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Examining the Timeless Mystery Novels The Hound of the Baskervilles and The Mystery of Edwin Drood - Throughout the years the characters and plots of mystery novels have evolved and have been modernized. However, no matter when or where the novels are written, they all succeed in having major impacts on the unsuspecting readers. For some mystery fans, the opening of the book can awaken the butterflies in the pit of their stomachs. As the stories progress, the reader is drawn further and further into the novel until it becomes impossible to pry the book from their hands. Mystery novels written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Charles Dickens are not exceptions and are overflowing with suspenseful scenes....   [tags: The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Mystery of Edwi]
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Mystery Cults in Graeco-Roman Society - Mystery cults were a parallel across Greek and Roman society and were based upon many myths, including the Homeric Hymn to Demeter, myth of Dionysus and other Orphic Hymns. These mystery cults were centred around a belief that human beings have a soul and that belonging to a mystery cult can affect what will become of the soul after death. In essence, mystery cults promised initiates a better afterlife. With the terrifying myths associated with the realm of Hades and it’s divisions, citizens of ancient Greece had a great desire to better their afterlife and avoid going to Tartarus; the most horrifying level of the underworld....   [tags: mystery cults, orpheus, graeco roman]
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No One's a Mystery, by Elizabeth Tallent - In, "No One's a Mystery," by Elizabeth Tallent, a very naive eighteen-year old girl, who remains unnamed, neglects to realize the truth that is so plainly laid out before her. She is riding with Jack, and older married man with whom she has been having sex with for the past two years, and fiddling with the birthday present she received from him; a five year diary. A Cadillac that looks like his wife's is coming toward them, so he shoves her onto the floorboard of his filthy truck. Jack and his wife exchange subtle gestures as they pass, and the young girl is then given permission to get back onto the seat....   [tags: No One's a Mystery] 395 words
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Stephen Crane's A Mystery of Heroism - Stephen Crane's A Mystery of Heroism Stephen Crane, an avant-garde writer of his time, forced his readers to look beyond his written words for a more underlined, meaningful moral in most of his stories. Crane follows a strict pattern in most of his work. His subject matter usually deals with the physical, emotional, and intellectual responses of ordinary people confronted by extraordinary, extreme experiences. Fairly common themes are presented in his writing, including fallen humanity and harsh realities; yet all seem to overlap in the category of heroism....   [tags: Stephen Crane Mystery Heroism Essays] 1314 words
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Shore Road Mystery By Franklin W. Dixon - Shore Road Mystery by Franklin W. Dixon The Hardy boys, Frank and Joe, were driving down Shore Road and they heard a report about a stolen car. Frank and Joe raced towards the scene and saw the stolen car. Suddenly, a big red produce truck came right into the middle of the road. The boys had to slam on their brakes. They crashed into a fence and were dazed but not hurt The driver came out of the truck and said he was sorry. Frank thought something was fishy about the guy. They both went home and tried not to let their mother see all their cuts and bruises....   [tags: Dixon Shore Road Mystery] 1091 words
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Examination of Women's Friendships through an Analysis of Katherine Philips' Friendship's Mystery - Examination of Women's Friendships through an Analysis of Katherine Philips' Friendship's Mystery: To My Dearest Lucasia When readers reflect on the poetry of the seventeenth century, poets such as John Donne and the Metaphysicals, Jonson and the Cavaliers, and John Milton often come to mind. The poetry crosses over various boundaries of Neoplatonic, Ovidian, and Petrarchan forms, for example, often with many references to women filling the lines. Described as helpless creatures, seventeenth century women were often shut out from all possibilities of power, and they were generalized into four categories: virgins, women to be married, married, and widowed....   [tags: Philips Friendship's Mystery Essays]
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The Guide Dog Mystery by Gertrude Chandler Warner - The Guide Dog Mystery by Gertrude Chandler Warner Benny - He is one of the Alden children. He is six years old.. Jessie - She is one of the Alden children. She is twelve years old. Henry - He is one of the Alden children. He is 14 years old. Violet –She is one of the Alden children. She is ten years old. Grandfather Alden – He is the grandfather of the Alden children. They live with him. Jason Peters – He is a trainer at the Greenfield Guide Dog School. Mrs. Carter – She is the owner of the Greenfield Guide Dog School....   [tags: Gertrude Chandler Warner Guide God Mystery] 1483 words
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The Elevated Figure in the Attic - The door to the attic creaked open in front of me. In the secluded obscurity of the attic I felt something rustle. As I walked deeper into the on-going darkness a malodorous smell invaded my nostrils. After minutes of utter silence-something began to awake. Suddenly everything had become more sinister and colder. As I glanced down I saw the moth-eaten rugs along with spiders crawling all over the floor. This place had perceptibly not been maintained as it had: dust powdering every single surface, cobwebs along with towering piles of newspapers....   [tags: mystery,] 698 words
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The Mystery - The Mystery “Ring . . . Ring” screamed the phone. “Damn who could that be . . . its almost seven a.m. on a Saturday . . . . hold on Allison it will only take a minute . . . Hello?” detective Pat said. “ Hey sorry Sergeant McGurn but we need you to come down to the station as soon as possible . . . there's more trouble over at Gibbons. Meet me there.” “Hey sugar I have to go down to Gibbons there's more trouble, do you need a ride someplace?” said the exasperated homicide detective. “It's always something with you Pat ....   [tags: Creative Writing Examples] 2085 words
