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The Gift of the Magi

- Many critics agree, “The Gift of the Magi” is, in all respects, an amazing and one of a kind story. One critic says, “Ironically, Fagin arrives at something utterly crucial to the success of 'The Gift of the Magi': that it has everything—an absorbing (if short) narrative drive and a twist ending that makes it wholly original” (Korb). Even renowned critic, Rena Korb, agrees; O.Henry did an excellent job with this story. Though O. Henry wrote many great stories, one of his most famous, and favorite, stories of all time is “The Gift of the Magi.” “The gift of the Magi” is a classic about a couple who sacrifices their happiness for the other....   [tags: The Gift of the Magi]

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The Gift of the Magi, by O. Henry

- Stories of love and sacrifice abound in literature. Perhaps one of the most well known stories among teens and adults is the tale of a poor, young couple struggling to find the perfect Christmas gifts for each other using their very limited means. They each manage to get what they think is the perfect gift for the other, but only accomplish this by selling a prized possession which effectively makes the new gifts impractical. This bittersweet narrative, “The Gift of the Magi” by O. Henry, illustrates the moral idea that a person, motivated by nothing but love for another, can possess a willingness to give in a self-denying way which necessitates that the reader consider that wealth be m...   [tags: The Gift of the Magi]

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Analysis Of The Poem ' Journey Of The Magi '

- ... By creating the images of “the camel men cursing and grumbling,” as well as them “wanting their liquor and women,” Eliot describes the desolate and corrupt world these magi were living in. Not only did these malicious individuals desire the horrendousness of the world, they even went as far to attempt to persuade the magi that their journey “was all folly,” or pointless. Showing the reader the severity of humanity’s disgrace, Eliot helps lead them on to the high point of the poem, the birth of Christ....   [tags: Jesus, Biblical Magi, Magi, Flight into Egypt]

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Analysis Of The Poem ' Journey Of The Magi '

- ... Showing the reader the severity of humanity’s disgrace, Eliot helps lead them on to the high point of the poem, the birth of Christ. As all Christians know, it is because of the heinous death of Christ that the world was able to be free from the darkness of sin that previously plagued humanity and offered the opportunity to spend eternity in Heaven. Continuing on into the second stanza, the reader encounters vivid images of a world that is drastically different from the previous. Instead of being in the “very dead of winter” (5), the magus describes the land as “a temperate valley” (21) that has “a running stream” (23) and smells “of vegetation” (22)....   [tags: Jesus, Biblical Magi, Magi, Star of Bethlehem]

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William Butler Yeats’ The Magi

- William Butler Yeats’ The Magi     Briefly stated, William Butler Yeats’ The Magi is a poem about people who, upon reaching old age, or perhaps just older age, turn to God and the spiritual world for fulfillment and happiness. We are told in the footnote to this poem that, after writing The Dolls, Yeats looked up into the blue sky and imagined that he could see "stiff figures in procession". Perhaps after imagining these figures, Yeats debated within himself whom these pictures could represent....   [tags: The Magi Essays]

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Analysis Of. Eliot 's Journey Of The Magi

- T.S. Eliot’s Journey of the Magi is a poem about the Three Wise Men and their journey to the city of Bethlehem for the birth of Christ. However, their journey is not all smooth sailing due to the perils of traveling in the desert. The first stanza includes a recollection of moments within their journey that display instability. The snow-covered desert, lack of fire and shelter, expensive and dirty villages, as well as traveling all night cause the Magi to reconsider whether or not it is worth the peril....   [tags: Jesus, Biblical Magi, Modernism, Star of Bethlehem]

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The Role of the Nativity in Magi and Carol of the Brown King

- The Role of the Nativity in "Magi" and "Carol of the Brown King"    What were the Three Wise Men searching for when they followed the North Star. They were obviously seeking the Christ child, but they were also searching for the truth and righteousness that he represents. Sylvia Plath in her poem "Magi" and Langston Hughes in his poem "Carol of the Brown King" discuss the merit of their respective minority groups through allusions to the nativity. Plath uses the journey to discuss both the ignorance of philosophers' quest for the "truth" and its neglect of females, and Hughes uses the righteousness of the nativity to emphasize the importance of blacks....   [tags: Magi Carol Brown King Essays]

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A Continuation of The Gift Of The Magi

- It was one week from Della's 30th birthday and Jim didn't have enough money to buy her a present. "Well," Jim thought, “if I don't have a watch then why should I have a chain for one?” So, he sold his watch chain in order to have money for Della's present. “Now, what do I buy Della?” he asked himself. “I think I'll go to the flea market and look for something, because one little rusty old chain won't buy me very much,” Jim stated as he started riding his bicycle to the market. At the market Jim found many things, some very pretty and expensive, some very pretty and cheap, and some just plain ugly things that had been there awhile and always would be until they were finally thrown a...   [tags: The Gift Of The Magi]

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The Gift Of The Magi

- ... Justification in the gift of the Magi is that the act of giving in and of itself is the ultimate gift to the self.It provides us with the ultimate sense of contentment in that it validates that,even the harsh world,we have within us goodness.Della and Jim are not the products of an overly sentimental imagination.The author strives to create circumstances as well as physical surroundings that bring true to life.Both the protagonists accept life as they find it without giving in to the negative emotions of hopelessness or despair Dellas only moment of doubt still revolves around her husband’s wellbeing when she seeks divine intervention so that she may remain pretty in JIm 's eyes....   [tags: Love, English-language films, Gift]

