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Why The Ghosts Started Turning Evil

- ... We enter a room with our flashlights on. Just as we enter... [Screeeechhh] We are greeted by an awful sound. It stopped after fifteen seconds. It kind of sounded like fingernails on a chalkboard. Thankfully, we had earmuffs on. But even with it on, we still heard the sound really loudly. We go closer to the source of the sound. It came from inside a door. It looks like a door for an utility room. We open the door, and suddenly, a ghost starts to fly away right in front of us. We see him clearly....   [tags: Ghost, Paranormal, Ghost story, Ghosts]

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Obsolete Ideas in Chekhov's Ghosts and The Cherry Orchard

- “Life’s slipped by just as if I’d never lived at all” - These are the last words of Firs as he lies ill after all have abandoned him at the orchard. As an avid follower of defunct theories, he is unable to accept the fact that what he preaches is what brought him to his ruin. Instead, he blindly blames the “young folks”, a somewhat ironic statement. After a life of servile and selfless devotion, his descendants have left him behind. Firs’s death is symbolic of how the Ranevsky family are now leaving behind all the defunct theories that had taken over them....   [tags: Ghosts, The Cherry Orchard]

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Ghosts in a Massachusetts Village

- Ghosts in a Massachusetts Village Sabine Heartwood passed through Moose River Junction years ago with her mother, an itinerant fortuneteller. Raised on the road as Ruby crisscrossed the country in her battered VW minibus, Sabine longed to settle down and was inexplicably drawn to this rural hamlet, where everyone knows everyone. Now that one of the town’s favorite sons has returned for his grandmother Beatrice’s funeral, at least there’s something to talk about. Danforth Smith is an up-and-coming assistant film director in New York, romantically linked with a bitchy, beautiful, ambitious actress....   [tags: Ghosts Spirits Hauntings Essays]

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The Mirror Trap 'Ghosts'

- "Ghosts" is in essence, everything one could look for in a mystery detective story. It has a plot rife with confusion. It keeps the names simple. It keeps the characters simple. It keeps the background simple as well. Plus it throws the reader straight into the thick of things. But then in the end, the whole scheme winds up being a farce. The story one the reader thought they had been getting into at the beginning is just a mask for the real plot. It turns out that it really is not a detective story, but a story about obsession....   [tags: Detective Ghosts Analysis]

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The Debate Over the Existance of Ghosts

- All over the world the subject of ghosts is becoming increasingly popular thanks to movies and television shows such as Paranormal Activity, Ghost Hunters, Ghost Whisperer, Ghost Adventures, and the classic Ghostbusters. Two-thirds of Americans believe in science and/or religion, but what can be said for the rest of America. The truth is over one-third of Americans believe that ghosts are real; however, science and common knowledge have the upper hand and prove otherwise. Many people all over the world have asked themselves this question: “Are ghosts real?” To those who say yes, what exactly is a ghost, and where do they come from....   [tags: science, energy, evidence]

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Ghosts in The Women Warrior

- Envision yourself as encircled by strange, yet terrifying and evil spirits that trouble you in your worst nightmares. The spirits could desire something from you. In fact, they could aid you in locale of frightening you. Should you attend to them. What do you contemplate they are trying to notify you. In one of the inquiries above, notice the ironical use of the word “fact” that endeavors to obscure the fictitious nature of ghosts. It displays that the meaning of the word “ghost” is equivocal. In supplementary words, the word “ghost” is multivalued, that way that ghosts can purpose in extra than one way....   [tags: Literary Analysis]

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Ghosts in Afterward by Edith Wharton

- Most people are very convinced that they will recognize a ghost right away when they see one. The portrayal of ghosts in movies and ghost stories has set initial expectations of ghosts’ appearances and behaviors. However, people do not have the ability to recognize ghosts promptly when they encounter them. After all, as Michael Cox and R.A. Gilbert mentioned, ghosts are just dead people that remain in our memories and that we have no choice but to learn to live with their continuing presence (1)....   [tags: ghost stories, dishonesty, death]

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A Scholarly Engagement With Ghosts

- Although ghosts tend to be place-bound and tied up with houses and the “homely,” they are not to be domesticated. They are uncanny because they represent the opposite of the neat and bounded safety of home. They transgress the borders of space and time, as they are not so much anachronistic, but rather, chronologically displaced, calling into question attempts at chronology and border”-enforcement in general. Derrida’s Spectres of Marx (1994) that focused on the question of time, called for a scholarly engagement with ghosts; his conception of hauntology as part and parcel of deconstruction, underlined the capacity of ghosts to disrupt linear chronology, hence, disrupting the notion of ethno...   [tags: Time, Future, Present, Jacques Derrida]

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The Mystery Of Ghosts And Haunted Houses

- You’re home alone, in the middle of the night, and you get out of bed because you assume you hear footsteps in your kitchen, you get out of the bed and go into the kitchen to see a shocking sight; a shadow walking into the other room. You think you have witnessed a ghost in your own home; however scientists would declare it was just a hallucination. Millions of people around the world believe in ghosts and haunted houses; however scientists believe that there are far more “reasonable” explanations for what some believe “paranormal activity.” Ghosts are real and are a prominent part of life because they are the spirts or souls of a dead person who has not fully “moved on” quite yet....   [tags: Ghost, Paranormal, Haunted house, Carbon monoxide]

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Ghosts And Hauntings : The White House

