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  • Indiana Involvement Civil War
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    Indiana was one of the earliest states in the Union to respond to Abraham Lincolns initial call for 75, 000 volunteers to put down the rebellion. Indiana's initial quota was for 7, 500 volunteers. The quota was quickly met and many thousands of potential volunteers were turned away to return to their homes disappointed. The nave assumption that the rebellion would be quickly ended, turned into a national nightmare of four years duration. Before the conflict ended, Indiana would be called upon to...
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  • Sense Of Vengeance Form Of Revenge Beowulf
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    Beowulf is an epic poem that, above all, gives the reader an idea of a time long past; a time when the most important values were courage and integrity. The only factors that could bestow shower fame upon a person were heroic deeds and family lineage. Beowulf, as the paradigm of pagan heroes, exhibited his desire to amass fame and fortune; the only way to do so was to avenge the death of others. This theme of retribution that is ever present throughout the poem seems to color the identities of i...
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  • Grendel And Frankenstein Live In A Society
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    I saw a creature, naked, bestial, Who, squatting upon the ground, Held his heart in his hands, And ate of it. I said, "Is it good friend?"It is bitter-bitter, " he answered; "But I like it Because it is bitter And because it is my heart. " - Stephen Crane This reflects how both Grendel and Frankenstein must have felt during their lonely lives. The monsters simply wanted to live as the rest of society does. However, in our prejudice of their kind, we banish them from our elite society. Who gave s...
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  • Victorian Age Social Problems
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    The Victorian era, from the coronation of Queen Victoria in 1837 until her death in 1901, was an era of several unsettling social developments that forced writers more than ever before to take positions on the immediate issues animating the rest of society. Thus, although romantic forms of expression in poetry and prose continued to dominate English literature throughout much of the century, the attention of many writers was directed, sometimes passionately, to such issues as the growth of Engli...
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  • Greek Heroes The Iliad Vs Todays Standards
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    In the Iliad, Homers heroes exhibit many symbolic attributes of heroism, maliciousness, and acquisition to the gods. To be a hero one has to be, quick in battle and always show courage. To honor the men who came before them and to keep his sons from being shamed by their fathers memory is to show true heroism. What disgrace! Look at you, carrying on in the armies muster just like boys fools! (2. 400 - 401) In their heroism they show how they are vengeful against any and all enemies who oppose th...
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  • Makes Fun Human Society
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    Grendel has a sarcastic and cynical mind, which serves to entertain both him and the reader. Through his expositions of situations, we see humor where others would simply see violence, and irony where others only fact. These others are the humans, the Danes, unwitting neighbors of Grendel, forced to stand night after night of slaughter. What is a traumatic and terrifying experience for them, is simply a game to Grendel, and the reader. Grendel bursts in on the Danes, ready to kill, and they sque...
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  • Aided By Athena Odysseus Is Not A Hero Scylla
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    The Odyssey is an epic poem about a Greek warrior named Odysseus, who just finished fighting in the Trojan War. He journeys home only to find his house overtaken by suitors trying to marry his wife, and kill his son. During his journey he comes face to face with deadly creatures, and has mind-boggling experiences at sea. But after all that Odysseus has done, Im not convinced that he is a hero. He is not a hero because he exhibits a cold-hearted personality, and because Athena gave Odysseus a lot...
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  • Othello As A Tragic Hero
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    To what extent does Othello represent the idea of the tragic hero? The Poetics of Aristotle are extremely significant when distinguishing the characteristics of tragedy, and particularly important when analysing the character of Othello as a tragic hero. Aristotle writes that there are certain qualities which define a tragic hero: peripeteia, the undergoing of a downfall; hamartia, evidence of a fatal flaw; anagnorisis, recognition of these flaws; and catharsis, the purging of emotions from the ...
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  • Greatest Threat Major Threat
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    What were Odysseus greatest challenges, and how did he overcome them? Odysseus greatest challenge upon his return to Ithaca from Troy was himself. On several occasions Odysseus ego, god-like attitude and heroic characteristics dictated his actions, and cost him dearly. It was during these travels, other events that threatened his return included a Cyclops named Polyphemus eating Odysseus crew, the Sirens that beckoned to all passers, promising that they would impart to them the knowledge of all ...
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  • Thematic Deconstruction Of Grendel By John Gardner
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    Talking, spinning a spell, a web of words telling the story of the hero and the damned. It is often said that History is written by the winners. John Gardner takes that view and deconstructs the winning story in Beowulf and transforms it into the story Grendel. This story shows the many questions that lie in the text of Beowulf. By using the answers to these questions, Gardner is able to deconstruct the story of Beowulf. To understand the deconstruction that Gardner performs; the reader would ha...
