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Donne's Holy Sonnet XIV - Batter my heart, three person'd God - Donne's Holy Sonnet XIV - Batter my heart, three person'd God Batter my heart, three person'd God; for, you As yet but knocke, breathe, shine, and seeke to mend; That I may rise, and stand, o'erthrow me, 'and bend Your force, to breake, blowe, burn and make me new. I, like an usurpt towne, t'another due, Labor to 'admit you, but Oh, to no end, Reason your viceroy in me, me should defend, But is captiv'd, and proves weake or untrue, Yet dearely'I love you, and would be lov'd faine, But am betroth'd unto your enemy, Divorce me, 'untie, or breake that knot againe Take me to you, imprison me, for I Except you 'enthrall me, never shall be free, Nor ever chaste, except you ravish me....   [tags: Batter my heart three person'd God]
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Southern View of Religion in Lillian Smith’s Killers of the Dream - Southern View of Religion in Lillian Smith’s Killers of the Dream “Our first lesson about God made the deepest impression on us. We were told that He loved us, and then we were told that He would burn us in everlasting flames of hell if we displeased Him. We were told we should love Him for He gives us everything good that we have, and then we were told that we should fear Him because He has the power to do evil to us whenever He cares to. We learned from this part of the lesson another: that “people,” like God and parents, can love you and hate you at the same time; and though they may love you, if you displease them they may do you great injury; hence being loved by them does not give y...   [tags: Killers of the Dream Lillian Smith Essays] 812 words
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Read Wordsworth’s and Shelley’s poems To a Skylark and Hughes’ poem - Read Wordsworth’s and Shelley’s poems To a Skylark and Hughes’ poem Skylarks. Discuss the similarities and differences in the poets’ presentation of, and attitude to, the birds. There are a number of similarities and differences in Wordsworth’s, Shelley’s and Hughes’ presentation of, and attitude to the birds through form, diction and imagery. The first line in Wordsworth’s poem is about an ‘Ethereal minstrel!’ and a ‘pilgrim of the sky!’. This tells of a medieval singer who roams with a purpose....   [tags: English Literature] 1387 words
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Imagination in the Rime of the Ancient Mariner versus Kubla Khan - To the Romantics, the imagination was important. It was the core and foundation of everything they thought about, believed in, and even they way they perceived God itself. The leaders of the Romantic Movement were undoubtedly Samuel Taylor Coleridge and his close friend, William Wordsworth. Both were poets, and both wrote about the imagination. Wordsworth usually wrote about those close to nature, and therefore, in the minds of the Romantics, deeper into the imagination than the ordinary man. Coleridge, however, was to write about the supernatural, how nature extended past the depth of the rational mind....   [tags: essays research papers] 968 words
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Exposing the Truth in Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong - Exposing the Truth in Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong    "Dear Mom and Dad: The war that has taken my life, and many thousands of others before me, is immoral, unlawful, and an atrocity," (letter of anonymous soldier qtd. In Fussell 653). Tim O'Brien, a Vietnam war vet, had similar experiences as the soldier above. Even though O'Brien didn't die, the war still took away his life because a part of him will never be the same. Even in 1995, almost thirty years after the war, O'Brien wrote, "Last night suicide was on my mind....   [tags: Things They Carried Essays]
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The Style, Technique, and Structure of Conrad's Heart of Darkness - The Style, Technique, and Structure of Heart of Darkness          The novella Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad is proof that a novel does not have to be long to have literary merit. Heart of Darkness is quite short, yet intriguing, due to the content of the novel. Much like Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Heart of Darkness overwhelms the reader by the power of the story so that one will never feel quite satisfied with their attempts to intellectualize the experience (Adelman 8).             Heart of Darkness was written during the time of British imperialism and extreme exploitation of Africans in the Congo....   [tags: Heart Darkness essays]
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The Soul of Darkness in Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness - Heart of Darkness: The Soul of Darkness        "Heart of Darkness" The name itself implies a sense of unknown evil, and invokes thoughts of secrecy and mystery. Written by Joseph Conrad in 1902, "Heart of Darkness" tells of a physical journey down the Congo during its era of Imperialism, yet also of a mental sojourn into the core of insanity. It also paints paradoxes of seemingly clear concepts and states, such as the mental condition of central character Kurtz, an enigmatic ivory trader deep in the heart of the "Dark Continent."  Two of the characters provide insight into Kurtz's moral paradox....   [tags: Heart Darkness essays]
