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Biblical Allusions in Melville's Moby Dick - In The Town-Ho’s Story, Melville uses many different types of figurative devices to describe the relationship between Steelkilt and Radney. Radney is known and described as the inferior, yet higher ranked, mate, while Steelkilt is described as the more respectable, but lower ranked mate. Melville faintly, yet noticeably relates Moby Dick as a God and Steelkilt as Jesus. Such clever biblical allusions accurately describe Moby Dick and Steelkilt and although Melville does not give any biblical significance to Radney, the readers can still clearly visualize Radney’s character....   [tags: Biblical Allusions, Melville, Moby Dick,] 689 words
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The Two-Tiered System of Allusions - In Hollywood today, most films can be categorized according to the genre system. There are action films, horror flicks, Westerns, comedies and the likes. On a broader scope, films are often separated into two categories: Hollywood films, and independent or foreign ‘art house’ films. Yet, this outlook, albeit superficial, was how many viewed films. Celebrity-packed blockbusters filled with action and drama, with the use of seamless top-of-the-line digital editing and special effects were considered ‘Hollywood films’....   [tags: essays research papers] 1605 words
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Allusions In Invisible Man - Allusions in Invisible Man Invisible Man, written with ingenuity by Ralph Waldo Ellison, is a masterpiece by itself, but it also intertwines into every page one or more allusions to previously written masterpieces. Whether intentionally or unintentionally, and whether it was Ellison who incorporated the works into his own or others who incorporated his work into their own, it makes for a brilliant piece of literature. Ellison defines the character of the Invisible Man through literary, Biblical, and historical allusions....   [tags: essays research papers] 1581 words
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Biblical Allusions in Lord of the Flies - Biblical Allusions in Lord of the Flies In the story, Lord of the Flies, there are many biblical allusions; Simon represents Jesus, the pig’s head represents Satan or rather their satanic sides, Jack represents Judas, and the island represents the Garden of Eden. Through out this novel these allusions play large parts in the story and ideals place in the story. Simon, one of the major characters in the story, is set as the allusion of Jesus. Christ always had an affinity with children; in Ch. 4, he shows his way with the ‘littluns’ by picking fruit for them....   [tags: Lord of the Flies] 730 words
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Grapes Of Wrath Biblical Allusions - John Steinbeck carefully molded his story The Grapes of Wrath to encompass many themes and ideas. He included several Biblical allusions to enforce his message of the migrating families coming together to form a community. Steinbeck alludes to Biblical characters through Jim Casy and Rose of Sharon, events like the family’s journey to California and the flood at the end of the novel, and teachings throughout the novel.      The Biblical allusions represented by the characters in the novel are most obvious in the characters of Jim Casy and Rose of Sharon....   [tags: John Steinbeck Bible Religion essays papers]
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Biblical Allusions to The Grapes of Wrath - Biblical Allusions to The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck was born in Salinas, California, on February 27, 1902. He studied marine biology at Stanford University and then traveled east on a freighter through the Panama Canal. Steinbeck went to New York to work as a newspaper reporter but soon returned to California and held a variety of jobs while he wrote. Steinbeck published Tortilla Flat in 1935, Of Mice and Men in 1937, and The Red Pony in 1937, which established his reputation as a forceful writer....   [tags: Papers] 1466 words
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Allusions to the Brave New World - Allusions to the Brave New World 1. Ford Henry Ford (1863-1947) revolutionized the automobile industry with the assembly line method of production, which proved very successful for 15 million Model Ts were sold. Humans were similarly produced in the Brave New World where the embryos passed along a conveyor belt while a worker or machine would have a specific task dealing with the specimen. Again, this assembly line method proved very successful. 2. Lenina Vladmir Lenin (1870-1924) founded the communist party in Russia and the world’s first communist dictatorship....   [tags: Industrialization Science American History Essays] 1315 words
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Biblical and Mythological Allusions in Moby Dick - Biblical and Mythological Allusions in Moby Dick An allusion is a reference to a well-known person, place, event, literary work, or work of art. Writers often use biblical and mythological allusions to which their readers are familiar. In Moby Dick, Herman Melville frequently uses biblical and mythological allusions. With these allusions the reader begins to understand the topic of discussion and is also exposed to the wisdom and knowledge Melville possess. The first allusion appears in the first line of the novel....   [tags: Moby Dick Essays] 614 words
