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Ravi B. Lucas
Ravi B. Lucas
Ravi B. Lucas April 11, 2000 The Young GoodMan Brown Young Goodman Brown, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, is a story that is rich in metaphors which ultimately question the very morals and ethics of his religious society. In Young Goodman Brown, Goodman Brown is a proud Puritan who meets with the devil that causes him to become aware of the society he lives in. The story about Goodman Brown centers on a proud man who thinks that a meeting with the Devil can’t alter his faith in religion. He also desires
Emily Dickinson, a creative poet during the mid-ni
Emily Dickinson, a creative poet during the mid-ni
Emily Dickinson, a creative poet during the mid-nineteenth century, wrote what many consider to be truly American poetry. To understand why Dickinson is considered a brilliant writer of American poetry, one must know about the time period in which she wrote her poetry. Dickinson wrote during the era of American literature known as the Age of Expansion (Perkins 869). This was during the first half-century after the Civil War to the First World War which was approximately 1865-1915 (Perkins 869).
The Lamb and The Tiger
The Lamb and The Tiger
The Lamb and The Tiger William Blake wrote poems that deal with creation, The Lamb and The Tiger. The themes of both poems are the same; however, they are different in tone and imagery. The Lamb and The Tiger are similar in the theme, that asks about creation. The lamb is asked, Dost thou know who made thee? The lamb is told, he is called by thy name, for he calls himself a Lamb. The lamb is created in the imagery of Jesus Christ. The Tiger is asked, What immortal hand or eye co
Camelot: The Archetypal Environment
Camelot: The Archetypal Environment
Camelot: The Archetypal Environment In Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, the setting plays an integral role in the meaning of the poem. The three settings are all inseparable from the events which take place there and the manner in which Gawain is affected by the inhabitants. Camelot, Lord Bertilak\'s castle and the Green Chapel and their characters are considerably distinct from each other, each affecting and appealing to Gawain in a particular way. Because of its many positive qualities and fam
Death for most people is an incident that is feare
Death for most people is an incident that is feare
Death for most people is an incident that is feared. It could be the idea of not knowing what is going to happen after death, or possible that we haven’t accomplished anything during their lifetime. In John Keats When I have fears that I may cease to be, Keats establishes three phases of coping with death. The first is that he wouldn’t be able to write down all the poems he had in his head before he died, second is that he would die before he had a romantic experience, and finally if he dies bef
Barbara Stanfield
Barbara Stanfield
Barbara Stanfield American Literature Argumentative Paper Contradictions in Thomas Paine’s The Age of Reason Thomas Paine wrote The Age of Reason in 1784. In it he included his views on the religions known throughout the world. For this, he was ridiculed and despised by many in society. Thomas Paine once said that a sermon he heard at the age of eight impressed him with the cruelty inherent in Christianity and made him a rebel forever. It is my opinion that, because of this, he lived the rest of
Revenge is the act of retaliating in order to get
Revenge is the act of retaliating in order to get
Revenge is the act of retaliating in order to get even with someone for the wrongs they have done. In the novel The Scarlet Letter, the author, Nathaniel Hawthorne, uses Roger Chillingworth to reap revenge on Arthur Dimmesdale for his affair with his wife, Hester Prynne. Chillingworth becomes so devoted to revenge that is all his life revolves around. Chillingworth then devotes the rest of his life to taking revenge on Dimmesdale. As the novel progressed, Chillingworth fits the profile of veng
Blake PoetryVerily I say unto you, Whoseover shall
Blake PoetryVerily I say unto you, Whoseover shall
Blake PoetryVerily I say unto you, Whoseover shall not receive the kingdom of God asa little child shall in no wise enter therein. [S Luke, 18 (17)]The words are those of Jesus, who was neither unaware of reality, norindifferent to suffering. The childlike innocence referred to above isa state of purity and not of ignorance. Such is the vision of Blake inhis childlike Songs of Innocence. It would be foolish to suppose thatthe author of ^ÑHoly Thursday^Ò and ^ÑThe Chimney Sweeper^Ò in Songs ofInn
It is hard to sympathize with someone when you hav
It is hard to sympathize with someone when you hav
