic statement. After a life of servile and selfless devotion, his descendants have left him behind. Firs’s death is symbolic of how the Ranevsky family are now leaving behind all the defunct theories that had taken over them....   [tags: Ghosts, The Cherry Orchard] 1544 words
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Ghosts in a Massachusetts Village - Ghosts in a Massachusetts Village Sabine Heartwood passed through Moose River Junction years ago with her mother, an itinerant fortuneteller. Raised on the road as Ruby crisscrossed the country in her battered VW minibus, Sabine longed to settle down and was inexplicably drawn to this rural hamlet, where everyone knows everyone. Now that one of the town’s favorite sons has returned for his grandmother Beatrice’s funeral, at least there’s something to talk about. Danforth Smith is an up-and-coming assistant film director in New York, romantically linked with a bitchy, beautiful, ambitious actress....   [tags: Ghosts Spirits Hauntings Essays] 380 words
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The Mirror Trap 'Ghosts' - "Ghosts" is in essence, everything one could look for in a mystery detective story. It has a plot rife with confusion. It keeps the names simple. It keeps the characters simple. It keeps the background simple as well. Plus it throws the reader straight into the thick of things. But then in the end, the whole scheme winds up being a farce. The story one the reader thought they had been getting into at the beginning is just a mask for the real plot. It turns out that it really is not a detective story, but a story about obsession....   [tags: Detective Ghosts Analysis] 985 words
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The Debate Over the Existance of Ghosts - ... This can cause a person to think that their body can be manifested into a spirit. The believers think that this manifestation of energy even though it has no body can do almost all the things the living can and more. Believers say that if a place is haunted then there was a tragic murder that occurred or a war took place in that area (“Ghost-Facts” 2), or a ghost may have “unfinished business” (Wilson 1). What are these earthbound spectors capable of. There is not any solid evidence, but some say that ghost can cause physical harm to a person or even feel a person’s thoughts and fears (2)....   [tags: science, energy, evidence] 1014 words
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Ghosts in The Women Warrior - Envision yourself as encircled by strange, yet terrifying and evil spirits that trouble you in your worst nightmares. The spirits could desire something from you. In fact, they could aid you in locale of frightening you. Should you attend to them. What do you contemplate they are trying to notify you. In one of the inquiries above, notice the ironical use of the word “fact” that endeavors to obscure the fictitious nature of ghosts. It displays that the meaning of the word “ghost” is equivocal. In supplementary words, the word “ghost” is multivalued, that way that ghosts can purpose in extra than one way....   [tags: Literary Analysis]
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Ghosts in Afterward by Edith Wharton - Most people are very convinced that they will recognize a ghost right away when they see one. The portrayal of ghosts in movies and ghost stories has set initial expectations of ghosts’ appearances and behaviors. However, people do not have the ability to recognize ghosts promptly when they encounter them. After all, as Michael Cox and R.A. Gilbert mentioned, ghosts are just dead people that remain in our memories and that we have no choice but to learn to live with their continuing presence (1)....   [tags: ghost stories, dishonesty, death]
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Traditions and Culture: Ghosts or Outcasts - One’s background can influence how they view the rest of the world. A direct connection to a homeland can give once confident in themselves and their heritage. So even when they have traveled to or permanently moved to a new country, they are able to hold on to their traditions and cultures without any shame. They see natives of the new country and their traditions/cultures as strange and unusual, cause them to chose to view them as outcasts, or “ghosts.” However, the “ghost” concept can be taken a different way, especially by the immigrant’s children....   [tags: heritage, immigrants] 520 words
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Spirits, Ghosts, and the Paranormal - For many years, people have debated whether or not spirits are real. Some people get scared at the fact that there might be something unknown lurking in their house in the middle of the night making their footsteps known to everyone in it. Maybe that person feels watched upon or feel some kind of presence in their home, or even sees shadows moving their way through rooms. Different people around the world have their own opinions based on religion and experiences when talking about angels, demons, and the spirits that have life after death....   [tags: beliefs, spirits]
