Arthur Koestler

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  • Use of Newspapers in Great Gatsby and In Darkness At Noon

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    are they telling the truth or just gossip and lies? In Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler and The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald the motif of newspapers, used by each author, represents lies that the media tells and how people will believe those lies. The authors use the motif to promote the universal theme that media is used to manipulate the beliefs of the people. In Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler, Koestler uses the motif to emphasize the fact that the Party uses newspapers for propaganda

  • Arthur Koestler's Darkness At Noon

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    Arthur Koestler: ‘Darkness at Noon’ Revolutionary and political ethics ‘Darkness at Noon’ is the second novel of a trilogy, which revolves around the central theme of revolutionary ethics, and of political ethics in general: the problem whether, or to what extent, a noble ends justifies ignoble means, and the related conflict between morality and expediency. The theme of the novel relates to the ever-present predicament faced by the leaders of any political

  • Analysis Of Koestler's 'God That Failed'

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    hopes and beliefs were easily shattered for these Western intellectuals the moment they first-handedly saw the conditions or dealt with servility that surrounded this fraudulent system. One of the authors that truly connected with the reader was Arthur Koestler who was drawn into this ideal society just to find out that reality was not up to par with his version of Communism. Although the reasons of why these astonished writers would choose communism differ, the excitement and disappointment from the

  • Prison

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    is denied. Punishment is evident. Men, both guilty and innocent, are held captives within the dark corridors. Escape is possible but difficult – dangerous. If captive to for too long, the prisoner can lose his hope, his faith, his mind, himself. In Arthur Koestler’s Darkness at Noon, Nicolas Salmanovitch Rubashov is imprisoned, both physically and philosophically. Accused of treason and the attempted assassination of No. 1, Stalin, Rubashov is taken in to custody for a crime did not commit. It is during

  • The Party

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    population, that man was Joseph Stalin. His iron fist that ruled Eastern Europe and the USSR, was soaked in blood, the blood of the very people he was to protect for the tyranny of Capitalism. In Bukharin’s letter to Stalin as well as the novel by Arthur Koestler, Darkness at Noon, and the grime reality of the Stalin era USSR were brought into perspective. The sheer magnitude of how the Soviets ran their state and how “The Party” controlled the lives of so many people throughout the world was simply amazing

  • How Economic Disarray and a Lack of Governmental Faith Led to the Rise of Totalitarianism in the 1930s and 1940s

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    itself left out of consideration for war reparation payments. For these reasons the Treaty of Versailles had a severe weakening effect on the German and Italian States after World War I, which created the need for change in those countries. As Arthur Koestler, a former member of the communist party during the 1930s wrote, they were "Ripe for it [Change]". (Backman, 217) Benito Mussolini and Adolf Hitler used this to their advantage and were able to overthrow the existing governments with the backing

  • The Idea of Actuality Varies from Person to Person: Comparison of Two Novels

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    serious problems could potentially arise. In both Night by Eliezer Wiesel and Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler, the idea of actuality varies from person to person. One will usually continue to believe whatever he or she grew up learning about and associating with. As a result of one’s background and life experiences, his or her conception of the truth can be altered. Both Wiesel and Koestler use the instances of backgrounds, actions, and affects to show how this concept can diverge. As a

  • Ideas from the Underground

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    rather stingy, cramped volume for the human cargo. And yet, according to Sheldon Payne's information, it was precisely this middle box that was most important and received the greatest use. In his essay "The Three Domains of Creativity" Arthur Koestler states that, "Creativity often starts where language ends, by regressing to preverbal levels, to more fluid and uncommitted forms of mental activity." Although at that point in the essay, he is speaking of scientific creativity, later on he conveys

  • Dear Skooter

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    you because the other day I came across a short essay by Arthur Koestler discussing creativity and the three domains that compose it; the "Haha!", the "Aha" and "Ah... ". At first I thought his theories could not relate to a musician because I mean what performing music has to do with laughing and crying. But as I fmished reading it, it seemed to make sense when I thought of what goes on when you perform on stage. In his essay Koestler introduces a new theory that describes the three domains

  • Vivisection

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    through its own turbulent times. This would be known as the Moscow Show Trials, which took place under the Soviet leader Joseph Stalin. The book Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler takes place during this time period. The main character Nicholas Rubashov has been imprisoned even though he always has been loyal to the goals of the party (Koestler). This showed a shift that was happening in the country and an attempt by Stalin to eliminate any possible opposition even if they were heroes in the revolution