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The Mystery of the Bermuda Triangle - The Bermuda Triangle, also known as the devils triangle, is an imaginary triangle that is to many a myth to others a huge mystery. From facts of methane gas bubbles to theories of AUTEC base, the huge mystery changes to a fact or fiction story. The Bermuda Triangle has been one of the most researched places on the planet; many people, including myself, want to know the truth behind the mystery. The Bermuda Triangle is one of the most mysterious places on Earth; however there are many theories behind this mystery, some including the government....   [tags: underwater wonder]
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Answering the Question in the Murder Mystery - A murder mystery is a type of closed text or resolved suspense that follows a structure. The characters are following a plot structure, the evidence is following a reveal structure, and that will lead to a resolution. “In closed texts, the murder is found, the mystery resolved, the ghost exposed as a mechanical illusion, or the lovers are able to consummate their love” (Bennett 197). Almost all murder mysteries are considered closed texts because of the structure that the texts tend to follow....   [tags: Literature]
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The Mystery of the Tikal Hieroglyphs - Have you ever had trouble reading someone’s handwriting. Occasionally someone’s handwriting is illegible and requires the reader to figure out what word the writer intended to write. This is the same obstacle discovers found themselves facing when they began to interpret Tikal hieroglyphs. Temples of the Tikal’s Maya people contained many pictures and symbols that archaeologist hoped to translate and unlock the puzzling history of the Maya. Although discoverers believed they had solved the mystery of the Maya once the hieroglyphs were analyzed, many questions remain unanswered....   [tags: Mayan, hieroglyphics, archeology, ]
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Why are UFOs Still a Mystery? - Unidentified Flying Objects, UFOs have always been shrouded in mystery. In spite of the numerous sightings of flying saucers and alien beings reported worldwide, the existence of UFOs has never been confirmed. Debates of all kinds exist until now, and all arguments, either in favor or against the existence of UFOs, will continue to perplex the public. There are many possible explanations as to why UFOs are still a mystery, some of which are discussed here....   [tags: Intelligence]
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Solving the Mystery of "Wuthering Heights" - 1.In attempting to solve the mystery embedded in the story line of Emile Bronte’s Wuthering Heights, one feels compelled to make interpretations rendered hermeneutically blind with regards to the account of the story comprising the text. While reading Wuthering Heights, the reader perceives ellipses or gaps in the narrative of the novel. The reader must still, however, frame a reading of the novel, which lacks a narrative centre. These prolonged moments of indeterminacy allow the reader to respond by concretizing an imaginary account of what has been left untransmitted....   [tags: Literary Analysis ] 939 words
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AIDS: The Mystery Behind the Curtain - Human beings will always obtain viruses that try to attack their immune system, but no other virus is as deadly at doing so as the AIDS virus. AIDS is derived from its earlier version known as HIV, once a healthy body acquires HIV it is prone to advancing towards the more deadly version of the virus, AIDS. Viruses are one of the key divisions of minuscule agents which trigger transferable disease. To be put into simple terms, viruses are organisms which contain an inherited operator that permits them to take control of the regular performance of the cells they infect....   [tags: Disease/Disorders]
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The Great Mystery of the Pyramids - The Great pyramids of Egypt are undoubtedly one of the most recognized and admired landmarks in the world. Built to pay tribute to gods and pharaohs, the pyramids were of great importance to the Egyptians, and the mystery of their construction continues to amaze us today. Many theories pertaining to how the pyramids were built have been suggested, however, none are as well supported or intelligible as the heave-ho method of quarrying and cutting limestone. Joseph Davidovits’ theory disproving this, in which states the pyramids were moulded, is not plausible....   [tags: History, Building and Construction] 1812 words
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The Roseto Mystery and Outliers - The ideas presented in Outliers are surprisingly aligned with my own. It makes sense to me that a person’s success isn’t all about ability and his or her individual merit. In the past I have reflected upon my successes to find that I was not alone while achieving them. I have been given tremendous opportunities in life. I have always challenged my own definitions, and I like the spin Malcolm Gladwell puts on his. “The Roseto Mystery” makes me want to go knock on my neighbor’s doors. I am not saying that I have the courage to do so, but I certainly would like to....   [tags: Literary Analysis] 448 words
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The Heart of Hamlet’s Mystery - Even the most responsible people allow the aura of emptiness affect their decisions. Shakespeare expands this idea throughout the play of “Hamlet”. Many people believe that the depression that follows from emptiness does not change any individual’s choices, but even the hero Hamlet a “Prince to continue his strange behavior…because he himself has committed murder” falls victim to the dangers of loss (Werder). Karl Werder writes “The Heart of Hamlet’s Mystery” in order to further explain why losing a relationship with something important can change the decisions of an individual....   [tags: claudius, ophelia]
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Jay Gatsby: The Mystery - Jay Gatsby, aka James Gatz is the subject of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby. Through the course of the novel, this enigmatic and powerful character, defined by his preceding reputation is gradually deconstructed and revealed to be a lovesick man, a hopeless romantic. Understanding this statement affirms the actions taken by Gatsby in the course of the story. Unfortunately his actions also lead to the demise of dream and one himself. In the larger spectrum Gatsby is seen as the archetypical self-made man under the microscope, scrutinized by a prod to unveil what’s beneath the layers of gold and green....   [tags: Character Analysis ]
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The Mystery of Sleep - The Mystery of Sleep ~ Rest for the body, Activity for the brain ~ Everyone sleeps. While humans sleep, they do not procreate, protect, or nurture their young, gather food, earn money, write papers, etc. Surely, at least once, most people have wondered why they sleep in spite of these disadvantages. According to Greier (48), it is hard for scientists to answer the seemingly simple question of what, exactly, sleep is good for. Sleep occupies one-third of humans' lives, which seems like a waste of precious time; however, no one can survive without sleep....   [tags: Essays Papers]