It is hard to sympathize with someone when you have no idea where they are coming from or what they are going through. It is similar experiences that allow us to extend our sincere appreciation and understanding for another human being’s situations and trials of life. Anne Bradstreet’s The Author to Her Book expresses the emotions that Bradstreet felt when her most intimate thoughts were published to the world without her consent. The average person would not see the cause for distress that Br
Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet Romeo and Juliet is one of Shakespeare\'s plays about tragedy. It is about two lovers who commit suicide when their feuding famillies prevent them from being together. The play has many characters, each with its own role in keeping the plot line. Some characters have very little to do with the plot but some have the plot revolving around them. Friar Lawrence does not have very much time on stage but the time he does have is crucial to the plot line. Through his words Friar Lawre
When you think of the Middle Ages you think of Kin
When you think of the Middle Ages you think of Kin
1 When you think of the Middle Ages you think of Kings and castles, knights in shining armor saving the princess, and savage warfare to coincide with horrible diseases and plagues taking lives. For the most part that was true, but we are forgetting about the majority of the population, otherwise known as the commons. These people can easily be compared to you and I living in these times. The peasants were not a part of the noble class or associated with the clergy, but just lived plain and sim
The Pamphleteers Protestant Champion: Viewing Oliv
The Pamphleteers Protestant Champion: Viewing Oliv
The Pamphleteers Protestant Champion: Viewing Oliver Cromwell Through the Media of his Day The years between 1640 and 1660 witnessed in England a greater outpouring of printed material than the country had seen since the first printing press had begun operating in the 1470s.1 The breakdown of government and Church censorship in the early 1640s was almost total until the mid-1650s when Oliver Cromwell as Lord Protector reimposed some controls. Not until the return of the Stuarts and their royal c
The Trial of Jeanne d’Arc
The Trial of Jeanne d’Arc
The Trial of Jeanne d’Arc Jeanne d’Arc, better known as Joan of Arc, was the Maid of Orleans. She was a great heroin of the Hundred Years War for the French and was the spirit of the army. She was only a teenager when she heard the voices of Saint Catherine, Saint Michael, and Saint Margaret. The voices told her to march with the French army to drive out the English and place Charles VII on the throne. She provided support and spirit to the troops and shaped them up into better soldiers. She had
Iago
Iago
Iago When Shakespeare attempted to create the ultimate villain (and I must say he was stunningly successful), Iago was the result. This cunningly evil character always keeps the audience guessing at his true personality until he has the opportunity to plan in solitude or so gracefully manipulate an inferior intellect that he can let his true colors shine while preserving his image. Such is the case in act I, scene III, when he recites to Roderigo a beautifully worded speech revealing his true
African American Community
African American Community
African American Community By 1945, nearly everyone in the African American community had heard gospel music (2). At this time, gospel music was a sacred folk music with origins in field hollers, work songs, slave songs, Baptist lining hymns, and Negro spirituals. These songs that influenced gospel music were adapted and reworked into expressions of praise and thanks of the community. Although the harmonies were similar to those of the blues or hymns in that they shared the same simplicity, the
Shakespeare and His Sonnet 18
Shakespeare and His Sonnet 18
Shakespeare and His Sonnet 18 Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer’s Day? William Shakespeare (1564-1616), English poet and playwright, recognized in much of the world as the greatest of all dramatists, is perhaps the most famous writer in the history of English literature. By writing plays, Shakespeare earned recognition from his late 16th and early 17th century contemporaries, but he may have looked to poetry for enduring fame. His poetic achievements include a series of 154 sonnets. Many of the
Poetry Analysis
Poetry Analysis
Poetry Analysis The poem, The Flea by John Donne is perhaps simply the seventeenth century’s version of a commonplace pickup line. However, in today’s society it offers a comical and conceivably ingenious if not simply creative method of wooing a fine, honorable lady into your bed. In overview, the poem is set with a young lady and her suitor. Conveniently, just as this gentleman is attempting to convince the object of his affection to sleep with him, a flea comes along and proceeds to bite him.
