Carnal Knowledge Essays

  • Carnal Knowledge by Boyle

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    Carnal Knowledge by Boyle In the story “Carnal Knowledge”, by T. Coraghessan Boyle, Jim is the main character who loves to eat meat. He would love nothing more than to enjoy a dinner of “Beef, mutton, pork, venison, dripping burgers, and greasy ribs”. (1107) However, Jim’s cravings for “Kentucky Fried or Chicken McNuggets” were no match for Alena Jorgensen. (1108) Alena is an obsessive animal rights activist whom Jim met while laying on the beach feeling sorry for himself. When a person has

  • A Portrait of Modern Life in Carnal Knowledge

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    A Portrait of Modern Life in Carnal Knowledge T. C. Boyle's "Carnal Knowledge" is a very funny, and at the same time truthful portrayal of some of the things which are going on in the world today. His description of the narrator and the way he thinks, as well as his portrayal of Alena Jorgensen, leaves the reader wondering if they have ever believed so strongly in something or acted the same way to help reach their goal. What makes this story so unique and is that takes place in our world, in

  • Relinquishment of Free Will in The Birthmark and Carnal Knowledge

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    This is not the case, however, in the short stories "Carnal Knowledge" by T. Coraghessan Boyle and "The Birthmark" by Nathaniel Hawthorne. The narrator of "Carnal Knowledge," Jim, and one main character in "The Birthmark," Georgiana, have few outward similarities. They are both slaves by choice, though, willing to ignore their own desires and submerge themselves in another person's will. On the surface, "The Birthmark" and "Carnal Knowledge" have little in common. One is the story of a man taken

  • Comparing Relationships in Susan Minot's Lust and Coraghessan Boyle's Carnal Knowledge

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    Comparing Relationships in Susan Minot's Lust and Coraghessan Boyle's Carnal Knowledge "After the briskness of loving, loving stops"-Susan Minot This quote from Minot summarizes the love affairs in her short story "Lust" and T. Coraghessan Boyle's short story "Carnal Knowledge." The protagonists in these stories go to great lengths to please their significant others hoping to find loving, fulfilling relationships. They make sacrifices and relinquish certain degrees of power to find happiness

  • Carnal Knowledge Boyle Analysis

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    T. Coraghessan Boyle’s short story “Carnal Knowledge” evokes a sense of yearning for meat, as the protagonist in the story expresses this hunger for the meaty provisions he denied himself in order to be with a woman that he was infatuated with. Boyle’s use of diction in this short story suggests that the text is a focus on the flesh in its varying forms. “Carnal” which is known to represent the flesh, lustful desires, and sexual needs, is represented in this story as the protagonist expressed his

  • What Is The Irony In Carnal Knowledge

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    In the short story, “Carnal Knowledge,” T. Coraghessan Boyle portrays the character Jim as one man’s inner conflict between his lust for a beautiful activist, Alena, and his own convictions. Although he lacks interest in animal rights that she strongly feels passionate about, he finds himself respecting her perspective, but he doesn’t seem to be amused. Despite irony, the author shows the fantasy life that Jim lives with Alena can only come disoriented at the end because of its superficiality, irony

  • Mke-si-mume: Neocolonialism and Sexual Practice in Kenya

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    have found one thing on which they agree: homophobia. The fact is that it is illegal to be gay in Kenya. Sections 162 to 165 of the Penal Code criminalize homosexual behavior and attempted homosexual behavior between men, referring to it as "carnal knowledge against the order of nature". The penalty is 5 to 14 years' imprisonment. However lesbian relations are not mentioned in the law ( Africa is a male-dominated country and therefore doesn’t include female relations in the law; additionally

  • The Seize the Moment Theme of To His Coy Mistress

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    Have sex with me now before you die.  This is a very strong statement which, when said, has to get someone's attention; and that is exactly what Andrew Marvell intends for the reader in this poem.  He wants the undivided attention of this mistress so that he can scare her and rush her into making a decision the way he wants and in due time. Filled with time flavored symbolism, "To His Coy Mistress" by Andrew Marvell, exemplifies the seize the moment theme. The cyclical, life symbolizing river

  • Similarities Between Carnal Knowledge And The Marriage Of A Young Stockbroker

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    Changing cultural attitudes were also reflected in film. The films Carnal Knowledge and The Marriage of a Young Stockbroker represented women in roles that were harmful to them and illustrated the injustices women faced. Carnal Knowledge demonized men who objectified women; their objectification left them empty. The Marriage of a Young Stockbroker tells the story of a problematic marriage in which the main character becomes obsessed with voyeurism. Throughout the film women are continually objectified

  • To His Mistress Going to Bed, Good Morrow, Corinna's Going A-Maying, and To His Coy Mistress