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  • Unferth Lines Confidence
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    I am writing to praise you on your courage and self- confidence. However, sometimes this self-confidence and boastfulness went to an unwanted extreme. For example, your encounter with Unferth, Ecglafs son was not a successful one. Unferth challenges your heroic deeds by mentioning and questioning your race with Brecca. He is obviously trying to humiliate you and lower your reputation in front of the hall. In this situation, only the clarification of what actually happened was needed. It was not ...
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  • Tale Of Two Cities Carton And Darnay Characters
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    It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness (Dickens 13). Two men, from two different cities, striving to earn the affection of one woman. The characters of Sydney Carton and Charles Darnay in the book A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, are two very different people. They do, however, show many similar characteristics. Carton brought up the idea that he and Darnay had a striking similarity of features during the treason trial...
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  • John Proctor Four Lines
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    During the time of the Salem witchcraft trials, a number of wrongfully accused citizens were killed, due to the mass hysteria that had enveloped the community. Among these Puritan citizens is John Proctor, whom I believe dies a hero, not only because he refuses to surrender to the corruption in society, as did the rest that were put to death, but also because, in doing so, he is able to relieve himself of a guilty conscience. John Proctor is a respected man who chooses to die for what he hopes w...
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  • End Of The Play Romantic Ideals
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    Love and war are two concerns which are often regarded as societal ideals. George Bernard Shaw's Arms and the Man is a pleasant and humorous attack on both. Shaw uses humor as a vehicle of thought thus tending to obscure his subtle satire on war and the genteel classes and his exploration of the romantic-realist spectrum in human disposition (Davis 274). These romantic ideals make up the essence of the plays satirical instances and develop the theme of realism. Shaw satirizes romanticism within ...
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  • Character Analysis Of Oedipus The King
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    You pray to the gods? Let me grant your prayers. This quote helps to describe the overall description of Oedipus character in Oedipus the King written by Sophocles. Throughout Oedipus the King the ideas and themes of fate, irony, and reason reoccur numerous times. Oedipus believes in fate but he believes more in his own abilities and actions to determine his future. Irony is evident in many forms such as verbal, dramatic, and situational. Since, Oedipus relies on himself he believes in his own r...
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  • Society Has Changed Earn The Title Of Hero People
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    In this age the only way to be classified as a hero is to do something charitable, or standing up for your political beliefs. Our society no longer accepts the war aspect of being a hero. If someone were to single handedly defeat an army he would be given a medal, but be upstaged on the news by the person who donated a million dollars to a special fund. This is not bad, but it has shown how society has changed sense Beowulf's times. The heroes of today are Mother Theresa, Princess Diana, Ghandi,...
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  • Anglo Saxon Hero Grendel
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    A hero is one who is not only strong, but one who uses his strength to uphold others. A hero is humble, philanthropic, magnanimous and selfless, a humanitarian at best. In the unprecedented epic Beowulf, the tale? s namesake exemplifies every characteristic befitting an Anglo-Saxon hero. He is honest, loyal, and courageous. He portrays these characteristics in the battle against Grendel, the affray with Grendel? s mother, and the fight against the dragon that inevitably ended his life. Beowulf w...
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  • Epic Poem Important Element
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    Hero s Epic In the course of time, many heroes have made their name and many stories have been written to proclaim their greatness. However, none as captivating as Beowulf. This Anglo-Saxon epic demonstrates it s power with beautiful language, usage of kennings, metaphors, similes, and alliteration. Also, it gives wondrous supernatural beings as in God, and even of powerful creatures as Grendel. On the other hand, it has human struggles and afflictions. The very first element that is discovered ...
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  • Enrique Rick Rivas Makes Them Heroes Hero
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    What Heros Essay HEROES ESSAY What is a hero? To you, the reader, I submit this question so that you may form your own opinion. What is a hero and what qualifications make he or she worthy of the title? The reply you have formulated in your mind has probably come to you rapidly and with alacrity, so much that you may deem even asking such a simple question to be not only a waste of the time it took me to ask it, but also the time it took you to consider it. Did you think of some virtuous individ...
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  • Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn Show The Reader
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    Many literary scholars and critics complain that Mark Twain is not able to fully tie up The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn with its ending. They feel that Twain s ending contradicted everything Huck Finn had gone through up to that point. However, these reactions seem to be a result of over analyzing of the literature. Huck has not reverted back to his former ways by the end of the story. It is at the end of the novel where Huck Finn began to understand his own morality and begins to recognize h...
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