Biblical Allusion

  • Biblical Allusion

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    come short of the glory of God.”(Romans 3:23) The fall of man- it’s a common topic all throughout the Bible. Many allusions to this familiar Biblical theme are made in the war-time novel, A Separate Peace, by American author John Knowles. In this work, Knowles relates many of his experiences as a teenage boy attending boarding school during World War Two. He uses Biblical allusions to reveal much about human nature. In Genesis 4:3-5 the Bible says, “In the course of time Cain brought some of the

  • Biblical Allusions to The Grapes of Wrath

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    Biblical Allusions to The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck was born in Salinas, California, on February 27, 1902. He studied marine biology at Stanford University and then traveled east on a freighter through the Panama Canal. Steinbeck went to New York to work as a newspaper reporter but soon returned to California and held a variety of jobs while he wrote. Steinbeck published Tortilla Flat in 1935, Of Mice and Men in 1937, and The Red Pony in 1937, which established his reputation as a forceful

  • The Handmaid's Tale as a Biblical Allusion

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    The Handmaid's Tale: A Biblical Allusion Imagine a country where choice is not a choice.  One is labeled by their age and economical status.  The deep red cloaks, the blue embroidered dresses, and the pinstriped attire are all uniforms to define a person's standing in society.  To be judged, not by beauty or personality or talents, but by the ability to procreate instead. To not believe in the Puritan religion is certain death.  To read or write is to die.  This definition is found to be true

  • Grapes Of Wrath Biblical Allusions

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    story The Grapes of Wrath to encompass many themes and ideas. He included several Biblical allusions to enforce his message of the migrating families coming together to form a community. Steinbeck alludes to Biblical characters through Jim Casy and Rose of Sharon, events like the family’s journey to California and the flood at the end of the novel, and teachings throughout the novel.      The Biblical allusions represented by the characters in the novel are most obvious in the characters of

  • Biblical Allusions in Lord of the Flies

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    Biblical Allusions in Lord of the Flies In the story, Lord of the Flies, there are many biblical allusions; Simon represents Jesus, the pig’s head represents Satan or rather their satanic sides, Jack represents Judas, and the island represents the Garden of Eden. Through out this novel these allusions play large parts in the story and ideals place in the story. Simon, one of the major characters in the story, is set as the allusion of Jesus. Christ always had an affinity with children; in

  • Biblical Allusions Of The Songs Of Innocence

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    In the Songs of Innocence there are all types of Biblical allusions in his poems. In his poem To Tirzah there are biblical allusions to Jesus dying on the cross and how he was raised on earth. Tirzah was a royal city of the Canaanites that was considered to be a rebellious city. In this poem he is conveying the relationship between mortal body that will eventually die on earth, and the spiritual body, that is more like sleep than actual death. From the bible Jesus came down from heaven and died for

  • Biblical and Mythological Allusions in Moby Dick

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    An allusion is a reference to a well-known person, place, event, literary work, or work of art.   Writers often use biblical and mythological allusions to which their readers are familiar.  In Moby Dick, Herman Melville frequently uses biblical and mythological allusions.  With these allusions the reader begins to understand the topic of discussion and is also exposed to the wisdom and knowledge Melville possess.       The first allusion appears in the

  • Biblical Allusions in Melville's Moby Dick

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    higher ranked, mate, while Steelkilt is described as the more respectable, but lower ranked mate. Melville faintly, yet noticeably relates Moby Dick as a God and Steelkilt as Jesus. Such clever biblical allusions accurately describe Moby Dick and Steelkilt and although Melville does not give any biblical significance to Radney, the readers can still clearly visualize Radney’s character. The Town-Ho’s Story has symbolic significance that both foreshadows and describes Radney, Steelkilt, Moby Dick

