Sinful Fate In The Scarlet Letter - 602 words
The Scarlet Letter, written by Nathaniel Hawthorne, is a novel about adultery committed by young Hester Prynne and Reverend Dimmesdale in the Puritan world of seventeenth century Boston. Even though, they share the relationship of extremely opposing each other throughout the book, Dimmesdale and Roger Chillingworth, an alchemist, antagonist, and Hesters husband, are different and similar in appearance, respect, and how they change throughout the novel. Chillngworth and Dimmesdale come from very different backgrounds, but both are still respected and educated men. Chillingworth has learning and intelligence and possess more than a common nature, because he is extensively acquainted with the m ...
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Calvinism, John Calvin - 597 words
Since John Calvin first introduced the belief of election, it has caused debate among theologians in many Protestant churches. John Calvins beliefs consisted of five general themes. The first of the is the most important concept of understanding the beliefs of grace. Due to the fall, man, in his spiritually dead state, is unable of himself to savingly believe the Gospel. The sinner is totally dead, and cannot natural turn to the things of God, not seek Him. Man's is deceitful and desperately corrupt. Man does not have free will; it is in complete bondage to his evil and sinful nature; therefore, he will not--better yet, he cannot--choose good over evil in the spiritual realm. Due to this sta ...
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Kate Chopin - 1,164 words
... aced with another death. In June 1885, her mother had died. Chopin was literally prostrate with grief (Unger 207). In later years, Chopin's daughter would sum up the effect upon her mothers character: When I speak of my mothers keen sense of humor and of her habit of looking on the amusing side of everything. I dont want to give the impression of her being joyous, for she was on the contrary rather a sad nature I think the tragic death of her father early in her life, of her much beloved brothers, the loss of her young husband and her mother, left a stamp of sadness on her which was never lost(Unger 207). Chopin began writing fiction very seriously in 1889. No one knows exactly why she t ...
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Meursault As The Stranger - 1,782 words
... l service, and not even knowing his own mother's age proves to be outrageous when compared to the average human being's social and moral standards. But the fact is Meursault is not the average human being. Helene Poplyansky beautifully explained this when she said: Meursault is far from social convention or intellectual problems; what counts for him are his own sensations and desires. He is an outsider not only for others but also for himself. He looks at himself without trying to analyze his actions and their consequences. (Poplyansky 80) By acting the way he did, Meursault almost forced his image as a stranger upon himself. Also, the closest thing to a friend that Meursault had was Ray ...
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Scarlet Letter - 1,313 words
Throughout the novel, The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Hesters experiences in and out of the Puritan society and the weight of the scarlet letter change her in many ways, including her level of confidence, her appearance and her outlook on the Puritan people, and the way she feels about the letter A. Due to the sin committed by Hester she became the outcast of the Puritan community. She was forced to begin a new life on her own with no support from anyone. The sudden vicissitudes in her life cause a great transformation in Hester. In the beginning of the novel Hester shows a tremendous amount of confidence, which she is not afraid to show, but eventually she hides this boldness an ...
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The Scarlet Letter - 1,037 words
When one ponders the thought of innocence, one thinks of a young child who has not been privy to the outside world. Innocence denotes one who were to argue fault, or to be even more specific, one who does not sin. Yet if one were to argue that everyone sins, than that must mean that the term innocent is just an illusion of reality. It is ones perception of these terms, which in it defines whether one is innocent, or one who sins. In The Scarlet Letter, the term sin is clearly defined, but it is defined by those who hold power in the community, and not the community itself. Yet one could argue that it is the community as a whole which ascribes to this theory, but their elders have ultimately ...
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Must Religion Be Completely Excluded From Schools - 1,164 words
Must Religion be Completely Excluded From Schools? Must religion be completely excluded from schools? According to the Supreme Court ruling of Lemon vs. Kurtzman religion must be excluded from the nations public schools. On June 28, 1973, the Supreme Court mandated that all education was to be divided into secular and sacred. By this act and that of the 1963 Abington Township Case the separation of church and state, prayer and Bible reading has been taken out of public schools. Taking religion out of schools is causing a changing of the worldview and moral standard of the United States. This is observed by: taking a look at the founding of this great nation; divided schools into secular and ...
