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Original sin

- Doctrines are used as a foundation to Christian beliefs. They serve to many churches as fundamentals in the direction their members chose to live their lives. It is important to understand the historical backgrounds of the doctrines that pertain to one’s particular beliefs. I will be discussing this very information for the doctrine of original sin. The doctrine of original sin mostly pertains to the Roman Catholic religion. I will be covering when, where, and why the doctrine was originated....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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Symbols and Symbolism in The Scarlet Letter

- Symbolism in The Scarlet Letter The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne is generally considered to be the first American symbolic novel. A symbol is something which is used to represent something broader in meaning. The most obvious symbol in the novel is the actual scarlet "A" which both the criticism and I agree upon. This "A" is the literal symbol of the sin of adultery. The letter A then appears in many different forms throughout the novel. The gold-embroidered A on Hester Prynne's fascinates Pearl Prynne....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays]

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The Scarlet Letter and the Egg-carton

- The Scarlet Letter and the Egg-carton An analogy between two subjects can often lead to a better understanding of one or more of the topics. This point can be displayed by a comparison between the classic novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter, and a normal egg-carton. An analogy can be made between the concealment of secrets in the novel and the concealment of the eggs by a closed egg-container. Also, a correlation can be made between the revealing of secrets by the characters in The Scarlet Letter and the revealing of the many eggs by an open egg-carton....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays]

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Green Grass, Powerful Women

- Green Grass, Powerful Women White culture misinterpreted, ridiculed and even outlawed native beliefs. Natives, in turn were forced to live according to the absurdities of the white man. In Green Grass Running Water, King portrays these absurdities through four old Indians and a coyote that are trying to fix the world. This task becomes very difficult for them, when the Christian God appears and messed everything up. Now they are confused and the world is in chaos. King shows how illogical and foreign the natives found the Christian religion; especially in it’s views on Women’s inequality....   [tags: essays papers]

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Scarlet Letter Literary Criticism

- Scarlet Letter Literary Criticism All great stories have thorough reports from several different literary critics, what do they have to say on The Scarlet Letter. The Scarlet Letter in the nineteenth century is comparable to early twentieth century and late twentieth century criticism. Early nineteenth century critics think the story was a tremendous work of art. A “Review of New Books” thought the story is “a genuine native romance” (Ripley 295). This is shown through the struggle of Hester and Arthur to have a secret love affair and find time to see each other periodically throughout the story....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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Destiny, Fate, Free Will and Free Choice in Oedipus the King - Oedipus and Fate

- Oedipus the King and Fate D.T. Suzuki, a renowned expert on Zen Buddhism, called attention to the topic of free will in one of his lectures by stating that it was the battle of "God versus Man, Man versus God, God versus Nature, Nature versus God, Man versus Nature, Nature versus Man1." These six battles constitute an ultimately greater battle: the battle of free will versus determinism. Free will is that ability for a human being to make decisions as to what life he or she would like to lead and have the freedom to live according to their own means and thus choose their own destiny; determinism is the circumstance of a higher being ordaining a man's l...   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex]

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Comparing The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthrone and The Crucible by Arthur Miller

-     When the topic of a Puritanical society is brought up, most people think of a rigorous, conservative, highly devout society. While this may have usually been the case, this was not always so. The Puritan society was also known not to act out of Christian love, but to cruelly lash out at those who sinned or were deemed unfit for society. Two works of literature that display both aspects of this society very accurately are The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel  Hawthorne, and The Crucible, by Arthur Miller....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Canterbury Tales Essay - Wife of Bath as an Attack on Married Life?

- Canterbury Tales - Wife of Bath is Not an Attack on Women and Married Life Feminists have proposed that the Prologue of the Wife of Bath is merely an attack on women and married life. The Prologue is spoken by a woman with strong opinions on how married life should be conducted, but is written by a man. It is important to examine the purpose with which Chaucer wrote it. This is especially so as many of the pilgrims in The Canterbury Tales condemn themselves out of their own mouths, such as the Monk and the Friar....   [tags: Wife of Bath Essays]

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Prejudice and Racism in The Jewel in the Crown and Heart of Darkness

- Racism in The Jewel in the Crown and Heart of Darkness      The effects of British colonialism are reflected in literature from both early modernism and post colonialism. Racial discrimination tainted both eras portrayed in the British morale of white supremacy over non-European counties unfolded. Heart of Darkness exemplifies early modernism in the British explorers viewed African natives of the Congo as incapable of human equality due to perceived uncivilized savagery. Personal interaction between races was little to none, as the freshly conquered Africans were still viewed as alien....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Problem of Woman in Gilgamesh and Book of Genesis of the Holy Bible

- The Problem of Woman in Gilgamesh and Genesis The snake hands Eve the apple, and with a twinkle in her eye she bites  into the apple, gaining the elusive knowledge the serpent  has promised. With shame deep in her heart, Eve smiling offers the precious fruit to Adam, her mate. The prostitute lures Enkidu, protector of nature, into her arms with the fruits of her womanhood. She offers him sexual satisfaction. He like Adam is an innocent taken in by the wiles of a woman. Why do the women tempt the innocents....   [tags: Epic Gilgamesh essays]

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Canterbury Tales Essay - Sexuality in The Wife of Bath and the Pardoner