- Ghosts and hauntings are not often talked about and are over looked. They have been reported to have been seen in many places like battlegrounds, old homes, murder scenes, and hospitals. Many places that you would not expect to be haunted turn out to be unlike the more publicized locations such as morgues, mental hospitals, and old rickety houses. One place many people may not realize is haunted is the White House, the famous home of the president of the United States of America. The White House has many ghosts, which range from former president Abraham Lincoln and first ladies like Abigail Adams and Dolly Madison to long dead White House staff and British soldiers trying to set the house on...   [tags: President of the United States, White House]

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Traditions and Culture: Ghosts or Outcasts

- One’s background can influence how they view the rest of the world. A direct connection to a homeland can give once confident in themselves and their heritage. So even when they have traveled to or permanently moved to a new country, they are able to hold on to their traditions and cultures without any shame. They see natives of the new country and their traditions/cultures as strange and unusual, cause them to chose to view them as outcasts, or “ghosts.” However, the “ghost” concept can be taken a different way, especially by the immigrant’s children....   [tags: heritage, immigrants]

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Spirits, Ghosts, and the Paranormal

- For many years, people have debated whether or not spirits are real. Some people get scared at the fact that there might be something unknown lurking in their house in the middle of the night making their footsteps known to everyone in it. Maybe that person feels watched upon or feel some kind of presence in their home, or even sees shadows moving their way through rooms. Different people around the world have their own opinions based on religion and experiences when talking about angels, demons, and the spirits that have life after death....   [tags: beliefs, spirits]

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Ghosts are Real Entities

- Many people believe that mystical or other worldly creatures aren’t real or they think that they are all make believe. Ghosts on the other hand, could just be as real as animals are to humans. At the same time, people don’t believe in them unless there is proof from either science or from people who have investigated hauntings to see if ghosts are real. Ghosts and other entities are real and not make believe. Ghosts, are they real or are they just figments of peoples minds, well lets start off with ghosts, what are they....   [tags: phantom, posessions, haunted]

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The Debate about Ghosts and Paranormal Activity

- The debate about Ghosts and Paranormal activity has been long debated through out the world. Evidence has been found by Ghost Hunters, and Investigators proving that Ghost and the Paranormal does in fact exist. With the use of technology and years of first hand experience Investigators have been able to document and share that the world is not alone. We in fact are living among Ghosts and the Paranormal. “Ghost, according to tradition, is the spirit of a dead person that returns to the living world....   [tags: supernatural phenomena]

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Analysis Of Henrik Ibsen 's ' Ghosts

- Idealism and Reality Christian Seyoum Montgomery college   Christian Seyoum Professor Pryor Engl 102 Paper #5 Idealism and Reality Henrik Ibsen’s Ghosts is a play about the past coming back to affect the present and the future. The play follows the death of captain Alving; a man of high standing in his community. The Captain had a title from birth and was held in high esteem in the mall town. Following his demise, the widow Mrs. Alving, decides to build an orphanage with the assistance of Pastor Manders....   [tags: Marriage, Wife, Truth, Husband]

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Original Writing : The Night And Leave Ghosts

- ... But people, unfamiliar with such speculations as those of the younger Darwin, forget that the planets must ultimately fall back one by one into the parent body. As these catastrophes occur, the sun will blaze with renewed energy; and it may be that some inner planet had suffered this fate. Whatever the reason, the fact remains that the sun was very much hotter than we know it. 'Well, one very hot morning—my fourth, I think—as I was seeking shelter from the heat and glare in a colossal ruin near the great house where I slept and fed, there happened this strange thing: Clambering among these heaps of masonry, I found a narrow gallery, whose end and side windows were blocked by fallen masse...   [tags: Sun, Light, Sunlight, Thing]

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Are There Visions and Ghosts in Van Gogh Paintings?

- “There are no ghosts in the paintings of Van Gogh, no visions, no hallucinations. This is the torrid truth of the sun at two o’clock in the afternoon.” This quote that Antonin Artraud, stated from, Van Gogh, the Man Suicided by Society, explains the way in which Van Gogh approached his artwork. He believed in the dry truth and as a result his work was remarkably straightforward in the messages that he portrayed. While visiting Paris, France this past April, I was fortunate enough to have visited Musée d’Orsay, a museum that contains mostly French art from 1848-1914 and houses a large collection of impressionist and post-impressionist masterpieces and 19th century works from the Louvre [The...   [tags: artwork approach, mental illness]

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Game Analysis of Halo: Ghosts of Onyx

- Halo: Ghosts of Onyx begins in the year 2531 with a raid on an Insurrectionist base by the SPARTAN-II Blue Team. Their goal was to recover stolen FERNIS nuclear warheads, but were captured by rebel general Howard Graves; a former UNSC Marine who defected to the Insurrectionists. However, Spartan Kurt-051 manages to slip away from the team before they are captured, and helps the rest of Blue team escape Insurrectionist capture. One month after the raid, Blue Team is put on a mission to investigate a ruptured Shaw-Fujikawa Translight Engine....   [tags: mission, drones, assault]

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Talking to Ghosts

- Talking to Ghosts During my research, I was reminded of an incident in my psychology class that led me to write about this topic. It was a Friday and I walked into my psychology class thinking we were going to prepare for our upcoming class, but I was all wrong. My professor walked in and claimed he had ESP, which is extrasensory perception. He said that he could read people’s minds and know what we were thinking. My teacher asked us to write anything simple on a piece of paper and fold the paper in half....   [tags: Personal Narrative Psychology Essays]

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The Nature of Ghosts in The Woman Warrior

- The Nature of Ghosts in The Woman Warrior "Ghost." What images does this word conjure up in the average American mind. Perhaps you think of little kids draped in white sheets begging for candy on Halloween. Perhaps you imagine transparent versions of dead people wandering the earth for eternity. Perhaps you are reminded of a person who just saw something especially scary; they are "pale as a ghost". So the word "ghost" - a word with many meanings - calls forth these images. What do they have in common....   [tags: Maxine Hong Kingston Woman Warrior Essays]