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Symbols, Symbolism, and Allusions in The Stranger (The Outsider) - Symbolism and Allusions in The Stranger " That's all for today, Monsieur Antichrist." " Specking very quickly and passionately, he told me that he believed in God, that it was his conviction that no man was so guilty that God would not forgive him, but in order for that to happened a man must repent and in so doing become like a child whose heart is open and ready to embrace all". A. The people in this short quote is Monsieur as the judge is talking to him. The judge don't think Monsieur believe in Jesus because Monsieur is always talking about how he does not care about anything and he rather just be in jail where he belongs....   [tags: Camus Stranger Essays] 858 words
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Use of Allusions in Andrew Marvell's To His Coy Mistress - The speaker in Andrew Marvell's 'To His Coy Mistress'; is a man who is addressing a silent listener, who happens to be his mistress. In this dramatic monologue the speaker tries to explain his feelings to his mistress. The speaker uses many allusions to empires and other objects, events and ideas that are not directly related to his feelings, in order to explain how he feels. He uses these allusions to exaggerate his feelings in order to clearly show them. After reading over the poem once, you get a sense of what the speaker is feeling....   [tags: Andrew Marvell To His Coy Mistress] 545 words
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Chaucer's Canterbury Tales - Biblical Allusions in The Shipman's Tale - The Canterbury Tales, - Biblical Allusions in The Shipman’s Tale There is no doubting Chaucer’s mastery at paroemia; that his adaptations of his many and varied sources transcended their roots is attested by the fact that, unlike many of his contemporaries or authorities, his works have not “passen as dooth a shadwe upon the wal”[1]. Yet while his skill as a medieval author is undisputed, the extent of his subtlety is not always fully appreciated. In The Canterbury Tales, for instance, while some tales were rapid in drawing academic interest and scholarly interpretations, others were quickly dismissed as ribald tales, as simple fabliaux hardly worthy of more than a cursory examination....   [tags: Chaucer Shipman's Tale Essays]
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Powerful Theme and Allusions to Sex in Anderson's Womanhood - Powerful Theme and Allusions to Sex in Anderson's Womanhood   Catherine Anderson's poem "Womanhood" tells about a young girl and her transition to womanhood.  In this intricately woven poem the reader will learn very little about the girl.  Neither she nor her mother are ever named, and no information is given about them or their family life.  What the reader does discover is what lies ahead for her as she begins her first day sewing rugs.  The poem begins a few moments before she enters the gates of the sweatshop that symbolizes her entry into womanhood.  Anderson uses metaphor within this poem to dramatize the difference in what lies ahead for her.  She should be looking forward to a bright and cheerful future, instead, she is faced with the drudgery of a life working in a sweatshop sewing rugs.  Anderson has woven this poem together so there is a link created between the first and second stanzas of the poem.  Each line in the first stanza, describing the carefree attitude of the young girl correlates with a line in the second stanza illustrating how her life will be far different after she enters the gates of the factory and womanhood.              Within this poem there are many references or allusions to sex.  Most women are considered to have entered womanhood when they have their first sexual experience with a man.  Anderson plays up this aspect of becoming a woman in the poem to symbolize the girl's losing her innocence and youth to work in the sweatshop.  In essence, she is losing her virginity to that same sweatshop.  The first of these allusions to sex is in the opening lines of the poem; "she slides over/the hot upholstery" (1,2).  The young girl is described as sliding over hot upholstery, like girls sometimes do to snuggle up next to their boyfriends when driving a car.  This verse can also be seen as a metaphor for the hot young skin of a beautiful young girl.  Another example of these references is when Anderson describes the girl  as "loves humming & swaying to the music" (5).  This can be seen as the act of sexual intercourse itself.  The rhythmic swaying of bodies can be seen as little else especially when paired with line 25, "rocking back and forth"(25).  This is further emphasized by Anderson by her use of the ampersand signs (&) which she only uses in these two lines.  Finally, the young girl's becoming a woman will be similar to the other girls, by having "a cigarette and a joke"(9).  Many couples engage in this ritual of lighting up a cigarette after having sex.  These allusions to sex illustrate how unnatural the coming transition will be when she begins work in the factory.  Starting this factory job should not be how her society decrees she has become a woman....   [tags: Anderson Womanhood Essays] 1327 words
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Biblical Allusions in Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre - Biblical Allusions in Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre One Sunday evening, shortly after Jane arrives at Lowood School, she is forced to recite the sixth chapter of St. Matthew as part of the daily lesson (70; ch. 7). This chapter in Matthew states, Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat. or, What shall we drink or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed. / (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. / But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you....   [tags: Jane Eyre]