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Ghosts are Real Entities - ... In some stories there is said to be phantom ships that roam the oceans like the , phantom armies that roam the battlefields that they had died on, ghost trains that had crashed and killed a lot of people and even ghost animals had been written down. ("Ghost." wikipedia.) Ghosts have many different names that mean the same thing but is written differently like in old English ghost is gást from a hypothetical Common Germanic gaiataz. In Gothic ghost means “ahma” while in Old Norse it means andi or önd orgeisa meaning to rage and Pre-Germanic it means ghoisdo-s meaning fury or anger and in the 9th century, in Old English, the Latin word for ghost is spiritus which meant breath or blast....   [tags: phantom, posessions, haunted] 1409 words
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The Debate about Ghosts and Paranormal Activity - The debate about Ghosts and Paranormal activity has been long debated through out the world. Evidence has been found by Ghost Hunters, and Investigators proving that Ghost and the Paranormal does in fact exist. With the use of technology and years of first hand experience Investigators have been able to document and share that the world is not alone. We in fact are living among Ghosts and the Paranormal. “Ghost, according to tradition, is the spirit of a dead person that returns to the living world....   [tags: supernatural phenomena] 1112 words
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Are There Visions and Ghosts in Van Gogh Paintings? - ... This led to his first hospitalization where his psychotic state grew deeper into hallucinations, delusions, and more insanity. While hospitalized in Saint-Rémy, Van Gogh continued his work and created 150 paintings to ease the discouragement of being there. One of his first paintings, which he created during his hospitalization called, Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear (displayed in Musée d’Orsay), displayed his act followed by the recovery. Painted circa 1889, with oil on a 60 x 49 cm. canvas, Van Gogh displayed himself in his own portrait in a three-quarter profile view wearing a buttoned coat and a fur cap....   [tags: artwork approach, mental illness] 1129 words
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Game Analysis of Halo: Ghosts of Onyx - Halo: Ghosts of Onyx begins in the year 2531 with a raid on an Insurrectionist base by the SPARTAN-II Blue Team. Their goal was to recover stolen FERNIS nuclear warheads, but were captured by rebel general Howard Graves; a former UNSC Marine who defected to the Insurrectionists. However, Spartan Kurt-051 manages to slip away from the team before they are captured, and helps the rest of Blue team escape Insurrectionist capture. One month after the raid, Blue Team is put on a mission to investigate a ruptured Shaw-Fujikawa Translight Engine....   [tags: mission, drones, assault]
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Talking to Ghosts - Talking to Ghosts During my research, I was reminded of an incident in my psychology class that led me to write about this topic. It was a Friday and I walked into my psychology class thinking we were going to prepare for our upcoming class, but I was all wrong. My professor walked in and claimed he had ESP, which is extrasensory perception. He said that he could read people’s minds and know what we were thinking. My teacher asked us to write anything simple on a piece of paper and fold the paper in half....   [tags: Personal Narrative Psychology Essays]
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The Nature of Ghosts in The Woman Warrior - The Nature of Ghosts in The Woman Warrior "Ghost." What images does this word conjure up in the average American mind. Perhaps you think of little kids draped in white sheets begging for candy on Halloween. Perhaps you imagine transparent versions of dead people wandering the earth for eternity. Perhaps you are reminded of a person who just saw something especially scary; they are "pale as a ghost". So the word "ghost" - a word with many meanings - calls forth these images. What do they have in common....   [tags: Maxine Hong Kingston Woman Warrior Essays] 688 words
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Ghosts - Ghosts Have you ever heard strange creaks or groans that you can't seem to explain. Have lights flick on or off without anyone touching a switch. Maybe you've felt cold blasts of air even when all the windows were shut, or your dog suddenly starts barking for no apparent reason. If any of these things have happened then there could be reason to believe that ghosts are part of the situation. Billions of people report ghost visitations every year, and to not accept the fact that there might be other beings in the world is extremely ignorant of mankind....   [tags: Papers] 713 words