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- Ghosts Have you ever heard strange creaks or groans that you can't seem to explain. Have lights flick on or off without anyone touching a switch. Maybe you've felt cold blasts of air even when all the windows were shut, or your dog suddenly starts barking for no apparent reason. If any of these things have happened then there could be reason to believe that ghosts are part of the situation. Billions of people report ghost visitations every year, and to not accept the fact that there might be other beings in the world is extremely ignorant of mankind....   [tags: Papers]

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The Ghosts of The Woman Warrior

- The Ghosts of The Woman Warrior In Maxine Hong Kingston's novel, The Woman Warrior, Kingston touches upon several aspects of life common to all. Her experiences as a child were illustrated through this book. People not of the Chinese culture were seen as ghosts in this child's world. The similarities between Kingston's childhood, and the reader's help make this novel universally readable. The images created by Kinston, and the parallels between her life and others justify the creation of The Woman Warrior....   [tags: Maxine Hong Kingston Woman Warrior Essays]

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Henry James's "The Turn of the Screw": Are The Ghosts Actually Real?

- Through out the short novella, 'The Turn of the Screw,' by Henry James, the governess continually has encounters with apparitions that seem to only appear to her. As Miles' behavior in school worsens so that he is prevented from returning, and as Flora becomes ill with a fever, the governess blames these ghosts for corrupting the children, Miles and Flora, and labels them as evil and manipulative forces in their lives. But why is it that these ghosts only seem to appear to the governess even when the children are present at the time of the sightings by the governess....   [tags: Turn of the Screw, Henry James]

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Witchcraft, Murder and Ghosts in Macbeth

- Witchcraft, Murder and Ghosts in Macbeth     A notable point within Shakespeare’s play Macbeth is the use of the three witches in the opening scene.  The number of witches for a contemporary audience can go unnoticed.  However in the time that Shakespeare the symbolic meaning of the number three was important, as it symbolized unluckiness and when remembering the fear of the unnatural and being unlucky (epitomized by such historical events as the rage of witch trials within Britain).  This is not the only symbolism within the play, the use of the disparity between light and dark is an important concept.  We can perhaps see the parallel between the horror movies of today, and the images o...   [tags: Macbeth essays]

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Ghosts – Seeing is Believing

- Ghosts – Seeing is Believing    I live in a ghost hallway. They come and go whenever they want, like the transparent, blow-away wings of bees. Their spirits hover inside this house on Mechanic Street like a twilight hue filling a wine glass. I live more or less inside their moods, which they carry behind them in traces of light that flood the panes one window at a time and the creaky flutes of rusty hinges. The ghosts don't say “boo” and they don't swing chains. They're good ghosts as far as I can tell, calm as a cup of tea, considerate and watchful and able to pay attention to the least thing for many hours....   [tags: Personal Narrative, Autobiographical Essay]

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Descirbing Insomnia:The Ghosts Keeping You Awake

- Insomnia…How to describe it. Well, that’s a very complicated question. You're too drowsy to do anything, but too hyper to fall asleep. Frustration and agitation takes over. You want to sleep but you can't. You want to do something else besides lying there, turning from this side to that. You spend the entire night wondering if you'll ever fall asleep, then you see the sun rise and you realize you haven’t slept at all but still must perform your everyday duties. You can't focus; you can't think straight; all you want to do is sleep....   [tags: sleep, night, monsters]

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Ebenezer Scrooge: the Three Ghosts

- Scrooge learned a great deal about himself during the visitations of the three ghosts in A Christmas Carol. He learned things that not only changed his life, but also the lives of others such as Tiny Tim and his family. At first these changes came gradually, probably because they where not really "fueled" by fear of what might be, but instead by remorse for things he had already done. Not until the second and third spirits visit Scrooge can a true change due to fear, not only in fear for what might be during his life but also in the end....   [tags: A Christmas Carol Essays]

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Aeneas and His Ghosts

- Aeneas and His Ghosts The Aeneid Written by Virgil Translation by Fitzgerald I.Pious Aeneas (his background and key characteristics) •Mother is Venus (the Greek Aphrodite) Page 54, Book II, Lines 775-777 “Stepping before me, radiant through the night,My loving mother came: immortal, tall, And lovely as the lords of heaven know her.” •“Favored by Jupiter” Page 164, Book VI, Lines 190-193“… A few Whom a benign Jupiter has loved or whom Fiery heroism has borne to heaven, Sons of gods, could do it…” •Fated oThe gods respect his fate....   [tags: Aeneas Presentation]

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Chasing Ghosts

- Chasing Ghosts A rather unnatural wind would blow through our town. We used to sit around the Sunday dinner table and recite prayers from the Bible after my mother had cleared the dishes. But first, in silence we would stare at the dark brown swirls of color in the wood, resting our chins on crossed arms. We could hear the grate and grind of metal forks and knives against plates as my mother soaped the dishes in the kitchen. The hiss of the faucet would stop, and after the sound of her cotton apron’s catching on the splintery wall, the apron left hung to dry, she would emerge from the swinging door, the kitchen light flashing like a strobe into the dining room with each swoop of the door’s...   [tags: Personal Narrative Writing]

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Ghosts in Henry James Turn of the Screw

- The Turn of the Screw: Ghosts Lawrence Kramer poses some interesting ideas about Henry James’ The Turn of the Screw mainly by discussing the ghosts in the story. He refers to the ghosts as revenants; “a specter, a ghost, a phantom, one who haunts, who returns, who walks again.” First, he implies that these revenants can only work when a person believes they exist. There must be something that makes a former person want to return to the living world from a state of death. However, this longing by the former person is not enough to make it a worthy revenant....   [tags: Henry James Turn Screw Essays]