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Roman Allusions in Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre - Roman Allusions in Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre The references to Roman figures in Jane Eyre are few but very effective. Charlotte Bronte uses allusions to Nero, Caligula, and Messalina that on the surface appear to be quite simple. However, with further investigation and analysis, it is very clear these simple references are anything but. The first Roman allusion occurs in chapter one in reference to John Reed. Comparing him to Nero and Caligula serves many functions. First, it illustrates just how cruel he is in the eyes of Jane....   [tags: Charlotte Bronte Jane Eyre]
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Allusions and References in Walden to the Greek God Antaeus - Allusions and References in Walden to the Greek God Antaeus Like many great authors, both past and present, Henry David Thoreau uses literary techniques not limited to Greek mythological allusions. Throughout his masterpiece, Walden, mythological allusions are made from his ideas of life and his thoughts about his present state of the environment. Thoreau uses a mythological allusion when he states that, “They [the beans] attached me to the earth, and so I got strength like Antaeus.” (Thoreau, 1849) Although Thoreau wrote Walden many centuries after the Greek civilization had been wiped out, the historical use of strength as exemplified in the myth of Antaeus drives many themes throughout Walden....   [tags: Papers] 635 words
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Eluded Socialist Allusions within Steinbecks Grapes of Wrath - Eluded Socialist Allusions within Steinbecks Grapes of Wrath Imagine awaking to the first rays of dawn, finding yourself lying on a tattered scrap of cardboard beneath a highway overpass. Your empty stomach churns with numbing hunger and you know today will be yet another listless scramble for survival. Homeless, jobless, and hungry, you glare with fervent jealousy at those clothed, groomed, and pompous passers-by grasping their purses and wallets tightly when they catch sight of you. Ashamed and enraged, you feel cheated and wonder how it is possible for such financial diversity to exist within the same city....   [tags: essays papers] 895 words
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Death in Venice: Timeless Psychoanalysis through Greek Allusions - ... However, Alfred takes Aschenbach’s music and displays how chaos can create music, as it is all based on interpretation, thus the senses – the sensual being a characteristic of the Dionysian myth. As we know, through Tadzio, Aschenbach loses “control” of his reasonable mien, and falls down the path of the sensual, impulsive, and irrational in his pursuit of beauty, thus following the path of Dionysus. In the film we see this through the acting of Dirk Bogarde, the film’s Aschenbach, as he becomes more and more harried and unkempt the further along the story, and his “pursuit” of Tadzio goes, he has been “negligent” as the barber states, much different than the initially proper, well dressed, and orderly Aschenbach from the beginning of the film....   [tags: Literature]
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Free College Essays - Tone, Allusions and Diction in Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - The Scarlet Letter - Use of Tone, Allusions and Diction Puritans are well known for their morality in discipline, religious intolerance, and harsh punishments for those defying their beliefs. These Puritan influences had a great impact on early American literature. Nathaniel Hawthorne provides an illustrated look into the Puritans and their community in his classic The Scarlet Letter. Through Hawthorne's use of tone, allusions with Hester and Dimmesdale, and the diction that is used to describe how the village behaves during the multiple scaffold scenes he provides a disapproval for these rigid moralists' extreme way of life....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays] 509 words
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Biblical Allusions in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby - Biblical Allusions in The Great Gatsby        The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald tells the story of a world lost to superficiality and greed. Falsehood and deception are the currency which fuels the characters in the novel. Dwelling in this fallen world, Fitzgerald has placed a fallen god. Gatsby is bathed in descriptions that identify him as the Son of God. Fitzgerald makes a conscious effort to clothe this character with imagery and actions to make him the patron deity of this fallen world, but Gatsby is too much enveloped by his surroundings to save them and is consumed in the attempt....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]
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Melville shows anger at Christianity through biblical allusions in Moby Dick - ... He only boards the Pequod to "gr[o]w merry again" in an attempt to add some adventure to his lackluster life (38). Throughout Moby Dick, the other sailors treat him as an outcast because of his lack of sea knowledge. Through it all, Ishmael displays unwavering faith when he downplays the dangers of whaling. When he says his “body is but the lees of my better being," he believes no physical harm can injure his soul (39). The salvation of his immortal soul is all that matters. The Ishmael of the Bible shares parallels with the one in Moby Dick....   [tags: Literary Analysis]
