Divine Essays

  • Divine Foreknowledge

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    Divine Foreknowledge Growing up as a Christian, in the Christian church, I was always taught that God knows everything. God knows the beginning and end, and everything in between. This is something that, until one starts asking tough questions, one usually accepts. My goal in writing this essay is not to change someone’s beliefs about God, or beliefs in God, but instead to challenge people to quote, un-quote, think outside the box. Consider the pros and cons of God knowing everything and also

  • Divine Love in The Canonization

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    Divine Love in The Canonization Describing the complexities of love, Pascal states that "the heart has reasons which reason knows nothing of" (qtd. in Bartlett 270). Similarly, in "The Canonization" by John Donne, the speaker argues that his unique love obtains reasons beyond the knowledge of the common man. The speaker relates his love to the canonization of saints. Therefore, he implies that his love is a divine love. In "The Canonization," the speaker conveys a love deserving of admiration and

  • Divine Wind - Racism

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    The Divine Wind describes an Australia that is tarnished by racism, hatred and distrust, and yet the novel ends on an optimistic note. Do you agree? The novel is set during a World War. The tension and separation of races during a war seemed evident in Australia. As a multicultural country including Japanese and Aborigine population, conflicting attitudes towards these races had to be imminent. I entirely agree with the above statement due to the unequal treatment of the aborigines, tension between

  • Nine Stages of Divine Vision

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    Nine Stages of Divine Vision Nine stages of life are formed by nine crises that shape our awareness and the way we envision and experience the divine in both our cultural and isolated lives. Out vision of the divine is determined by the unique forms and forces in each stage of our lives. The first stage is the unborn stage of the womb. The first part of the first stage is the unborn womb. Since the womb is almost perfect for our prenatal needs, there is an incomparable experience of Kinesthetic

  • The Divine Comedy

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    and a life of sin was to be sentenced to hell. Dante Alighieri was an Italian poet, who had an admirable depth of spiritual vision and was known for his intelligence (Encarta, 1). Between the years of 1308 and 1321, Dante wrote the epic poem, 'The Divine Comedy,'; which described a journey through the afterlife. It takes place during the three days of Good Friday, when Jesus died, and on Easter Sunday when he rose body and soul to heaven. It is a moral comedy, and was written to make readers evaluate

  • The Divine Comedy

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    La Commedia, or more commonly known as The Divine Comedy remains a poetic masterpiece depicting truth and sin. The Divine Comedy, through the journey into the three hells, expresses a universal truth of good versus evil. Alighieri’s life of heartbreak with the influences of other famous poets like Homer and Virgil has affected his writing style, and through reviews by literary experts and their interpretation of Alighieri’s unique use of motifs, The Divine Comedy can be broken down to a epic that

  • The Divine Comedy

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    are going through hell, keep going." If you were to describe Dante’s Divine Comedy as simply as possible you would use this quote. However, Dante’s Divine Comedy has never been that simple. Sure, it is about religion and hell and heaven. But it is also about political ideas. The way spirituality and politics commingle in Dante’s world has interested literature fiends and political theorists alike. So what exactly is Dante’s Divine Comedy? How did Dante’s everyday life affect this piece of literature

  • Civil And Divine Law-antigone

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    The Clash Between Civil and Divine Law Charles Dickens once said, "The law is an ass." Though at first, it seems harsh and very strange, the deeper meaning is one that is a perfect summary of the Greek tragedy Antigone. The meaning of an "ass," is a stubborn, obstinate, perverse, immovable animal. Throughout Antigone, the characters must deal with the clash between Civil and Divine law. They struggle to discover what is truly right and wrong, good and bad. In the end, they are forced to make

  • Divine Comedy – Pagans in Paradise

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    Divine Comedy – Pagans in Paradise In the beginning when God created humanity, it was said that He created all humans in His image of goodness (Genesis 1:27). Dante then adds in his Divine Comedy that God has instilled a certain predetermined capacity of goodness in each human being as He wills, which should be utilized fully during life (Paradise 3:84). It would then be assumed, in Dantean thought, that all humans have the choice to live fully to this capacity and assume a place in heaven upon

  • Divine Intellect in Dante's Inferno

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    Divine Intellect in Dante's Inferno In Canto XI of Dante's Inferno, Virgil carefully explains the layout of hell to his student, Dante. Toward the end of his speech, Virgil says that "Sodom and Cahors" are "speak[ing] in passionate contempt of God," (XI, 50-51), and divine will thus relegates them to the seventh circle. The sin of the Sodomites is clear for Dante, who poses no question on the matter, sodomy perhaps being an obvious affront to God which the bible directly addresses. However

  • The Divine Comedy and the Human Experience

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    The Divine Comedy: The Depth of Human Experience Religious, structured, and orderly. Although this book is religious through and through, it is also very earthly. You seem to never leave the earth. In fact, there seems to be no difference between earth and the heavenly sphere. It is a solid world, no distinction between mind and matter, everything is touchable. The physical expresses the spiritual, the spirit of God is physical and pervades the physical universe--it's all one place. There is no

  • The Divine Comedy - Heaven or Hell?