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Portrait Of The Artist - 1,243 words
... s, he finds it more and more difficult to resist the temptations of his sexual urges. He mentally defiles "with patience whatever image had attracted his eyes" (p.99) and turns those images which had been innocent by day into cunning and sinful images at night. His urges grow and become so strong that Stephen is no longer able to resist temptation and crosses that line into wretched sinner. The next major step in Stephens transformation is his visit to the prostitute. The setting for this visit carries all of the elements of a Black Mass. "Women and girls dressed in long vivid gowns traversed the streetThe yellow gasflames arose before his troubled vision against the vapoury sky, burning ...
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Character Changes Involving Antigone And Creon - 1,451 words
In Sophocles' Greek tragedy, Antigone, two characters undergo character changes. During the play the audience sees these two characters' attitudes change from close minded to open-minded. It is their close minded, stubborn attitudes, which lead to their decline in the play, and ultimately to a series of deaths. In the beginning Antigone is a close minded character who later becomes open minded. After the death of her brothers, Eteocles and Polyneices, Creon becomes the ruler of Thebes. He decides that Eteocles will receive a funeral with military honors because he fought for his country. However, Polyneices, who broke his exile to " spill the blood of his father and sell his own people into ...
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The Divine Comedy Essay - 1,274 words
The Divine Comedy Essay Dante Alighieris, The Divine Comedy, Inferno, was written during a very uncertain time of his life. He is middle aged and exiled from his beloved city of Florence. Dante is economically and politically ruined (Cervigni and Vasta 6). He reflects on the past and is repulsed by its significance. The consumption of his guilt, depression, and anger was the impetus for writing this book. In the first paragraph in Canto I, Midway in the journey of out life I found myself in a dark wood, for the straight way was lost. Ah, how hard it is to tell what that wood was, wild, rugged, harsh; the very thought of it renews the fear! It is so bitter that death is hardly more so. But, t ...
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Franklin Vs Edwards - 781 words
Jonathan Edwards and Benjamin Franklin are two very respected authors in our time, but never had the pleasure of knowing one another in their own time. Edwards and Franklin possessed common views regarding their pride and desire to improve themselves; however they differed in their views of perfection and their reaching of understanding about it. Benjamin dealt with his pride on many occasions, and even called pride the true evil sin. Benjamin, once conceived of being morally perfect, and believed a person could achieve moral perfection. Benjamins downfall was found to be his pride. On page 585 he states, For even if I could conceive that I had completely overcome it, I should probably be pr ...
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Blakes Little Girl Lost - 980 words
A Little GIRL Lost from Songs of Experience is one of Blakes most important poems. Though judging the aesthetic value of a poem is nearly impossible, I would contend that A Little Girl Lost is better than The Little Girl Lost found in Songs of Innocence. Perhaps because A Little Girl Lost was composed as an afterthought to its original counterpart, having been first written in Innocence, it acts as a conclusion to the original poem. The two poems both observe a young girl as she encounters a world filled with innocence (in The Little Girl Lost) and a world of experience (A Little Girl Lost). In first poem, a young seven-year-old girl named Lyca falls asleep in the wilderness under a tree. Wh ...
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James Joyce - 1,236 words
... and more difficult to resist the temptations of his sexual urges. He mentally defiles "with patience whatever image had attracted his eyes" (p.99) and turns those images which had been innocent by day into cunning and sinful images at night. His urges grow and become so strong that Stephen is no longer able to resist temptation and crosses that line into wretched sinner. The next major step in Stephen's transformation is his visit to the prostitute. The setting for this visit carries all of the elements of a Black Mass. "Women and girls dressed in long vivid gowns traversed the streetThe yellow gasflames arose before his troubled vision against the vapoury sky, burning as if before an al ...