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The Ghosts of The Woman Warrior - The Ghosts of The Woman Warrior In Maxine Hong Kingston's novel, The Woman Warrior, Kingston touches upon several aspects of life common to all. Her experiences as a child were illustrated through this book. People not of the Chinese culture were seen as ghosts in this child's world. The similarities between Kingston's childhood, and the reader's help make this novel universally readable. The images created by Kinston, and the parallels between her life and others justify the creation of The Woman Warrior....   [tags: Maxine Hong Kingston Woman Warrior Essays] 903 words
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Henry James's "The Turn of the Screw": Are The Ghosts Actually Real? - Through out the short novella, 'The Turn of the Screw,' by Henry James, the governess continually has encounters with apparitions that seem to only appear to her. As Miles' behavior in school worsens so that he is prevented from returning, and as Flora becomes ill with a fever, the governess blames these ghosts for corrupting the children, Miles and Flora, and labels them as evil and manipulative forces in their lives. But why is it that these ghosts only seem to appear to the governess even when the children are present at the time of the sightings by the governess....   [tags: Turn of the Screw, Henry James] 956 words
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Witchcraft, Murder and Ghosts in Macbeth - Witchcraft, Murder and Ghosts in Macbeth     A notable point within Shakespeare’s play Macbeth is the use of the three witches in the opening scene.  The number of witches for a contemporary audience can go unnoticed.  However in the time that Shakespeare the symbolic meaning of the number three was important, as it symbolized unluckiness and when remembering the fear of the unnatural and being unlucky (epitomized by such historical events as the rage of witch trials within Britain).  This is not the only symbolism within the play, the use of the disparity between light and dark is an important concept.  We can perhaps see the parallel between the horror movies of today, and the images o...   [tags: Macbeth essays]
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Ghosts – Seeing is Believing - Ghosts – Seeing is Believing    I live in a ghost hallway. They come and go whenever they want, like the transparent, blow-away wings of bees. Their spirits hover inside this house on Mechanic Street like a twilight hue filling a wine glass. I live more or less inside their moods, which they carry behind them in traces of light that flood the panes one window at a time and the creaky flutes of rusty hinges. The ghosts don't say “boo” and they don't swing chains. They're good ghosts as far as I can tell, calm as a cup of tea, considerate and watchful and able to pay attention to the least thing for many hours....   [tags: Personal Narrative, Autobiographical Essay] 1812 words
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Descirbing Insomnia:The Ghosts Keeping You Awake - Insomnia…How to describe it. Well, that’s a very complicated question. You're too drowsy to do anything, but too hyper to fall asleep. Frustration and agitation takes over. You want to sleep but you can't. You want to do something else besides lying there, turning from this side to that. You spend the entire night wondering if you'll ever fall asleep, then you see the sun rise and you realize you haven’t slept at all but still must perform your everyday duties. You can't focus; you can't think straight; all you want to do is sleep....   [tags: sleep, night, monsters] 562 words
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Ebenezer Scrooge: the Three Ghosts - Scrooge learned a great deal about himself during the visitations of the three ghosts in A Christmas Carol. He learned things that not only changed his life, but also the lives of others such as Tiny Tim and his family. At first these changes came gradually, probably because they where not really "fueled" by fear of what might be, but instead by remorse for things he had already done. Not until the second and third spirits visit Scrooge can a true change due to fear, not only in fear for what might be during his life but also in the end....   [tags: A Christmas Carol Essays] 766 words
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Aeneas and His Ghosts - Aeneas and His Ghosts The Aeneid Written by Virgil Translation by Fitzgerald I.Pious Aeneas (his background and key characteristics) •Mother is Venus (the Greek Aphrodite) Page 54, Book II, Lines 775-777 “Stepping before me, radiant through the night,My loving mother came: immortal, tall, And lovely as the lords of heaven know her.” •“Favored by Jupiter” Page 164, Book VI, Lines 190-193“… A few Whom a benign Jupiter has loved or whom Fiery heroism has borne to heaven, Sons of gods, could do it…” •Fated oThe gods respect his fate....   [tags: Aeneas Presentation] 1615 words