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Arising of Magic Realism Through Allusions to the Bible and Tragedians of the Greeks and Romans in Gabriel Garcia Marquez's 100 Years of Solitude - ... The world was so recent that many things lacked names, and in order to indicate them it was necessary to point” (Marquez 11). As a reader, Marquez’s use of descriptive language demonstrates subsisting in Macondo is could be tolerable. As a third characteristic of magic realism, the reader must “hesitate between two contradictory understandings of events—hence experiences some unsettling doubts” (Faris 171). The use of repeating characters’ names in every upcoming generation establishes a sense of uncertainty, making the reader question the relevance of Marquez’s technique....   [tags: Literary Analysis]
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Closely Examines Shakespeare's Use of Classical Allusions to Violent Death in Hamlet - One of the most striking classical references in Hamlet is to the fall of Troy and the death of its king, Priam. Hamlet wishes the player to recite a speech he .".cheifly loved..." and recites the first thirteen lines for him. Within the first five lines of this speech the audience is bombarded with images of darkness, ."..sable...black...night...ominous...dread...black...dismal..." . Hamlet describes .".Hellish Pyrrhus..." raging through Troy looking for the King. Pyrrhus is a symbol of brutal revenge....   [tags: European Literature] 1223 words
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Free Brave New World Essays: Huxley and Shakespeare - Huxley and Shakespeare "Do they read Shakespeare?" asked the Savage as they walked, on their way to the Bio-chemical Laboratories, past the School Library. "Certainly not," said the Head Mistress, blushing. In Aldous Huxley's “Brave New World", allusions to William Shakespeare and his works emphasize the contrast between the ""Brave New World"" and the world in Shakespeare's time and even the current time period. Enhancing the work's meaning, the allusions and character's reactions to the allusions reveal the positive and negative aspects of our society today....   [tags: Brave New World] 543 words
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Biblical Illusions in Toni Morrison's Song of Solomon - Biblical Illusions in Toni Morrison's Song of Solomon Song of Solomon, by Toni Morrison, is about a man named Macon Dead. Throughout this novel, however, he is known by all except his father as Milkman because his mother breastfed him until he was in his teens. The novel centers on Milkman's attempt to find himself. His family is a wealthy black family living in a poor black neighborhood, where Milkman's father prohibits Milkman from interacting with most of them, including his aunt. However, he ends up visiting her, and while there, he learns a little about his family's mysterious past and decides to look deeper into it....   [tags: Song Solomon essays Toni Morrison ]
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Symbolism and Allusion - Symbolism and Allusion What major symbols are used. How appropriate is each symbol in its respective poem. How do the poets use the symbols to focus on the problems they present in their poems. Allusions and symbols are critical components of an interesting and understandable poem. Poets rely heavily on them because of the need to economize their words. Poems don't waste words on detailed explanations in order to be understood. They rely instead on the reader to use his own process for interpreting and connecting to the meaning, whether or not he understands the allusions or symbolism....   [tags: Papers] 986 words
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Desire Under The Elms - “Desire Under the Elms” In “Desire Under the Elms”, by Eugene O’Neill, many uses of both biblical and mythological allusions can be seen. These allusions help add depth to the plot of the play by linking the play to other similar, well-known stories. Three of the best allusions are seen in Cabot’s talk about how God is a strong god, his talk about God being in the stones, and his telling Eben that he is blind as a mole. Cabot’s talk about God being a strong god is important to the story. He tells about how hard he had to work to make the farm a good place to live....   [tags: essays research papers] 683 words
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An Analysis of Pablo Neruda’s “The United Fruit Co.” - ... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . / Then in the bloody domain of the flies / . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . / smothered by gases, an Indian / fell in the morning: / . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . / a branch with its death running out of it / in the vat of the carrion, fruit laden and foul” (line 13, 14, 30, 38, 39, 42, and 43; Fernandez 2). This also “expos[ed] the underside of the international political economy” when making note that the United States left with all the riches of Latin America symbolized by the imagery of “sail[ing] off with a booty of coffee and fruits,” in line thirty-two (Bleiker 1129)....   [tags: Poetry Analysis ]
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Style of The Fire Next Time - Style of The Fire Next Time James Baldwin is one of the premier essayists of his time. He draws on his experiences in a straightforward, unapologetic manner, which helps achieve his purpose in The Fire Next Time. His style elucidates his arguments for racial harmony and for the understanding of other religions. The Fire Next Time is a remarkable showcase of Baldwin's talents. His collection of essays is clear, potent, and to the point. To strengthen his argument, Baldwin considers different points of view, black and white, Muslim and Christian....   [tags: The Fire Next Time] 521 words