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    women may be traced back to the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. Cavalier poets such as Robert Herrick, John Donne, and Andrew Marvell embrace this method of seduction, carefully constructing verse with the intent to satisfy their carnal desires. Each of these men rely upon several literary tools to manipulate women to fornicate with them. Among the more prominent techniques is the use of logical rhetoric to reason that engagement in sex is the best choice of action. Another device

  • Action and Accountability in Macbeth

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    difficult position, that they are engulfed and rendered powerless by the events that unfold in their midst. Even Iago, Shakespeare’s evil incarnate, remarks, “ ‘Tis in ourselves that we are thus or thus…we have reason to cool our raging motions, our carnal stings, our unbitted lusts” (1.3:316-326). Circumstance, then, simply does not negate guilt or responsibility. Given reason, we are capable both of the good and the evil behavior that seals our fate. This idea is especially important to a moral reading

  • The Carnal Prayer Mat by Yu Li

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    Vesperus’ masculine beauty is a central theme in Li Yu’s moral comedy, The Carnal Prayer Mat. What’s more, his life trajectory parallels non-Mahayana Indic accounts of Siddhartha’s path to enlightenment, particularly on the emphasis placed on descriptions of both men’s physical perfection and their subsequent sexual appetite and prowess. Both Vesperus’ and Siddhartha’s masculine beauty propels them forward on their life paths, positioning them in the simultaneously instructive and destructive feminine

  • Sex In Ezra Pound's Coitus

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    significance derives largely from his constant resolve to break traditional form and ideology, both literary and poetic. What is particularly unique about Pound, however, is that as he continually establishes precedence, he rarely abandons his thorough knowledge and appreciation of classical literature, drawing heavily from his literary and historical education in even his most groundbreaking works. "Coitus," one of Pound's early short works, exemplifies both his interest

  • A Question of Faith in Nathaniel Hawthorne's Young Goodman Brown

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    “Young Goodman Brown” is a tale of a man’s battle with his faith. It is one of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s most complexing tales. Many unanswered questions arise as you read it. One of the most obvious questions is if these events are actually happening as reality, or if they are all a dream. I don’t believe that it really matters. The essay’s events still have the same impact on Brown’s life whether they took place, or were just a twisted nightmare. Richard Fogle in his essay “Ambiguity and Clarity in

  • Edward Theodore Gein - America's Most Infamous Murderer

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    Ed's upbringing was naturally his mother. Augusta sternly instilled in her boys the innate “…immorality of the world and the twin dangers of alcohol and loose women” (Schechter, p.27). She preached endlessly to her boys about the sins of lust and “carnal desire” and depicted all women as whores, expect for herself obliviously. Augusta's strict view of life initiated Ed’s sexual confusion as an adolescent; “he was very ambiguous about his masculinity” (Fisher) and had considered transsexual surgeries

  • The Neoplatonic Doctrine

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    the fountainhead of its being. The actual reunion is accomplished through a mystical experience in which the soul knows an all-pervading ecstasy. Doctrinally, Neoplatonism is characterized by a categorical opposition between the spiritual and the carnal, elaborated from Plato's dualism of Idea and Matter; by the metaphysical hypothesis of mediating agencies, the nous and the world soul, which transmit the divine power from the One to the many; by an aversion to the world of sense; and by the necessity

  • Daniel 10:1-21

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    blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: for the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds… Ephesians 6:12; 2 Corinthians 10:3-4 This chapter gives us the opportunity to consider those involved in the spiritual conflict Paul describes. There are several things for us to learn.

  • Theology 1 summary

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    deeper into the well of knowledge. I look forward to next year at our next meeting and teachings of the Theology 2 class. God bless you and your wife. Theology 1 Outline 1.     Definition of Theology a.     Greek 2.     Various forms of Theology a.     Systematic b.     Historical c.     Biblical d.     Contemporary e.     Ethical 3.     Theology Proper a.     Who is God? b.     Who are we to study God’s Word i.     Spiritual people ii.     Natural people iii.     Carnal people c.     Attributes

  • Heart of Darkness as Social Protest

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    Heart of Darkness as Social Protest Heart of Darkness, by Joseph Conrad, is an intriguing and extremely disturbing portrayal of man's surrender to his carnal nature when all external trappings of "civilization" are removed.  This novel excellently portrays the shameful ways in which the Europeans exploited the Africans: physically, socially, economically, and spiritually. Throughout the nineteenth century, Europeans treated their African counterparts savagely.  They were beaten, driven

  • Chaucer's Canterbury Tales - The Modern and Mediaeval Merchant's Tale

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    to be married simply because he is old and society seems to say that he should. There is no consideration of love, only of lust as he declares, "I wol noon oold wyf han in no manere". A mediaeval audience would have been aware that an emphasis on carnal pleasure was displeasing to God, while this would be less of an issue to a modern audience. As marriage was considered by the mediaeval audience to be an embodiment of Christ's devotion to the Church, the theme of infidelity would be apparent to the