- Sexuality in The Wife of Bath and the Pardoner In Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales, an eclectic mix of people gathers together at Tabard Inn to begin a pilgrimage to Canterbury. In the General Prologue, the readers are introduced to each of these characters. Among the pilgrims are the provocative Wife of Bath and the meek Pardoner. These two characters both demonstrate sexuality, in very different ways. Chaucer uses the Wife and the Pardoner to examine sexuality in the medieval period. The Middle Ages were a time of expanding and experimenting sexually for the people....   [tags: Wife of Bath Essays]

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Rev. Arthur Dimmesdale and Hester’s Quest for Identity in Hawthorne's Scarlet Letter

- Dimmesdale and Hester’s Quest for Identity in The Scarlet Letter      While allegory is an explicit and tempting reading of Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, I see in this novel also the potential of a psychological reading, interpreting it as a search for one’s own self. Both Arthur Dimmesdale and Hester Prynne goes through this process and finally succeeded in finding the duality of one's personality, and the impossibility of complementing the split between individual and community identity....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays]

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Blindness and Sight - Lack of Vision in Oedipus the King

- Parental Blindness in King Lear As Shakespeare presents to us a tragic pattern of parental and filial love, in which a prosperous man is devested of power and finally recognises his "folly", empathy is induced in the audience. In "King Lear", it is noted from the beginning of the play that both Lear and Gloucester suffer from self-approbation and will consequently find revelation by enduring "the rack of this tough world". While Lear mistakenly entrusts the shallow professions of love from his "thankless" daughters - Goneril and Regan - instead of the selfless words of Cordelia, Gloucester shadows a similar ignorance by initially entrusting love in the evil Edmund, rather than Edgar, whom...   [tags: King Lear essays]

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Relation between Pearl and Nature in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter

- The Relation between Pearl and Nature in The Scarlet Letter       In Nathaniel Hawthorne's work, The Scarlet Letter, nature plays a very symbolic role. Throughout the book, nature is incorporated into the story line. One example of this is with the character of Pearl. Pearl is very different than all the other characters due to her special relationship with Nature. Hawthorne personifies Nature as sympathetic towards sins against the puritan way of life. Hester's sin causes Nature to accept Pearl....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter]

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A Comparison of Death in The Scarlet Letter and My Antonia

- Importance of Death in The Scarlet Letter and My Antonia It is universally acknowledged that one who comes into this world must also leave. Just like everything else, even life and death is a binary composition. You cannot have one without the other. Although not many people like to think about it, death is a very important factor not only in life, but also in literature. Most often, death is portrayed as evil or gruesome, especially in commercial fiction. However, there are literary texts, which portray death through other factors....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Comparing Relationships Between Gods and Men in Prometheus Bound and Job

- The Relationships Between Gods and Men in Prometheus Bound and Job       The question of why bad things happen to good people has perplexed and angered humans throughout history. The most common remedy to ease the confusion is to discover the inflicter of the undeserved suffering and direct the anger at them: the horror felt about the Holocaust can be re-directed in the short term by transforming Adolf Hitler into Lucifer and vilifying him, and, in the long term, can be used as a healing device when it is turned into education to assure that such an atrocity is never repeated....   [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast Essays]

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The Character of Rev. Arthur Dimmesdale in Nathaniel Hawthorne's Scarlet Letter

- The Character of Dimmesdale in The Scarlet Letter        Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, provides us with intricate characters to analyze and evaluate.  Hawthorne carefully constructs his characters, giving them each different emotions, values, physical attributes, and thus creating different souls.  One sees character development throughout the book, until at the end, one is left with an image of a seemingly "real" person.  One of Hawthorne's carefully constructed characters is, Arthur Dimmesdale.  With Arthur, one sees how sin changes him dramatically, causing in him moral conflicts.  Dimmesdale is continually trying to see who he is....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays]

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Struggle between Good and Evil in The Scarlet Letter and Macbeth

- Struggle between Good and Evil in The Scarlet Letter and Macbeth It is said that “all conflict in literature is, in its simplest form, a struggle between good and evil.” Indeed, the fundamental conflict of human nature is that of darkness and light; and as a mirror to life, the conflicts in literature is not different from those in human nature. The struggle of good and evil is shown in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, which portrays the spiritual battle between and evil man and a sinned minister, as well as the minister’s internal turmoil....   [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast Essays]

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Much Ado About Nothing Essay: The Importance of Word Choice

- Much Ado About Nothing: The Importance of Word Choice The choice of words used by the characters in Act 5, Scene 1, of the play, Much Ado About Nothing, clearly presents the characters emotions and constructs their characters for the audience. In contrast to his confrontation with Claudio and Don Pedro earlier in the scene, where he is reduced to begging them to hear him out ('My lord, my lord!'; Act 5, Scene 1; l. 106 ), Leonato's speeches are marked with a stateliness and self-assurance, as he has been fortified with the knowledge that his righteous indignation is justified....   [tags: Much Ado About Nothing Essays]

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Free Essays on The Stranger (The Outsider): Freedom and Death

- Freedom and Death in The Stranger (The Outsider) In The Stranger (The Outsider), as in all Camus’ works, Camus’ views on freedom and death – one dependent on the other – are major themes. For Camus, freedom arises in awareness of one’s life, the every-moment life, an intense glorious life that needs no redeeming, no regrets, no tears. Death is unjustifiable, absurd; it is but a reintegration into the cosmos for a “free” man. Until a person reaches this awareness, life, like death, is absurd, and indeed, generically, life remains absurd, though each individual’s life can be valuable and meaningful to him....   [tags: Camus Stranger Essays]