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Internal and External Conflict in George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984) - Internal and External Conflict in 1984 The book, 1984 by George Orwell, is about the external conflict between Winston Smith and Big Brother; and the internal conflict between the two ideas, democracy and totalitarianism. Orwell wrote the novel to show society what it could become if things kept getting worse: he sensed of the expansion of communism when he wrote the novel. The conflict between democracy and totalitarianism at the year of 1945 created two characters, Winston Smith and Big Brother, in orwell's mind....   [tags: Nineteen Eighty-Four 1984 Essays] 907 words
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Social Time In The Life Of A Man And Society - Social Time In The Life Of A Man And Society ABSTRACT: The subject of this paper is social time-the peculiarities of the Past-Present-Future in social processes, and their unbreakable connection. I also focus on the necessity of taking stock of time in human activities and in the societal development. The Past in progress of society signifies the Already-happened which has become the possession of history. This Past exerts an enormous influence on the Present, determining it both directionally and functionally....   [tags: Philosophy Philosophical Essays Sociology] 2958 words
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Structure, Theme and Convention in Sir Philip Sidney's Sonnet Sequence - Structure, Theme and Convention in Sir Philip Sidney's Sonnet Sequence The sixteenth century was a time of scientific, historical, archaeological, religious and artistic exploration. More attention was being allotted to probing into the depths of the human psyche and it was up to the artists and poets rather than the priests and scholars to examine and mirror these internal landscapes. The 'little world of man' [1] was reflected through various artistic forms, one of which was the sonnet, which was conventionally used for dedications, moral epigrams and the like....   [tags: Sir Philip Sidney Sonnets Essays]
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Character Study of Romeo from William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet - Character Study of Romeo from William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet In this essay I will be writing a character study of Romeo. It will also be involving a response to dramatic features of the text and showing understanding of the author's language and explain how Romeo will be present to a audience through interpretation of action and language and understanding the literary and theatrical contexts....   [tags: Papers] 1104 words
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Sinfulness of the Puritans in Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - Sinfulness of the Puritans in Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne brings to The Scarlet Letter a notion of sin and guilt that seems to stem from his experience and knowledge of Puritan theology and religious practice. In "The Custom House" Hawthorne communicates his apprehension for the persecutory impulses of his ancestors who "have mingled their earthly substance with the soil, until no small portion of it must necessarily be akin to the moral frame wherewith, for a little while, I walk the streets" (1309)....   [tags: Scarlet Letter Essays]
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Joseph Conrad’s Lord Jim - Perfection is not Possible - Joseph Conrad’s Lord Jim - Perfection is not Possible Joseph Conrad’s novel Lord Jim is set in the late 1800’s in the Far East. The protagonist, Jim, is a young, idealistic sailor who commits a crime early in the story. Jim is tortured from within with the feeling of worthlessness after this crime, and runs from his past searching for an opportunity to redeem himself. The novel is mostly relayed to the reader via Marlow, an old sea captain who took an unusual interest in Jim, and tells the story of Jim’s life at every opportunity....   [tags: Conrad Lord Jim Essays]
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The Pathological Protagonist of Dostoevsky’s Notes from the Underground - The Pathological Protagonist of Dostoevsky’s Notes from the Underground Dostoevsky’s vision of the world is violent and his characters tortured; it is no wonder that many have viewed his work as prophetic of the 20th century. However, though Dostoevsky, in his unflinching portrayal of depravity, gives the Devil some of his best arguments, the Gospel often triumphs. Ivan Karamazov is at least offered the possibility of repentance when kissed by his saintly brother Alyosha. Raskolnikov, the nihilistic antihero of Crime and Punishment, is eventually redeemed through the love of the pure prostitute Sonja....   [tags: Notes from the Underground Essays]
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American Film and Movies from the 1950’s to Present - American Film and Movies from the 1950’s to Present Today, American film is among the most internationally supported commodities. Financially, its contributions are enormous: the industry is responsible for the circulation of billions of dollars each year. Since its explosion into the new media markets during the mid-twentieth century, film has produced consistently growing numbers of viewers and critics alike. Sparking debate over the nature of its viewing, film is now being questioned in social, political, and moral arenas for its potential impact on an audience....   [tags: Movie Film Essays]