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Peoples Of Alaska And Their Eskimo Culture - 4,810 words
Alaska is still the last frontier in the minds of many Americans. Interest in the "Great Land" has increased sharply since Alaska The Native became a full fledged state in January o f 1959. In spite of this great interest, many Americans know very little of the Eskimos, Indians and Aleuts (Al-ee-oots) who live in the remote regions. At the time Alaska was discovered in 1741 by Vitus Bering, Alaska Natives populated all parts of Alaska including the Bering Strait Region. Although there is still some disagreement among anthropologists concerning the origin of the American Indians and Eskimos, the great majority believe that these people migrated across the Bering Strait from Asia. Apparently t ...
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Hello - 396 words
Beowulf, the story written by an unknown poet, is a contrasting mixture of both Christian and pagan aspects that frequently refer to the Old Testament of the bible. These elements which are intertwined, tell the story of monsters and a tragic hero who has virtues of courage and loyalty, but who also bears sinful morals. It is difficult to determine the angle between good and evil within Beowulf due to its several references to Christian traditions and sinful behaviors. The story is written with many referrals to heaven, hell and God. The monster, Grendel, for example, has an ancestral connection with the biblical character Cain. "From him (Cain) sprang many a devil (monsters such as Grendel ...
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The Unconscious Struggle For Human Existence - 1,343 words
The Unconscious Struggle for Human Existence According to philosopher Karl Marx, humans are "slaves to historical necessity and their thought and thinking are rigidly determined by the mode of production" (Beer xxii). This view of historical materialism asserts that the culture, political, and government systems of a given people derive from the material conditions of their existence. Thus, "life is not determined by consciousness, but consciousness by life"(Reader 155). In the short story, "The Boarding House", James Joyce uses Mrs. Mooney to illustrate how the "blind forces" of economic materialism determine our existence and causally result in our living by a false consciousness. The prev ...
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Views Of Mans Nature - 611 words
Mans nature can be looked at in many different ways. Observing a few of the several views helps one to appreciate all of the positive and negative characteristics man has brought forth. The majority of the views are negative, or pessimistic, and they are attracted to the thought of whether man has any hope, whereas the positive views focus on the outstanding needs and abilities of man. Christmas has its positive and negative characteristics to it as well, which is a good example. One of the positive point of views came from Ashley Montigu, who was an optimistic man that believed that the outstanding characteristic of mankind is his ability to learn. Such aspects of life including physical ne ...
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Dantes Inferno A Journey Through Hell - 1,720 words
The Inferno, the first part of the Divina Commedia, written around 1307 to 1314, is the masterpiece of Dante Alighieri. The story tells of a pilgrim Dante, not to be confused with the writer Dante, and his journey through hell to the base of the mountain of purgatory. Along the way, Dante accompanied by Virgil (human reason), meet many of Dantes political rivals and many mythological creatures and sinners from throughout history. In the end, the travelers climb down Satans back, through the center of the earth and find themselves inside mount Purgatory. Dante develops many themes throughout the adventures of these travelers. The Inferno is a work that Dante used to express his ideas on Gods ...
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The Scarlet Letter Scaffold - 1,286 words
Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, centers its plot, setting, and characters around the unifying scaffold. With each encounter at the scaffold, the four main characters, Hester, Pearl, Rev. Dimmesdale, and Mr. Chillingworth, become more emotionally connected to one another. Each of the three meetings symbolizes a major turning point in the novel where a sin is confessed and/or developed. All four main characters interact together only at the scaffold. During the first scaffold scene, Hester climbs the scaffold to display her scarlet letter A to the public. The townspeople become aware of her sin of adultery, and view her differently after this event. In the second scene, Reverend Dimm ...
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Raleighs Quest For Judgement In The Passionate Mans Pilgrimage - 1,269 words
Sir Walter Raleigh's turbulent life in the British court showed him just how cruel the world of politics could be. When he was imprisoned in a trial that was called a "mockery of justice" (Williams 143), he became very bitter towards the court of England. His anger and opinions were expressed in his writing, and they helped to mold his literary voice. Presumably penned in 1603 upon his imprisonment and sentence of death, The Passionate Man's Pilgrimage addresses the events that brought him to his present condition, as he prepares himself for a much happier life after death. Raleigh constructs this piece using a combination of different metrical and rhythmic patterns to express his defiance o ...
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