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Doctor Faustus Essays: The Appeal of Evil in Dr. Faustus

- The Appeal of Evil in Dr. Faustus Christopher Marlowe had a thorough idea of what his audience wanted. The audience of that time wanted to be wild and evil but due to the strong influence of the church this was not possible. Most people want to see violence, sin, and give in to temptation but could not because of the label that society and the church would place on them. Marlowe gave them a play where they could see and experience all of the things that people wanted to do but could not or would not because they were dangerous and sinful....   [tags: Doctor Faustus Essays]

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The Righteous Hester Prynne of Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter

- The Strong and Righteous Hester of The Scarlet Letter     "What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us," stated Oliver Wendell Holmes. This eventually proves to be especially true for Hester Prynne, the main character in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter. Hester Prynne, a fair young maiden whose husband had disappeared two years prior to the opening of the novel, has an affair with the pastor of her Puritan church, resulting in the birth of her child Pearl....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays]

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Romanticism, Reason, and Puritanism in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter

- Romanticism, Reason, and Puritanism in The Scarlet Letter The novel, The Scarlet Letter, is about the struggle three people face while trying to live their lives and find happiness in a Puritan society. In the early 1640s, Hester has come to the small town of Boston, Massachusetts, from Great Britain, while her husband, Chillingworth, ties up all of the loose ends back in Great Britain. Hester and Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale, the town's priest, engage in the act of adultery and produce a baby girl named Pearl; though, only Hester knows that Dimmesdale is the father....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays]

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Symbols and Symbolism in The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

- Symbols in The Rime of the Ancient Mariner A close reading of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner will reveal that the Ancient Mariner-who is at once himself, Coleridge and all humanity-having sinned, both incurs punishment and seeks redemption; or, in other words, becomes anxiously aware of his relation to the God of Law (as symbolized by the Sun), and in his sub-consciousness earnestly entreats the forgiveness of the God of Love (represented by the Moon-symbol). ... For Professor Lowes, while he has disclosed a Coleridge of amazing intellectual grasp ......   [tags: Rime]

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Sin, Alienation, and Love in Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter

- The Scarlet Letter: The Themes of Sin, Alienation, and Love The Puritans, a religious group in New England in the early 1600’s, interpreted the Bible form a fundamentalist perspective and strove to attain a sinless society. Of course, people are human and sins are inevitable so the Puritans sinned and their perfect society was never achieved. Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter develops the themes of sin, alienation, and love to provide valuable insights into the traditional beliefs of the Puritans and provide valuable and timeless moral insigts....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays]

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Free Essays on Invisible Man: Trueblood and the Statue

- Trueblood and the Statue in Ellison's Invisible Man Trueblood, in Invisible Man, is well developed, interesting character. He is the black man who sleeps with his wife and daughter and gets them both pregnant. To start off, the name Trueblood itself is ironic. His blood is no longer "true" because it has been contaminated by a grave sin-he slept with his own kin. Trueblood's story of dreaming when having sex with his daughter is a bit fantastic, and yet it is credible. Thus, his name could also mean he speaks the truth....   [tags: Invisible Man Essays]

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Reverend Dimmesdale's Guilt in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter

- The Guilt of Dimmesdale in The Scarlet Letter God does not like the sin of adultery. He does not like lying. He does not like hypocrisy. There are two roads that one can choose. In the end, what may seem like the easy way may have far greater consequences than the hard way. Arthur Dimmesdale chose the easy path and learned that the pain of guilt is far greater than the pain of shame. From the start, Dimmesdale did not want to live with the consequence of his sin. To begin with, he must of told Hester not to tell anyone about his sin, because on the scaffold, she will not tell anyone (pg....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays]

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Puritanism in The Scarlet Letter, Bartleby, and Daisy Miller

-      In today's society, it is infrequent that you turn on the television and are not bombarded with images of sex, violence, or other content that the Puritans would have viewed as being the work of Old Deluder (the name given to Satan in the time period). Yes, it is true; the society in which we dwell in today is no more remarkable than that of barbaric times. The only difference might be that we no longer kill out of primal instinct; we do it out of fear, or malice, or patriotism, or even pleasure....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Malebranche's Occasionalism: The Philosophy in the Garden of Eden

- Malebranche's Occasionalism: The Philosophy in the Garden of Eden ABSTRACT: According to Malebranche, Adam should be considered as an occasionalist philosopher. Not only did philosophy originate in paradise, but it in fact originated as Malebranchian occasionalism. It was in order to be able to persist in his occasionalist belief that Adam was given exceptional power over his body, that is, the power to detach the principal part of his brain (i.e., the seat of the soul) from the rest of the body....   [tags: Philosophy Philosophical Papers]

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Different Levels of Meaning in George Herbert’s Poem, Love

- Different Levels of Meaning in George Herbert’s Poem, Love This unique love poem by George Herbert seems both simple and complex at the same time. There are many levels which display the depth of Herbert’s writing. He gives a three stanza poem, six lines each with the rhyme scheme of: A, B, A, B, C, C, and the lines alternating ten and six syllables. This simple and gentle form, that never deviates, gives the reader a tranquil and soothing feeling, adding an extra dimension to the overall poem....   [tags: Love]