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The Characters of the Three Ghosts in A Christmas Carol

- How does Charles Dickens present the characters of the three ghosts in A Christmas Carol. In this essay, I will find out how Charles Dickens presents the characters of the three ghosts in ‘A Christmas Carol’. This story is about Scrooge. He was a selfish man who had a solely friend, called Jacob Marley. After seven years of Marley’s death, on Christmas Eve, Scrooge saw Marley’s ghost dragging chains of cashboxes that Marley forged in life. Marley told Scrooge that three spirits would visit him and change his fate....   [tags: English Literature]

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Ghosts at the Rossborough Inn in the University of Maryland

- Ghosts at the Rossborough Inn in the University of Maryland The University of Maryland has a rich history dating back to its founding in 1856 as the Maryland Agricultural College. Built between 1804 and 1812, The Rossborough Inn is the oldest building on campus today (Ghost Tour, 2). With its history, it is no surprise that the Inn has been a hotspot for ghost activity. Knowing that there have been numerous reports of ghosts at Rossborough, I visited the Inn to ask current employees at the Knight Center for Specialized Journalism, located in Rossborough Inn, if they themselves had experienced anything bizarre or if they had known others who had....   [tags: Urban Legends]

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Symbolism in the play Ghosts by Henrik Ibsen

- In his play “Ghosts';, Ibsen forces the reader to think about his own ideas and believes, as well as those of society and past ages. Symbolism is one technique repeatedly used to portray the author’s ideas through rain, light, fire, the orphanage, Oswald, and through Engstrand himself. The use of religion is also interesting in the way the town people and Pastor Mander uses it. There are many symbols present throughout Ibsen’s work. Rain is used as a symbol of the cleansing of evil and impurities....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Ibsen's Ghosts Vs. Aristotle's Poetics

- Ibsen’s Ghosts, although a relatively modern drama, maintains many classical elements of tragedy as defined by Aristotle and championed by the ancient Greek playwrights and poets. One element of displayed prominently in this case is character. Aristotle believed that there were four main elements to a good tragic hero: 1) the character must be good, 2) decorum, 3) the character must be true to life, and 4) constancy within the characters demeanor and actions. The tragic hero in Ibsen’s Ghosts, Mrs....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Ghost Story of Dirt Biker Ghosts

- Dirt Biker Ghosts in Maryland This story was heard from a friend of mine; a 20 year old, Caucasian, Irish-American male. He discovered this story when he first moved into his house. He heard this story from his newly acquired friends who were neighborhood children that had lived in the area since before he arrived, although he did not mention any specifics about the sources, such as names, how many there were, or how old they were, but just that they were friends. The teller, however, did remember where he heard this story, which was told while sitting right outside of his house, within eyesight of the woods mentioned in the story....   [tags: Urban Legends Ghost Stories]

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Ghosts of a Different Generation in Maxine Hong Kingston's The Woman Warrio

- Maxine Hong Kingston wrote The Woman Warrior as a collection of stories from her childhood. She is a child of Chinese immigrants who grew up in America, and battled between the culture she was living in and the one Chinese culture her mother tried to preserve. One aspect of Chinese culture that is different between Maxine and her mother, Brave Orchid, is the distinction between ghosts for each person. Maxine and her mother encounter different types of ghosts, and have thus have different reactions than the other....   [tags: immigrant, china, culture]

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A Critique On Cinema Fiction Vs. Physics Reality : Ghosts, Vampires, And Zombies

- A Critique on “Cinema Fiction vs. Physics Reality: Ghosts, Vampires, and Zombies” The article “Cinema Fiction vs. Physics Reality: Ghosts, Vampires, and Zombies”, written by Costas J. Efthimiou and Sohang Gandhi. The authors try to explain or prove that ghosts, vampires and zombies do not exist through scientific methods and explanations. The authors main argument to show that these claim are false, they say” we point out inconsistencies associated with the ghost, vampire, and zombie mythologies as portrayed in popular films and folklore and give practical explanations to some of their features” (Efthimiou and Gandhi “Cinema Fiction vs....   [tags: Critical thinking, Evidence, Vampire]

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Untraditional Families in Ibsen’s "Ghosts" and Strindberg’s "The Father"

- With both author’s realistic description and depiction of two dysfunctional families, Ibsen and Strindberg really both push the envelope on how realistic they may seem. They are not afraid to portray families how the truly are, many times ugly and unseemly. In Ghosts everyone’s roles as mom, dad, son, and daughter is abandoned and narrate to each other as normal human beings, but especially those of mothers. In Strindberg’s The father there is no denying that the conception of a feminist household exist....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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Feminist Perspective In Githa Hariharan’s The Ghosts of Vasu Master

- Githa Hariharan’s second novel The Ghosts of Vasu Master takes a fresh approach to address a number of postcolonial and postmodern issues. It deals with such themes as alternative methods of teaching, maladies and the process of healing, teacher-pupil relationship, and India’s journey as an independent nation. On probing deeper into the novel, however, it may be said that the novel also explores issues concerning women, their longings and their marginal existence in a patriarchal set-up. Although The Ghosts of Vasu Master is not a woman-centric novel, yet Hariharan has subtly addressed many relevant feminist issues through it....   [tags: Oppressive Patriarchy, Plot Summary]

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The Woman Warrior: Memoir of a Girlhood Among Ghosts by Maxine Hong Kingston