  • Steinbeck's Biblical Allusion in The Grapes of Wrath

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    Biblical Allusion in The Grapes of Wrath A popular literary technique that can be found in a number of literary works is the biblical allusion.  John Steinbeck perfects this technique in his novel The Grapes of Wrath by introducing a character who is symbolic of Jesus Christ.  This character, Jim Casy, not only shares initials with this biblical figure, but he also grows thoughout the novel as a speaker, a mediator, an organizer, and, most remarkably, a martyr. At the advent of the novel

  • Biblical Allusions in Shirley Jackson’s The Lottery

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    works of literature, authors have used allusions for the reader to be able to make multiple connects between many different important works of art. In all types of literature, whether it is a poem, novel, or part of a casual/scintillating conversation, allusions are between the lines of most readings, connecting dots immediately due to their hidden, yet obvious meanings. Once one takes a closer look, the reader can observe that Jackson uses biblical allusions in her short story to create many references

  • Biblical Allusions in Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre

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    Biblical Allusions in Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre One Sunday evening, shortly after Jane arrives at Lowood School, she is forced to recite the sixth chapter of St. Matthew as part of the daily lesson (70; ch. 7). This chapter in Matthew states, Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? / (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. / But

  • Biblical Allusions: Golding´s Lord of the Flies

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    In many classic novels, authors use biblical allusions to highlight a certain character or situation. By using biblical allusions, authors can help the reader better understand what it is that they want to convey through their literary work. In William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, Golding utilizes symbolism of places and characters to allude to the Bible. Out of the many references, four significant biblical allusions – title of the novel, Simon, beast, and the island itself – emphasize Golding’s

  • Steinbeck’s Use of Biblical Allusions in Of Mice and Men

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    to be personally irreligious (), Of Mice and Men is still underscored by Judeo-Christian and Biblical allusions, mores, and ideas. With the irreligious nature of Steinbeck in mind, these allusions in Of Mice and Men can be understood as Steinbeck creating a familiar framework to explore the issues of moral decay and societal dissolution in the era of the Great Depression. This idea of religious allusion as a vehicle for exploring modern day issues is supported by Steinbeck himself, who explicitly

  • Biblical Allusions and Imagery in Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath

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    Biblical Allusions and Imagery in Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath             John Steinbeck always makes it a point to know about his subjects first hand.  His stories always have some factual basis behind them. Otherwise, he does not believe that they will be of any value beyond artistic impression.  Therefore, most of his novels take place in California, the site of his birth and young life.  In preparation for writing his

  • Chaucer's Canterbury Tales - Biblical Allusions in The Shipman's Tale

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    The Canterbury Tales, - Biblical Allusions in The Shipman’s Tale There is no doubting Chaucer’s mastery at paroemia; that his adaptations of his many and varied sources transcended their roots is attested by the fact that, unlike many of his contemporaries or authorities, his works have not “passen as dooth a shadwe upon the wal”[1]. Yet while his skill as a medieval author is undisputed, the extent of his subtlety is not always fully appreciated. In The Canterbury Tales, for instance, while

  • The Biblical Allusion of Lot's Wife in Slaughterhouse-Five

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    Kurt Vonnegut’s novel Slaughterhouse-Five, uses the biblical allusion of Lot’s wife looking back on the destroyed cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to parallel the story of Billy Pilgrim during the war and his experience after, when he returns to the United States. Although the reference is brief, it has profound implications to the portrayal of America during World War II, especially the bombing of Dresden. Although Lot’s wife’s action dooms her to turn into a pillar of salt, the narrator emphasizes

  • Biblical Allusions Of Nathaniel Hawthorne 's ' The Scarlet Letter '

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    Bianca Adamo 10000585609 Professor. Date In The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne recites many biblical allusions when explaining the human demeanor of Hester Prynne and the Puritan community she lives in. Hester gives birth to an illegitimate daughter whom she names Pearl. A “pearl of great price”, a reference made to the Biblical Gospel of Matthew. The ‘pearl of great price”, is one that a merchantman sold all his belongings for in the pursuit of purchasing this expensive pearl. This is the