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The Gift Of The Magi

- ... In the story the author states “Now, there were two possessions of the James Dillingham Youngs in which they both took mighty pride. One was Jim’s gold watch that had been his father’s and his grandfather’s. The other was Della’s hair.” Which shows you how much the things they gave up meant to them. (The Gift of the Magi) Some people may not realize it, but love does require sacrifices. Some may not be as big as others, but they’re sacrifices none the less. Even in the story it shows it....   [tags: Love, Family, Ford Mustang, Shelby Mustang]

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The Gift Of The Magi

- ... If I had to name a narrator, based of the paragraph at the end, I would say instead the narrator would be a magi, or even the author. Because the point of view and narrator are quite separate from the story, it makes the story seem a lot more impersonal, and more like a lesson in writing. 4. Who are the characters (including the narrator) and what are they like. What seems to motivate them. What do they seem to represent or value or believe in. Why do they hold their values and beliefs. How do conflicting values create tensions among the characters....   [tags: Conflict, Fiction, Grammatical person, Narrative]

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The Gift Of The Magi

- ... Thus, we say that some women sacrifice their careers for their family. The term "sacrifice" is often used in religious contexts referring to the act of offering something precious to a deity, such as the sacrificial murder of a victim. As Romantic Ideology has certain aspects in common with religious beliefs, the term "sacrifice" is frequently used in romantic contexts as well. Intense love has no qualms about making considerable sacrifices. At the highest level of sports sacrifices have to be required, Elite young athletes devote their long hours of hard work and preparation each day for a goal they have set for themselves in the future....   [tags: Love, Interpersonal relationship, Sacrifice]

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The Gift Of The Magi

- ... The Mother looked at her son with shiny eyes and began to cry in front of him (Hemingway 282). This Mother is being devious and understands that if she uses her emotions it will allow her son to break down and listen and do what she wants. Next, the mother begins to play with her sons’ emotions more by “crying with her head in her hands” (Hemingway 282). This shows that she doesn’t want to show her face to anyone, this relates back to Della and how they both cover their faces from others because they are hiding something....   [tags: Woman, Wife]

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Journey of the Magi

- “Journey of the Magi” is a poem by T.S Eliot extracted from the Ariel poems and published in 1930. It is a dramatic monologue of one of the Magi telling us about his expedition throughout Palestine to find the Christian messiah: Jesus Christ. Through the narrator’s dramatic monologue, Eliot treats the envisioning of reality, usually distorted by the human mind. In the poem, the travelers witness something that changes their reality forever. How does this monologue illustrate the narrator’s envision of his experience traveling through Palestine....   [tags: Literary Analysis, T.S Eliot]

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The Shepherd, the Magi, and Jesus

- The Shepherd, the Magi, and Jesus The shepherds and the Magi, otherwise known as the Three Wise Men, are some of the memorable people from the New Testament of the Bible. Besides Mary and Joseph, they were the first to witness baby Jesus, and their journey confirmed the arrival of the Messiah. There are two Gospels, Luke and Matthew, that introduce the nativity story, but each holds different views as to how the holy message of the birth was delivered to the pilgrims, when the time of their journey happened, and who they were; the Gospel of Luke contends they were shepherds and Matthew states that they were three men from the East....   [tags: nativity, birth, messiah, baby]

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The Gift Of The Magi By O. Henry

- “The Gift of the Magi” by O. Henry William Sydney Porter, also known by his pen name O. Henry, is an American short story author who is well known for his humorous stories that comes with an unexpected ending. He was born on September 11, 1862 in the state of North Carolina. Initially he was not an author. In his early years, he held many different job positions ranging from banker, journalist, to even a licensed pharmacist from the age of 19. While working as a pharmacist, this was the beginning of him getting in touch with his creative side....   [tags: Fiction, Character, Protagonist, Short story]

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Irony : The Gift Of The Magi, And The Lottery

- Irony What is it about a story rich in irony that makes it so interesting. Irony causes the reader to expect the unexpected. As a reader you never know what’s going to happen, but you think you do. Irony may add humor to a story or help the reader to connect certain events. Irony is present in “Charles,” “The Gift of the Magi,” and “The Lottery.” “Charles” is written by Shirley Jackson. It is about a young boy named Laurie who had just started kindergarten. Every day when Laurie comes home from school he tells his parents about a boy in his class named Charles who is a very ornery boy....   [tags: The Lottery, Short story, Stoning, The New Yorker]

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The Gift Of The Magi By O. Henry

- ... The thing is that these people live in so much poverty , yet they 're so rich in love. They actually go home to a happy environment with their family. When you see an actual wealthy person you can see how unhappy they are even though they have all the money in the world to be happy.Some of these people just dedicate themselves to working and not making time for what actually is important their l9ve for their family, and not only family but their ambition for more and more money ,this can sometimes lead these people in going down wrong paths which sometimes its just hard to came back from....   [tags: Wealth, Poverty, Working class]