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Chasing Ghosts - Chasing Ghosts A rather unnatural wind would blow through our town. We used to sit around the Sunday dinner table and recite prayers from the Bible after my mother had cleared the dishes. But first, in silence we would stare at the dark brown swirls of color in the wood, resting our chins on crossed arms. We could hear the grate and grind of metal forks and knives against plates as my mother soaped the dishes in the kitchen. The hiss of the faucet would stop, and after the sound of her cotton apron’s catching on the splintery wall, the apron left hung to dry, she would emerge from the swinging door, the kitchen light flashing like a strobe into the dining room with each swoop of the door’s...   [tags: Personal Narrative Writing] 1823 words
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Ghosts in Henry James Turn of the Screw - The Turn of the Screw: Ghosts Lawrence Kramer poses some interesting ideas about Henry James’ The Turn of the Screw mainly by discussing the ghosts in the story. He refers to the ghosts as revenants; “a specter, a ghost, a phantom, one who haunts, who returns, who walks again.” First, he implies that these revenants can only work when a person believes they exist. There must be something that makes a former person want to return to the living world from a state of death. However, this longing by the former person is not enough to make it a worthy revenant....   [tags: Henry James Turn Screw Essays] 633 words
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The Characters of the Three Ghosts in A Christmas Carol - How does Charles Dickens present the characters of the three ghosts in A Christmas Carol. In this essay, I will find out how Charles Dickens presents the characters of the three ghosts in ‘A Christmas Carol’. This story is about Scrooge. He was a selfish man who had a solely friend, called Jacob Marley. After seven years of Marley’s death, on Christmas Eve, Scrooge saw Marley’s ghost dragging chains of cashboxes that Marley forged in life. Marley told Scrooge that three spirits would visit him and change his fate....   [tags: English Literature] 884 words
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Ghosts at the Rossborough Inn in the University of Maryland - Ghosts at the Rossborough Inn in the University of Maryland The University of Maryland has a rich history dating back to its founding in 1856 as the Maryland Agricultural College. Built between 1804 and 1812, The Rossborough Inn is the oldest building on campus today (Ghost Tour, 2). With its history, it is no surprise that the Inn has been a hotspot for ghost activity. Knowing that there have been numerous reports of ghosts at Rossborough, I visited the Inn to ask current employees at the Knight Center for Specialized Journalism, located in Rossborough Inn, if they themselves had experienced anything bizarre or if they had known others who had....   [tags: Urban Legends]
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Symbolism in the play Ghosts by Henrik Ibsen - In his play “Ghosts';, Ibsen forces the reader to think about his own ideas and believes, as well as those of society and past ages. Symbolism is one technique repeatedly used to portray the author’s ideas through rain, light, fire, the orphanage, Oswald, and through Engstrand himself. The use of religion is also interesting in the way the town people and Pastor Mander uses it. There are many symbols present throughout Ibsen’s work. Rain is used as a symbol of the cleansing of evil and impurities....   [tags: essays research papers] 842 words
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Ibsen's Ghosts Vs. Aristotle's Poetics - Ibsen’s Ghosts, although a relatively modern drama, maintains many classical elements of tragedy as defined by Aristotle and championed by the ancient Greek playwrights and poets. One element of displayed prominently in this case is character. Aristotle believed that there were four main elements to a good tragic hero: 1) the character must be good, 2) decorum, 3) the character must be true to life, and 4) constancy within the characters demeanor and actions. The tragic hero in Ibsen’s Ghosts, Mrs....   [tags: essays research papers] 750 words
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Ghost Story of Dirt Biker Ghosts - Dirt Biker Ghosts in Maryland This story was heard from a friend of mine; a 20 year old, Caucasian, Irish-American male. He discovered this story when he first moved into his house. He heard this story from his newly acquired friends who were neighborhood children that had lived in the area since before he arrived, although he did not mention any specifics about the sources, such as names, how many there were, or how old they were, but just that they were friends. The teller, however, did remember where he heard this story, which was told while sitting right outside of his house, within eyesight of the woods mentioned in the story....   [tags: Urban Legends Ghost Stories] 1137 words