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Racial Discrimination in Obasan and Itsuka by Jow Kogawa - The world is filled with different kinds of hatred caused by different reasons. For instance, people may hate others because of their gender, or for having different beliefs. Perhaps people hate others based on their cultural representation instead of who they really are as an individual, whether that representation is a religion or a race. This single fact of racial discrimination has caused many terrible and tragic events in history such as the holocaust, slavery, and among them is the evacuation and relocation of Japanese Canadians during World War II....   [tags: essays research papers] 1292 words
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Kate in William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew - Kate in William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew Katharina or Kate, the shrew of William Shakespeare's The Taming Of The Shrew is sharp-tongued, quick-tempered, and prone to violence and violent outbursts, especially to anyone who tries to win her love. This is shown from the beginning in Act One with the scene among Hortensio and Gremio and her. When Gremio proclaims her "too rough" (I.i.55) and Hortensio claims that they want mates "of gentler, milder mould" (I.i.60), she strikes back with such words as "To comb your noddle with a three-legg'd stool and paint your face and...   [tags: Papers] 1768 words
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Writing Style of Holy Sonnet 10 by John Donne - Writing Style of Holy Sonnet 10 by John Donne John Donne’s diction, detail, point of view, metaphysical format, and tone used in “Holy Sonnet 10” convey both a feeling of cynical and domination, and also a sense of mockery of death. The effects on the reader include assurance and confidence in facing death. The author’s diction makes the reader feel that death ca be defeated. For example, death has been called “mighty and dreadful” but the author shows that it is not more than a “short sleep” where men go for the “rest of their bones.” The general idea of death is frightful and scary, but the reader is told that it’s only a short phase everyone goes through....   [tags: Papers] 503 words
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Commentary on The Idea of Perfection by Kate Grenville - Commentary on The Idea of Perfection by Kate Grenville “…a humble little thing, the bend giving it an apologetic look.” The author portrays the reader of a bent bridge in which the community is divided on a heritage issue. This passage is taken from The Idea of Perfection by Kate Grenville. As the extract progresses, the reader realizes that the local community is divided into two groups on the ‘bent’ bridge. This passage contains some paradoxes and opposites. The ‘bent bridge itself is a paradox....   [tags: Papers] 1039 words
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Destiny, Fate, and Free Will in Shakespeare's Macbeth - Macbeth: The Role of Fate Fate plays an important role in Shakespeare's Macbeth. The weird sisters use fate to wreak havoc among the Scottish nobility. Also, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth tempt fate. Later in the play, Malcolm, Macduff and the other revolutionaries try to alter fate. Fate can be many things to many different people. If one believes that fate is all-encompassing, then it becomes a perfect excuse for one's deeds. Yet, to Macbeth fate was something far more complex. Macbeth, upon seeing some truth in the witches’ prophecies, chose to believe all that they spoke and yet occasionally felt that he needed to give fate a hand The weird sisters, consider that fate is...   [tags: GCSE English Literature Coursework] 973 words
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Mary-Beth Hughes' Israel – Glorifying the Common Occurrence - Mary-Beth Hughes' Israel – Glorifying the Common Occurrence         Mary-Beth Hughes' short story titled "Israel" is a rich literary piece. Every detail within the story has some sort of meaning and is there for a reason. When analyzed, this story has a lot to say, however, when summarized, the storyline is rather simple. The story contains five characters, the mother, the father, their daughter, and the mother's friends, Dr. Derek Duncalf and Dr. Dan Ovita. The time period is unknown, except that it is during a time when Isralies are fighting to keep their homeland....   [tags: Mary-Beth Hughes' Israel Essays] 1944 words
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The Character of Moth in Love's Labor's Lost - The Character of Moth in Love's Labor's Lost     Like much of Love's Labor's Lost, the young character Moth is full of paradox. When Shakespeare has little Moth play great Hercules in the "Nine Worthies," the playwright offers humor in contrasting the physiques of the actor with his role, or as Armado puts it, Moth "is not quantity enough" (5.2.130) to play the Greek god. However, Shakespeare may also be using this contradiction to compare physical strength with mental. Although physical ability doesn't carry significance in Love's Labor's Lost, mental ability does, and Moth (mentally superior to his contemporaries) proves himself worthy of a high status....   [tags: Love's Labor's Lost Essays]