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Journey Of The Magi

- T.S. Eliot’s Journey of the Magi This Christmas poem is about the Epiphany and was created the very year of Eliot’s conversion to Christianity (Fleisner, 66). Therefore the theme of religion is an important one if we are to analyse the poem correctly. In the book of Ephesians in the Bible, Paul describes the rebirth of the world upon Christ’s death, emphasising the Ephesians’ new life (2:4-5). This theme of death and rebirth is present in the poem Journey of the Magi, which, I will argue, is structurally and internally divided into three stages; corresponding to the Sacrament of Penance: contrition (guilt), confession and satisfaction....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Gift of Magi

- <<The Gift of Magi>>,one of O.Henry's most famous short fictions, is a simple but moving story. It told us a very beautiful love story. The mistress of the home-Della had such beautiful hair that "if the Queen of Sheba had lived in the flat across the airshaft, she would have let her hair hang out the window some day to dry just to depreciate Her Majesty's jewels and gift." But she is often tortured with poverty. It took her several months to save one dollar and eighty-seven cents....   [tags: American Literature]

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T.S. Eliot´s Poem A Journey with the Magi

- T.S. Eliot beautifully tells the story of Jesus’s birth through the eyes of a magus who traveled to Bethlehem in “Journey of the Magi.” “Journey of the Magi” was published in 1927 and was a part of a series of Eliot's poems called Ariel Poems. “Religious themes became increasingly important in his poetry” after Eliot converted to Anglicanism. The title, “Journey of the Magi,” clearly communicates to the reader of what they can anticipate to read. Magi is the plural form of magus meaning “a member of a priestly caste of ancient Persia.” Commonly, people call the three men who visited Jesus wise men and kings....   [tags: jesus, birth, religion]

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Adoration of the Magi by di Nardo

- Iconographical Analysis: di Nardo, “Adoration of the Magi” The painting “Adoration of the Magi” by di Nardo portrays the three Magi approaching the baby Jesus and the Virgin Mary. However, there is much more to it than just this familiar scene from Judeo-Christian lore. When approaching this painting in order to analyze it iconographically, it is necessary to first look at all aspects of the form. If this aspect is ignored, it provides for an incomplete analysis of the painting. Once this is looked at, the iconography of the painting becomes much clearer, and it is easier to compare the painting to the actual biblical text from which it was derived (Gospel of St....   [tags: Iconographical Analysis Art Artwork]

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Art Museum : Legion Of Honor

- ... Two of these men were standing next to each as they were watching and facing towards the third man, who was one his knees bound to kiss the foot of Baby Jesus that being held by the hands of Mother Mary who was siting. To the left of Mother Mary was Saint Joseph who was standing, and to the right of Mother Mary looked like a male priest who had his hands together, and on his knees. There was what looked like a poorly structured house behind them, but we have to remember, back in this time period, the linear perspective has not yet been introduce to get a sense of space within an art piece, so when you look at the building in this piece, it looks as if it were a bit smashed together....   [tags: Jesus, Biblical Magi, Magi, Frankincense]

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Analysis of The Journey of the Magi by T. S. Elliot

- T.S. Eliot’s poem “The Journey of the Magi” was written the year of Eliot’s baptism into the Church of England in 1927, which made an impact on the content of his poems during that time.1 The poem is written in an allegorical style that has two levels of meaning, literal events, and the symbolic imagery that is evoked with language. Eliot gives the allusion that the poem is about the birth of Christ, but by reversing the situation, he instead parallels the death of Christ, thus forcing a choice upon the reader....   [tags: symbolic imagery, Magus, Christ]

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Analysis of the Journey of the Magi

- The Journey of the Magi by TS Elliot centres around one of the three Wise Men who travelled to Bethlehem shortly after his birth bringing him gifts of Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh. The poem has many different hidden meanings but they are all based around a common theme of faith. A common interpretation of the poem is that Elliot wrote about his experiences in converting to Christianity and put them into the context and mind frame of one of the Magi. This interpretation seems to fit very well. In the first section, of which there are three, the magus describes the physical aspects of the "long journey"; the "weather sharp", the "camels galled, sore-footed", "sleeping in snatches." Elliot i...   [tags: Poetry]

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Analysis Of `` Gift Of Magi `` By Edgar Allen Poe

- ... This author experienced this topic first-handed. O Henry, also known as William Sydney Porter, got his dream job in New Orleans away from his wife(2). When his wife got seriously ill, he left his job to go be with her. Even though he didn’t want to give up his reporting, he knew that he had to be at home. Just like in his short story, he gave up his prized possession, a hard-earned job, and came home to take care of his family. In “The Tell-Tale Heart”, a young man kills an old man because of his “evil eye”....   [tags: Edgar Allan Poe, Love, Short story]

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Hearty Gifts such as the Della and Jim´s in The Gift of the Magi

- The story of “The Gift of the MAGI” by O. Henry is about a couple, Della and Jim, who trying to make each other happy by buying gift in Christmas day. Unfortunately, they are very poor, and the only valuable things they have are Della’s beautiful hair and Jim’s gold watch. Since Della does not have enough money to buy Jim a gift, she sells her hair. After shopping in too many places, Della buys Jim a chain for his watch. She is sad for her hair, but happy that she could get him a gift, and she hopes that Jim likes him with a short hair....   [tags: Friendship, Presents]