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Distortions and Exaggerations in Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights

- Wuthering Heights:   Distortions and Exaggerations      Heathcliff cried vehemently, "I cannot live without my life. I cannot live without my soul!" Emily Brontë distorts many common elements in Wuthering Heights   to enhance the quality of her book. One of the distortions is Heathcliff's undying love for Catherine Earnshaw. Also, Brontë perverts the vindictive hatred that fills and runs Heathcliff's life after he loses Catherine. Finally, she prolongs death, making it even more distressing and insufferable....   [tags: free essay writer]

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Mary Shelley's Frankenstein - Society’s Humanity and Oppression

- Society’s Humanity and Oppression in Frankenstein "What can stop the determined heart and resolved will of man?" This question, posed by Captain Robert Walton on page 22 of Mary Shelley's immortal Frankenstein, lies susceptible to interpretation to mean the ambition of man in one sense, but in another, the collective persecution and prejudice inherent in mankind. With austere, scientific accounting of human nature, Shelley documents how zealous Captain Walton rescued Victor Frankenstein, the passionate student of natural philosophy and impetuous, chance creator of life, from death in the remote regions of the North Pole....   [tags: Frankenstein, Social Responsibility]

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Oedipus the King: The Cost of Free Will

- The Cost of “Free” Will in Oedipus Rex (the King) Perhaps the Greek playwright Sophocles never had the concept of “free will” in mind when writing Oedipus Rex, but the play does allow for that interesting paradox we know today as free will. The paradox is: if Oedipus is told by the gods' oracles that he will kill his father and marry his mother, does he have any power to avoid this fate. That's a basic free will question. If Oedipus manages to avoid killing his father and marrying his mother, he will prove the gods wrong, and the oracle prediction turns out to be no prediction at all....   [tags: Destiny, Fate, Free Will, Free Choice]

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The Truth of Love Revealed in Adam’s Curse

- The Truth of Love Revealed in Adam’s Curse      “Adam’s Curse” is a poem by William Butler Yeats that was written at a time when his first true love, Maud Gonne, had married Major John MacBride.  This may have caused Yeats much pain and Yeats may have felt as cursed as Adam felt when God had punished man from the Garden of Eden.  This poem, in fact, symbolizes his pain and loss of love that he once had and is a recollection of his memories during happier times with Maud.      In the beginning of the poem  “We sat together at one summer’s end/ That Beautiful mild woman your close friend/ And you and I, and talked of poetry”, Yeats recalls a beautiful time with Maud.  Poetry could be rela...   [tags: Adam’s Curse]

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Creon as the Tragic Hero in Sophocles' Antigone

- Creon as the Tragic Hero in Antigone     This essay will compare two of the characters in “Antigone”, Antigone and Creon, in an effort to determine the identity of the tragic hero in this tale.             To identify the tragic hero in Sophocles’ renowned play “Antigone”, we should first consider both the elements present in Greek tragedies and what characteristics define a tragic hero. Aristotle’s definition of tragedy is: “Tragedy is a story taking the hero from happiness to misery because of a fatal flaw or mistake on his part....   [tags: Antigone essays]

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Insanity in Shakespeare's Hamlet - Madness in Hamlet

- Madness in Hamlet        Hamlet's choice to put on an "antic disposition" leads to his downfall; it is a tragic error in judgement (hamartia) which destroys his relationship with Ophelia and Gertrude. It is Hamlet's hubris. Another result from Hamlet's peculiar actions, is that in his own mind he begins to believe that he is mad.  It is unfortunate that Hamlet's plan did not succeed; not only did it lead to his own downfall but he had to witness the downfall of all of the people he loved.     With his choice to put on this act of antic disposition, he takes the risk of losing close touch with his loved ones....   [tags: Essays on Shakespeare Hamlet]

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Individual or Social Standards in The Scarlet Letter

- To make a decision, one weighs the benefits and the downfalls, and concludes by judging the factors of each alternative. One's choice of whether to conform to society's demands or submit to personal impulses is difficult, especially under strenuous circumstances. Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter is a profound romance in which the characters must make such a decision. A reconciliation of the two forces is not seemingly feasible. Reliance of self consumes Hester Prynne, while denial of self engrosses her partner in the crime of adultery, Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter Essays]

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Trading Salvation for Personal Gratification in Anna Karenina

- Trading Salvation for Personal Gratification in Anna Karenina The epigraph of Anna Karenina: "Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord," implies that judgment is a theological entitlement  (Romans, 12:19).  Tolstoy uses both social and moral issues to illustrate his characters' attitudes towards religion.  For Oblonsky, Vronsky, and Karenin, religious values are secondary.  Their lives are devoted to establishing a social position and monetary gain.  Levin finds salvation and happiness because they learn to live for something beyond themselves and devote their lives to spreading the goodness of the Lord.  Like Levin, Anna responds to her emotional instincts, but she is hindered by...   [tags: Tolstoy Anna Karenina Essays]

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The Character of John Proctor in The Crucible

- In the novel The Crucible, author Arthur Miller uses varying degrees of goodness and evil to control the flow of the story while showcasing a Puritan town's superstitions and fear of the devil to justify the Salem Witch Trials of 1692. The central character in Salem is John Proctor, an outspoken, successful, and well-respected farmer who chooses to maintain a certain distance from the church. Religious at heart, this man who has sinned, openly condemns the witch trials while hiding a secret that could discredit the main accuser, Abigail Williams....   [tags: The Crucible Essays]