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Shakespeare's Othello - Desdemona, the Heroine in Othello - Desdemona, the Heroine in Othello         In William Shakespeare’s Othello Michael Cassio’s praises of the richly blessed Desdemona, as he awaits her arrival on Cyprus, are well deserved. This essay will amply support this statement.   Blanche Coles in Shakespeare’s Four Giants interprets the protagonist’s very meaningful four-word greeting to Desdemona which he utters upon disembarking in Cyprus:   Othello’s four words, “O, my soul’s joy,” tell us that this beautiful Venetian girl has brought great joy, felicity, bliss to the very depths of his soul....   [tags: Othello essays]
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The Beautiful Character of Desdemona in Shakespeare's Othello - Othello and the Beautiful Character of Desdemona         The good character of Desdemona in William Shakespeare’s tragic drama Othello meets a wretched end because of the sinister treachery of an ancient. In this essay let us analyze the beautiful character of Desdemona.   Valerie Wayne in “Historical Differences: Misogyny and Othello” comments on the proper manner of interpreting Desdemona’s body as referred to by an irate Othello:   Desdemona’s body before her supposed adultery is  here likened to a paper-book, one of the books of blank paper that Renaissance students used for practice in writing, translation and copying....   [tags: Shakespeare, Othello]
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Shakespeare's Othello - Othello and the Heroine, Desdemona - Othello and the Heroine, Desdemona         In William Shakespeare’s tragic play Othello we see a very exceptional woman in the person of Desdemona, wife of the general. She, as Cassio says, is a “paragon” of virtues, unlike the other female characters in the drama.   H. S. Wilson in his book of literary criticism, On the Design of Shakespearean Tragedy, discusses Desdemona’s entry into the Moor’s life:   But Othello had not known Desdemona long; he had little knowledge of women in any case; his military life had left scant time for cultivating their society or studying them, before he met Desdemona; and there was a bitter modesty in the man, who thought it quite possible that, for...   [tags: Othello essays]
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Dryness and Spiritual Decay in The Waste Land - Dryness and Spiritual Decay in The Waste Land        T.S. Eliot peppers "The Waste Land," his apocalyptic poem, with images of modern aridity and inarticulacy that contrast with fertile allusions to previous times. Eliot's language details a brittle era, rife with wars physical and sexual, spiritually broken, culturally decaying, dry and dusty. His references to the Fisher King and mythical vegetation rituals imply that the 20th-century world is in need of a Quester to irrigate the land. "The Waste Land" refuses to provide a simple solution; the properties of the language serve to make for an ambiguous narrative and conclusion, one as confusing and fragmented as Eliot's era itself....   [tags: T.S. Eliot Waste Land Essays]
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The Synecdochic Motif in Sherwood Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio - The Synecdochic Motif in Winesburg, Ohio       The sum of the parts of the vignettes of townsfolk of Winesburg, Ohio is greater than the whole novel. Winesburg, too, is only one town in all of Ohio, which is one of a host of states in the U.S. This magnification is at the heart of the novel, in which synecdoche is the main lens through which Sherwood Anderson allows us to regard the grotesques. This narrow aperture of perception does not compromise full characterization, but instead forces the reader into searching for subtle connections within and across the sketches....   [tags: Anderson Winesburg Ohio Essays]
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Coleridge and the Relation in-between Poet and Critic - Introduction Is it possible, fruitful, or confusing to view Coleridge's aesthetic ideas as fragments (parts) toward the composition of a kind of larger theoretical poem (whole). In other words, can one use Coleridge's art criticism to comment upon his practice as a theorist. Are his aesthetic ideas applicable to his practice as a critic of the practice of poetic composition. Is it possible that some leverage could be obtained by torquing Coleridge's theoretical statements about poetry in particular and art in general to comment on his own compositional practice as a critic....   [tags: Theorists Theology Essays]
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The Condition of Women During the French Revolution - The Condition of Women During the French Revolution In Women and the Limits of Citizenship in the French Revolution, Olwen H. Hufton expresses her intention to show that women's responses to their various situations during the revolution "transformed and modified the entire history of the period 1789-1815."(1) In order to demonstrate her point, Hufton evaluates the Paris "engendered crowd" and their interest in popular sovereignty, the gender complexities of the revolutionary reform policies, and the "guerilla warfare" of women in the provinces.(2) The complexity of women's roles in the French Revolution, she notes, did involve bread rioters, members of political clubs, and defenders of re...   [tags: Essays Papers]