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To Give is to Recieve in Gift of the Magi, by O. Henry

- Think about the last time that you opened a present that had been given to you by someone you love. Did you take a moment to think about what they might have gone through just to give you that one perfect gift. The giver may have sacrificed something very dear to their heart to give you that small token. In Gift of the Magi, by O. Henry, a young couple who is in desperate financial struggle sells their most prized possessions to purchase gifts for each other. O. Henry teaches the valuable lesson that sometimes in order to give a well thought out gift we may be required to sacrifice our time, possessions, or self aspirations....   [tags: scrapbook, aspiration, possession]

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Two Short Stories: The Gift of Magi and A Telephone Call

- In the short stories “The Gift f Magi” by O. Henry and “A telephone Call” by Dorothy Parker, two women are troubled by how their significant others view them. While O. Henry’s Della is able to see that Jim is not touched, Parker’s narrator is left with uncertainty because her significant other does not call back, stuffing her with skepticism. In O. Henry’s “The Gift of Magi”, a young couple in love has to get surprise gifts for each other before Christmas. The story takes place in a small-industrialized city where poverty is prevalent and money is scarce....   [tags: O. Henry, Dorothy Parker, literary analysis]

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Analysis of O'Henry's Short Story, The Gift of the Magi

- O’Henry’s “The Gift of the Magi” O. Henry’s short story “The Gift of the Magi,” is about a couple who most unwisely sacrificed for each other the greatest treasures of their house. The story takes place on Christmas Eve in a furnished apartment at eight dollars a week. I feel that the narrator mocks Jim and Della for being poor. “It did not beggar description, but it certainly had that word on the lookout for the mendicancy squad.” (O. Henry 165). Della and Jim’s income shrunk from thirty dollars a week to twenty dollars a week causing them a great deal of financial problems....   [tags: literary criticism, literary analysis]

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William Sydney Porter 's The Gift Of The Magi

- My author william sydney porter had a astonishing life changing experience while he was in prison. William Sydney Porter, later known as O. Henry wrote in a dry, but yet very humorous style as suggested in “The Gift of the Magi.” He generally used coincidences and many surprise endings. As a child he had a rough time working multiple jobs. He had a life changing experience that lead his work to be well known in american literature. His legacy all began from a crime he committed as a bank teller....   [tags: Short story, Guy de Maupassant, O. Henry Award]

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The Journey Of The Magi By Thomas Sterns Eliot And ' A Found Poem ' By Seamus Heaney

- ... The underlying motif of belief is exhibited in both poems in various ways. In the ‘Journey of the Magi” belief configured the incentive for the journey. ‘ There were times we regretted’. From the above quotation we can perspicuously observe whilst they regretted the journey due to its hardships they proceeded on for their belief. In this poem Eliot portrays belief as the rudimentary element for this journey-without belief the journey would have ceased to exist. On the other hand Heaney presents his audience with a secular prospect on the notion of belief.We can infer towards the beginning of the poem that the narrator has a subtle belief....   [tags: Poetry, Religion, Faith, Truth]

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A Comparison of The Gift of the Magi, by O. Henry and Country Lovers, by Nadine Gordimer

- The purpose of this paper is to compare and contrast two stories. I have chosen The Gift of the Magi, by O. Henry and Country Lovers, by Nadine Gordimer to accomplish this assignment. My intentions are to compare the author’s writing style, their differences in setting and theme, and note similarities as well. I will focus this paper on not only technical aspects of the author’s writing style, but their use of symbolism in their writing as well. The love the protagonists felt for each in both stories differed as well as the gifts they shared....   [tags: Compare Contrast]

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Important Themes And Biblical Symbols Of O. Henry 's The Gift Of The Magi

- Important Themes and Biblical Symbolism in O. Henry’s “The Gift of the Magi” The Young’s are a very poor couple living in New York City. James and Della Young are both scrambling to get the other something for Christmas but, neither have enough money. Even though both of the Young’s decide to give up what is most precious to them for the other, both do it out of selfless love for one another. The young couple both lose in the end what is most precious to them. However, both do receive the ultimate gift from each other and that is the gift of unselfish love which is worth more than any physical object....   [tags: English-language films, Love, Christmas]

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Art Analysis: Adoration of the Magi by Alessandro di Mariano Filipepi

- Viewing Reaction: Adoration of the Magi Introduction This altarpiece painting was done in tempera paint on wood by Alessandro di Mariano Filipepi. He became known as Sandro Botticelli. “Botticelli” was a nickname given by his older brother meaning 'small wine cask'. “(Artble, 2014). According to our textbook, this painting is one of four Adorations he painted that have achieved lasting fame. (Wold, 2008) Botticelli was an Italian Renaissance painter whose life spanned from 1440-1510. I was unable to verify where he was born, but most of the information I came across seemed to agree his home town was Florence, Italy....   [tags: Aesthetic Value, symbolism]

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A Complete Understanding Of An Artist 's Life, Emotional State, And The Adoration Of The Magi