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The Mystery of Style - The Mystery of Style Introduction: There has been a fight in a bar and a person was killed. Through the investigation the detective is bringing forth testimonies that give clues to who the people are (what they do). It is the up to the audience to guess what Jill, Tony and Robert do. Characters: Detective Joe Jill Tony Robert -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- A bar set back, stage left. Three or four tables set in various places on stage. Lighting is dim....   [tags: Plays Mysteries Essays] 1399 words
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Olympian and Mystery Religions in Ancient Greece - The Olympian Religion of Ancient Greece was a religion that was based on fear, whereas the many mystery religions of Ancient Greece were based primarily on hope. The Olympian Religion was based on fear due to the instability and unpredictability of the gods and goddesses; it was believed that they could change their minds whenever they pleased. This left mortals scared and willing to do anything to avoid the wrath of the gods and goddesses. However, the mystery religions were based on hope and community, offering a sense of belonging due to their classless nature....   [tags: polytheism, history]
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Hydrothermal Vents: A Precious Ocean Mystery - You see a world like no other. Life is abundant and it is all around you. There are strange creatures living in conditions that are extremely deadly. Before 1997 this world existed unknown, lurking in the dark. The only way for you to see this world is to be in a specialized submarine, otherwise you would die from heat, pressure, and extreme levels of toxins. And yet, in the hostile conditions life not only exists, it thrives. That world is here on Earth and it is like no other. The strange world described above was the deep ocean....   [tags: Hydrothermal Vents, Ocean, Earth]
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Essay On Mystery - Essay on Mystery The classic mystery story contains many key parts, and some of these are present in my novel, while some are not. I think the major and most important similarity between mine and that of a classic is the fact that they both deal with murder. Homicide. Assassinations. The ole' bump-off. Killing. Manslaughter. Anyway you look at it, both my novel and most novels from the Hounds of Baskerville to Murder on the Orient Express. My novel deals with this murder in a more dramatic sense, as a publicly loved figure and a heavily celebrated actress who has won many Oscars for her wonderful performances....   [tags: essays research papers] 660 words
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Mystery and Suspense in Heart of Darkness - Mystery and Suspense in Heart of Darkness It seems like everywhere there is something in life that seems to be left behind. In the books I read about mystery or suspense, this always seems to be the case in such. The Heart of Darkness draws me into such depths of suspense and unknown that seem to associate with my life. This whole book is full of mysteries. Marlow has a heart that is full of mystery when he is stuck in Africa, and looking for a man named Kurtz. Marlow is waiting, he learns about where the place is at, what could be coming ahead....   [tags: Heart Darkness essays] 549 words
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Mystery and Suspense in Dickens' Writing - Mystery and Suspense in Dickens' Writing Charles Dickens was born in Portsmouth in 1812. Most of his books were written in the mid-eighteen hundreds and some of them include Great Expectations, Hard Times, and Little Dorrit. The three I will be referring to are Oliver Twist, The Signalman and A Christmas Carol. Back in Dickens' time there was a lack of education, a huge wealth divide between the rich and the poor, and the environment was unpleasant compared to todays. Dickens' creates mystery and suspense in his books through techniques of writing language, the background, the characters, and the weather....   [tags: Papers] 884 words
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Suspense and Mystery in The Call and The Signalman - Explore the way in which Westall and Dickens create suspense and mystery in the two ghost stories, The Call and The Signalman. The two ghost stories "The Call" written by Robert Westall and "The Signalman" written by Charles Dickens, both create suspense and mystery to engage the reader's attention. "The Call" is narrated by a person who did not experience the events of the story but heard it from other people, and he also knew the characters. In contrast "The Signalman" is narrated by one of the characters in the story, and is therefore in first person....   [tags: English Literature] 1520 words
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The Mystery Genre of Hound of the Baskervilles - The Mystery Genre of Hound of the Baskervilles 'The Hound of the Baskervilles,' written by Arthur Conan Doyle, is based on a mysterious genre, it was published in 1902. In his book Arthur Conan Doyle has created imagery for his readers to gain a better understanding of the story. The character in his book became very popular in them days and are still known of today, such as Detective Sherlock Holmes. The way Arthur's deceptive writing and the use of language he used in this story creates the setting of suspense and tension....   [tags: Papers] 626 words
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The Mystery of the Lost Colony of Roanoke - The Mystery of the Lost Colony of Roanoke It was the age of discovery that first provoked intrigue and curiosity of new lands, particularly the Americas, and how the Europeans could expand to fit their society within the borders of this unknown and unexplored land. By the 1580s, more had been learned about the Americas, but any colonization until this point had not even been attempted. And so it was the English, under Queen Elizabeth I's rule, that were issued to establish a colony along the east coast of North America....   [tags: American America History] 2870 words
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The Mystery of the Cause of Autism - Today in America autism is still a mystery to the medical profession. They have discovered the symptoms and how to curve some of the autistic behaviors, but did not discover what causes autism. Cowley defines autism: It is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life. The result of a neurological disorder that affects the functioning of the brain, autism and its associated behaviors have been estimated to occur in as many as 1 in 500 individuals....   [tags: Papers] 505 words