- Maxine Hong Kingston, Chinese-American author of her first book The Woman Warrior: Memoir of a Girlhood Among Ghosts, opens with the first chapter “No Name Woman” where she writes about her struggle to distinguish her cultural identity through an impartial analysis of her deceased aunt’s denied existence. Grew up in American culture, Kingston analyzes the possible reasons behind her disavowed aunt’s dishonorable pregnancy, and her village’s subsequent raid upon her household. Kingston explains how strict Chinese culture fails to be practical in American society....   [tags: chinese culture, women´s role]

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Death in Banaras by Jonathan P. Parry

- Death in Banaras by Jonathan P. Parry focuses mainly on the priests and other “sacred specialists” who serve the deceased, pilgrims, and mourners in the city of Banaras. This book looks at how the priests organize their business, the understanding of the rituals and representations of death in which they preside. The author has contributed to the literature on symbolism of death and the sociology of priest and specialists in the sacred. This novel focuses on topics such as death rituals, death, and pilgrimage, and makes a few different arguments throughout the literature....   [tags: ghosts, ancestors, rituals]

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The Influence of Kyd's The Spanish Tragedy on Hamlet by William Shakespeare

- The influence of Kyd's The Spanish Tragedy is seen throughout the use the ghost in Hamlet, by William Shakespeare. This scene marks the beginning of Hamlet's action towards revenge. Through the allusions of Greek mythology, death and revenge, Elizabethan tragedy is displayed in both dialogues. The ghost present in both plays fit the what the Elizabethans held about superstition. Depicted by Shakespeare and Kyd, the theme of revenge correlates between both ghosts' monologues. Both of their objectives are set on seeking retribution for a relative....   [tags: revenge, ghosts, mythology]

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Looking Behind the Wallpaper: Symbolism in The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

- Throughout the story “The Yellow Wallpaper” a sick wife must deal with an overprotective husband, which causes her internal battles with him and others around her. Her entire focus of life begins to wrap around this wallpaper. Through the use of symbolism and many prospects of ambiguities, the narrator of the “The Yellow Wallpaper” Charlotte Gilman, portrays the wife to either have the ability to see the dead, or she’s mentally crazy making up a fantasy world in her mind. The narrator begins by portraying the house to look like typical horror movie houses....   [tags: depression, trapped, ghosts]

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Literary Analysis of Israel Horovitz´s The Christmas Carol: Scrooge and Marley

- ... Scrooge denies and asks if the prisons and workhouses are full, and refuses to give anything. Later on Christmas Eve, three spirits sent by Marley attempt to change Scrooge’s ways. The first ghost, the Ghost of Christmas Past, shows him how miserable he was as a child and how he became a grumpy old man. The reason he is the way his is today is his lost love left him for him loving money more than lovingnher. “Another Idol has displaced me. A golden one,” (689) she says to him. Finally, she releases him and goes to find another man as she says, “May you be happy in the life that you chosen for yourself ....   [tags: ghosts, guilt, characters, journey]

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The Open Window by Saki

- In our lives, there are always intentions to justify our actions. Simply put, why do we have to attend English classes when we can already speak and write. Obviously, the reason is to master the skills of writing a good argument, which we expect to learn in English classes. The bottom line here is that everything we do has a purpose. This applies even to different genres of literature; in the ghost stories genre, authors attempt to scare, teach moral lessons or entertain through their writings. Every ghost story has its own significant purpose....   [tags: ghosts, human character]

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Essay on Sin in Sophocles' Oedipus the King and Ibsen's Ghosts

- The Impact of Sin in Sophocles' Oedipus the King and Ibsen's Ghosts       Sophocles' play Oedipus the King was written for a Greek audience as a religious right and lesson around two thousand years ago, while Ibsen's play Ghosts was written as a criticism of the Norwegian society during the 1890's. Although these plays were written for very different reasons and under different circumstances, the universal theme connecting them is mankind's liability to sin because the results affect a greater whole....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Exploring the Existence of Paranormal Activity

- Whether we choose to believe in the paranormal or not, we all have to realize that there are many strange things that happen to all of us that are unexplainable. The history of paranormal existence has been around since the beginning of time. The paranormal is not what most people believe it is, “ghosts”. There is a wide range in what is considered paranormal. In order to understand the paranormal you must first understand the meaning of the word. The prefix “Para” means beyond and normal. This gets you the result of beyond normal....   [tags: paranormal studies, ghosts]

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The Importance of Ghosts In Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights

- The Importance of Ghosts In Emily Bronte's ‘Wuthering Heights’ ‘My fingers closed on the fingers of a little, ice-cold hand. The intense horror of nightmare came over me: I tried to draw back my arm, but the hand clung to it’ (Page 20) In this extract Lockwood thought he had a dream, he remembers that he ‘turned and dozed’ and dreamt again, but the above extract shows that this was different from any other dream, it is much more realistic and increasingly frightening. This leads the reader to believe that this really is not a dream and that a supernatural being is causing this entire disturbance....   [tags: Emily Bronte Wuthering Heights]

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Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire - Ghosts of the Past

- Ghosts of the Past Haunt A Streetcar Named Desire Our lives are consumed by the past. The past of what we once did, what we once accomplished, and what we once could call our own. As we look back on these past memories we seldom realize the impact these events have on our present lives. The loss of a past love mars are future relationships, the loss of our family influences the choices we make today, and the loss of our dignity can confuse the life we live in the present....   [tags: A Streetcar Named Desire Essays]