- A complete understanding of an artist’s life, emotional state, and of their point-of-view is not completely necessary in order to understand their art. However, having knowledge on such can help better your understanding of some of their art. I believe that you do not have to be fully aware of an artist’s background and how they felt during the time of their work because sometimes you are able tell from the style of their work and what the painting is itself. Though you may not be able tell from their work what exactly going on in their life and the in lives around them, what their society was like for them, or their influences for their work, having the realization of that can give you a bi...   [tags: Florence, Leonardo da Vinci, Renaissance painters]

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The Gift of the Magi and Two Thanksgiving Day Gentlemen by O. Henry

- To understand the characters in O. Henry stories we must understand what motivates each character to do the things they do. How stories that seem similar and have a common theme can change drastically when we begin to analyze their subtle differences. The O. Henry stories “The Gift of the Magi” and “Two Thanksgiving Day Gentlemen,” both follow a similar theme. The stories are about sacrifices that people make in order to give someone a better outcome. The tone and meaning of each story is changed, however, when we begin to focus on why the character chose to make the sacrifice....   [tags: sacrifices, stories]

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Comparing Journey of the Magi by Eliot and Pygmalion by Shaw

- T. S. Eliot’s poem ‘Journey of the Magi’ is rich in content, imagery, symbolism and above all Biblical References. The poem throws some powerful questions to all the readers and seeks answers from them. This poem is very deep and hard to understand at the very first reading. Its charm lies in its complexity and ambiguity. Here the poet talks about journey of three wise men from East and their struggle. Their journey starts at a very tough time of the atmosphere – “the worst time of the year” and that makes the task altogether more difficult....   [tags: T.S. Eliot G.B. Shaw]

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Renewal in Yeats' Second Coming and Eliot's Journey of the Magi

- Renewal in Yeats' Second Coming and Eliot's Journey of the Magi         Both William Butler Yeats' "Second Coming" and T.S. Eliot's "Journey of the Magi" present a renewal process, but each one focuses on different goals and subjects; Eliot on a particular person's transformation, whereas Yeats predicts a renovation of the entire world as a result of an escalation of chaos. And while Yeats attempts to present a definite picture of what he believes will happen at the time of this renovation, as a human being, lack of foresight leaves him to conclude with nothing more than an unanswerable question....   [tags: Second Journey]

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True Meaning of Christmas in The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry

- The “Gift of the Magi” by O. Henry is a short story that has an interesting theme. The main themes in this short story are that people do not need money to express love, and the true meaning of Christmas. Things such as the characters, setting, and events contribute to the theme. The characters Della and Jim have very little money, and yet they express their love by each selling their greatest treasures. Della sells her hair and Jim sells his watch. If they were both wealthy people, the story would have most likely have changed for the worse....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Analysis Of Jacopo Del Sellaio 's Virgin, Child, And St. John

- Jacopo del Sellaio’s Virgin, Child, and St. John is a characteristically iconographic tempera panel painting of Madonna, the Christ Child, and the infant St. John from the early renaissance, dating to the early 1480s. Sellaio was a Florentine painter under the apprenticeship of Sandro Botticelli, which reflects through his style and symbolism in the painting. In this work, he depicts a classically devotional scene filled with biblical symbolism. Sellaio’s Virgin, Child, and St. John expresses Mary’s loving role as Christ’s mother, the protective power and warmth of her maternal bond, and the significance of the birth of Christ....   [tags: Jesus, Christmas, Mary, Biblical Magi]

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Women in Poverty in the Novels The Necklace Guy de Maupassant and The Gift of the Magi

- The Central Characters of Both These Stories Are Women Who Live In Poverty But React to Their Circumstances in Very Different Ways. What Point Is Each Writer Trying To Make. Both of these stories are about women and their husbands who live in poverty. One of the wives is not bothered about how they live and the other wife is very bothered about how she is living poverty as "she let herself marry a junior clerk in the Ministry of public Instruction". Both of these stories have a beginning like any other good story as it describes the characters and how they think about life but they both have the twist at the end which I think the turns the reader around or could confuse younger readers....   [tags: English Literature]

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Voice in T.S. Eliot's The Hippopotamus, The Hollow Men, and Journey of the Magi

- Voice in T.S. Eliot's The Hippopotamus, The Hollow Men, and Journey of the Magi Poetry has meaning. This meaning is usually a message, and a message is projected though a voice. When we read poetry we hear this voice. The voices projected in the T.S. Eliot poems 'The Hippopotamus', 'The Hollow Men' and 'Journey of the Magi' are particularly strong, and the voice carries a lot of meaning to the readers. The voice is three things; the voice of the poetry in relation to Eliot, the voice of the poetry, and the individual reader's interpretation of the voice....   [tags: Papers]

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Pietro Perugino and El Greco Paintings

- I open with this statement to help provide the context and content of this essay. It is my opinion, like that of the great conceptual artist Sol Lewitt, that many individuals misinterpret art, especially the art of the past. In connection with this, I also believe each person has a right to their own opinions and thoughts. It is my hope that you as the reader will permit my upfront opinion found in this essay. It is my desire to compare and contrast the two pieces I have chased through their formal characteristics, the symbols they contain, and the cultural backgrounds of each piece of art....   [tags: Art Analysis, El Greco, Perugino]

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William Sydney Porter ( O. Henry