  • Biblical Allusion in Cry, the Beloved Country, by Alan Paton

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    The use of Biblical allusions and references is evident in Alan Paton's Cry, the Beloved Country. Against the backdrop of South Africa's racial and cultural problems, massive enforced segregation, similarly enforced economic inequality, Alan Paton uses these references as way to preserve his faith for the struggling country. By incorporating Biblical references into his novel, one can see that Alan Paton is a religious man and feels that faith will give hope to his beloved country. Throughout the

  • Biblical Allusions in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby

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    is too much enveloped by his surroundings to save them and is consumed in the attempt. Despite the biblical allusions, strong images and explicit statements identifying Gatsby with Christ, the prevailing tone of the novel prevents him from being a Christ-figure. A strong pattern of biblical allusions establishes an image of Gatsby as Jesus. The very first description of Gatsby conjures biblical images. Gatsby is described as having "a heightened sensitivity to the promises of life" and "an extraordinary

  • Melville shows anger at Christianity through biblical allusions in Moby Dick

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    Near the beginning of Moby Dick, Father Mapple reminds Pequod sailors of the biblical prophet Jonah and his unique encounter with a whale. The whale, known as a Leviathan in the Bible, swallows Jonah because Jonah refuses to obey God's command to preach to a wicked group of people. Father Mapple in his sermon says, "If we obey God, we must disobey ourselves; and it is in this disobeying ourselves, wherein the hardness of obeying God consists" (47). Once Jonah admits his sinfulness and follows his

  • Biblical Allusion in Joyce Carol Oates' Story "Where are You Going? Where Have You Been?"

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    Joyce Carol Oates' short story "Where are you going? Where have you been?" 'runneth over' with Biblical allusion and symbolism. The symbols of Arnold Friend, his disguise, and the music that runs through the story contribute to an overall feeling of devilishness, deception, and unease. The depiction of Arnold Friend runs parallel to the common conception of the Devil. Many aspects of his outward appearance, as well as his behavior, contribute to this by portraying him in a sinister manner. His

  • Study the Bible!

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    Study the bible! : The Use of Bible Allusions in Literature Biblical references are a technique used in literature by authors to alter readers perceptions. The readers beliefs are challenged by using biblical references in literature. In “The Gospel According to Mark” by Jorge Luis Borges, Borges uses many biblical references to give readers a different view of the main character. With the biblical references being used in “The Gospel According to Mark”, readers are able to portray the main character

  • Desire Under The Elms

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    “Desire Under the Elms”       In “Desire Under the Elms”, by Eugene O’Neill, many uses of both biblical and mythological allusions can be seen. These allusions help add depth to the plot of the play by linking the play to other similar, well-known stories. Three of the best allusions are seen in Cabot’s talk about how God is a strong god, his talk about God being in the stones, and his telling Eben that he is blind as a mole.      Cabot’s talk about

  • Analysis Of Margaret Fell And Mary Howgill

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    God and the Word of God. In this essay, we will critically analyze these two works, centering the focus on how each text is rhetorically structured and the ways in which their arguments are solidified through the literary device of allusion. The definition of allusion is classified as a figure of speech whereby the author refers to a subject matter such as a place, event, or literary work by way of a passing reference. It is up to the reader to make a connection to the subject being mentioned. Throughout

  • Biblical Illusions in Toni Morrison's Song of Solomon

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    Biblical Illusions in Toni Morrison's Song of Solomon Song of Solomon, by Toni Morrison, is about a man named Macon Dead. Throughout this novel, however, he is known by all except his father as Milkman because his mother breastfed him until he was in his teens. The novel centers on Milkman's attempt to find himself. His family is a wealthy black family living in a poor black neighborhood, where Milkman's father prohibits Milkman from interacting with most of them, including his aunt. However