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    The Divine Comedy - Heaven or Hell? The character of Dante in The Divine Comedy who descended into the inferno caused me to stop and think about this awful place.  As the reader I got to take an imaginary journey with Dante to a horrible place where I do not care about going.  While Dante descended into hell I plan on ascending into heaven someday.  Dante had a choice to make whether or not to get back on the right path.  It came down to heaven or hell - choose. I think it was willed

  • Beauty and the Divine in Edgar Allen Poe's To Helen

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    Beauty and the Divine in Edgar Allen Poe's To Helen To Helen presents beauty as necessary for apprehending the divine. Poe celebrates beauty, specifically the beauty of a women, as represented by two women known for beauty in Greek legend (Helen of Troy and Psyche). Helen's beauty escorts him to Hellenistic culture and values, which brings him to Psyche, who illuminates the divine. To Helen by Edgar Allan Poe Helen, thy beauty is to me Like those Nicean barks of yore, That gently, o'er

  • Beatrice in Dante's Divine Comedy

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    Beatrice in Dante's Divine Comedy How many people spend their whole life in love with a person they met only once when they were nine years old? Dante Alighieri, born in 1265, had only one meeting with Beatrice Portinari in 1274, making him only nine years old. By Dante's own account this was the most important event of his youth (Alighieri). When she passed away in 1290 Dante was about 25 and overcome with grief (Barbi 6). If Dante hadn't met Beatrice much of his work would

  • Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy

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    Divine Comedy Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy is said to be the single greatest epic poem of all time. The opening story of the character of Dante the Pilgrim is told in the first of the three divisions: The Inferno. The Inferno is a description of Dante’s journey down through Hell and of the several degrees of suffering and many mythical creatures that he encounters on the way. Throughout his travel Dante displays many different feelings and actions but the emotion that summarizes the entire

  • Analysis Of The Divine Comedy

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    The Divine Comedy is an exhibit that is being revisited and created by a “group of forty of the best known emerging artist from 8 different African nations,” based off the 4th century poem “the divine comedy” written by Dante Alighieri. At the National African Art History museum in Washington, DC and this year happens to be the 50th anniversary of the museum of the opening of the original Capitol Hill museum founded by Warren Robbins and Johnetta Cole June 3, 1964. It tells a story about life by

  • Compare and Contrast the Divine Machinery of Odyssey and Aeneid

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    Compare and Contrast the Divine Machinery of the Odyssey and the Aeneid The Aeneid is a poem of Fate, which acts as an ever-present determinant, and as such Aeneas is entirely in the hands of destiny. The unerring and inexorable passage of fate, assisted by the Gods' intervention, is impossible to prevent and its path does create many victims along the way, who are expendable for Rome to be created. In the Aeneid, mortals suffer, no matter what they do or how good a life they lead and they are

  • Divine Comedy Analects

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    The Divine Comedy, the Analects, and The Conference of the Birds Dante’s The Divine Comedy, Farid Ud-Din Attar’s The Conference of the Birds, and Confucius’ The Analects all have a similar theme; each reading tells a unique story of compassion and forgiveness. In each, these traits are expressed through the actions and monologues of the characters. In Dante’s Divine Comedy, the guide on Dante’s journey goes by the name of Virgil who shows his empathy and mercy through the mistake of pity that Dante

  • A Comparison of the Divine in Gilgamesh, the Old Testament of the Bible, and Metamorphoses

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    The Divine in Gilgamesh, The Old Testament, and Metamorphoses Along with different languages, customs and traditions, ancient Hebrews, Middle-easterners and Romans had very different beliefs about the divine. For example, Hebrews are monotheistic, while Middle-easterners and Greco-Romans of early time periods believe in many gods. Writings from the ancient time period sketch these differences, as well as the many similarities between religious beliefs. The Old Testament is an excellent reference

  • Dante’s, The Divine Comedy

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    In Dante’s, The Divine Comedy, Virgil leads Dante through the Inferno, where Dante undergoes changes in his compassion. I am going to argue that Dante expresses less compassion during his journey when Virgil leads him through the Inferno. This essay will prove how Dante shows more feelings at the beginning of the Inferno compared to the end of the Inferno. Dante is being a coward by thinking he is unable to make his journey: I’d be too slow had I obeyed by now. You need no more declare to me your