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It's Just Not Natural

- There is a saying that goes ‘Don’t be afraid of the dark,’ but the question is why should you be afraid. One reason why this saying came about is because people believe that something non-human exists out there. People believe that witches, shapeshifters, hellhounds, ghosts, angels, demons, jinns, and many more supernatural creatures exist. “Only 21 percent of Americans say they don’t believe in the supernatural at all (“Paranormal Poll: Americans…”).” Although many people may not voice or express their belief in the supernatural; they tend to be curious and question the existence of the supernatural at least once in their life....   [tags: Tales, Hellhounds, Ghosts]

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Believing in the Paranormal

- ... One of the most frequently reported dates back to the 16th century. Mother of Queen Elizabeth I and wife to King Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn was executed at the Tower of London in 1536 after being accused of witchcraft, treason, adultery and incest. There have been sightings of the woman's ghost reported at the tower and other locations such as her home, Hever Castle in Kent. ( Then there's the White House in the United States. Considered to be perhaps the most haunted house in America, there has been several reported phenomenons, many of them believed to be sightings of past presidents of the United States....   [tags: ghosts, famous hauntings]

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Are Ghosts Real?

- Most of people have encountered stories of people seeing ghost and many are conjured from recurring sitting from places like the war. Ghost have been portrayed in movies, and stories. Some stories can be epic and others can be very simple but in all there are many types of ghost stories. These stories will have our eye and everyone will want to believe. All people do believe or not, everyone even blind or not. People believe in ghost, and even blind people. I watched a Video about a blind person has to say about ghost....   [tags: stories of the supernatural]

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Henry James 's Turn Of The Screw

- Henry James’s Turn of the Screw may be considered a ghost story. If it is a ghost story, it musts feature genuine apparitions. If, instead, it is a realistic story, then there must be other explanations for what the governess claims to see. The governess claims sees two apparitions, Peter Quint and Miss Jessel, throughout the story. She believes that the ghosts are haunting the children that she is in charge of, Miles and Flora, who used to know Peter Quint and Miss Jessel. There are no cases where anyone other than the governess conclusively sees the ghosts, and there are other reasonable explanations told by the children....   [tags: Ghost, Ghost story, Ghosts, Paranormal]

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The Sixth Sense

- Children are usually regarded as naive, unrealistic and vulnerable individuals in the society. Because kids are new born and trying to discover what and how the world is, they cannot demonstrate a clear way of understanding. Therefore, people does not expect children to be wise and create sensible ideas. Nevertheless, there are a few children who are smart enough to compete against adults such as Cole in the movie named The Sixth Sense. Unlike the other peers of Cole, Cole has different qualities that makes him special: He is a helpful, intelligent and well-mannered character....   [tags: film analysis, cole, ghosts]

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The Haunting Of Whaley House

- The Haunting of Whaley House is a film I watched for no other reason than, I just couldn 't bring my self to watch The Hills Have Eyes 2 from 2007. I love Wes Craven, but even I burn out once in a while. Though I do promise to finish The Hills Have Eyes Series this month. The Haunting of Whaley House was a great film to cleans my palette, as its very heavy on the Camp. While I won 't go as far as to say that the characters are realistic, they are both like-able and very fun. When I saw the low score it has on Netflix I almost didn 't put it on and that would have been a shame as this film is worth watching....   [tags: Ghost, Haunted house, Paranormal, Ghosts]

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The Shinning by Stephen King

- In the horror genre, there are many concepts that can contribute to horrifying the audience. A common fear for most is the fear of the unknown or that of which cannot be seen such as what lies beyond the world people cannot see. It can raise question of what may cross the line into ghosts or "supernatural" territory. There could be tons of reasons as to why something could be portrayed as haunted. In the film The Shining by Stephen King, the Overlook Hotel calls to Jack Torrance to come back to the hotel and fulfill his duty as caretaker of that hotel....   [tags: supernatural, ghosts, film, horror genre]

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A Haunted House By Virginia Woolf

- “A Haunted House” by Virginia Woolf is a short story about a ghostly couple that are wandering around the home they lived in before they died, searching for something they lost. They move round the house as quietly as they can without waking the new owners. The owner does not awaken, but subconsciously begins to wander and get confused along with the ghost. they enter the drawing room the word “safe” is chanted multiple times, allowing the couple to feel at ease and know that their search was not in vain and what they yearn for is safe....   [tags: Ghost, Paranormal, Haunted house, Ghosts]

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Ghosts of the Bomb: The Tragedy of the Hibakusha

- The radiation that infected the air of Hiroshima and Nagasaki following the first and second nuclear attacks lends a physical manifestation to the idea that Japan was literally haunted by the ghost of the atomic bomb. It is important to acknowledge that the atomic bombs left behind permanent signs of impact that surpassed physical damage; lost in the calculations of casualties and blast radius was the psychological effect experienced by the victims of this unparalleled disaster. A dichotomy of sorts, the bomb appeared in a flash, incomprehensible, alien, and unknown, and left an emotional scar that manifested itself as the concept of the Hibakusha, which is directly translated as “explosion-...   [tags: World War II]

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Illusions and Realities in Ibsen’s Plays The Wild Duck and Ghosts

- Illusions and Realities in Ibsen’s Plays The Wild Duck and Ghosts In Ibsen’s The Wild Duck, illusions and reality are set into a conflict within the story of a son’s personal desire to confront idealism. Throughout much of the play, the son, Greger, argues the value of truth with the reluctant Dr. Relling. Relling insists on the importance of illusions, but fails to discourage Greger’s intentions and a play that begins as a comedy quickly turns into a tragedy because of these conflicts....   [tags: Ibsen Wild Duck Essays]

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Comparing Courage and Cowardice in A Doll's House, Ghosts and Hedda Gabler