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Carl Sandburg's Use of Allusion in Grass - Carl Sandburg's Use of Allusion in "Grass" Carl Sandburg's short poem "Grass" represents a metaphor for the disguise of history. The persona tells how histories that have taken place are sooner or later disregarded. The persona tells that the histories should not be disregarded, but be left the way it is as cited in the poem "I am the grass .Let me work." People should notice the events that took place and learn from their mistakes and be better people. The places that are mentioned in the poem are allusions....   [tags: Poetry Sandburg Poem Grass Essays] 556 words
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A Growing Anger - A Growing Anger “A Poison Tree” by William Blake describes the growing anger in a man because of his hatred for an adversary. Blake compares the growing of anger to the growth and the budding of a tree. Blake also makes allusions to the story of betrayal by Adam & Eve in the Garden of Eden when they eat from the sacred tree. In the poem, the narrator is describing his constantly growing anger towards his adversary, which Blake compares to the growth of a tree. Just as a tree needs sunlight to grow his anger needed a source of energy which happened to be his foe who he hates with a passion....   [tags: essays research papers] 370 words
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The Effect of Language in Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita - The Effect of Language in Lolita        What really is reality. How can we define reality. The very nature of such a subjective subject means that there are as many answers as there are questioning minds on the planet. Therefore, reality can only be defined as what it means to each of us. We learn particular ways of looking at life from our experiences, which we gain from our interactions with others. This is the basis of an elaborate theory called "the social construction of reality." In modern America, one of the largest social groups to which we can belong, certain values are instilled into our impressionable minds; for example, not many of us would accept pedophilia....   [tags: Nabokov Lolita Essays]
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Comparing Wilfred Owen's Poem, Dulce et Decorum Est and Sting's Song, Children's Crusade - Comparing Wilfred Owen's Poem, Dulce et Decorum Est and Sting's Song, Children's Crusade Is it really sweet and fitting to die for one's country. This may seem glorious to some, but to those who have studied World War I and its terrible consequences, this seems a lie. The poet Wilfred Owen was a participant in this war, and wrote the poem "Dulce et Decorum Est" ("It is sweet and fitting [to die for one's country]") to his poet friends about the voracity, hopelessness, and futility of war, and the desperate plight of the soldiers involved....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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Alexander Pope's An Essay On Man - Alexander Pope's An Essay On Man Alexander Pope's An Essay On Man is generally accepted as a wonderfully harmonious mass of couplets that gather a variety of philosophical doctrines in an eclectic and (because of its philosophic nature) antithetic muddle. No critic denies that Pope's Essay On Man is among the most beautifully written and best of his works, but few also deny that Pope's Essay On Man is an incoherent conglomeration of "incongruous scraps" ("A Letter..." 88) of philosophical axioms....   [tags: Alexander Pope An Essay On Man]
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Sylvia Plath's Poem Daddy - Sylvia Plath's Poem "Daddy" Overbearing fathers who dominant their children’s lives dispose of comfort and security and instead cause irreversible damage. Sylvia Plath writes about her own experiences dealing with her authoritarian father in “Daddy.” In this poem, Plath utilizes literary devices like allusion, child-like diction, and dualistic organization to communicate her bitterness in this theme of resentment and scorn. Plath’s usage of allusion calls the reader to bring their own knowledge to the poem....   [tags: Sylvia Plath Daddy Poetry Poem Essays] 684 words
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The Value of Genesis - ... Many of the themes presented in Genesis have been motifs for many other works. One of the most common of these themes is that of temptation. For example, The Lord of the Rings series displays a very obvious sense of temptation. Almost everyone in the series- including Frodo himself- is tempted by the Ring in some way or another. While most are tempted to use the Ring’s power for themselves, Frodo also has the added burden of struggling with the temptation to get rid of it, as well. Temptation is also the driving force in Paradise Lost, as mentioned before....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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John Donne: Quixotic yet Sacrosanct - ... In addition, the speaker finishes up by adding that she would be committing three sins by killing the flea: “murder, suicide, and sacrilege” (Perrine, 5). Many, who would agree with Perrine, that the speaker links the pest with three homicides, nevertheless, would differ with the initial thought that the speaker immortalizes in the poem. This notion continues with the thought of the flea being a symbol for their marriage. The use of blood as a metaphor is also evident in “Holy Sonnet VII.” This shows that all of the speaker’s sins are forgiven, since Jesus had died for the sins of humankind, comparing the erasing of his sins to the death of the Son of God....   [tags: Literature]