1. The eyes whispers I love you dear, the lips mo
1. The eyes whispers I love you dear, the lips mo
1. The eyes whispers I love you dear, the lips move, no words appear, when your love is true, sincere and real, what the lips hide, the eyes reveal. 2. I’m glad friendship doesn’t come with price tags. For if it did, I would never afford someone great as you. Thanks for being my friend. 3. In life, try not to expect anything from anybody. This way, you won’t be disappointed if they don’t live up to your expectations. Accept any blessings with a smile. 4. The more friends you have, the mor
The character of Ophelia in William Shakespeare’s
The character of Ophelia in William Shakespeare’s
The character of Ophelia in William Shakespeare’s play hamlet plays a very interesting and important role in the elaboration of the plot. In the beginning, she is in a healthy state of mind, in love with her boy friend Hamlet, yet controlled by her father in regard to their relationship. During the play she encounters several troubling experiences involving hamlet which cause her to become distressed and confused. In act III scene 4 after the death of her father leaves Ophelia mentally unstable
The Fall of the House of Usher
The Fall of the House of Usher
The Fall of the House of Usher Edgar Allan Poe wrote, The Fall of the House of Usher, using characterization, and imagery to depict fear, terror, and darkness on the human mind. Roderick and his twin sister, Madeline, are the last of the all time-honored House of Usher (Jacobs and Roberts, pg. 462). They are both suffering from rather strange illnesses, which may be attributed to the intermarriage of the family. Roderick suffers from a morbid acuteness of the senses( Jacobs and Roberts, pg.
The Struggles and Fears of a Puritan Mother
The Struggles and Fears of a Puritan Mother
The Struggles and Fears of a Puritan Mother Being a Puritan woman, Anne Bradstreet had trouble writing poetry in a patriarchal, unimaginative world. Although Bradstreet grew up in affluence with the luxury of an excellent education, she was expected to behave as a normal Puritan woman. She was the wife and child of colonial governor, but her status could not save her from the maltreatment and contempt of a women stepping over the line. The Puritan belief that a women’s place is in the home, pert
Zerubabbel as a Messianic figure.
Zerubabbel as a Messianic figure.
Zerubabbel as a Messianic figure. As my text, I am using the book of Haggai 2:23: In that day, saith the Lord of hosts, will I take thee, O Zerubbabel,, my servant, the son of Shealtiel, saith the Lord, and will make thee as a signet: for I have chosen thee, saith the Lord of hosts. Thus, the messianic promise was passed onto Zerubbabel, the man that God entrusted to be the governor of God’s people upon their return to Israel, and with the rebuilding of the Temple at Jerusalem. Zerubbabel was
Humanism during the Renaissance
Humanism during the Renaissance
Humanism during the Renaissance During the renaissance, there was a renewed interest in the arts, and the traditional views of society came into question. People began to explore the power of the human mind. A term often used to describe the increasing interest in the powers of the human mind is humanism. Generally, humanism stresses the individual’s creative, reasoning, and aesthetic powers. However, during the Renaissance, individual ideas about humanism differed. Writers and philosophers of t
John the Baptist
John the Baptist
John the Baptist We are given the story of the ministry of John the Baptist, called the Precursor or Forerunner of the Lord, with some variation of detail, in the three synoptic Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke, as well as in the Book of John. Luke tells us of the birth of John the Baptist in a town of Judaea, about six months before the birth of the Saviour. The attendant circumstances, which we have already recounted under the headings of *St. Elizabeth* and *St. Zachary*, his parents, sugge
To help us with our study of origins, we will use
To help us with our study of origins, we will use
To help us with our study of origins, we will use two main sources: the Bible – as God’s direct revelation of life, and science – a way to interpret the Bible using scientific knowledge. In his book Biology Through the Eyes of Faith, R.T. Wright (1989) states: It is an important conclusion of faith that both science and Scripture are sources of knowledge of God’s works and that, when properly understood, should not lead to conflicts. I agree with this statement, believing that God created the
LOVE AS A DYNAMIC FORCE IN SHAKESPEARE'S SONNETS
LOVE AS A DYNAMIC FORCE IN SHAKESPEARE'S SONNETS
LOVE AS A DYNAMIC FORCE IN SHAKESPEARE\'S SONNETS Shakespeare\'s love sonnets describe three different contexts in which love operates, as such, he depicts a multi-faceted picture of love. Love in Shakespeare\'s poems does not have a single definition, but rather, an intangible conglomeration of characteristics that, together, make up an ever powerful force that defeats all obstacles. In Shakespeare\'s love Sonnets numbers 116, 130, and 147, love is depicted as an overwhelming force that triumph
Shakespeare - Sonnet 18 This sonnet is by far one
