Critical Interpretations Essays

  • A Critical Interpretation of Hans Kung?s Historical Analysis of the Development of the Hierarchical Church

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    A Critical Interpretation of Hans Kung’s Historical Analysis of the Development of the Hierarchical Church The beginnings of the Christian church are shrouded in mystery. With the lack of evidence about that time in history, it is hard to draw conclusions of any type. However, the historical analyst, Hans Kung, has written a book to shed some light on the subject. In this book, Kung discusses his opinion on the development of the early church, and its hierarchical structure. In the following paper

  • Critical Analysis Of Freud And Freud's Interpretation Of Dreams

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    introduction of psychology, dreams have had 4 distinct interpretations. The first interprets dreams as a “liberation of the spirit from the pressure of external nature”. The second interprets dreams as “accidental disturbances from ‘internal organs’. The third interprets dreams as a foretelling of the future. The last interpretation is Freud’s. He interprets dream as an expression of subconscious desires. He goes further with his interpretation. He compares dreams to psychopathological conditions since

  • Complexity and Ambiguity of Haircut

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    Complexity and Ambiguity of Haircut Many critical commentators have pointed out that Ring Lardner's best work was done in the field of satiric comedy. Sometimes his work was more satirical than comic, and sometimes vice versa. His short story, "Haircut," is definitely an exponent of the former, because within the satire of Haircut are some undoubtedly repulsive and tragic elements. The story concerns the events in a small unnamed Michigan town as told by a barber while he is cutting a

  • Analysis of Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights

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    value.   The original critical reviews had very little in the way of praise for the unknown author or the novel.  The critics begrudgingly acknowledged elements of Wuthering Heights that could be considered strengths – such as, “rugged power” and “unconscious strength” (Atlas, WH p.299), “purposeless power” (Douglas, WH p.301), “evidences of considerable power” (Examiner), “power and originality” (Britannia, WH p.305).  Strange and Powerful are two recurring critical interpretations of the novel.   The

  • The Governess in The Turn of the Screw

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    literature, The Turn of the Screw has inspired a variety of critical interpretations since its publication in 1898. Until 1934, the book was considered a traditional ghost story. Edmund Wilson, however, soon challenged that view with his assertions that The Turn of the Screw is a psychological study of the unstable governess whose visions of ghosts are merely delusions. Wilson’s essay initiated a critical debate concerning the interpretation of the novel, which continues even today (Poupard 313). Speculation

  • Opposites Attract in Antony and Cleopatra

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    Shakespeare would describe others in this play. "Each truly is all but everything in himself and herself, and knows it, and neither fears that he or she is really nothing in himself or herself, or nothing without the other" (Bloom, Modern Critical Interpretations 1). These two are magnificent and mighty characters, in very grand roles, both in this play and in history. Antony, as one of the triumvirs, is much more than an individual Roman soldier. He is one of the three who hold the entire

  • The Ambiguity of Shakespeare's Ambiguous Hamlet

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    dramatic tragedy Hamlet, the reader finds ambiguity of one type and another here and there throughout the play. The protagonist himself is an especially ambiguous character is his own rite. Harold Bloom in the Introduction to Modern Critical Interpretations: Hamlet expounds on the ambiguity and mysterious conduct of the hero during the final act: When Horatio responds that Claudius will hear shortly from, presumably that Rosencrantz and Guildenstern have been executed, Hamlet rather ambiguously

  • Love in Othello

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    suggesting happiness yet weariness about the future. Susan Snyder has cited the same irony in Othello’s statement "… Othello celebrate his peak of joy, yet so markedly his invocations of death and fear make us apprehensive" ("Beyond the Comedy" Critical interpretations 24). Emilia’s love for her husband, Iago, leaves her nothing but regret and deep despair. Emilia, out of love for her husband, Iago, betrays Desdemona and steals her precious handkerchief. Emilia does this "to please Iago’s fancy"( 3.3 lines

  • Hamlet – its Universality

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    Hamlet – its Universality What secrets of dramatic genius underpin the universal acceptance of Shakespeare’s tragedy Hamlet so long after its composition? Harold Bloom in the Introduction to Modern Critical Interpretations: Hamlet explains one very solid basis for the universal appeal of this drama -- the popular innovation in characterization made by the Bard: Before Shakespeare, representations in literature may change as they speak, but they do not change because of what they

  • The Fantasy of Orality in Absalom, Absalom!