  • Billy Budd, Sailor Essay

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    on, The Rights of Man, and was oppressed to a British naval warship named the H.M.S. Billopotent. There were numerous allusions used throughout the novella that enhanced the meaning of this great work. The allusions used pertain towards myths, the Bible, History, and other works of literature. All of them together illuminate the true meaning of the entire novella. Biblical Allusions were used vividly throughout this work. In fact, a significant reference was made between Billy Budd, the protagonist

  • Hester Prynne Analysis

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    Hawthorne portrays Hester Prynne as a pure character while Lawrence provides a powerful and logical explanation as to why Hester does not deserve any admiration. In his essay, “On The Scarlet Letter,” D. H. Lawrence applies precise diction, biblical allusions, and dramatic verbal irony to emphasize Hester Prynne as a character who should be criticized and mocked for her sins. Lawrence uses the words “demon” and “witch” to express his antipathy towards Hester Prynne. Lawrence suspects Hester to

  • John Donne: Quixotic yet Sacrosanct

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    love or religion, two different topic, they are connected thru the continuous use of devices such as allusions, metaphors, and puns; providing a bond for each poem yet each for a different context. “The Flea,” “Holy Sonnet VII”, and “A Hymn to God the Father” each have distinct themes, but find common ground by the use of common literary devices. Donne consistently uses allusions, usually biblical, throughout his poems. Even in an erotic love poem, he manages to insert that “three lives in one flea

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    Within the first few scenes we encounter a bout of tragic events. Allusions are either directly or indirectly used in literary works because it helps the reader establish the parallels between the two and deepen the significance. In this play, the audience is introduced to mostly Biblical allusions. Biblical allusions are widely used because the Bible is a text that is recognized across all acts of faith. Three main Biblical allusions that the audience may recognize include The Garden of Eden, the

  • The Grapes Of Wrath By John Steinbeck

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    effectively presents the isolated struggles of one family, the Joads, while also relating them to the widespread social upheaval of the time. Throughout the novel, Steinbeck uses biblical allusions in order to instill in his readers the value of selflessness, the necessity of anger, and the inhumanity of capitalism. With the use of biblical references throughout the novel, Steinbeck argues that selflessness is essential for the existence of humanity. In the beginning, after they are forced from their home

  • Analysis of Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave

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    figurative language in his narrative in few of which are allusions and irony. Allusions,an expression designed to call something to mind without mentioning it explicitly; an indirect or passing reference. Irony; the expression of one's meaning by using language that normally signifies the opposite, typically for humorous or emphatic effect. In particular Douglass uses many biblical allusions in the narrative to question the explanation of biblical passages in their support of slavery. The first Method

  • The Grapes Of Wrath By John Steinbeck

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    Joads soon discover for themselves that they come across more problems than they were expecting during the travel and also when they arrive to California. There are a couple of literary elements included in this novel and they are symbolism and biblical allusions. These elements relate to the issues that the Joads and Okies faced throughout the Great Depression. Symbolism is used throughout the novel to represent the ideas of life and hardship the Joads are going through during the Great Depression.

  • Biblical References in Grapes of Wrath

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    In his novel Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck integrated many biblical references and values throughout the book. This provided a more intriguing and complex style of writing that he used to tell about the Dust Bowl of the early 1900’s and the arduous journey the Joad family and many others took to reach California. The first biblical reference is revealed when the Joad family leaves for California. “the rest swarmed up on top of the load, Connie and Rose of Sharon, Pa and Uncle John, Ruthie and

  • An Analysis of Pablo Neruda’s The United Fruit Co.