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A Formalistic Analysis of The Fatal Sisters - A Formalistic Analysis of The Fatal Sisters     In “The Fatal Sisters” Thomas Gray has created a monologue pregnant with references to history, geography, and mythology. These reappearing references and allusions enrich the text, as they allow a closer look at the political situation surrounding eleventh century Britain.  The poems’ sixteen stanzas exhibit an ABAB rhyme scheme, which provides for systematic organization and positive aesthetic effects.  Closer examination of the setting, tone, and imagery of the poem permits insight into the text’s content and artistic genius....   [tags: The Fatal Sisters] 673 words
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The Birth of the Absurdist Theatre - The Birth of the Absurdist Theatre In response to the bloody battles of World War I, the Theatre of the Absurd was born. Soldiers surrounded by death and destruction often found no other relief but to laugh at the absurdity of noble, but increasingly meaningless traditional rhetoric and patriotism. This laughter was a response to not only the absurdity of their situation, but also to the absurd responses of others to their situation. Out of this response grew what we know today as the Theatre of the Absurd....   [tags: Papers] 541 words
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Hawthorne's Use of Symbolism - In any novel worth reading there is use of basic rhetorical devices like symbolism, allusions, etc. Nathaniel Hawthorne viewed strongly abroad as excellent author for many reasons but none as prevalent as his use of symbolism. Hawthorne uses repetition, motifs and symbolism to poetically approximate allusions almost within every word of his book “The Scarlet Letter”. Symbolism is the adhesive in “The Scarlet Letter”, other than maintaining the reader’s interest, it also makes allusions to other famous works such as the bible, and he uses it to transition the exposition throughout the book....   [tags: American Literature] 697 words
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Brave New World: Hitler and the Iron Curtain - Brave New World: Hitler and the Iron Curtain In his foreword to the novel Brave New World, Aldous Huxley envisioned what the world would be like if we were all "under the iron curtain" when he wrote: "To make them love it is the task assigned, in present- day totalitarian states, to ministries of propaganda…." (Huxley page #) Thus, through hypnopaedic teaching (brainwashing), mandatory attendance to community gatherings, and allusions to prominent political dictators, Huxley bitterly satirized totalitarian propaganda and political technique to point out the problems of a dystopian society....   [tags: Brave New World] 752 words
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Christian and Pagan Influence in Paradise Lost and Beowulf - Christian and Pagan Influence in Paradise Lost and Beowulf       In Paradise Lost, Milton is adept at drawing from both Christian and pagan sources and integrating them in such a way that they reinforce one another (Abrams 1075). Of course it is a commonplace for critics to believe that Milton valued his Christian sources more highly than the pagan ones (Martindale 20); this is most likely due to the fact that he regarded the Christian sources as vessels of the truth. His classical allusions, on the other hand, served as references for things fallen or damned....   [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast christbeo paganbeo]
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Comparing Thoreau’s Civil Disobedience and King's Letter From a Birmingham Jail - Comparing Thoreau’s Civil Disobedience and Martin Luther King's Letter From a Birmingham Jail The two essays, "Civil Disobedience," by Henry David Thoreau, and "Letter From a Birmingham Jail," by Martin Luther King, Jr., effectively illustrate the authors' opinions of justice. Each author has his main point; Thoreau, in dealing with justice as it relates to government, asks for "not at once no government, but at once a better government. King contends that "injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." Both essays offer a complete argument for justice, but, given the conditions, King's essay remains more effective, in that its persuasive techniques have more practical application....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays] 1049 words
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Emptiness in The Hollow Men - Emptiness in The Hollow Men      After Eliot had published The Waste Land, he felt as though he had not been able to fully convey the sense of desperation and emptiness in that work. Beginning with "Doris’s Dream Songs" and "Eyes I Last Saw in Tears," he explored these themes, eventually uniting all such poems in The Hollow Men. The end product is a work that, unlike The Waste Land and its ultimate chance for redemption, has only the indelible emptiness of the hollow men as its conclusion. The hollow men are those who, in life, did not act on their beliefs; they resisted any action at all, and as a result stagnate eternally in "the Shadow," a land in between heaven and hell, completely isolated from both....   [tags: Hollow Men Essays]
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