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The Protagonist and Antagonist of Crime and Punishment

- The Protagonist and Antagonist of Crime and Punishment         Crime and Punishment is considered by many to be the first of Fyodor Dostoevsky's great books.  Crime and Punishment is a psychological account of a crime.  The crime is double murder.  A book about such a broad subject can be made powerful and appealing to our intellectual interests if there is a link between the reader, the action, and the characters. Doestoevsky makes all these links at the right places.  The action takes place between the protagonists and the antagonists.  The protagonists include Dounia, the Marmeladovs, Sonia, Razumhin, Porfiry Petrovich, and Nastaya.  The antagonists of the story are...   [tags: Crime Punishment Essays]

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The Fallibility of Man Exposed in The Bible

- The Fallibility of Man Exposed in The Bible The story of the Golden Calf illustrates the inherent fallibility of man. It starts out when the people ask Aaron to “make us gods, which shall go before us.” Despite the fact that God had spoken to them just days earlier commanding them not to make themselves any graven images, Aaron doesn’t argue too strongly against this, immediately asking them to turn over any gold jewelry they have so that he may make them a figure of worship....   [tags: Religion Biblical Essays]

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Sin in Nathaniel Hawthorne's Young Goodman Brown

-   Puritan doctrine taught that all men are totally depraved. And the young Puritan Goodman Brown accepted this principle, after his in-the-woods experience, as applying not only to the Salem village rank-and-file but even to his faultless wife Faith. Is this notion of sin correct. This essay seeks to compare this moral depravity doctrine of the Puritans as seen in “Young Goodman Brown” to the Catholic Church’s teaching on sin, a recognized standard. The influence of Puritan religion, culture and education is a common topic in Nathaniel Hawthorne's works....   [tags: Essays on YGB]

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Free King Lear Essays: The Unaccommodated Man

- The Unaccommodated Man in King Lear In William Shakespeare's King Lear, betrayal is a common event that leads to the downfall of some of the characters. In today's society, there are two main attitudes that are generally taken towards these fallen individuals or unaccommodated men. The first attitude is more of a pessimistic, judgmental attitude. This attitude puts the majority of the blame on the individuals themselves. The individuals are portrayed as being responsible either due to ignorance or laziness, and it is thought that the individuals got themselves into their deprived situation and they can also find their way out....   [tags: free essay writer]

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Essay on The Redemption of King Lear

- The Redemption of King Lear. Shakespeare’s play, King Lear is quite renowned and the folly of the ancient King is a great example of how not to handle family relationships. The question has been proposed if King Lear is redeemed when reunited with Cordelia. King Lear does achieve a kind of redemption when he is reunited with Cordelia in Acts IV and V of the tragedy. What kind of redemption he achieves is open to interpretation. In order to understand the King's redemption, it must be determined what the King is redeemed from....   [tags: King Lear essays]

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Vengeance in The Count of Monte Cristo

- Vengeance in The Count of Monte Cristo The corpse of Madame de Villefort lay stretched across the doorway leading to the room in which Edward's lifeless body resided. Eyes filled with tears, the miserable M. de Villefort revealed the sorrowful scene to Dantes. After beholding the results of his revenge "Monte Cristo became pale at this horrible sight; he felt he had passed beyond the bounds of vengeance, and that he could no longer say 'God is for and with me.'" Set in France during the turmoil of the Napoleonic Era, The Count of Monte Cristo is an intricate tale of obsession and revenge....   [tags: The Count of Monte Cristo]

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Comparing Crime and Punishment and The Bible

-   The use of doubles is prevalent in the writing of Fyodor Dostoyevsky. He uses this device to force comparison and discernment between characters and modes of behavior. In Crime and Punishment, the character Svidrigaylov serves as a dark double to Raskolnikov. While both are tainted by the sin of their crimes, the latter finds redemption, while the former find only despair and suicide. This pair of criminals closely parallels another famous set of doubles: the apostles Peter and Judas. Although each member of these two pairs commits the same crime as his double, only one finds redemption....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Measure for Measure Essay: Isabella’s Moral Dilemma

- Isabella’s Moral Dilemma in Measure for Measure "O cunning enemy that, to catch a saint, with saints dost bait thy hook." A disturbing tale of suspense, dark comedy and corruption, Shakespeare's Measure for Measure explores sexuality, morality and the law, exposing the abuse of authority in high places amid the seething underworld of Vienna. This essay will explore Isabella’s moral dilemma. In the play, Claudio has been sentenced to death for getting his fiancee pregnant (his crime was not so much getting her pregnant, but having sex with her at all)....   [tags: Measure for Measure]

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An Analysis of Wright’s Poem Saint Judas

- An Analysis of Wright’s Poem Saint Judas       Upon reading the poem "Saint Judas" by James Wright, the reader quickly realizes that the poem deals with Judas Iscariot, one of Jesus' twelve apostles.  The author describes Judas as "going out to kill himself,"(line 1) when he sees a man being beaten by "a pack of hoodlums"(2).  Judas quickly runs to help the man, forgetting "how [his] day began"(4).  He leaves his rope behind and, ignoring the soldiers around him, runs to help.  Finally, he remembers the circumstances that surround his suicidal intentions and realizes that he is "banished from heaven"(9) and "without hope"(13)  He runs to the man anyway and holds him "for nothing in [his]...   [tags: Saint Judas]