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Beholding the Beauty of Christ: A Blessed Paradox - Beholding the Beauty of Christ: A Blessed Paradox I. Introduction A. Central verse Psalms 27:4 “One thing have I desired of the Lord, That will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in His temple.” B. The word “Beauty” as used here by David is the word “noam” which means splendor or agreeableness. C. What makes Jesus Christ so admirable, precious, so beautiful, and so glorious is what Jonathan Edwards calls “an admirable conjunction of diverse excellencies.” The beauty and excellence of Christ is not a simple thing....   [tags: essays research papers] 1379 words
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Emily Dickinson's There's a Certain Slant of Light - In Emily Dickinson’s lyrical poem “There’s a certain slant of light” she describes a revelation that is experienced on cold “winter afternoons.” Further she goes to say that this revelation of self “oppresses, like the Heft of Cathedral Tunes” and causes “Heavenly Hurt”, yet does not scare for it is neither exterior nor permanent. This only leaves it to be an internal feeling, and according to Dickinson that is where all the “Meanings” lie. There’s no way for this feeling to be explained, all that is known is that it is the “Seal Despair”, and an “imperial affliction”....   [tags: essays research papers] 746 words
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Proper Feminine Beauty in George Eliot's Adam Bede - Proper Feminine Beauty in George Eliot's Adam Bede Victorian women lived according to strict social conventions, which dictated their actions, emotions, and beliefs. These conventions were often presented in antithetical pairs: private versus public spheres, the angel in the house versus the fallen woman. One of the most complex paradoxes for women to master was that of beauty versus vanity. Society’s rules required a young lady to be attractive, but not provocative; diligent about her appearance, but not overly so; aware of her beauty, and simultaneously unconscious of it....   [tags: George Eliot Adam Bede Essays] 1526 words
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An Analysis of "between Cult and Culture: Bamiyan, - An analysis of "Between Cult and Culture: Bamiyan, Islamic Iconoclasm, and the Museum," In "Between Cult and Culture: Bamiyan, Islamic Iconoclasm, and the Museum," Finbarr Barry Flood expresses many ideas concerning Islamic iconoclasm. His focus was on the ."..iconoclastic practices of Muslims living in the eastern Islamic world, especially Afghanistan and India." Flood discusses issues with traditional patterns considering Islamic iconoclasm and the "many paradoxes" that "complicate" our understanding of Islamic iconoclasm....   [tags: Aesthetics] 2390 words
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Analysis of The Hollow Men by T.S. Eliot - Analysis of The Hollow Men by T.S. Eliot Eliot, a master of the written craft, carefully thought out each aspect of his 1925 poem "The Hollow Men." Many differences in interpretation exist for Eliot's complex poetry. One issue never debated is the extensive range of things to consider in his TS Eliot's writing. Because TS Eliot often intertwined his writing by having one piece relate to another "The Hollow Men" is sometimes considered a mere appendage to The Waste Land. "The Hollow Men," however, proves to have many offerings for a reader in and among itself....   [tags: Papers] 1371 words
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Song Analysis of Hands Down by Dashboard Confessional - “Hands Down” By: Dashboard Confessional Song Analysis Everyone has that one song they can listen to over and over again. There are various reasons people press the repeat button, whether it be the sound of the singer’s voice, the quality of their musicianship, or their heartfelt lyrics and the story they tell. The song “Hands Down”, by Dashboard Confessional tells the story of a day-in-the-life of lead singer, Chris Carrabba, in high school. Carrabba has said that this song is about the best day he has ever had, and introduces it as such at concerts....   [tags: Music] 858 words
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Macbeth- The Decline Of Macbeth And His Wife - Macbeth Essay Explore the ways the characters of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth develop throughout the play. Making reference to Shakespeare's use of language and stagecraft, examine the ways the events of the play impact on them and their relationship. William Shakespeare was born in Stratford upon Avon in 1564. One of the most influential writers of all time, still remembered today for his enigmatic plays. The zeitgeist of England in the 17th century did nothing but intensify his success. In an age of acute paranoia and a morbid fascination surrounding the supernatural, plays like ‘Macbeth' were the forbidden fruit craved for by the public of that era....   [tags: William Shakespeare] 1359 words
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The Structure of Hawthorne's Young Goodman Brown - “Young Goodman Brown” – the Structure                Q. D. Leavis in “Hawthorne as Poet” mentions Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “Young Goodman Brown” as “essentially dramatic” : “The first batch of works I specified [including “Young Goodman Brown”] is essentially dramatic, its use of language is poetic, and it is symbolic, and richly so, as is the dramatic poet’s. . . “ (27) This essay will examine this and other features of the structure of Hawthorne’s short story.   Leavis’ evaluation of the story’s structure as “essentially dramatic” is consistent with the view expressed by Clarice Swisher in “Nathaniel Hawthorne: a Biography.” She states: “Biographers and critics of Nathaniel Hawthorne mu...   [tags: Young Goodman Brown YGB]