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    from Chile and gives a voice to Latin America in his poetry (Bleiker 1129). “The United Fruit Co.,” the poem by Pablo Neruda that will be analyzed in this essay, is enriched with symbolism, metaphors, and allusions. These allusions have great emphasis to the Christian religion, but some allusions are used to evoke negative emotions towards the United States (Fernandez 1; Hawkins 42). Personification and imagery along with onomatopoeia and metonymy are also found in “The United Fruit Co.” Neruda’s

  • John Donne: Quixotic yet Sacrosanct

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    Love and religion are two of the most common topics of poetry. Many of Donne’s poems are on one of these two very different topics, his works are connected through the continuous use of devices such as allusion, metaphor, and pun; providing a bond for each poem, yet a different context for each one. “The Flea,” “Holy Sonnet VII,” and “A Hymn to God the Father” each have distinct themes, but find common ground by the use of common literary devices. “The Flea” is a carnal poem where the speaker tries

  • Mother To Son Allusion

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    Megan Frisbie March 20, 2014 Essay #2 Biblical Allusion and African-American Spirituals in “Mother to Son” Langston Hughes’s poetry often deals with racial struggles faced by African-Americans. The poem “Mother to Son” is no exception. Written as a monologue, the poem has two audiences. As the title indicates, the primary audience is her son; on an allegorical level, the story addresses the African-American community-at-large. The narrator (the mother) relates to both audiences the theme that

  • Analysis Of Letter From Birmingham Jail

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    hoped that the white religious leaders will come to his aid but instead found reluctance and opposition. In the “Letter from Birmingham Jail”, Martin Luther King, Jr. refutes his critics claims through the use of passionate tones, metaphors, and allusions. Dr. King effectively expresses why his critics are wrong in a passionate tone. He is extremely zealous about the rights that African-Americans have been neglected to have and should have, as well as everyone else. Mr. King was criticized for his

  • Grapes Of Wrath Allusions

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    In his novel, The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck uses Biblical allusions to tell the story of a migrant worker family, the Joads. John Steinbeck grew up in a little farming town named Salinas with nothing more to read than a Bible. It is no wonder then that so many of his books have Biblical allusions in them. For example, Jim Casy compares to Jesus Christ. In his novel, The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck uses Biblical allusions to tell the story of a migrant worker family, the Joads. At the beginning

  • Comparing Thoreau’s Civil Disobedience and King's Letter From a Birmingham Jail

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    author implements to support his ideas emotionally is the use of biblical allusion. However, in comparison, King's use is stronger in that the tone of his allusions is more appealing to the reader. King's allusions cause the reader to want take action against injustice, whereas Thoreau's are darker -- more likely to make the reader want to submit to and accept the injustices portrayed. For example, King, in his first biblical allusion, manages to draw glory into his struggle by comparing himself with

  • Critical Criticism Of Hester Prynne

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    more closely on the sin itself and disagrees with the amount of appraisal she receives. To express his opposition towards Hester Prynne, Lawrence includes mythological and biblical allusions, harsh diction, and repetition throughout his criticism. By examining Hester Prynne’s character through mythological and biblical allusions, Lawrence demonstrates his cynical view of her. He refers to Hester Prynne as “Mrs. Hercules” and describes her choice to seduce Arthur Dimmesdale (Lawrence). Because Hercules

  • Analysis Of Allusion In How To Read Literature Like A Professor

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    Sharadin McWhorter Mrs. Mary Smith AP Literature 20 September 2017 Analysis of Allusions in “How to Read Literature Like a Professor” What goes through your mind when you read? Do you read deliberately, looking for certain aspects, or do you read as a blank slate? When reading, professors expect a deliberateness that will help you to uncover meanings that are not readily apparent. Thomas C. Foster in his book “How to Read Literature Like a Professor” expands on this concept. He endeavors to

  • The Waste Land: Allusions

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    written in the mood of society after World War I. By using these allusions, The Waste Land reflects on mythical, historical, and literary events. The poem displays the deep disillusionment felt during this time period. In the after math of the great war, in an industrialized society that lacks the traditional structure of authority and belief, in the soil that may not be conductive to new growth (Lewis). Eliot used various allusions that connected to the time period and the effect of the war on society

