Biblical Imagery Essays

  • Biblical Imagery in the Story of Rapunzel

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    Biblical Imagery in the Story of Rapunzel Ostensibly, the story of “Rapunzel” is the tale of a young girl, locked up in a tower by a wicked witch, the real concern of the story, however, being lust and the dangers it represents to girls as they enter the rites of passage of puberty. Symbolism pervades the story of “Rapunzel”, as in all fairy tales, giving rise to diverse interpretations. While a great deal of the symbolism is commonly found in fairy tales, the Grimm’s infuse the tale of “Rapunzel”

  • Essay on Biblical Imagery in King Lear

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    Biblical Imagery in Lear Had King Lear been exposed to Christian Scriptures, he may have learned the folly of his prideful demand that his daughters vocally profess their love.  The Scriptures clearly state that "if any tried to by love with their wealth, contempt is all they would get." (Sg 8:7) Of course, had King Lear read and abided by the Scriptures, we would be wanting of a great work of literature. Lear's situation closely fits the passage from the Song of Songs. In applying the passage

  • 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 novels, Steinbeck would often travel with people about whom he was going

  • Analysis of God's Grandeur

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    Grandeur" Hopkins does not use any specific quotations from the Bible, he does employ images that evoke a variety of biblical verses and scenes, all of which lend meaning to his poem. Hopkins "creates a powerful form of typological allusion by abstracting the essence--the defining conceit, idea, or structure--from individual scriptural types" (Landow, "Typological" 1). Through its biblical imagery, the poem manages to conjure up, at various points, images of the Creation, the Fall, Christ’s Agony and Crucifixion

  • Biblical Imagery in The Stone Angel Stone Angel

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    Biblical Imagery in The Stone Angel In her novel, The Stone Angel, Margaret Laurence successfully uses builds a character around biblical imagery. Hagar Shipley, a ninety year-old woman, does not accept things easily, like life.  The name "Hagar" is recognized from the Old Testament as the Egyptian hand-maiden of Sarah, the wife of Abraham. By reason Sarah was unable to provide an offspring for Abraham. Since Sarah could not conceive, she gave her servant, Hagar, to her husband, so she can produce

  • Powerful Imagery and Themes in The Killer Angels

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    the battle at Gettysburg. Shaara gives action and words to characters of another time, and then places these players on the stage of this great battle. Through the use of powerful biblical and non-biblical imagery and themes the epic nature of the battle at Gettysburg and its characters are enhanced. Such imagery and themes, combined with Shaara's fictionalization, help to contribute to why this single battle holds such monumental significance and influence upon the lives of Americans over

  • Christian Symbolism & Biblical Imagery in Macbeth

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    Many authors share a common thread in their writing, allusions to biblical concepts. The Bible is one of the most influential texts of all time and its presence can seen seen through countless pieces of literature.. One of the best examples of a literary work that has been fashioned after biblical elements is The Tragedy of Macbeth by William Shakespeare. “Christian philosophy' says Walter C. Curry ' recognizes two tragedies of cosmic importance: (1) the fall of Lucifer and a third part of the angelic

  • The Effective Use of Imagery in Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea

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    The Effective Use of Imagery in Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea Ernest Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea has engendered some lively debate in literary circles. Critics have concentrated on everything in the novella from the verity of Rigel's early evening appearance over Cuban skies in September (Weeks 192) to William Faulkner's judgment that Hemingway discovered God while writing The Old Man and the Sea (Bradford 158-62). Yet the most insightful commentary has gravitated invariably

  • Biblical Allegories in Billy Budd

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    Biblical Allegories in Billy Budd Herman Melville's Billy Budd is a novel with many biblical allegories ranging from subtle references to quite obvious similarities between characters and Biblical figures. One of the most prevalent and accepted similarities is that of "Billy as Adam" (Berthoff, Certain 33) around the time of the Fall, "The ground common to most discussion of Billy Budd is the assumption that the story is allegorical ... a reenactment of the Fall" (Berthoff, Certain 32)

  • Biblical Symbolism In Rime of the Ancient Mariner

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    discussions is the apparent religious symbolism present throughout this poem. "The Ancient Mariner" contains natural, gothic, and biblical symbolism; however, the religious and natural symbolism, which coincide with one another, play the most important roles in this poem (Piper 43). It is apocalyptic and natural symbolism that dominates the core of this poem (43). The biblical symbolism found in this poem mainly reflects the apocalypse, as it deals with the Mariner's revelation that good will triumph