- If you “write what you like [and believe that] there is no other rule,” you might agree with the lifestyle of William Sydney Porter (O. Henry). William wrote many great short stories, concerning different aspects of his life, under the pen name O. Henry. He wrote his stories in the literary period and style of Realism. He focused on topics that brought to light the reality of the world in a fictive sense. There were no fairy lands in his stories, there was, instead, the very real slums of big cities, with a hint of fictional storytelling....   [tags: Short story, Guy de Maupassant, Fiction, O. Henry]

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The Eight Themes that O'Henry uses are:

- The Eight Themes that O'Henry uses are: Beauty :Della is worried that Jim won't think she is beautiful with short hair, but Jim loves her for more than just her beautiful hair and how she looks. If you really love somebody, they are beautiful no matter how they look. Family :Jim and Della are husband and wife and they love each other. Jim's watch was given to him by his father and has been in his family for many years. Still, he sacrifices it out of love for Della. Giving :Della and Jim both feel that it is important to give nice gifts to each other to express their love....   [tags: English Literature]

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Annotated Bibliography Of ' The Rock ' And The Love Song Of J. Alfred Pruforck

- ... The collection consists of about seventeen poems involving different stories about cats. Each section is a different cat. Some of the few it includes is “The Naming of Cats,” “The Old Grumble Cat,” and many more. The overall theme was to basically make fun of cats in a more whimsical manner. According to Wikipedia, there have been many references to the collection, along with a few adaptions towards it as well. Due to all the references and adaptions, it seemed to have done quite well. The Love Song of J....   [tags: T. S. Eliot, Poetry, Poetic form]

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Essay About Love And Sacrifice

- ... So if this man does not think much of his watch, he could just get a new one. Although he does not. He has to live without it because he doesn 't need it, and he is conscious of this. He makes a sacrifice of luxury that he could have in order to support himself and his family. I 'm sure there are many people in this world that would act selfishly, but what he did was admirable and humans everywhere could learn from this. If you were to believe in karma, you 'd think he does good and be may be rewarded for the sacrifice he has made....   [tags: Love, Sacrifice, Life, Human sacrifice]

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Starry Dance: Signs in the Stars During the Life of Chirst

- ... Well, if you take our new technology you can go back and see exactly what happened that night. That night Jupiter came into close conjunction with Regulas then turned around (retrograde motion)and passed Regulas two more times. Jupiter for centuries has been known as the king planet and Regulus in the Roman culture is called Rex which means king. Regulus is part of the constellation Leo the Lion. The constellation following Leo the Lion was Virgo, the virgin, and the sun was passing through her – a woman clothed in the sun ....   [tags: conception, birth, crucifixion ]

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Were the African People Partially Responsible for Colonialism?

- “The condition of the native is a nervous condition introduced and maintained by the settler among the colonized people with their consent.” Frantz Fanon, 1961, The Wretched of the Earth Fanon’s quote, repeated on the first page of Nervous Conditions by Tsitsi Dangarembga, seems to state that Fanon held the colonized people of Africa partly responsible for the colonial system of governing and, by extension, the oppression of the African people. Fanon notes the silence of Africa in the face of colonialism and her inability or lack of will to act against the colonial governments....   [tags: Colonialism]

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Manga: The Images Tell More Than the Text

- Osamu Tezuka, the creator of the manga started his career in 1946. At the beginning of his career he mainly wrote shonen manga, but from the 1950’s he also wrote for adult and like the theme of the word war and its aftermath. Later he also dealt with sexuality, economics, alcoholism, nationalism in his comic series. He died in 1989, but the work he began got followers in Japan. (Power, 24-34) Manga is not only a comic book, but it has also the characteristics of a prose, a fiction and a non-fiction.(Poitras, 49) The manga stories can even derive from novels....   [tags: Manga Essays]

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A Comparison of Christmas in America and Spain

- ... While Christmas season in America has no real set beginning, the celebrations end on December 30th. The Spanish Christmas season officially starts on December 8th, with the Feast of the Immaculate Conception; and ends on January 6th, or El Dia de los Reyes Magos (3 Kings Day). In between this time period there are four other celebrations, including the Day of the Innocent Saints occurring on December 28th, “Nochebuena” (The Good Night) being celebrated on Christmas Eve, Navidad (Christmas) being celebrated on Christmas Day, and Nochevieja (The Old Night) being celebrated on New Years Eve....   [tags: gifts, traditions, culture]

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Patrons and Artisans of the Renaissance Period

- The Renaissance period (1400 to 1700) covered art, literature, philosophy and government. Renaissance culture spread outwards from Florence, to other Italian cities and then, over the following centuries, to the rest of Europe. It is widely understood that it was a unique combination of several different influences that led to the Renaissance, with the social and political conditions of the era, combined with great wealth and the large number of talented artists and artisans in Florence; influencing cultural development on an exceptional scale....   [tags: European History, European Artists]

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Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Raphael Sanzio

- Leonardo da Vinci was born on April 15, 1452 in Vinci, Italy. His full birth name was Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci. The meaning of Leonardo birth name is Leonardo, son of (Mes) ser Piero from Vinci. He was born to Messer Piero Fruosino di Antonio da Vinci who was a Florentine notary, and Caterina, a peasant. Leonardo was an illegitimate son because his parents were never married. Leonardo was raised by his father. In 1466, when he was only 14 he became an apprentice to one of the most successful artist of his day, Andrea di Cione....   [tags: Biographies, Famous Italian Artists]