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Ghosts of a Different Generation in Maxine Hong Kingston's The Woman Warrio - Maxine Hong Kingston wrote The Woman Warrior as a collection of stories from her childhood. She is a child of Chinese immigrants who grew up in America, and battled between the culture she was living in and the one Chinese culture her mother tried to preserve. One aspect of Chinese culture that is different between Maxine and her mother, Brave Orchid, is the distinction between ghosts for each person. Maxine and her mother encounter different types of ghosts, and have thus have different reactions than the other....   [tags: immigrant, china, culture]
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Untraditional Families in Ibsen’s "Ghosts" and Strindberg’s "The Father" - With both author’s realistic description and depiction of two dysfunctional families, Ibsen and Strindberg really both push the envelope on how realistic they may seem. They are not afraid to portray families how the truly are, many times ugly and unseemly. In Ghosts everyone’s roles as mom, dad, son, and daughter is abandoned and narrate to each other as normal human beings, but especially those of mothers. In Strindberg’s The father there is no denying that the conception of a feminist household exist....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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Feminist Perspective In Githa Hariharan’s The Ghosts of Vasu Master - Githa Hariharan’s second novel The Ghosts of Vasu Master takes a fresh approach to address a number of postcolonial and postmodern issues. It deals with such themes as alternative methods of teaching, maladies and the process of healing, teacher-pupil relationship, and India’s journey as an independent nation. On probing deeper into the novel, however, it may be said that the novel also explores issues concerning women, their longings and their marginal existence in a patriarchal set-up. Although The Ghosts of Vasu Master is not a woman-centric novel, yet Hariharan has subtly addressed many relevant feminist issues through it....   [tags: Oppressive Patriarchy, Plot Summary]
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The Woman Warrior: Memoir of a Girlhood Among Ghosts by Maxine Hong Kingston - Maxine Hong Kingston, Chinese-American author of her first book The Woman Warrior: Memoir of a Girlhood Among Ghosts, opens with the first chapter “No Name Woman” where she writes about her struggle to distinguish her cultural identity through an impartial analysis of her deceased aunt’s denied existence. Grew up in American culture, Kingston analyzes the possible reasons behind her disavowed aunt’s dishonorable pregnancy, and her village’s subsequent raid upon her household. Kingston explains how strict Chinese culture fails to be practical in American society....   [tags: chinese culture, women´s role] 539 words
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Death in Banaras by Jonathan P. Parry - Death in Banaras by Jonathan P. Parry focuses mainly on the priests and other “sacred specialists” who serve the deceased, pilgrims, and mourners in the city of Banaras. This book looks at how the priests organize their business, the understanding of the rituals and representations of death in which they preside. The author has contributed to the literature on symbolism of death and the sociology of priest and specialists in the sacred. This novel focuses on topics such as death rituals, death, and pilgrimage, and makes a few different arguments throughout the literature....   [tags: ghosts, ancestors, rituals]
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Essay on Sin in Sophocles' Oedipus the King and Ibsen's Ghosts - The Impact of Sin in Sophocles' Oedipus the King and Ibsen's Ghosts       Sophocles' play Oedipus the King was written for a Greek audience as a religious right and lesson around two thousand years ago, while Ibsen's play Ghosts was written as a criticism of the Norwegian society during the 1890's. Although these plays were written for very different reasons and under different circumstances, the universal theme connecting them is mankind's liability to sin because the results affect a greater whole....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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The Influence of Kyd's The Spanish Tragedy on Hamlet by William Shakespeare - The influence of Kyd's The Spanish Tragedy is seen throughout the use the ghost in Hamlet, by William Shakespeare. This scene marks the beginning of Hamlet's action towards revenge. Through the allusions of Greek mythology, death and revenge, Elizabethan tragedy is displayed in both dialogues. The ghost present in both plays fit the what the Elizabethans held about superstition. Depicted by Shakespeare and Kyd, the theme of revenge correlates between both ghosts' monologues. Both of their objectives are set on seeking retribution for a relative....   [tags: revenge, ghosts, mythology]