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Free Essay: Restructuring Relationships Shakespeare's King Lear

- Restructuring Relationships in King Lear The play of "King Lear" is about a search for personal identity. In the historical period in which this play is set, the social structure was set in order of things closest to Heaven. Therefore, on Earth, the king was at the top, followed by his noblemen and going all the way down to the basest of objects such as rocks and dirt. This structure was set up by the people, and by going by the premise that anything that is man made is imperfect, this system cannot exist for long without conflict....   [tags: King Lear essays]

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Forgiveness in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter

- Forgiveness in The Scarlet Letter "Time heals all wounds." is a famous line in American history. I don't think that this is true. My line would be, "Forgiveness heals all wounds." I think that Forgiveness in a very important part of life. Without it, people can not move on with their lives. Let's take for instance a murderer and the family of the person he killed. The murderer may be sentenced to death. The family of the person who was killed could go in and watch the man that killed their family member be put to death....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays]

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Guilt in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter

- Guilt in The Scarlet Letter What is guilt. We all have guilt about something. Maybe forgetting something, lied about something, or even did something that shouldn't of been done. In The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne we saw guilt fester in the minds and outward appearance of the main characters, Hester Prynne, Arthur Dimmesdale and Roger Chillingworth. When you hear the word guilt what do you think it means. Guilt means remorseful awareness of having done something wrong or of having failed to do something required or expected....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays]

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The Theme of Justice in King Lear

- The Theme of Justice in King Lear        Many themes are evident in King Lear, but perhaps one of the most prevalent relates to the theme of justice.  Shakespeare has developed a tragedy that allows us to see man's decent into chaos.  Although Lear is perceived as "a man more sinned against than sinning" (p.62), the treatment of the main characters encourages the reader to reflect on the presence or lack of justice in this world.  The characters also vary in their inclination to view the world from either a fatalistic or moralistic point of view, depending on their beliefs about the presence or absence of a higher power.  The theme of justice in relation to higher...   [tags: King Lear essays]

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The Christ–like Prospero of Shakespeare’s The Tempest

- The Christ–like Prospero of Shakespeare’s The Tempest It is not only the goodness of man which, according to traditional Christian concepts ,is not germane to himself. His very being, and his ultimate destiny stems alike from a principle that is infinitely beyond him (Morris 143). What was Prospero attempting to accomplish through the creation of the storm. Why would he go to that length of natural disaster, if the events would only end in an unharmed manner. Prospero. But are they, Ariel, safe....   [tags: Tempest essays]

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Lear's Character Development in Shakespeare's King Lear

- Lear's Character Development in Shakespeare's King Lear Though King Lear, of Shakespeare's play, King Lear, wrongs both Cordelia and Kent in his harsh treatment against them, the unjust actions of Regan and Goneril against King Lear cause him to be "a man more sinned against than sinning" (3.2.60-61). In order to relieve himself of the problems and work associated with holding his position so he can "unburdened crawl toward death," King Lear, of pre-Christ Britain, divides up his kingdom into three portions, one for each of his daughters (1.1.41)....   [tags: King Lear Essays]

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Cassirer, Nietzsche and Niccolò Machiavelli's The Prince

- Cassirer, Nietzsche and Niccolò Machiavelli's The Prince When the word "Renaissance" is mentioned, an image of love for antiquity learning and fine arts usually springs to one's mind. Yet this perception, however legitimate it may be in many areas of Renaissance human achievements, shatters in the face of Niccolò Machiavelli's masterpiece The Prince. Unlike his contemporary Baldassare Castiglione who exemplified subtlety, Machiavelli was ruthlessly practical, nonchalantly callous, and admirably seamless in his logics about the bloody art of political power....   [tags: Prince]

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Forgiveness and Reconciliation in The Tempest

- Forgiveness and Reconciliation in The Tempest         Many scholars argue that, along with Shakespeare’s other late romances, The Tempest is a play about reconciliation, forgiveness, and faith in future generations to seal such reconciliation. However, while it is clear that the theme of forgiveness is at the heart of the drama, what is up for debate is to what extent the author realizes this forgiveness. An examination of the attitudes and actions of the major characters in the play, specifically Prospero, illustrates that there is little, if any, true forgiveness and reconciliation in The Tempest....   [tags: Tempest essays]

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Revenge in Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter

- The Scarlet Letter: Revenge Revenge is the act of retaliating in order to get even with someone for the wrongs they have done. In the novel “The Scarlet Letter,” the author, Nathaniel Hawthorne, uses Roger Chillingworth to reap revenge on Arthur Dimmesdale for his affair with his wife, Hester Prynne. Chillingworth becomes so devoted to revenge that is all his life revolves around. Chillingworth then devotes the rest of his life to taking revenge on Dimmesdale. As the novel progressed, Chillingworth fits the profile of ‘vengeance destroys the avenger’....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays]

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George Herbert 's Poem, The Windows

- George Herbert 's Poem, "The Windows" Word Count Includes Poem A key theme found throughout the Bible is that of God being glorified through the actions of people who are full of imperfections. One such example is King David, the greatest of the Israelite kings. He sinned against God in sleeping with Bathsheeba and then having her husband killed on the battlefield. (II Samuel 11) Yet he is still commonly seen as a champion of the Jewish faith. George Herbert took this theme of God glorifying Himself through human frailty and incorporated it into his poem, "The Windows." As a metaphysical poet, Herbert puts most of the meaning of the poem into a deeper level....   [tags: George Herbert The Windows]

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King Lear: Pessimistic or Optimistic?