Shakespeare - Sonnet 18 This sonnet is by far one
Shakespeare - Sonnet 18 This sonnet is by far one of the most interesting poems in the book. Of Shakespeare\'s sonnets in the text, this is one of the most moving lyric poems that I have ever read. There is great use of imagery within the sonnet. This is not to say that the rest of the poems in the book were not good, but this to me was the best, most interesting, and most beautiful of them. It is mainly due to the simplicity and loveliness of the poem’s praise of the beloved woman that it has g
The Interpretation of Act V Scene I
The Interpretation of Act V Scene I
The Interpretation of Act V Scene I The Twelfth Night is a Shakespearean romantic comedy that is filled with plenty of humor and lots of deception. It is frequently read as a play about masking, about the conscious and unconscious assumption of false identities and about levels of self-knowledge and self-deception; this theme is played out prominently through Viola’s transsexual disguise (Kahn 43). The play is comprised of five acts and numerous scenes. However, I am only going to touch on one o
Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet Where would the audience perceive the blame to lie for the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet? As with many things it is difficult to lay the blame on one specific occurrence as even the slightest mishap, especially in this story, can mount to something far worse than ever expected. The question I am trying to answer is where the audience would perceive the blame to lie and personally I feel the answer to that question lies greatly with who the audience actually is. A modern day audien
The difference between a play and other forms of l
The difference between a play and other forms of l
The difference between a play and other forms of literature is that a play is meant to be seen and heard, not merely read. As such, the playwright\'s text is the center of a larger effort on the part of director, actors and designers as they attempt to aid the audience\'s understanding of the play\'s plot, their sympathies with its characters and, ultimately, with the themes that it addresses. Each scene of a play helps an audience to build its appreciation of the play as a whole. The director,
Andy Warhol once said, They say that time changes
Andy Warhol once said, They say that time changes
Andy Warhol once said, They say that time changes things, but actually you have to change them yourself. Two hundred fifty years passed between the original Romeo and Juliet and the premiere of West Side Story on Broadway in 1957. However, time did not change the message of the story, simply the creators’ unique visions evolved. Shakespeare’s delivery of the timeless tale of desperate love in his classic Romeo and Juliet proves to only intensify through retelling and modern interpretation. Audie
Superstition or Truth
Superstition or Truth
Superstition or Truth Superstitions are thought to be irrational, and resulting from either ignorance, or fear of the unknown. Some believe that superstitions can take control of their life, for instance, if a black cat crosses you’re path, you will have bad luck. Most regard this as folklore and witchcraft. In the play Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare, superstitions took hold and played an important part of many people’s lives. The characters believed that they were getting a vision into th
Character Analysis of Demetrius in A Midsummer Nig
Character Analysis of Demetrius in A Midsummer Nig
Character Analysis of Demetrius in A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare. A Midsummer Night’s Dream is one of Shakespeare’s most read play’s this romantic comedy illustrates how complicated love ties can be. Thesis: In this play one of the characters that catches the eye of the reader is Demetrius, his character is really difficult to identify except by his relation to the one he loves, or even more, to the one who loves him. Helena the character in love with Demetrius and her unjusti
When do you know a work of literature has stood th
When do you know a work of literature has stood th
When do you know a work of literature has stood the test of time? When William Shakespeare wrote it. But why are his works so respected and cherished? One of his most famous works, Hamlet, is still a favorite among actors and occasional readers, alike, but why? Why is Shakespeare’s work still able to challenge and inspire people, four hundred years after it was written? The answer is simple. Shakespeare’s work, though complicated, will never have just one meaning, it will always be up to the int
Fit for a King
Fit for a King
Fit for a King What qualities come to mind when you think of a king, or any ruler for that matter? A ruler needs to be very trustworthy, honest, hard working, fair, just, forgiving and intelligent. Especially where there is a king, as in the play Hamlet, by William Shakespeare, because a king is in charge of the whole community. He has to keep in mind all of his subjects as he makes tons of decisions every day. A king is a symbol of his land. There cannot be a strong country without a strong kin
Macbeth: Tragedy or Satire?