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Analysis Of Hunt And Gather Truth

- “To Hunt and Gather Truth” Some of the most interesting and admittedly frustrating discussions in my high school literature classes ensue when I ask what a particular text means. The first step in this of course is comprehension; we don’t know what a text means if we don’t know what it says. And even here we can run into some trouble. Not long ago a student of mine quite enthusiastically defended her interpretation of a poem and insisted that poems can have more than one correct interpretation....   [tags: Meaning of life, High school, Marriage]

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Nathaniel Hawthorne 's Young Goodman Brown

- ... “But now your good worship will lend me your arm, and we shall be there in a twinkling.’ ‘That can hardly be,’ answered her friend. ‘I may not spare you my arm, Goody Cloyse; but here is my staff, if you will.’ So saying, he threw it down at her feet, where, perhaps, it assumed life, being one of the rods which its owner had formerly lent to the Egyptian magi. Of this fact, however, Goodman Brown could not take cognizance” (Hawthorne pg. 9). The traveler’s staff is again mentioned and is described as one of the staffs previously lent to the Egyptian magi....   [tags: Young Goodman Brown, Nathaniel Hawthorne, God]

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Listening Skills

- Listening Skills      The importance of listening effectively is obvious to our everyday activities. The fundamentals of listening appear to be quite simple; however, with a little thought on the matter, the depth of the listening is far from basic. The similarities between hearing and listening can be deceiving. Hearing is a physical process and listening is both physical and psychological. There are several purposes of listening. If you are a good listener, it will be a huge help in school, at work, in relationship, and in other situations....   [tags: Listening Skills Listen Essays]

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Prospero’s Magic in Shakespeare's The Tempest

- Prospero’s Magic in Shakespeare's The Tempest In order to understand the full effect the character of Prospero, in Shakespeare's The Tempest, would have had on the audience, it is important to understand how magic was regarded during the time. During the Tudor and early Stuart periods, interest in magic ran high, and attitudes toward magic were varied and complex. For instance, magic was to be avoided by God-fearing men, but "God permitted magic partly to demonstrate, by its overthrow, his own miraculous powers, and partly as one of the pitfalls that appeared in the world as a result of original sin" (Traister 3)....   [tags: Tempest essays]

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Compare the Gospel of Matthew and the Gospel of Luke

- Compare and contrast the birth narratives in the Gospel of Matthew and that of the Gospel of Luke. The birth narrative of Matthew begins with a long genealogy of Jesus, which basically shows how Jesus is son of Abraham who is the father of the nation of Israel, and David the King of the Jews. This may not seem important but this genealogy shows how Jesus is connected to the Davidic line. Then we have Mary, who just found out she was pregnant and Joseph decides it is best to divorce her because he wanted to break his union with someone who is pregnant, by someone else....   [tags: Faith Religion bible]

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Leonardo da Vinci

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Pride In Poetry

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Waste Land Essay: Superficiality in The Waste Land

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John Milton's On the Morning of Christ's Nativity

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Leonardo Da Vinci's Time in Milan

- The objective of this essay is to provide an explanation of Leonardo da Vinci’s life and work as an artist in context with his time spent in Milan. Following an initial introduction to Leonardo’s formative years in Florence (and his apprenticeship to the sculptor and painter Andrea del Verrocchio, 1435-88), I will attempt to explain the significance of his presence in Milan with detailed descriptions of his work there. Giorgio Vasari (1511-74) was also an artist and architect, but is perhaps better known for his book on the lives of well known painters, sculptors and architects (published 1550; from Cimbue to his autobiography which was included in a revised edition): “Vasari's book offers...   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Rich versus Poor in America

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Biography of T.S. Eliot

- Biography of T.S. Eliot T.S. Eliot changed the face of poetry. He has been regarded as the most celebrated poet of his era. This Nobel Prize winning poet is credited with viewing the world as it appears, without making any optimistic judgements. Despite the ire of Mr. Eliot, it would be safe to regard him as a prophet of doom. His works reflected his frustration with mankind, and the seeming need to be released from this cold world. It was once said, “How unpleasant to meet Mr. Eliot.” (Time 1) His rather cynical view of man’s accomplishments leads one to regard him as a pessimist who prophesies nothing but doom for mankind....   [tags: Thomas Stearns Eliot Writers Poetry Essays]

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O. Henry's Writing Style

- When people try to describe O. Henry’s writing style, they always use the term “smile with tears,” which implies his twisted way of thoughts and endings about every story. These stories usually end in a humorous but also cruel kind of way. It’s absolutely useful to elevate the artistic thought in writing a thoughtful story. To better understand the brilliant plots of his twisted endings let us begin with one of his most famous stories, The Cop and the Anthem1. In this story, the main character was trying to find shelter for the coming winter by getting himself thrown into prison....   [tags: Author O. Henry]

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Love Despite Dominance in Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel and The House of Bernarda Alba by Federico Garcia Lorca