- King Lear - With a play as complex and multi - leveled as King Lear, it is very difficult to assess whether Shakespeare's view of life is either pessimistic or optimistic. Without a doubt, there are many good arguments supporting both sides. Because there are such an array of forces at work on the character in Lear, as well as so many separate and interrelated themes, one can not help but wonder whether it was even Shakespeare's intention to express a strictly pessimistic or optimistic view. Perhaps Shakespeare was alluding to something which, although encompassing both opimism and pessimism, transcended them both....   [tags: King Lear Essays]

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Things They Carried Essay: Disembodiment

- Disembodiment in The Things They Carried    With some knowledge of war, one can begin to appreciate Tim O' Brien's The Things They Carried.  But when the work is viewed in its strict historical context, another layer of  meaning rises to the surface.  Tim O' Brien is a veteran; as a result there are many things he takes for granted (or so we think) and does not tell us.  America's involvement in the Vietnam war resulted from internal domestic politics rather than from the national spirit.  American soldiers had to fight a war without a cause, i.e....   [tags: Things They Carried Essays]

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Struggle in The River Between

- Struggle in The River Between   In the book "The River Between" we find traditional values of the tribe challenged by tribal members who had converted to Christianity. The novel focuses on the struggle between two conflicting interests: First there was the interest to convert Africans to Christianity, and the second was the tribe trying to keep their traditional values in the midst of Christianity. The most contrasting characters in the story were Waiyaki and Joshua. Waiyaki was a strong influence on the people of the land, and his father, Chege, was a man who had powerful visions of his son's future: "Salvation shall come from the hills ......   [tags: River Between Essays]

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A Feminist Perspective of Othello

- A Feminist Perspective of Othello      Shakespeare’s tragic drama Othello closes the final scene of the last act with the spiritual superiority of the heroine firmly established over that of the hero. This is one of many aspects regarding the feminine perspective on the drama, the subject of this essay. A.C. Bradley, in his book of literary criticism, Shakespearean Tragedy, describes the violence against the heroine as a “sin against the canons of art”: To some readers, again, parts of Othello appear shocking or even horrible....   [tags: Othello essays]

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The Many Faces of Pride

- The Many Faces of Pride    Pride is idolatry, boastfulness, and the failure to recognize deficiencies (Peters 87).  With time, people have become more accepting of pride in their societies.  This progression of acceptance has led to alterations in the definition.  It is the slight tweakings of the definition that have allowed us to perceive pride as a deadly sin and simultaneously an essential for success.         The beginning of all sin occurred when Eve listened to the evil snake, in the garden of Eden, who told her that she could acquire God's knowledge (Peters 87).  God forbid Eve to eat the apple of knowledge, but she did regardless.  Eve committed the first sin of humank...   [tags: Exploratory Essays Research Papers]

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The Scarlet Letter

- In this novel you will find that the main characters are the prime examples of Love, Hate, Sin, and Purity. Although adultery is condemned and seen as sin, adultery isn't what Hawthorne focuses on. Through my analysis of the Scarlet Letter I noticed that there were three different types of love. The act of hatred plays a vile role throughout the novel. Hawthorne uses Pearl as a blatant symbol of purity, from her birth till the end of the novel. As you will see Love, Hate, Sin, and Purity does play a vital role in this story....   [tags: American Literature]

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Sinless King Lear ?

-     When one contemplates the essence of being a king, one imagines that a king would never want for anything and that his later years would be carefree.  In reading King Lear, one sees a seamier side of life for a particular king.  Lear draws the audience’s attention to this in Act 3 when he cries out pitifully, “I am a man / More sinned against than sinning.”    Although Lear undoubtedly made a huge mistake when he divided his kingdom and banished two people who were very dear to him.  However, the sins his two ungrateful daughters committed against him far outweighed the wrongs he had done to others....   [tags: King Lear essays]

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Othello: the Feminine Perspective

-     Othello, Shakespeare’s tragic drama, has much to say about women and the attitudes of social groups and individuals towards them. Let’s examine, from the top down, from the general to the lower ranks, these outlooks on women and other feminine considerations. Kenneth Muir, in the Introduction to William Shakespeare: Othello, explains the Moor’s blind ignorance of his won wife: Iago begins his temptation on the following morning, and he is able to exploit Othello’s comparative ignorance of his wife....   [tags: Othello essays]

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Rodrigo’s Reconcile

- Rodrigo’s Reconcile      Reconciliation means to bring back together. In Reconciliation the way we are brought back together with the community is by asking forgiveness. Forgiveness means to pardon or spare. In Greek it means to send forth, put away, and yield up. The other meaning is to give up the desire to punish or to cancel a debt. Jesus gave us the sacrament of Reconciliation. We were granted this sacrament so whenever we turn away from God we have the choice of asking forgiveness so we can be reunited with Him....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Scarlet Letter

- PEARL : Believable or Not Pearl could, or could not be a believable character in The Scarlet Letter depending on how the reader interprets Pearls’ actions and speech. I plan to prove that Pearl could be believable, and that she could net be believable. Throughout the book Pearl either says or does things that are not typical of a girl of her age. After Hester talks to Chillingworth, Pearl is asked if she knows why Hester wears the scarlet letter. Pearl replies, “It is for the same reason that the minister keeps his hand over his heart”....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Lamb