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The Importance of Ghosts In Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights - The Importance of Ghosts In Emily Bronte's ‘Wuthering Heights’ ‘My fingers closed on the fingers of a little, ice-cold hand. The intense horror of nightmare came over me: I tried to draw back my arm, but the hand clung to it’ (Page 20) In this extract Lockwood thought he had a dream, he remembers that he ‘turned and dozed’ and dreamt again, but the above extract shows that this was different from any other dream, it is much more realistic and increasingly frightening. This leads the reader to believe that this really is not a dream and that a supernatural being is causing this entire disturbance....   [tags: Emily Bronte Wuthering Heights] 1219 words
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Taking a Look at Poltergeist - ... These are just a few of ways to know if you are being centered by a Poltergeist.(MEGAN) Poltergeists attack people physically and non-physically (mentally and verbally). They scratch you and hurt you but they also do thing to your power and house.They center emotionally disturbed people. They also make noises and odors. Their odors are very bad and smell terrible. The noises and knocks they make are only one person can hear the knocks. Stones have pelted homes which is not explained. They are usually somewhat connected with UFO sightings....   [tags: loud supernatural ghosts]
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Looking Behind the Wallpaper: Symbolism in The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman - ... He tells her that her “imaginative power and habit of story-making” (378) can lead to false, foolish, and crazy hopes and illusions. He thinks that her temper is dangerous, and that she needs to keep this in check. The wife then figures out what the patterns are in the wallpaper. She thinks she physically sees the front-most pattern turn into cage-like bars during the night. In the pattern behind it, she sees a woman, trapped. “The front pattern DOES move—and no wonder. The woman behind shakes it!” (385) “it becomes bars....   [tags: depression, trapped, ghosts] 777 words
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Literary Analysis of Israel Horovitz´s The Christmas Carol: Scrooge and Marley - ... Scrooge denies and asks if the prisons and workhouses are full, and refuses to give anything. Later on Christmas Eve, three spirits sent by Marley attempt to change Scrooge’s ways. The first ghost, the Ghost of Christmas Past, shows him how miserable he was as a child and how he became a grumpy old man. The reason he is the way his is today is his lost love left him for him loving money more than lovingnher. “Another Idol has displaced me. A golden one,” (689) she says to him. Finally, she releases him and goes to find another man as she says, “May you be happy in the life that you chosen for yourself ....   [tags: ghosts, guilt, characters, journey] 651 words
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The Open Window by Saki - In our lives, there are always intentions to justify our actions. Simply put, why do we have to attend English classes when we can already speak and write. Obviously, the reason is to master the skills of writing a good argument, which we expect to learn in English classes. The bottom line here is that everything we do has a purpose. This applies even to different genres of literature; in the ghost stories genre, authors attempt to scare, teach moral lessons or entertain through their writings. Every ghost story has its own significant purpose....   [tags: ghosts, human character]
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Exploring the Existence of Paranormal Activity - Whether we choose to believe in the paranormal or not, we all have to realize that there are many strange things that happen to all of us that are unexplainable. The history of paranormal existence has been around since the beginning of time. The paranormal is not what most people believe it is, “ghosts”. There is a wide range in what is considered paranormal. In order to understand the paranormal you must first understand the meaning of the word. The prefix “Para” means beyond and normal. This gets you the result of beyond normal....   [tags: paranormal studies, ghosts]
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Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire - Ghosts of the Past - Ghosts of the Past Haunt A Streetcar Named Desire Our lives are consumed by the past. The past of what we once did, what we once accomplished, and what we once could call our own. As we look back on these past memories we seldom realize the impact these events have on our present lives. The loss of a past love mars are future relationships, the loss of our family influences the choices we make today, and the loss of our dignity can confuse the life we live in the present....   [tags: A Streetcar Named Desire Essays] 995 words