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Dark Energy: The Mystery of This Millennium - Dark Energy: The Mystery of This Millennium Billions of years ago, the universe was nothing but an infinitesimally small particle. Then, in less time than the blink of an eye, the universe expanded and increased in size by a factor of 1050. Expansion eventually began to slow down, allowing galaxies, star clusters, and so on, to form. Theoretically, expansion should still be slowing down; but to the contrary, expansion is in fact accelerating (10). Some scientists theorize that an unknown force, called Dark Energy, may be the cause of this accelerated expansion, while others disagree....   [tags: Biology Essays Research Papers]
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The Mystery of Edgar Allan Poe - The Mystery of Edgar Allan Poe What was the mystery of Edgar Allan Poe. Why was he so special. He was special because he helped change poetry by giving it different focuses. Through looking at Edgar Allan Poe's life, we will understand what motivated him to write what he did, what the meaning was behind these works, and how this changed poetry. Before Edgar Allan Poe, the common belief was that poetry should be about Truth, and that it should impart some morals. Poe disagreed, and strongly felt that poetry was not at all about passing along the Truth....   [tags: Edgar Allan Poe Essays Biography Poet]
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Components of a Good Mystery - Components of a Good Mystery Short fictional mystery stories were very popular in the 19th century, especially in the Victorian era. They often appeared on the back of newspapers or in magazines because they were so cheap. Although not read as much now, one does receive pleasure in reading these fascinating mystery stories. Nowadays we have television, radios, films and many other modern media technologies. As the world advanced, science was beginning to explain the unexplainable and answer unanswerable questions....   [tags: Papers] 3810 words
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The Mystery of What is Normal - The Mystery of What is “Normal” In order to think about whether someone’s family is “normal” or not, you would have to consider many factors.“Normal” in what sense of the word?What aspect of the family are we considering the normality?Are we talking about the family’s culture, quality of living, habits, the way that the present themselves, or are we just comparing them to the people next door?Are we talking about the normality of the family at face value or are we asking about the normality of that family which only members of that family have experienced?There are so many definitions of the word “normal.”Finding a definition of the word “normal” depends on the person’s definition of what...   [tags: Normality Family Essays] 1439 words
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The Mystery of Jack the Ripper - The Mystery of Jack the Ripper The Police arrested many suspects.....but who was really guilty. The terror that befell London's Whitechapel district in the Autumn months of 1888 remains unparalleled in the annals of crime. Jack the Ripper, a faceless predator whose infamy and guile would be renowned and feared to this day, has become virtual folklore to the people of the East End. More than a century has passed since Jack the Ripper stalked the fog filled, cobbled streets of London, but still latter day detectives continue to speculate as to the identity of the notorious "Whitechapel Murderer"....   [tags: Papers] 1764 words
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Techniques Used by Charles Dickens to Create Mystery in The Signalman - Introduction A mystery or ghost story is a story that contains a ghost or a supernatural element. Like in ‘The Signalman’ ghosts often appear as prophets of things to come. The Victorian era was a main development stage for the ghost story genre and it was becoming increasingly popular among readers. Setting To create suspense and tension in traditional mystery stories the setting is made to feel dangerous, threatening and to make the reader feel scared. Dickens emphasises the feeling of water and damp to make the setting seem eerie and foreboding....   [tags: The Signalman] 1444 words
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The Mystery of Human Origin - The Mystery of Human Origin The mystery of human origin is an often-debated topic. It is an issue that can never be proven, something as vague as the existence of God, the proof of a human soul, or even as evasive as the human psyche itself. The debate itself is divided between two main camps: the Evolutionists, who concur with Darwin's theory of evolution, survival of the fittest, and natural selection. They believe that mankind evolved from earlier versions of hominids, which in turn evolved from earlier primates....   [tags: Papers] 522 words
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The Mystery of God's Existence - The Mystery of God's Existence The mystery of God's existence has been a crucial element of many religious studies and traditions. Who is God. What is God. Where is God. To effectively discuss the existence of God, it is necessary to illustrate the notion of faith. People of faith believe that God does exist, and that relationship with God gives meaning to their lives. Others who are skeptical point to God as an obsolete hope of an ignorant human race. People today live in a world distinguished by sophisticated technology in which modern science has been a strong agent in questioning the existence of God....   [tags: Papers] 454 words
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The Life, the Death, the Mystery of Edgar Allan Poe - In the world of writing, Edgar Allan Poe has been remembered by many historians to be one of the first American writers to have a lasting impact on world literature. He was remembered by the French Symbolists at the time as a “Literary Precursor”, and is known for his dark and mysterious poems. However, one of the great mysteries that still lies within Edgar Allan Poe's life is his death, as nobody knows how he really died. Struggling through lifelong depression, Edgar Allan Poe died in 1849, but prior to his passing, laid the groundwork for a new genre of writing (“Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore”; “Edgar Allan Poe”)....   [tags: biography, depression, alcoholism]
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Alan Turning: A Sad Mystery - Alan Turning: A Sad Mystery “The original question, ‘Can machines think?’ I believe to be too meaningless to deserve discussion. Nevertheless I believe that at the end of the century the use of words and general educated opinion will have altered so much that one will be able to speak of machines thinking without expecting to be contradicted…. The popular view that scientists proceed inexorably from well-established fact to well-established fact, never being influenced by any improved conjecture, is quite mistaken....   [tags: Alan Turning Enigma Biography Papers]
