Consolation Essays

  • Overview of The Consolation

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    Overview of The Consolation The Consolation was written while Boethius was in prison awaiting execution. The work is cast in the form of a dialog with Philosophy, who explains to him the true nature of happiness, why the wicked appear to prosper while the good suffer, and many other difficulties. By the end, Boethius sees clearly the goodness and sovereignty of God. (Section numbers follow those in Boethius, The Consolation of Philosophy, New York: Penguin, 1969.) Things to Think About

  • The Consolation Of Philosophy By Boethius Analysis

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    Boethius examines the different factors that drive individuals to chase after celebrity among others by using the voice of philosophy to create dialogue, in which he discovers the futility of fame. The Consolation of Philosophy warns readers to shy away from the enticing tactics of fame by claiming that no matter the level of notoriety one achieves, an individual’s name will never be dispersed among all nations; furthermore, any fame attained will eventually prove fruitless as all people are mortal

  • The Book of the Duchess as a Chaucerian Consolation

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    foreshadowed in the sorrow of Alcyone and in the strange insomnia experienced by the poet. Moreover, this particular ability of the characters to emerge from their emotional paralyses establishes a pattern of consolation throughout the poem. In this regard, unlike the Boethian mode, this Chaucerian consolation works towards a transformation of worldly enthusiasm and seeks to reverse the effects of sorrow rather than to transcend the causes. The prologue, in Book of Duchess, not only serves as a introduction

  • Analysis Of Boethius's Consolation Of Philosophy

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    wrote his book Consolation of Philosophy, while he was imprisoned for conspiracy to overthrow Theodoric the Great. While kemps book is more about the spiritual and emotional sides of faith Boethius’s is about the philosophical outlook on faith. Kempis disputes faith by saying that humanity He believed and practiced his faith rather different than others making people believe he was not Christian at all. His beliefs however were verified by his theological plot. His book Consolation of philosophy

  • Consolation in the Book of the Duchess by Geoffrey Chaucer

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    Consolation in the Book of Duchess In “Book of the Duchess,” Geoffrey Chaucer draws close parallels between the poet’s insomnia and the Knight’s grief. In showcasing the Knight’s complete lack of interest in the hunt, coupled by his general lethargy, Chaucer effectively parallels the Knight’s apathy to that experienced by the Narrator himself and his own feelings of loss of energy and enthusiasm.. The Chaucerian consolation in “The Book of Duchess,” seeks only to revitalize its suffers, and offers

  • Consolations Of Philosophy By Alain De Botton

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    Oprah Winfrey said, “My philosophy is that not only are you responsible for your life, but doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.” The Consolations of Philosophy, written by author Alain de Botton, is a perfect example showing six philosophers who had philosophies that were relatable and applicable to bettering everyday life. Socrates, Nietzsche, Schopenhauer, Seneca, Epicurus, and Montaigne each have a chapter based after them, where de Botton discusses their

  • Cathedral

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    Bub has never, and probably will never, have with his wife. He goes on to say: My wife finally took her eyes off the blind man and looked at me. I had the feelings she didn’t like what she saw. I shrugged. This relationship offers Bub only one consolation, he believes that because he can see that has an advantage. He constantly refers to Robert as “the blind man.” He never uses Robert’s name or assigns any human attributes to him. This insecurity is partially responsible for his wife’s continued

  • Prophets of Zion and the Babylonian Exile

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    and the Babylonian Exile In ancient Jewish culture, prophets were a part of every-day life. They proclaimed what they understood to be God’s word, and lived according to it. In times of crisis, prophets were even more present, to warn and give consolation to the people. One time period in which there were many prophets was the Babylonian Exile, where the people of Judah were taken and deported to live in Babylon. Of the books of the prophets Isaiah and Jeremiah, Isaiah 63:7-64:12 and Jeremiah 29:4-23

  • Perrault's Puss in Boots

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    as a catalyst and spurs the hero or heroine into action. In "Puss in Boots", the cat plays the role of an assistant to the orphaned boy, but with one slight inversion to the traditional story line. In this case, the cat not only offers words of consolation and advice to the boy, he also initiates the action leading up to the final resolution and transformation of the hero. Normally, a more common version of this theme would have the Miller's son carry out the plan of action, not his advisor. Traditionally

  • Rape: A Living Nightmare

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    Nightmare Is anyone truly a stranger to nightmares? Has anyone not woken up in a feverish sweat with a racing pulse or pounding heart? Whose eyes have never wildly searched their room for the phantoms of a dream? Now, what if the familiar consolation of learning it was all in your head never came? How do you wake up from a nightmare that is, in fact, a reality? I think I’m getting ahead of myself. What I mean to say is, I was raped, and rape is a nightmare. I am a 19-year-old girl, far too