- A time lost in it’s own morals, seeks refuge in the knowledge and innocence of the past. William Blake used direct dictation through his poem, “THE LAMB”, in disseminating his theorem, which we, humans, seek to find peace within our selves only after reestablishing our identity with something pure. In the poem William Blake uses the Lamb, as a vessel, to interpret the innocence, we would seek to use. The speaker is seeking answers to his questions, about how the lamb gained such natural innocence....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Scarlet Letter

- A common theme throughout literature is religion and how the author feels about his or her faith. Nathaniel Hawthorne uses rhetorical devices to draw comparisons between characters and events in The Scarlet Letter and Biblical figures and accounts. A few of the devices found in this novel that connect it to the Bible are symbolism, paradox, allusions, and characterization. It is important to first look at the characters and how they are described through characterization. The first rhetorical device is characterization....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Hester's Letter

- Hester's Letter There are numerous characters in The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, that play noteworthy roles. The character that stands out the most is Hester Prynne. Hester changes significantly during the course of the novel. In the beginning of the novel she is conceived as an extreme sinner through the eyes of the Puritans; she has gone against Puritan ways, committing adultery (Chuck). For this irrevocably harsh sin, she must wear a symbol of shame for the rest of her life. However, the Romantic philosophies of Hawthorne put down the Puritanical beliefs (Chuck)....   [tags: essays papers]

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Scarlett Letter

- Pearl and the Spice of Life Really good salsa has lots of zesty vegetables and spices to make it good. But what if the spiciness of the salsa was taken away. It would just be tomato sauce. Pearl is the spice of The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. If her character was not present, the book would have a completely different flavor. In his essay entitled “The Genius of The Scarlet Letter,” Anthony Trollope states, “Pearl is miraculous,-speaking, acting, thinking like an elf,-and is therefore, I think, a drawback rather than an aid....   [tags: essays research papers]

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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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Forgiveness

- Forgiveness Jesus forgave many sinners throughout his ministry, but many people were upset at his actions e.g. when Jesus healed a paralysed man. In Palestine it was the general belief that sickness was caused by sin. When Jesus saw how much faith the man had he forgave all of his sins, and the man was able to pick up his mat and walk home. Jesus believed that he could heal physically and spiritually, but the Pharisees were extremely upset because they thought Jesus was blaspheming as only God could forgive sins....   [tags: Papers]

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Frankenstein

- Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is filled with various underlying themes, the crux being the effect society has on The Creature's personality. These topics have been discussed and explored on countless occasions, and the novel has been compared with its contemporaries of the Romantic Age numerous times. However, if one were to correlate and contrast Shelly's masterpiece with another, the greatest work would be the creation story in Genesis. Victor and The Creature are obvious representations of God and Adam, and the events in the two accounts parallel and differ from each other in several ways....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Temptations

- Temptation I. Introduction: Temptation is a vast topic. The bible is filled with temptation from cover to cover, mostly about how God dealt with our problem of sin and giving us victory. God deals with temptation and we deal with it too. It is reality that everybody gets tempted from time to time by the devil. Jesus also was tempted but never sinned , temptations goal is to lure you away from God. There are a lot of ways the devil can tempt you, just make sure to stay focused and filled with the Spirit....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Titus

- Titus" by William Shakespeare, Titus was a decent and honorable man. Titus loved and cherished his daughter Lavinia. He was a traditionalist, and stuck by his morals. Titus was brave. He showed he was loyal to those he cared for. He honored his family. Titus was a respected soldier and leader. Titus was a decent man because he loved and cherished his daughter Lavinia. Being Lavinia was his only daughter of twenty-six children; he spoke highly of her. In act 1, Titus addresses the public by saying "Kind Rome, that hast thus loving reserved, The cordial of mine age to glad my heart....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Confession

- con·fes·sion “Forgive me Father, for I have sinned.” This simple phrase from Roman Catholic dogma conjures up images of famous Hollywood confessions and dramatizations, but the real root of the phrase has a much more obscure past. Not only found in modern Catholicism, the confession of sin, along with the confession of faith, can be seen in religious practices throughout the world. The simplest definition Webster gave the confession of sin is “a written or oral statement acknowledging guilt, made by one who has been accused or charged with an offense” (Bookshelf)....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Atonement

- Atonement I. Introduction How do we know we are not going to hell. How do we know we are going to heaven. How do we know that Christ dies for us. How do we know that Christ's death saved us from our sins. What is atonement. How do we know Christ is God. How does the Old Testament apply to all this. Hopefully all of these questions will be answered by the end of this paper. II. The meaning of Atonement One single or all encompassing definition of atonement is difficult or almost impossible to find....   [tags: Religion Religious God Christianity]

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Salvation

- A look back at "Salvation" by Langston Hughes Our story begins like many other stories with a setting, main character, and a catchy introduction. Like many other stories it attracts the reader’s attention with something vague, making the person reading the story want to continue on further into the piece. This reading is like many other’s which portray real life situations, and show a different culture coming from a first person point of view. In the story, the main character, Langston, is a young boy who seems to be going through a common religious ritual that is normally bestowed upon young people when they reach a certain age in what seems to be a different sort of society....   [tags: Langston Hughes]

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