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The Enduring Mystery of Truth - The Enduring Mystery of Truth "Most things are beyond me," Block said. "I ain't found anything yet that I thoroughly understood." Dr Block's words are a calm response to the insult flung by his hostile patient Asbury Fox, who claims that his illness is way beyond the expertise of any 'simple' rural doctor. This exchange occurs early on in Flannery O'Connor's short story The Enduring Chill, and I think that Block's reply was crafted by the author, to explain to the reader (her patient), that the world is full of mystery....   [tags: Papers] 1472 words
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Suspense and Mystery in 'The Monkey's Paw' and 'The Red Room' - In this essay, I am going to compare ‘The Monkey’s Paw’ by W.W Jacobs with ‘The Red Room’ by H.G Wells. I am going to examine how both the writers create suspense and mystery in the stories. ‘The Monkey’s Paw’ is basically about a paw which can be used to grant wishes for its owner. In humour, the White family make their first wish without considering what had happened to the people before them, also they are ignoring that the consequences will be disastrous. ‘The Red Room’ is about a man determined to prove that there are no ghosts in Lorraine Castle....   [tags: Literature Analysis] 1532 words
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Parkinson's Disease: Unraveling the Mystery - Parkinson's Disease: Unraveling the Mystery Parkinson's disease, which affects over one million Americans, results in the progressive loss of coordination, unstable posture, and tremor (1). In 1817, James Parkinson, after whom the disease was named, was the first to document cases of what he called "the shaking palsy" and in doing so, began the scientific crusade to determine the causes and manifestation of the disease (2). The challenge before neuroscientists was to determine the link between Parkinson's behavior and alterations of the nervous system....   [tags: Biology Essays Research Papers]
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The Continuing Mystery of SIDS - The Continuing Mystery of SIDS Sudden infant death syndrome ( SIDS) is the greatest cause of infant deaths ranging from ages one month to one year. Most of these deaths occur before the age of six months. Normally, any unexplainable infant death is considered to be due to SIDS. Numerous attempts have been made to discover the exact cause of this syndrome. However,the only known pathology is that SIDS is due to a dysfunction or abnormality in the cardiac and/or respiratory systems. To this point, an exact and definite cause has not been named....   [tags: Sudden Infant Death Syndrome]
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Mystery and Suspense in Dickens' Short Story The Signalman - The Signalman was first published in the Mugby Junction Christmas Edition book in eighteen sixty six. The Clayton Tunnel Crash in eighteen sixty one is believed to have inspired Dickens to write the short story the Signalman. During the time that Dickens was writing the Victorians had a fixation with the paranormal also there were many technological advances one of them being the steam train. The Signalman has two main characters in it, one is the narrator who speaks in first person, and the other is the Signalman....   [tags: Short Story Analysis] 506 words
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Avalon: Isle of Mystery - Avalon: Isle of Mystery The island of Avalon has been shrouded in mystery throughout the history of the Arthurian legend. Named Ynyswytryn, meaning "the glassy isle", it was famous as the Celtic paradise "The Happy Island of the Blest" (Webb 11). In the earliest religion it was believed that the souls of the dead were borne westward to "…an Island in the Western Sea, to the abode of Glast and Avallac….Thus in later times was Arthur to be borne to the 'Island Valley of Avillion' " (Webb 11). The island supposedly held a mystic cauldron of Regeneration into which dead are dipped to spring out into a new life (Webb 12)....   [tags: Island Avalon Essays]
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Alzheimers The Unsolved Mystery - Alzheimer's: The Unsolved Mystery Absentmindedness, with questions having to be repeated, trouble following conversations, or remembering people's names, sound familiar. These are classic early stage symptoms of Alzheimer's. Alzheimer's is a type of dementia in which parts of the brain stop working, causing memory loss, and instability in judgement, reasoning and emotions. Dementia, such as Alzheimer's is usually more frequent in elderly people. Approximately 15 percent of people who are over 65 will develop some form of dementia; by the age of 85 that percentage increases by at least 35 percent....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Aurora- Light of Mystery - Aurora- Light of Mystery Text Box: This shuttle image shows the characteristic oval shape of the aurora.i What is aurora. Auroras, or polar lights, are the luminous phenomenon of the upper atmosphere occurs in high latitudes of both hemispheres. Auroras in the northern hemisphere are called aurora borealis and those in the south hemisphere are called aurora australis. Aurora (Latin for 'dawn') is beautiful and amazing lights which are visible in the dark sky in the poles....   [tags: Papers] 3844 words
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Stonehenge Unearthing a Mystery - Stonehenge Unearthing a Mystery Stonehenge maybe, in many peoples' minds, the most mysterious place in the world. This set of concentric rings and horseshoe shapes on the empty Salisbury Plain, is, at the age of 4,000 years, one of the oldest, and certainly best preserved, megalithic (that means large, often ancient, stone) structures on Earth. It is a fantastic construction with many of the larger stones involved weighing 25 tons and quarried from a location 18 miles away. The rings and horseshoes of Sarsen (a type of sandstone) also carry massive lintels connecting them so that when they were all in place there was a ring of stone in the sky as well as on the ground....   [tags: Papers] 673 words
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Mystery Comparison - Mystery Comparison In the mystery stories The Murder at the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allen Poe and Kiss the Girls by James Patterson, there are differences in the storyline and style of presentation. Dealing with the plots and the way in which that the crimes are committed, are very contrasted in each book. When looking at the subject matter, the stories also differ in the manner that they are laid out, dealing with flashbacks and the order of events. In Edgar Allen Poe's short story, "The Murders in the Rue Morgue", a classic detective story is played out in a busy Paris suburb....   [tags: essays research papers] 1274 words