Macbeth: Tragedy or Satire?
Macbeth: Tragedy or Satire? William Shakespeare wrote four great tragedies, the last of which was written in 1606 and titled Macbeth. This tragedy, as societal critics of yesterday’s literary world consider, scrutinizes the evil dimension of conflict, offering a dark and gloomy atmosphere of a world dominated by the powers of darkness. Macbeth, more so than any of Shakespeare\'s other tragic protagonists, has to face the powers and decide: should he succumb or should he resist? Macbeth understan
In Act I Scene II of Hamlet, Gertrude asks Hamlet,
In Act I Scene II of Hamlet, Gertrude asks Hamlet,
In Act I Scene II of Hamlet, Gertrude asks Hamlet, Why seems it so particular with thee? Since death is common to all, she asks, why does Hamlet seem to be making such a particular fuss about his father’s death? He replies, Seems Madam? Nay it is. I know not seems. It is not a question of seeming, but being: His black mourning clothes are simply a true representation of his deep unhappiness. With this line, Shakespeare develops the theme of appearance versus reality and that he intends to st
Andrew Ott
Andrew Ott
Andrew Ott Macbeth Imagery Paper May 22, 2000 Blood Imagery in William Shakespeare’s Macbeth William Shakespeare wrote the Tragedy of Macbeth in approximately 1606 AD. He loosely based it on a historical event occurring around 1050 AD. Macbeth is the story of a nobleman, who, while trying to fulfill a prophecy told to him by three witches, murders his King to cause his ascension to the throne of Scotland. After the King’s murder, Macbeth reigns as a cruel and ruthless tyrant, who is forced to ki
Character Analysis of Polonius
Character Analysis of Polonius
Character Analysis of Polonius Although Polonius is not a main character in Hamlet, he serves to reinforce the pattern of corruption, and demonstrates the social and moral decay of Denmark. His devious ways show the audience that he is one of many characters who lack conviction and integrity. Throughout Hamlet Polonius is a hypocrite who looks out for his own interests, and betrays those he should be loyal to. These aspects of his character are revealed in his relationships with the King, Opheli
In all of his plays, Shakespeare uses an assortmen
In all of his plays, Shakespeare uses an assortmen
In all of his plays, Shakespeare uses an assortment of motifs and symbols that bear vivid imagery, almost bringing them to life, just like a character. In the tragedy Macbeth, Shakespeare does an excellent job in using the element darkness, and words associated to it, to create a type of force that has an impact on the characters and the play itself. When we think of the dark, what immediately comes to our minds are feelings of evilness, wickedness, and negativity. Darkness is a tool that Macb
Fear no more
Fear no more
Fear no more By William Shakespeare William Shakespeare utilizes simplistic language to emphasize the themes in Fear no more; however, he exercises complex metaphors to depict the struggles one undergoes during a lifetime and as a result urges the reader to overcome all melancholic sentiments that lead one to oppose a peaceful death. The diction applied in Fear no more efficiently creates emphasis on specific sections of the poem. In addition, the euphonic flow used by Shakespeare illustra
Educational Language
Educational Language
Educational Language The Caribbean School System When the Caribbean was discovered by Columbus in 1492 the Europeans quickly invaded the area. With the invasion came their way of life. The Europeans eventually killed off the natives of the Caribbean and thus needed to import new labor. With that came the African American and the African American culture. The Europeans would have nothing to do with the Africans way of life and language. Europeans insisted that the language should be only that of