Halloween Halloween is a holiday that is intrinsically linked with Death. With it’s roots tied into All Saints Day and Samhain, Halloween is wrapped up in death. However where All Saints Day and Samhain were serious events in culture, Halloween is a playful jab at Death. Nowhere is that more evident, then in the concept of the Haunted House. Death is not celebrated or embraced in this Halloween tradition, but rather it is used as a thrill, something to make life more exciting.
The true nature of it is elusive and needs subtler net to catch the variations. Thus a detailed stylistic study of Ezekiel's poems reveals interesting features of his poetic language and style. Style is "a characteristic way of deploying the transformational apparatus of a language." An author's stylistic preferences are highly significant because, as Ohmann points out, they "reflect cognitive
Well-constructed literature, then, can be analysed by understanding these principles of storytelling. By exposing the reasons why we desire stories, and how well-constructed literature can meet these needs that we bring to it, I sought to reveal what well-constructed literature will contain and how to identify it. During the colloquies, I struggled with a definition of good literature. However, I came to the conclusion that well-constructed literature is not necessarily good literature, and vice versa. So, instead of trying to conclude what good literature is, I decided to tackle the idea of what well- constructed literature is.
Regardless witchcraft is not involved, but rather an economic crisis occurred. In 1976 Linnda R. Caporael writes Ergotism:The Satan Loosed in Salem? where she explains that ergotism is the cause of the people acting the certain way. The evidence of ergotism in the Salem Village was the growing conditions and localization. The growing conditions for rye were perfect and rye is known to be a host plant for ergot.
It breathes from my sheets, the cold dead center…”, the present, death, attempts to grab Plath away and to lift the “veil” mentioned multiple times throughout the poem which is the thin layer separating her from the underworld. The irony in the situation is that while it is Plath’s birthday, she wishes for a gift of death, in order to make her feel reborn again. The animated present and situation reflects Plath’s theme that the association between life and death is of a closer proximity than is generally measured. On the other hand, “Tulips” personifies the object in the perspective opposite of the one seen in “A Birthday Present”.
The Celts celebrated Samhain which was a holiday that symbolized the end of the time of the light and the beginning of the time of the dark. During the time of the dark it was said that the wall between the spirit world and that of the living was weakened and spirits were able to obtain access to the living more easily. Hence this could be one of the reasons children today think of Halloween as a scary holiday, they unknowingly are going along with ancient traditions. Along with the tradition of Samhain other traditions fused into that one to form the Holiday we know today. According to one website their research shows that, “After the Romans conquered the Celtic world, they merged Samhain with their own festivals, a harvest fest called Poloma, and a celebration for the dead called Feralia.”(A Traditional Halloween) Though the celebration itself has been explained, the acts in which children celebrate it have not.
The imagery is perhaps used as a means to demonstrate the fact that the way a path may look is not entirely representative of what lies ahead. Choices in life should be made with a great deal of thought, going beyond the superficial appearances. The narrator considers both paths before making an informed decision. The outward appearance of a path is not nearly as important as knowing what is best for an individual overall. The imagery in Frost’s poem sheds light the importance of making a choice by the narrator considering both paths in great detail because he or she recognizes the lasting influence a decision can have throughout his or her
The more individuals attribute meaning based on emotions rather than reason or denotative meanings of terms such as beauty, the more conflict may arise. Acknowledging deep-rooted differences that occur among a group of people can help us to find more commonalities. Despite disagreements in beliefs, people can still arrive a harmonious understanding about a particular subject or term through continual and open dialogue about words and their definitions. In specific literary works, commonalities among words and their connotation definitions can be dis... ... middle of paper ... ...arts must be carefully and objectively analyzed. Those who are skilled at this process are to be held in the highest of esteem.
Perhaps there are significant psychological characteristics of the human author that are relevant for understanding the meaning of the text; or perhaps we should just address the text as it stands and hope for divine inspiration where the text is most obscure. Of course introducing divine inspiration itself introduces a number of other problems. Religious traditions include interpretive traditions and include theories on how to read sacred texts. So should these theories guide our interpretations? Or need an interpretation be neutral with respect to these traditions to provide for the possibility of adjudicating among conflicting traditions.
This paper will establish a likeness between both celebrations, but ultimately to exhibit the unlikeness, by the means of comparison, between Samhain and the mixture of cultures that is Halloween. The objective is to acknowledge the importance and significance it had for the Celtic peoples against the ones held here in the US and for its people. The whole idea that Halloween is held to, the spooky nature, has a lot to do with the Celts; this was a celebration for the dead in Celtic culture. The Celts believed that souls of the dead both malignant and pure dwelled on the physical realm on those specific days celebrated, therefore a door was open between a physical and a spiritual realm for the time being. The Celts held rituals on these dates, they celebrated and feasted; October 31st was the eve before their celebrations, November 1 was their new years.