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The Genre of Mystery in The Signalman and the Monkeys Paw - How do dickens and jacobs use the genre of mystery in the signalman and the monkeys paw. To answer the question, I believe that the authors of The Signalman and The Monkey's Paw use the genres of mystery very well. I am going to explain why I think that in the following essay. The first idea that I am going to look at is the role of fate. We see this take place in both stories, but in slightly different ways. In The Monkey's Paw, we see fate take on a large role, as the story is about a monkey's paw that has been invested with a lot of evil power because "an old fakir" wanted to teach people not to interfere with fate and its course....   [tags: English Literature] 532 words
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The Use of Mystery in Two 'Dubliners' Stories - James Joyce once compared his method of writing with the religious ceremony of the Eucharist: 'Don't you think there is a certain resemblance between the mystery of the Mass and what I am trying to do. I mean that I am trying ... to give people some kind of intellectual pleasure or spiritual enjoyment by converting the bread of everyday life into something that has a permanent artistic life of its own...for their mental, moral, and spiritual uplift.' (1) In fact, Joyce's efforts to illuminate some of the inscrutable mysteries of life by isolating apparently commonplace incidents or objects and investing them with transcendent importance characterize all of the stories in Dubliners....   [tags: European Literature] 1190 words
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The Mystery of Pearl in Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - The Mystery of Pearl in Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter Among many nuances present in the novel, The Scarlet Letter, is the mystery of Pearl. This mystery is never actually in the real person of Pearl, but in the child she appears to be. At times, the townspeople and even Pearl’s mother, herself, call Pearl the demon-child, a fiend, and a torturer. Hester feels Pearl’s purpose on earth is to torture her but at the same time to be her joy. In reality, Pearl is a normal child, except for the fact that she is somewhat sealed off from the rest of the world....   [tags: Scarlet Letter Essays] 949 words
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Solving the Mystery in Doyle's The Hound of the Baskervilles - Solving the Mystery in Doyle's The Hound of the Baskervilles Sherlock Holmes deduced what was really going on by noting the failure of a dog to bark - thus identifying his master and therefore the murderer in The Hound of the Baskervilles, by Arthur Conan Doyle. Deductive reasoning involves reasoning in which you go from general to specific instances, by using known facts and eliminating improbable situations, and unlikely suspects. By sending Dr. Watson separately from himself, and going to Baskerville Hall in secret, Holmes is able to get two different viewpoints of the situation there, and then later exchange opinions and information with his partner....   [tags: Hound of the Baskervilles Essays] 586 words
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Mystery, Irony, and Imagery in The Cask of Amontillado - Missing items from Works Cited Mystery, Irony, and Imagery in The Cask of Amontillado "The Cask of Amontillado" is one of Edgar Allan Poe's greatest stories. In this story Poe introduces two central characters and unfolds a tale of horror and perversion. Montresor, the narrator, and Fortunato, one of Montresor's friends, are doomed to the fate of their actions and will pay the price for their pride and jealousy. One pays the price with his life and the other pays the price with living with regret for the rest of his life....   [tags: Edgar Allan Poe]
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The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Charles Dickens - “It has often been remarked that woman have a curious power of divining the characters of men”(75). This quotation from The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Charles Dickens reflects the opposite of what a typical Dickensian society is supposedly based upon. In this standard society, the plot would be based around the life of a dominant male. Although the title reflects a male name, the movement in the novel is directly related to the exploits of a particular character, Rosa Bud. Fondly called Rosebud by her peers, she is the apple of every man’s eye and the envy of every woman’s....   [tags: essays research papers] 1612 words
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Murder Mystery Set in My School - Murder Mystery Set in My School Marking: Sixteen marks available for content, four marks for accuracy. My Mark: A*, twenty out of twenty. Adams' Grammar School Murder Mystery Chapter 1: The Death Of An Earthworm A new day dawned on Adams' Grammar School. It was a Tuesday in early March, bright with the promise of Spring. The sunlight glinted off the golden hands of the ancient school clock, momentarily dazzling Mr R. Jones, veteran teacher of history, as he moved busily about the grounds in search of the disappearing textbooks....   [tags: Papers] 4432 words
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Compare The Speckled Band, The Red Headed League and Silver Blaze as Examples of Detective Fiction - The birth of classic detective fiction was originated just in the mid nineteenth century, and was producing its own genre. Classical detective fiction follows a set of rules called the ‘Ten commandments of detective fiction’. The genre is so popular it can bee seen by the number of sales in any good book stores. Many of these books have been created a long time ago and there is still a demand for these types of books. The popularity is still ongoing because it provides constant entertainment, and also the reader can also have a role of detective trying to solve the crime/case committed....   [tags: mystery, literary genre] 1436 words
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A Victorian Battle: The Methods of Sherlock Holmes, as Depicted in The Hound of the Baskervilles v. Charles Darwin, in His Theory of Evolution - A Victorian Battle: Holmes v. Darwin The Victorian society placed a strong value on professional and well-rounded scientists that were capable of making very rapid deductions to solve mysteries and to study and advance new medical breakthroughs. The Victorian age was filled with new discoveries and new notions and philosophies that changed England, Europe, and moreover, the world including: Darwin’s highly debated Theory of Evolution, Fleming’s discovery of Penicillin, the worldwide Industrial Revolution, and the invention of cars, telephones, and photography....   [tags: darwinism, evolutionary, mystery] 1972 words