- Literature often words complex phenomena, which otherwise possibly remain ignored. One example of such complex phenomena is the coexistence of two contradictory elements, dominance and love. Dominant personalities in Like Water for Chocolate and The House of Bernarda Alba, Mama Elena and Bernarda Alba respectively, do not explicitly display love towards their daughters, but it is revealed by their behaviour and uncharacteristic actions. Some elements of characterization or narrative mode in both the works try to limit the reader’s perception of the dominant personalities to their static characteristics....   [tags: Compare and Contrast]

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Life in the Middle Ages Depicted in the Book "A World Lit Only by Fire"

- The beginning of the middle ages were tough. Liceracy was openly ignored and only one out of every 100 murderers were brought to justice. Even your average game of football could lead to someone’s burial. Even though some deaths were accidental, most were done intentionally. The punishment for most crimes was death. Even if a person lived a healthy life and didn’t commit any crimes they would only live to the age of 30. Men might make it to forty or even 50 but then would look like men who are 80 years old today....   [tags: a world lit only by fire]

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The San Vitale in Ravenna and The Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem

- Monuments such as the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem and San Vitale in Ravenna, perform a great importance in Byzantine and Islamic architecture. Both of these structures did not exclusively represent the main place of worship, but most importantly as a symbol of achievement and growth within the current times of construction. Starting in 524, under the influence of Orthodox bishop Ecclesius, the development of San Vitale was to represent the achievements of the emperor Justinian. Julius Argentarius was the sponsor for this structure and it was dedicated by Bishop Maximian in 547....   [tags: Byzantine, Islamic Architecture]

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Lorenzo De ' Medici, A Famous Statesman And Patron Of The Arts

- Lorenzo de’ Medici, a renowned statesman and patron of the arts, wasn’t acknowledged as “The Magnificent” for nothing. After his father, Piero di Cosimo de ' Medici, died in 1469, Lorenzo took the reigns as head of the Medici household and business, and thusly led Florence to its prime as one of the most powerful city-states in all of Italy. Lorenzo had the abilities capable of pulling off such a feat. In fact, it is said that, “Lorenzo was playing a part. Not a real Prince, he must act the prince....   [tags: Florence, Lorenzo de' Medici, House of Medici]

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Analysis Of `` Young Goodman Brown `` By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- In the short story, “Young Goodman Brown”, Nathaniel Hawthorne enlightens his readers through symbolism regarding the plight of mankind. His ancestor John Hathorne, a judge during the Salem witch trials, compelled Nathaniel to use his literary work to express his thoughts about human morality. However, the guilt Hawthrone felt concerning his ancestors, caused him to add a “w” to his name to hide their relation. Salem, the setting for the story, foreshadows the symbolism that Hawthrone creates throughout his writing....   [tags: Nathaniel Hawthorne, Young Goodman Brown]

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Leonardo Da Vinci : The Epitome Of A Renaissance Man

- ... “Renaissance Man” Emerges in Milan After leaving Verrocchio’s studio, da Vinci received his first independent commission in 1478 for an altarpiece to reside in a chapel inside Florence’s Palazzo Vecchio. Three years later the Augustinian monks of Florence’s San Donato a Scopeto tasked him to paint “Adoration of the Magi.” The young artist, however, would leave the city and abandon both commissions without ever completing them. In 1482, Florentine ruler Lorenzo de ' Medici commissioned da Vinci to create a silver lyre and bring it as a peace gesture to Ludovico Sforza, who ruled Milan as its regent....   [tags: Leonardo da Vinci, Florence, Mona Lisa, Milan]

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Michelangelo And The Pope 's Ceiling, By Ross King

- For the close observation section, I selected paintings that are from the 15th and 16th century. I chose the book, “Michelangelo and the Pope’s Ceiling,” by Ross King; therefor these works of art are from the time when he was alive. For the observations of the paints I chose, I made both simple and more in-depth for most of them. For the first painting, “The Adoration of the Magi,” (c. 1440-1460) by Fra Angelico and Fra Filippo Lippi, I noticed that it is a very colorful painting due to the garments of all the people....   [tags: Leonardo da Vinci, Florence, Jesus]

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The Connection Between Imagery and Paradoxes in Poetry

- Ars Poetica, written by Archibald MacLeish, depicts the significance of a poem’s use of imagery in order to convey the author’s intended meaning. “A poem should be wordless, as the flight of birds” (MacLeish 558 l.7-8). A flock of birds does not take much thought to comprehend, rather the sight explains the event itself. This beautiful metaphor presents a suggestion for poets by displaying its effectiveness first hand. Likewise, the poems in “cluster 3” follow the same criterion. In essence, Ars Poetica acts as a guideline for the following poems....   [tags: Imagery, paradoxes, poetry, Ars Poetica,]

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The Second Set of Doors at the Baptistery

- The maintenance and completion of the Baptistery of San Giovanni, one of the oldest and most significant buildings in Florence, was entrusted to the Arte del Calimala Guild. This wool merchants’ guild was the oldest of Florentine guilds and was extremely powerful and wealthy. This wealth and power was due in large part to the fact that Florence was the fabric capitol of Italy. The Baptistery was dedicated to Florence’s patron saint John the Baptist. Consequently, the first set of doors created by Andrea Pisano in 1336 depicted scenes from the life of Saint John the Baptist and was installed on the east or main entrance side....   [tags: Art History]

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