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    positive historical truth in fixed form. Many critical interpretations of Absalom, Absalom! move towards the common conclusion that the way narrative works in the novel makes impossible the passing of meaning from one subject (teller or author) to anot... ... middle of paper ... ...ncredulous Narration: Absalom, Absalom!" Reading for the Plot: Design and Intention in Narrative. New York: Knopf, 1984. Rpt. in Modern Critical Interpretations: Absalom, Absalom!. Ed. Harold Bloom. New York: Chelsea

  • Critical Interpretations of The Cask of Amontillado

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    "The Cask of Amontillado": Critical Interpretations Among Poe's most intriguing tales is "The Cask of Amontillado," first published in Godey's Lady's Book in November of 1847. A surface reading of that story reveals only a simple description by Montresor (the narrator) of how he kills another man who was called, ironically, Fortunato. Montresor exploits Fortunato's vanity concerning the connoiseurship of wine; specifically, Montresor pretends to want a wine cask of Amontillado verified as genuine

  • Critical Interpretations of Poe's The Black Cat

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    Critical Interpretations of Poe's The Black Cat Edgar Allan Poe's classic tale, "The Black Cat," is a disturbing story that delves into the contrasts between reality and fantasy, insanity and logic, and life and death. To decipher one distinct meaning presented in this story undermines the brilliance of Poe's writing. Multiple meanings can be derived from "The Black Cat," which lends itself perfectly to many approaches of critical interpretation. One of the staples of Poe's writing is the dramatic

  • Post Colonial Interpretations of Shakespeare’s The Tempest

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    Post Colonial Interpretations of Shakespeare’s The Tempest “…do we really expect, amidst this ruin and undoing of our life, that any is yet left a free and uncorrupted judge of great things and things which reads to eternity; and that we are not downright bribed by our desire to better ourselves?” – Longinus Since the seventeenth century many interpretations and criticisms of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest have been recorded. Yet, since the play is widely symbolical and allegorical Shakespeare’s

  • The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

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    variety of ways since it’s creation in 1797. Some, such as Gavin McGann, argue that ballad is a story of our salvation of Christ, whereas others dispute this, believing it to be a metaphor for Original Sin in the Garden of Eden. Whilst these interpretations may differ, the view that The Rime may be read as a religious text does not. Religion lies at the heart of the poem, focusing on the trials and tribulations of man, depicting a moving spiritual journey of sin, punishment, repentance and eventual

  • The Multiple Meanings of The Sick Rose and The Eagle

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    different ways with different meanings based on your point of view and your personal knowledge and experience. Poems are also open to interpretations. The Sick Rose is a very decent example of which the poems can be interpreted in different ways. The word “rose” first came into sight in the title, which indicates this word play a chief part in the interpretation of the poem. “Rose” can be a person, as this is a very widespread name for girls in the 20th century. If this is applied to the poem

  • Essay On Mexican American Culture

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    The mass communication that is present for cultural influence becomes impactful for people. Varying interpretations and definitions could be displayed for individuals. The limited cultural influences found in networks, internet, and advertisements only displays a small part of the entire image. For instance, specialized networks for Hispanics could be very

  • A Case Study of One Student’s Approach to Reading The Divine Image

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    Hypothesis When Marielle, an English 2 student, was given a series of critical thinking tasks, her first response to the poem, “The Divine Image,” by William Blake changed as she followed the direction of each task and built on her previous understanding of the poem. I describe her responses to the eight learning paper tasks and her dissection of the poem for hidden meanings. The Tasks and Various Interpretations For each learning paper, Marielle was given eight different ways to interpret

  • Interpretation of Robert Brownings My Last Duchess

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    I read a critical article on Robert Browning’s “My Last Duchess”. I confess it was harder to find something in the NCLC’s than I would’ve thought. There was a considerable accumulation of critiques on Browning’s work, but very little on “My Last Duchess”. The article I found concentrated mostly on the Duke in the poem, and our reactions to him, stating that “[t]he utter outrageousness of the Duke’s behavior makes condemnation the least interesting response…” The title of the article was “Sympathy

  • Branagh's Interpretation of Much Ado About Nothing

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    Branagh's Interpretation of Much Ado About Nothing Shakespeare's wonderful comedy, Much Ado About Nothing, is an entertaining tale of the trials and tribulations of two pairs of lovers, who must face and overcome both malicious schemes plotted against them and also their own flaws and shortcomings before finding happiness together. Although clearly a comedy, the play is not without its darker moments. Don John plots to ruin Claudio's marriage; he nearly succeeds because Claudio, and most of

  • Essay on Visconti's Interpretation of Mann's Death in Venice

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    Visconti's Interpretation Mann's of Death in Venice Thomas Mann's "Death in Venice" is a very complex novella. To put it on screen, a director has to pick the most important (or easiest to portray) elements from the mythological, psychological and philosophical lines of the story. The plot would remain largely intact. I am most interested in the story of Aschenbach's homosexuality, so I would be concerned with the strange-looking men, Aschenbach's dreams, and the parallel between the denial