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A Rose for Emily by Charles Faulkner - In “A Rose for Emily”, Charles Faulkner used a series of flashbacks and foreshadowing to tell Miss Emily’s story. Miss Emily is an interesting character, to say the least. In such a short story of her life, as told from the prospective of a townsperson, who had been nearly eighty as Miss Emily had been, in order to tell the story from their own perspective. Faulkner set up the story in Mississippi, in a world he knew of in his own lifetime. Inspired by a southern outlook that had been touched by the Civil War memory, the touch of what we would now look at as racism, gives the southern aroma of the period....   [tags: romantic mystery, old maid]
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The Legendary American Kiss in Time Square - An icon is an image that refers to something outside of its individual elements, something or someone that has great symbolic meaning for society. Icons are often perceived to represent universal concepts, emotions, and meanings. Iconic images are recognizable yet, known not for their origin, time of production or for the people who created them, but for their great symbolic and historical meaning. Iconic images have an important role in American history that has shaped our identity through controversy, cultural awareness and historical events....   [tags: photograph, symbolic meaning, mystery]
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Alcatraz Federal Penitenciary: The escape of Frank Morris and the Anglin Brothers - ALCATRAZ FEDERAL PENITENTIARY Alcatraz was a maximum-security penitentiary located in Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay, California. It was operated from 1934 to 1963, and during its 29 years of operation it gained a reputation well known among society. It was believed to be an escape-proof penitentiary. “The Rock” was a popular name that identified Alcatraz, and its mention provoked fear among prisoners. They were aware of the isolation system that Alcatraz severely enforced. Alcatraz was meant to tame the toughest and most notorious criminals that other penitentiaries could not control, such as USP Atlanta and USP Leavenworth....   [tags: mystery, maximum security, the rock]
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Twelfth Night, As You Like It by William Shakespeare - Many details of Shakespeare’s person life were left a mystery for which we as readers must wonder if his plays and sonnets give clue. When going to a Shakespearean play one will find the experience in its self, is one of love, loss, and tragedy. People would come from all around to feel the way Shakespeare wanted the audience to feel. He wanted to express his life and his way of thinking through his art which was dramatic writing. Shakespeare expresses his love through his plays such as Twelfth Night, As You Like It, Hamlet and many others through his use of wit, humor and dramatic talent....   [tags: mystery, antonio, sebastian, sonnetes]
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Edgar Allan Poe and His Unique Writing Style - ... It is something that, in a way, can relate to the reader. Many have experienced the loss of a loved one at least once in their lifetime. The fact that Poe leaves the uncertainty of the narrator’s sanity is also a great part to the plot. He makes the audience guess whether or not the narrator is sane or not. The actual figure of the “Raven” is something that adds to this uncertainty. Has something been formed from darkness and sent upon the narrator just to make him go crazy, or is the narrator already crazy and just imagining the raven....   [tags: Alliteration, Genre, Mystery]
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The Gold Bug by Edgar Allan Poe - Edgar Allan Poe was born January 19, 1809. Many consider him to be the master of mystery and horror. He only lived until he was forty, but he still managed to make a name for himself in that span. He was an author, a poet, and a critic. He had success but not of the financial or personal variety. For one, every woman he ever cared for ended up dead. That included his wife Virginia whom he loved dearly. The men in his life who were supposed to be there to guide him never stuck around. Financially, the copyright laws of the time did not favor writers....   [tags: mystery, horror, imagination]
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The Extraordinary Cases of Sherlock Holmes - ... They have ways to make undetected poison and can easily leave their patients to die.” I can relate to Holmes the most because he always likes to solve mysteries, just like the time when I wanted to solve my Secret Santa clue immediately. From Holmes, I also learned how violent the real world is, but I will talk more on that later. At the start of the book, Holmes received an inquiry from a lady. Her sister was killed on her wedding night and she wanted Holmes to investigate how she died. Holmes visited the place where the sister was killed and examined it....   [tags: mystery, deduction, cases]
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Sherlock Holmes: A Marxist Deconstruction - Mysteries have always held great fascination for the human mind, not least because of the aura that surrounds them and the realm of the Unknown into which they delve. Coupled with the human propensity of being particularly curious about aspects which elude the average mind, the layer of intrigue that glosses over such puzzles makes for a heady combination of the literary and the popular. In the canon of detective fiction worldwide, no detective has tickled the curious reader’s imagination and held it in thrall as much as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes....   [tags: mystery, literary criticism] 2104 words
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The Case of Lizzie Borden - The case of Lizzie Borden is still one of the most talked about mysteries ever. The crime happened during the 1800s and to this day no one has ever been convicted for the murders of Lizzie’s father and stepmother. There have been many theories to what happened on that day. Lizzie Borden was the obvious suspect, but was never charged with murder. The Lizzie Borden case may remain a mystery forever. Lizzie Andrew Borden was born on July 19, 1860 in Fall River, Massachusetts (Encyclopaedia Britannica)....   [tags: crime, mystery, financial matter]