  • George B. McClellan: The Disposable Patriot

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    West Point to train troops bound for Mexico. After this time McClellan contracted malaria and dysentery and was confined to a hospital bed for almost one month while being nursed back to health by one of his friends named Jimmy Stuart. The one consolation for Mr. McClellan was that his unit was idle during his period of illness. The malaria that McClellan experienced in Mexico, however, would stay with him for the rest of his life. He would often refer to this problem as his “Mexican disease” when

  • The Exeter Book

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    single scribe in 975, though “The Wanderer” is though to date back to the Anglo-Saxon tribes’ conversion to Christianity in the sixth century. “The Wife’s Lament” may have pre-dated “The Wanderer” because “it offers none of the typical Christian consolation for her despair and appears to reflect a pre-conversion, pagan attitude towards ones’ fate” (The Exeter Book). Both poems are invaluable resources in their depiction of the precepts and roles of men and women in Anglo-Saxon society. “The Wanderer”

  • Critics of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

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    presented in certain parts of the novel, they are overshadowed by his superstitious folly which Twain returns to in the later chapters.  The fact that Huck’s narration is intentionally skewed by the innocence and ignorance of an adolescent is little consolation to critics who feel that Twain has committed gross immorality.  Also, the incessant use of the epithet “nigger” has been deemed excessive.  Despite these condemnations though even the staunchest opponents of Twain find certain redeeming qualities

  • Alcohol

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    Giovanni Vaccarello, a retired machinist form Brooklyn, New York, never took the safety of his family for granted. He often drove Maria, 18, and Concetta, 17, to their part time jobs. John, his fourteen year old son, was to wear a beeper at all times so that he would never be out of reach. Giovanni routinely walked Cathy, his wife of twenty five years, one block to her job at the beauty salon. But with all the precautions Giovanni took, nothing could stop him from Abraham Meyers, a 25-year-old janitor

  • Lord of the Rings

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    humdrum reality. Literature that offers a simple pleasure of a different time, a different place has nothing to be ashamed of. Tolkien in the same essay describes "escape and consolation" as one of the chief functions of the fairy-tale by which term he understands also what we would call "literary fantasy" today. "Escape and consolation" seem to be self-evident terms. What is there to discuss? Perhaps all that I have to do today is to praise Tolkien's fertile imagination and to step modestly aside. But

  • The Extermination of Mankind in On the Beach by Nevil Shute

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    Work serves as a blinder or shield from the characters near termination by exercising the same routine that was typical behavior previous to the discernment of the soon-coming apocalypse. Thus, the characters in On the Beach find salvation and consolation through work by using it as an illusion of desired normalcy in midst of disordered chaos. Peter especially understands the necessity of maintaining consistency in everyday routine not solely for his own sanity; but in order to create the illusion

  • Nausicca

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    theme can be looked at certainly, along with the god’s interference in the affairs of men. C.M Bowra the late eminent author and professor of poetry (wadham college 1946-51) puts to us that “Despite her early hopes Nausicaa is left with only the consolation that after all she saved Odysseus and that he will remember it”. Which along with the afore mentioned themes we will discuss. THE MEETING This part of the Odyssey begins with Athena appearing to the sleeping Princess having a beautiful dream

  • Chance in Philosophy

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    Chance in Philosophy Boethius' “The Consolation of Philosophy” demonstrates many thoughts and ideas that Boethius had while he was imprisoned at Ravenna. Boethius wrote of his “conversations” with lady Philosophy, who came to help cure him during his sentence. Throughout the book, she explained (or reminded) Boethius of many things such as the nature of power and the nature of fame. Many things that she explains in the beginning of the book can be summed together with the thought that God governs

  • The Feminine Sea in Moby Dick

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    " but that doesn't stop him from poking fun at her: "And like a sister of charity did this charitable Aunt Charity bustle about hither and thither, ready to turn her hand and heart to anything that promised to yield for safety, comfort, and consolation to all on board a ship on which her beloved brother Bildad was concerned"(All Astir, 137-8) The sentence runs with repetition and alliteration, lightening the tone and making all of her work seem trivial and pointless. What is the point of a

  • Anne of Green Gables

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    then in the orphan asylum, Anne used her imagination to get her through daily life. She developed imaginary friends who she talked to about her hopes, fears, and dreams for the future. According to Anne, these friendships were, “the comfort and consolation of my life” (Montgomery 58). Anne’s imagination was her survival instinct enabling her to persevere through the trials of being orphaned early in life. Explaining her history, Anne stated, “It was a very lonely place, I am sure I never could have