- Courage and Cowardice in A Doll's House, Ghosts and Hedda Gabler All successful drama consists of conflict, whether between or within characters. Henrik Ibsen's work, A Doll's House is no exception.  Ibsen's play studies Nora's early courage and her confirmation of that courage at the end of the play. Nora's strength of character in forging her father's signature on a loan, and the repercussions of that act, provide much of the driving force for the drama. But Nora's great choice remains until the last act....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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The Joy Luck Club and The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts

- The Joy Luck Club and The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts Amy Tan’s novel, The Joy Luck Club describes the lives of first and second generation Chinese families, particularly mothers and daughters. Surprisingly The Joy Luck Club and, The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts are very similar. They both talk of mothers and daughters in these books and try to find themselves culturally. Among the barriers that must be overcome are those of language, beliefs and customs....   [tags: The Woman Warrior]

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Comparing the Treatment of Women in Hedda Gabbler, A Doll's House and Ghosts

- Women as Victims in Hedda Gabbler, A Doll's House and Ghosts      In Ibsen's plays - Hedda Gabbler, A Doll's House and Ghosts - the female protagonists of Hedda Gabler, Nora and Mrs. Alving demonstrate how social expectations and restrictions of women impacts the life every woman on a very personal level.    Conservative social and religious leaders imposed women's restricted social roles.  Women had to be married; there was not another socially acceptable option.  After marriage they had to stay with their families and fulfill their social and moral duty regardless of their personal feelings or how their husbands treated them.  Ibsen presents his characters Hedda, Nora and Helene as...   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Use of Ghosts to Change Victorian Society in A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

- Use of Ghosts to Change Victorian Society in A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens 'A Christmas Carol' is a novel by Charles Dickens, written in the Victorian era about a man named Ebenezer Scrooge. The book was written to remind people that we should all be kinder and more generous towards one another, and keep the spirit of Christmas all the year, not only in the Christmas season. Scrooge is a representation of most of Victorian society, and he is used by Dickens as a literary device....   [tags: Papers]

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The Turn Of The Screw

- ... Grose 's loyalty to our governess. It indeed will not be the last time. One evening our governess decides to take a stroll around the grounds at dusk, and as she is nearing the house, a figure catches her eyes standing at the very top of a tower. At first she assumed it was only her imagination, but as she looked away and then back at the tower she says he turns real and was indeed standing there. She originally was shocked and then that quickly turned to fear and terror as she thought that maybe this person had snuck in and maybe he had actually been there and for a while....   [tags: Ghost, Ghost story, Ghosts, Henry James]

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From Ghosts : The Form Of Ghost Stories

- ... Narrative Structure seen through the use of Animals In the Field of Life and Death, animals are the mirror-image of the human characters. In almost every chapter of the book humans and animals are paired up. In chapter one and chapter seventeen Two-and-a-Half Li and his goat are a pair. In chapter two Golden Bough and Chen Ye are mirrored by two butterflies. In chapter three Wang Po has to part with her old horse because of her poverty; in chapter six Fifth sister’s sister gives birth to a baby in one of the rooms of the house at the very same time a dog is giving birth to puppies behind the house....   [tags: Mao Zedong, Second Sino-Japanese War, Life]

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Symbolism in Macbeth: Dagger, Ghosts, and Threes

- Throughout the play "Macbeth" there have been many symbols that have been proven to be significant throughout the play. Of the many I will discuss the importance of The number three, the dagger, and Banquo's ghost.They are all always lingering in the play but not expressed in literal terms. A symbol is using an object or action that means something more than its literal meaning These symbols role in "Macbeth" are to provide a greater meaning to the play. Shakespeare has been known for creating plays that are enjoyable to read, the language is not so difficult once you are familiar with it....   [tags: Symbolism, Macbeth, Shakespeare, ]

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Basics of Ghost Stories

- Basics of Ghost Stories INTRODUCTION The ghost story writer has to attract the reader's attention straight away. The way story begins is important and often links with the rest of the narrative. The opening of a short story must try to engage the reader quickly. I think all ghost stories should always have a lot of suspense in it, to create anticipation and excitement. Some symbolic object/place for example a knife, a key must play a major part in the narrative. The story should also have lots of detail to get the feeling as if the reader is there to create different types of atmospheres, such as horror, terror, and excitement....   [tags: Ghost Story Stories Ghosts Essays]

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Strange Behavior and Ghosts in Hamlet by William Shakespeare

- Throughout the play ‘Hamlet‘, we see that the protagonist seems troubled and quite isolated. The Shakespearean play is believed to have been first performed between 1600 and 1601 but not published until 1603. Hamlet is the young prince of Denmark, his mother Gertrude married her brother-in-law shortly after her husband (Hamlet’s father) died. In the Elizabethan era many people believed in supernatural forces and this is displayed within the play when Hamlet’s father returns as a ghost. Many people would argue that Hamlet is possessed and his madness and strange behaviour is partly due to his father’s death and his reoccurrence as a ghost....   [tags: communication, isolation, claudius]

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Aa Ghost Among Ghosts

- Sheree Hamilton sat on the hardwood floor of her one bedroom apartment, meticulously painting her well-pedicured feet. She skillfully applied the second coat of the silver nail enamel on toes that were separated by white cotton balls. A gold-toned pendulum clock on the wall said 11am. Sheree should have been at work today, but she'd asked for the day off. A maintenance worker was coming to fix the vanity in her bathroom and she wanted to be there when he or she arrived. Although her new apartment was in a gated community with trusted staff, Sheree just didn't feel comfortable with a strange person being in her home while she was away....   [tags: Maxine Hong Kingston Book Review Analysis]