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The Feminine and the Hidden; Representations of Mystery and the Supernatural in Elizabeth Gaskell’s Gothic Tales - This dissertation will examine and analyse two of the macabre and gothic tales from the English author Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-1865); The Old Nurses Story (1852) and The Poor Clare (1857). Indicating and demonstrating how representations of mystery and the supernatural are used as vehicles of imagination, expression and exploration into the hidden depths of the female psyche through the use of Gothic fiction within the Victorian era (1837-1901). I intend to delve and explore into the identity of the feminine-self exposing the darker and intimate issues of the female Gothic, otherwise hidden within the oppressive constraints of the female role residing in Victorian society....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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The Sense of Mystery and Fear in Herbert George Wells' ‘The Red Room’ - In 1896 Herbert George Wells wrote ‘The Red Room’ and using a heavy Gothic theme, which is popular for ninetieth century stories, he invites the reader to become engaged with the mystifying events that he creates. Wells captures and sustains the reader’s imagination using suspense, setting, gothic convention and language techniques which allow for a remarkably eerie tale to be told. The significance of the title immediately creates a sense of mystery, as the reader does not know why the adjective ‘red’ is used to describe the room and this colour is usually associated with danger, blood, hell and fear, suggesting that Wells is preparing the reader for anguish....   [tags: Herbert George Wells, Red Room, gothic,] 1285 words
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The Mystery in Robert Louis Stevenson's Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde - Stevenson uses certain characters like Jekyll and Hyde to show how he engages and intrigues his readers. During the play many mysteries are created which makes the audience ask many questions about the characters. The character of Utterson is the narrator and is a good example of a typical Victorian gentleman. He doesn’t show his inward reality, he shows that he hides a lot behind the surface. ‘Long, dusty, dreary and yet somehow loveable.’ This suggests he feels he has to hide, some of his more human qualities....   [tags: Robert Louis Stevenson, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, m] 656 words
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Representations of Mystery and the Supernatural in Elizabeth Gaskell’s Gothic Tales - Introduction This dissertation will examine and analyse two of the macabre and Gothic tales from the English author Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-1865); The Old Nurse’s Story (1852) and The Poor Clare (1857). (Gaskell & Kranzler. 2000: vii-ix). Indicating and demonstrating how representations of mystery (secrecy) and the supernatural are used as vehicles of imagination, expression and exploration into the hidden depths of the female psyche (spirit) through the use of Gothic fiction within the Victorian era (1837-1901)....   [tags: Feminism, Literary Analysis, Thematic Elements]
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Historical China References in Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame - Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame is a movie produced by the budding movie industry of China. Directed by Tsui Hark, the movie takes place during the Tang Dynasty, just before the inauguration of Empress Wu Zetian. It is a fictional adventure of the famous Di Renji, a chancellor of both the Tang and the Zhou dynasties. Although the movie portrays many of its characters to have superhuman abilities while depicting a fictional event, the movie's setting and some of the characters are historically accurate....   [tags: Chinese Culture]
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The Mystery of Kurtz in Conrad’s Heart of Darkness - The Mystery of Kurtz in Conrad’s Heart of Darkness Many works of literature not readily identified with the mystery or detective story genre nonetheless involve the investigation of a mystery. Sometimes finding out the answer of the mystery can illuminate the meaning of the work as a whole. This is present in Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness. The mystery in this novella is about a character named Kurtz. Kurtz was an English man who traveled to the Congo in search of excitement, money and experience....   [tags: Heart of Darkness Essays] 386 words
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The Atmosphere of Mystery and Fear in The Speckled Band and The Signalman - The Atmosphere of Mystery and Fear in The Speckled Band and The Signalman 'The Speckled Band' and 'The Signalman' use language in different ways to make an atmosphere of mystery and fear. These two stories are of a different genre, 'The Speckled Band' is a detective mystery, one of the first of its kind and 'The Signalman' is a supernatural story, yet they are similar as they are both pieces of pre 1914 pros. One of the similarities of both these stories is that the stories are both in first person narrative and by doing this they make the character normal, this help you get into the story and see it thought the eyes of this character....   [tags: Papers] 823 words
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Mystery of the Myth - A myth is a popular term which is commonly misused by people. Many people have tried to explain what a myth is, but due its fictitious nature it is not easy to explain what it is. The aim of this essay is to discuss this term, myth and investigate it in a deeper sense by revealing the complexity of the term and exploring the different meanings of the word. This will be done by distinguishing the different notions of myths, comparing the different uses of myths by Roland’s use of myths to that of Barthes and concluding by explaining how myths relate to religion and ideology....   [tags: Literary Genre] 1122 words
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Mystery of the Forest - A.S. Byatt’s Gothic short story investigates the human psyche and its ability to cope with the emotions that come from loss. Byatt organizes her story into three different sections separated by the meetings of the two main characters, Penny and Primrose. The first is the break when the two young girls meet for the first time giving each other someone to hang on to. The second is when they meet again later in their years, at the same location they stayed so many years ago. These meetings are surrounded by severer loss with both the girls....   [tags: Literary Analysis] 745 words
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The Mystery of Thermopylae - The Battle of Thermopylae was fought between alliances of Greek city states, which were led by King Leonidas of Sparta, against the Persian Empire led by Xerxes over the course of three days, during the second Persian invasion of Greece. The battle took place simultaneously with the naval battle at Artemisium, in August or September 480 BC, at the pass of Thermopylae ('The Hot Gates'). The event was later recorded by Herodotus, who interviewed the surviving soldiers. When it comes to history it is important to be able to differentiate between historical fact, fiction, and over aggrandizement....   [tags: Ancient Greece ]
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