  • Wilderness Time Reflection: Biblical Imagery For Spiritual Formation

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    SF 603 Biblical Imagery for Spiritual Formation Lori Brown February 14, 2015 Wilderness Time Reflection On January 31st I enjoyed eight hours of wilderness time. After getting up early, and completing a few chores, I retired to my room for the day. Goals for my retreat were to get closer to God and be renewed by His presence, and to hear what He might say to me. I looked forward to being alone and being quiet. Before I began, the one concern I had was that I might get distracted and start daydreaming

  • biblical themes in shakespeares the tempest

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    Biblical Themes in Shakespeare’s The Tempest Shakespeare is one of the most prolific and admired writers who ever lived. He certainly knew his craft and was familiar with all of the literature available at the time. One of the greatest books ever written was of course the bible. Written over the course of more than a thousand years it is a miracle in itself that the book exists. Shakespeare knew his bible, and his work often incorporated and examined biblical themes. Shakespeare’s last completed

  • Wood Imagery and the Cross in Faulkner's Light in August

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    Wood Imagery and the Cross in Light in August It is nearly impossible to interpret Light in August without noting the Christian parallels.1 Beekman Cottrell explains: As if for proof that such a [Christian] symbolic interpretation is valid, Faulkner gives us, on the outer or upper level of symbolism, certain facts which many readers have noted and which are, indeed, inescapable. There is the name of Joe Christmas, with its initials of JC. There is the fact of his uncertain paternity and his

  • Biblical Figures and Ideals in Shakespeare's Richard II

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    Biblical Figures and Ideals in William Shakespeare's Richard II William Shakespeare's Richard II tells the story of one monarch's fall from the throne and the ascension of another, Henry Bullingbrook, later to become Henry IV. There is no battle fought between the factions, nor does the process take long. The play is not action-packed, nor does it keep readers in any form of suspense, but rather is comprised of a series of quietly dignified ruminations on the nature of majesty. Thus, the drama

  • Imagery and Irony in Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter

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    Imagery and Irony in The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne, the author of The Scarlet Letter, uses a variety of literary techniques in order to produce energy and invoke the interest of the reader.  He creates the mood and the climax of the novel by using the techniques of imagery and irony.  Yet, it is his use of symbolism that truly carries the novel. An abundance of symbolism appears in many different forms, adding interest to the novel.  For instance, Hawthorne uses his characters, such

  • Macbeth: Serpentine Imagery

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    presence has been characterized by cunning cynicism dating as far back as biblical times, when the snake persuaded Eve to eat the forbidden fruit of Eden’s garden. Even the phrase “snake in the grass” expresses latency. Shakespeare uses this treacherous reptile in Macbeth to convey the same evil. In his poetic prose, Shakespeare may not speak of a character’s malevolence directly; rather, he alludes to it through serpentine imagery. Macbeth contains four separate images of this type. What is their purpose

  • Imagery in the Handmaid’s Tale

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    The descriptive imagery used by Offred to describe her experi... ... middle of paper ... ...ture allows a freedom that simply taking a picture could not afford. Atwood has created a society employing not only visual images, but also images of societal ethics and forgotten traditions. Perhaps the devices used to create such a society are complex, but the expected result is simple. Although Offred does not plainly pass judgment on her experience herself, the imagery of the Handmaid's Tale

  • Biblical Meaning For The Word Samaritan

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    Religion 1. From the article and from your work in our class so far, what do you think makes this word important and what do you think it's basic meaning is? Based off the text and how I interpreted the word Samaritan, I thought that it was just talking about Jesus getting water from a woman that just happened to live in Samaria. I have no idea about what was the point other than her being kind to him. When I have been in church I was always told just that the basic "moral" of the story was be

  • John Steinbeck's East of Eden - A Biblical Allegory

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    of Eden: A Biblical Allegory In East of Eden (1952) John Steinbeck creates a powerful novel using biblical allegories. By doing this, he can deliver a clear message by describing something unfamiliar to his audience and comparing it to something more familiar. Set in modern times, East of Eden retells the famous story of the downfall of Adam and Eve, and the jealous rivalry between Cain and Able. Steinbeck also creates many other characters throug his novel, that capture a biblical sense and

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

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    character with imagery and actions to make him the patron deity of this fallen world, but Gatsby 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