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Ghost Hunting

- Most of my hobbies are fairly normal. In the small amount of spare time I have I like to go to the movies or read. I also love to travel. Really, nothing I do can be considered far from ordinary. Well, maybe one thing. I'm a ghost hunter. Now this doesn’t mean I walk around with a bow and arrow, ready to strike out against some invisible target. Nor does it mean I dress up like a Ghost Buster and toast ninety-foot tall marshmallows with a proton gun. What this hobby usually entails is standing in a graveyard late at night with a camera, flashlight, and tape recorder....   [tags: Personal Narrative Ghosts Essays]

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The Theme of Hamlet by William Shakespeare

- Theme of Hamlet Every person in their life suffers situation in which they get hurt. This could come either physically, mentally, or emotionally. There are many ways a person could respond. Some people may simply let it go. Other people, however, will think vigorously. They will think about what was done to them, and by whom. These thoughts will then lead to the though of how the person can get even with the person that hurt them, or even better, hurt them even harder This is the thought of revenge, and in the play written by William Shakespeare titled Hamlet, revenge is a theme that can be sensed through out its entirety....   [tags: revenge, honesty, ghosts]

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The Case Against the Paranormal

- Every year when the temperature starts dropping and the leaves begin to get crisp, many ghostly tales resurface themselves for another round of terrifying anyone who is unfortunate enough to be in earshot of their horror. Many nightmares, uneasy looks into the dark, and scary reflections could be avoided if this simple question was answered: is the existence of the paranormal just a figment of the human psyche, or is there significant evidence that proves otherwise. The answer is no. There is not any proof that any such “undead” walk among us....   [tags: magic, ghosts, spirits]

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Grandma Nora's Bear

- Norma Green was a well respected lady that was very involved in the community. She was in her seventy’s and had a beautiful daughter named Sarah. Sarah was married to a wonderful man named Mark and they had a son named Jake. Norma suffered for years with breast cancer and despite her drive to beat the disease she died on November 5th, 2005. Grandma Norma was gone, but left were the treasured memories she left for her family. She was able to join her husband in heaven, as he died four years earlier....   [tags: short story, Ghosts, Creative Writing]

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House Voices

- House Voices I will start with my new house. It is down the street from where my grandma and great aunt live. The house has two levels, the main floor and the basement. There are two bedrooms, the office, the bathroom, the living room with a fireplace, dinning room, and the kitchen on the main level. The basement contains the laundry room, the family room, a bathroom, and a large storage area. The house was for sale because the old woman who lived in it before us had died in the summer heat while her air conditioner was broken....   [tags: Ghosts Descriptive Essays Personal Narrative ]

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The Science Of Ghost Hunters

- ... Science has given us the inventions of digital cameras and infrared light, portable digital voice recorders, EMF meters, and ghost hunters cannot ignore the most important tool they have, the body. One of the easiest to use as far as how to use the technology and how quick you can see the results is the digital camera. The digital camera can take a picture quickly and a person can review the photo almost as fast. Digital cameras can catch what the eye cannot see, meaning that the cameras can catch ghosts in the shape of white masses....   [tags: Ghost, Paranormal, Camera, Science]

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The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston

- In the novel The Woman Warrior Maxine Hong Kingston uses ghosts to represent a battle between American and Chinese cultures. The two cultures have different views of what a ghost is. The Chinese believe the ghost spirits may be of people dead or alive. Chinese culture recognizes foreigners and unfamiliar people as ghosts because, like American ghosts, they are mysterious creatures of the unknown. Americans view ghosts as spirits of the dead that either help or haunt people. American ghosts may or may not be real....   [tags: Kingston Woman Warrior]

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Is There a Place between this Life and the Afterlife?

- Is there a place between this life and the afterlife. Well to most Americans this seems to be a grey area. The reason that this is a grey area is because according to the Huffington Post “Of the 1,000 adults interviewed Dec. 17-18, the HuffPost/YouGov poll revealed 45 percent believe in ghosts, or that the spirits of dead people can come back in certain places and situations. When asked if they believe there's a life after death, 64 percent responded Yes. While 59 percent of adults don't believe they've ever actually seen a ghost, 43 percent also don't think that ghosts or spirits can harm or interact with living people.” 45% is a surprising number; the reason being is the fact that the bel...   [tags: religious beliefs]

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Living in the World of Spirits

- ... There are different types of clairvoyance that have various names: Clairsentient means that one can feel the presence of a spirit, Clairaudient means that one can hear spirits, and claircognizant means that you “just know” (What to Do). However, not only clairvoyant people have a better knowledge of a ghost that is present. Children and animals “are more sensitive to spirits than” adults (Spiritual Compass). If one knows of a child claiming that he/she is talking to someone that doesn’t exist, it would be safe to assume that whoever the child is talking to is a spirit (Spiritual Compass)....   [tags: supernatural occurences, poltergeist]

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Maxine Hong Kingston's The Woman Warrior

- Maxine Hong Kingston's The Woman Warrior Maxine Hong Kingston's novel, The Woman Warrior is a semi-autobiographical collection of short stories that chronicles her childhood in California. It gives the reader a feeling of how it feels like to be a Chinese American girl growing up with traditional parents in a world that is quite different from theirs....   [tags: Kingston Woman Warrior]

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Gender Criticism and The Turn of the Screw by Henry James

- Gender Criticism and The Turn of the Screw The Turn of the Screw by Henry James continues to stir up an immense amount of controversy for such a short novel. Making a definite, educated decision on the actual truth considering the countless inquiries that develop while reading this story proves more difficult than winning a presidential election. That being understood, taking one particular side on any argument from a close reading of the story seems impossible, because the counter argument appears just as conceivable....   [tags: ghost, servant, governess]

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