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Literary Motifs in Hawthorne's Young Goodman Brown - “Young Goodman Brown” – Literary Motifs                 In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “Young Goodman Brown” there appear various formulas or incidents or devices which are found widely in literature and recognized as motifs.   Referring to the motif of a journey in “Young Goodman Brown,” Q.D.Leavis in “Hawthorne as Poet” says it is “the journey each must take alone, in dread, at night, is the journey away from home and the community, from conscious, everyday social life, to the wilderness where the hidden self satisfies, or is forced to realize, its subconscious fears and promptings in sleep”(36)....   [tags: Young Goodman Brown YGB]
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Shakespeare's Othello - Abnormal Psychology and Iago - Abnormal Psychology and Iago in Othello         When the Bard of Avon created the evil Iago in the tragedy Othello, he entered into the area of irrational behavior and abnormal psychology. This essay will examine this branch of science as it relates to the play.   David Bevington in William Shakespeare: Four Tragedies describes the irrationality and self-destructiveness of the ancient’s behavior:   Emilia understands that jealousy is not a rational affliction but a self-induced disease of the mind....   [tags: Othello essays]
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The Character of Iago of Shakespeare's Othello - Perhaps the most sinister of all characters ever created by the Bard of Avon is in his tragedy Othello. It is Iago – the cause of everyone’s problems in the play. Let us focus a strong light on his character in this essay. David Bevington in William Shakespeare: Four Tragedies enlightens us on the ancient: Iago’s machinations yield him both “sport” and “profit” (1.3.387); that is, he enjoys his evildoing, although he is also driven by a motive. This Vice-like behavior inhuman garb creates a restless sense of a dark metaphysical reality lying behind his visible exterior....   [tags: Othello essays]
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Custom Written Term Papers: Othello’s Feminine Perspective - Othello’s Feminine Perspective        The audience finds in Othello, Shakespeare’s tragic drama, the feminine perspective on life in general and on various aspects of life. These feminine perspectives from the three lady-characters are not consistent and uniform among the ladies. Let’s consider them in this paper.   Alvin Kernan’s “Othello: an Introduction” explains the protagonist’s delayed conversion to the feminine perspective:   His willingness to speak of what he has done – in contrast to Iago’s sullen silence – is a willingness to recognize the meaning of Desdemona’s faith and chastity, to acknowledge that innocence and love do exist, and that therefore The City can stand, th...   [tags: Othello essays]
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Blake's The Marriage of Heaven and Hell - Blake's The Marriage of Heaven and Hell      "The Nature of my Work is Visionary or Imaginative; it is an Endeavor to Restore what the Ancients calld the Golden Age." -William Blake (Johnson/Grant,xxiv).   William Blake completed the manuscript of The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, as well as the twenty-five accompanying engraved plates, in 1792. In the sense that the The Marriage of Heaven and Hell is a vision of a particular version of reality, it subscribes to one definition of the mythic, but also fulfills another as Birenbaum writes in Tragedy and Innocence: "...on a more specialized level..."true myth"...suggests a penentration to the essential nature of human experience, ma...   [tags: Heaven]
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Patterns of Images and Imagery in Macbeth - Patterns of Imagery in Macbeth Shakespeare's Macbeth is full of different types of imagery. Many of these images are themes that run throughout the entire play at different times. Five of these images are nature, paradoxes, manhood, masks and light vs. darkness. Nature: "Thunder and lightning." This is the description of the scene before Act I, Scene i, Line 1. The thunder and lightning represent disturbances in nature. Most people do not think of a great day being filled with thunder and lightning....   [tags: Macbeth essays] 1293 words
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Critical Interpretations of The Cask of Amontillado - "The Cask of Amontillado": Critical Interpretations Among Poe's most intriguing tales is "The Cask of Amontillado," first published in Godey's Lady's Book in November of 1847. A surface reading of that story reveals only a simple description by Montresor (the narrator) of how he kills another man who was called, ironically, Fortunato. Montresor exploits Fortunato's vanity concerning the connoiseurship of wine; specifically, Montresor pretends to want a wine cask of Amontillado verified as genuine....   [tags: essays research papers] 1310 words
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