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Paranormal Effects on People with Power - ... There are many cases in which police officers encounter unexplainable phenomena such as, alien and UFO sightings, religious happenings like possessions, and seeing angles and demons. Some paranormal researchers believe that the people who have poltergeist experiences are most likely under some physical, emotional, or psychological stress. According to Stephen Wagner, there are different types of ghost. Some are known as, “intellectual hauntings”, and others are known as, “Residual hauntings”....   [tags: ghosts, police officers, UFO] 618 words
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It's Just Not Natural - There is a saying that goes ‘Don’t be afraid of the dark,’ but the question is why should you be afraid. One reason why this saying came about is because people believe that something non-human exists out there. People believe that witches, shapeshifters, hellhounds, ghosts, angels, demons, jinns, and many more supernatural creatures exist. “Only 21 percent of Americans say they don’t believe in the supernatural at all (“Paranormal Poll: Americans…”).” Although many people may not voice or express their belief in the supernatural; they tend to be curious and question the existence of the supernatural at least once in their life....   [tags: Tales, Hellhounds, Ghosts]
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Believing in the Paranormal - ... One of the most frequently reported dates back to the 16th century. Mother of Queen Elizabeth I and wife to King Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn was executed at the Tower of London in 1536 after being accused of witchcraft, treason, adultery and incest. There have been sightings of the woman's ghost reported at the tower and other locations such as her home, Hever Castle in Kent. (History.com) Then there's the White House in the United States. Considered to be perhaps the most haunted house in America, there has been several reported phenomenons, many of them believed to be sightings of past presidents of the United States....   [tags: ghosts, famous hauntings] 1601 words
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Are Ghosts Real? - Most of people have encountered stories of people seeing ghost and many are conjured from recurring sitting from places like the war. Ghost have been portrayed in movies, and stories. Some stories can be epic and others can be very simple but in all there are many types of ghost stories. These stories will have our eye and everyone will want to believe. All people do believe or not, everyone even blind or not. People believe in ghost, and even blind people. I watched a Video about a blind person has to say about ghost....   [tags: stories of the supernatural]
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The Sixth Sense - ... However, from children’s point of view, ghosts are frightened enough to occupy nightmares; hence, even looking at these creepy creatures might cause kids to feel overwhelmed for days. To clarify, Cole helped the ghosts to solve their problems instead of evading and suffering due to fear. Thirdly, despite the spontaneous and impolite reactions of the mum, Cole was helpful to his mother. As Cole was an unusual boy with supernatural abilities, his mum sometimes could not control her behaviors. Therefore, Cole felt lonely and desperate, but never lost faith against his mother and continued to help her get through the sudden shock....   [tags: film analysis, cole, ghosts] 657 words
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Strange Behavior and Ghosts in Hamlet by William Shakespeare - Throughout the play ‘Hamlet‘, we see that the protagonist seems troubled and quite isolated. The Shakespearean play is believed to have been first performed between 1600 and 1601 but not published until 1603. Hamlet is the young prince of Denmark, his mother Gertrude married her brother-in-law shortly after her husband (Hamlet’s father) died. In the Elizabethan era many people believed in supernatural forces and this is displayed within the play when Hamlet’s father returns as a ghost. Many people would argue that Hamlet is possessed and his madness and strange behaviour is partly due to his father’s death and his reoccurrence as a ghost....   [tags: communication, isolation, claudius]
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Turn of the Screw by Henry James, Arthur Conan Doyle and Henry David Thoreau - Throughout the Turn of the Screw, by Henry James, ambiguity is used purposely in respect to the reality of the ghosts. Without certainty the reader must guess and assume in order to determine if the ghosts are real or if they are conjured in the governess's mind. In this book there is more proof for the imagination of the ghosts. One source of evidence is the preparedness of the governess. At the beginning of the book the governess is being thrown into a situation that she is unprepared for. This unpreparedness was due to the life she lived before going to Bly....   [tags: ambiguity, story analysis] 821 words
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