  • An Analysis Of Hester Prynne

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    of many interpretations and perceptions. In his satirical essay, D.H. Lawrence clearly explains his opinions about sin and pure appearances in society, and focuses on those of Hester Prynne. Lawrence uses sarcastic tone, concise syntax, and Biblical allusions to express his disdainful opinions of Hester Prynne. Lawrence uses a sarcastic tone throughout his critique to mock Hester Prynne and the people who believe that she is worth honoring. Lawrence hides true motives behind phrases and ideas all

  • Old Testament Connections from Grapes of Wrath

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    John Steinbeck makes many Biblical allusions in his book The Grapes of Wrath. Many of these connections are on a small layer, perhaps applying to only one individual. Jim Casy, the Christ figure, is one example of an allusion from the New Testament. However, the whole book can be seen as a Biblical allusion to the story of the Exodus and the life of Moses. Not only does the story of the fictional Joad family relate to the Exodus, but the story of the Okies and the great migration that took place

  • Parker's Back

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    “Parker’s Back” is filled with biblical allusions as one man’s journey towards God and pleasing his wife ends unsuccessfully. Parker has always been a rebel; however, his wife is a devout, plain woman who has an indescribable control on him, possibly due to his subconscious wish to be saved. Parker wishes to leave her, but finds he never can do so. Not only is he unable to please his wife, but also he is unable to experience spiritual satisfaction, and in the brief moment at the end where he does

  • Daniel Quinn’s Ishmael - The Destruction Continues

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    Ishmael  - The Destruction Continues Ishmael   The Biblical depiction of Adam and Eve's "fall" builds the foundation of Daniel Quinn's novel, Ishmael. In this adventure of the spirit, a telepathic gorilla, Ishmael, uses the history of Biblical characters in order to explain his philosophy on saving the world.  Attracting his final student, the narrator of the novel, with an advertisement "Teacher seeks pupil. Must have an earnest desire to save the world. Apply in person,"

  • Analysis Of ' Tulips ' And ' A Birthday Present ' By Sylvia Plath

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    Within “Tulips” and “A Birthday Present”, Sylvia Plath explores the critical decision of choosing between life and death. Through her inclusion of rhetorical devices, the personification of common-day objects symbolize the return to existence and biblical allusions mock the salvation others receive through religious means. Written in the last few months of her life, the two poems showcase the battle between consciousness and death and while it may seem easier to lose oneself in the bland darkness, the

  • On The Scarlet Letter By Hester Prynne

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    Letter. He investigates different aspects of both her characterization and her sin through his analytical essay. In doing so, he reveals Prynne’s abhorrent actions and wrongfully gained admiration through use of repetition, choppy syntax, and Biblical allusions. Lawrence uses repetition to emphasize Hester's less-than-holy attributes. The most prominent example of this recurring diction is found in the words “seduction” and “purity”. Purity is something that can never be regained after its loss;

  • Handmaids Tale

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    Many of the principles of Gilead are based on Old Testament beliefs. Discuss Atwoods use of biblical allusions and their political significance in the novel.       ‘The Handmaids Tale’ is a book full of biblical allusions, before Atwood begins the text an epigraph gives us an extract from Genesis 30: 1-3 “And when Rachel saw that she bare Jacob no children, Rachel envied her sister; and said unto Jacob, Give me children, or else I die. And Jacob’s anger was kindled against

  • Hester Prynne Essay

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    an unnecessary extent , in The Scarlet Letter. Lawrence uses several devices that allow him to express his viewpoints about Hester Prynne and her sin. D.H. Lawrence uses biblical allusions, bullet-point syntax, and a mocking tone to convey his thoughts on why Hawthorne gives Hester Prynne too much credit. The biblical allusions in Lawrence’s essay reveal his disapproval towards Hawthorne’s writing choices regarding Hester Prynne and her sin. There are various amounts of religious references throughout