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To what extent are the witches and Lady Macbeth responsible for Macbeth’s actions? “What he hath lost, noble Macbeth hath won”. ‘Valiant’, ‘brave’, and a ‘worthy gentleman’, Macbeth was once a courageous hero, loyal and dedicated to his king. Yet, the alluring prophecies of dark supernatural forces and the persuasion of his wife lead this honourable man into shame and ‘disgrace’, committing regicide, the murdering of friends, women and children, and bringing upon Scotland the worst possible affl
Supernatural Phenomenon The house I grew up in was over two hundred years old. There were newer additions added to the house but the older parts were made of logs with mortar in-between these logs that had horsehair as part of the mixture. This house sent chills down my spine every time I came through the door. I always knew something was happening there, but my parents never believed me when I tried to tell them what was going on. Growing up in this house has left me with some very interesting
THE YELLOW WALLPAPER AP Literature and Composition, Period 2 September 24, 2004 Although most people will find The Yellow Wallpaper as simply an account of a woman that sunk into deep depression, it is possible to extricate dual interpretations from this story. There is one meaning that is describing that the author, Charlotte Perkins Gilman can be related to the female in the story; this is achieved by comparing the author’s life and her character’s life piece by piece. One might find that The
Stephen King\'s The Stand Stephen King\'s The Stand is a thrilling novel that portrays the forces of good against evil. In the year 1991, a plague strikes America, leaving only a few thousand people alive who are "immune" to the epidemic. Of the survivors, those who serve G-d instinctively join in Boulder, Colorado, while those who worship the "Dark Man" are drawn to Las Vegas, Nevada. The two groups separately re-build society, until one must destroy the other. Franni Goldsmith comes very close
ROMAN THEATER “The appearance and size of a theater are not so important as the imagination of the audience, the talent of the actors and the subject of the play”. (World Book) Adventure and romance, invention, and brilliance, combined with scenic effect and wisdom, were the gifts of the Roman Theater (Encarta). The Roman Theater was quite possibly the predecessor to the aspects of what we recognize as the world of plays, movies and performers of our current times. What we consider to be enterta
King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table is an example of romance literature. This book is very interesting. There is a guy called Merlin who can see into the future and tell the King what to do. There is also a man who is so holly, he gets to drink from the Holy Grail. And when all of this is happening, another knight named Lancelot is having an affair with the King’s wife. This book is about the magical lands of the Logres ruled by King Arth
Macbeth William Shakespeare\'s play, Macbeth, reveals the abnormal subject of confused gender roles within the first of the act play. The three Weird Sisters -- who Macbeth and Banquo comes across on their journey home from fighting a war against Scotland - are the start of this "gender confusion" which is seen throughout the play with Lady Macbeth and Macbeth, as well as in Macbeth\'s speech to the three murderers as he tries to convince them to agree to his plan and kill Banquo. As Banquo appr
Beowulf-Christianity or Paganism Beowulf was written in England sometime in the 18th century. "This provides us with an idea of a poem that was written during a time when the society had converted from paganism to Christianity"(Cohen 138). "We know that paganism did exist alongside Christianity during the approximate era that Beowulf was composed"(Hall 61). "The Christian influences were combined with early folklore and heroic legends of dramatic tribes, early Beowulf scholars began to investiga
The Hobbit Literary File The Hobbit J. R. R. Tolkien Middle-earth Fantasy - Fiction Book Section I. The Protagonists: 1-Gandalf the Wizard Gandalf was one of the main characters of the book. He was the one the basically provided for and motivated the hobbit and the dwarves to go on with the adventure. He was a very cunning wizard and was always thinking and moving ahead of the others. Example Number 1: At the very first of the novel, he went to Bilbo Baggins\' burrow to try to convince him to co
Would you want to live forever? ESSAY ON -WOULD YOU WANT TO LIVE FOREVER? Would you want to live forever ? My position on this topic is equal upon yes and on no. This question has puzzled me and many others. Many things affect me, and make me think that I would, however some point towards the rejection of this statement. Throughout the years, the eye of the public and the eye of god have witnessed many happenings and events. From the dawn of man, to Martin Luther King, from the discovery of fire
FIVE DAYS OF THE GHOST The setting of the story is in a small village near Edmonton, Canada. The time period is the 20th century(current). The story begins on the last day of school. Most of the story takes place in and around a big and scary house. The house is hundreds of years old. The residents of the house is Karen, the main character, John, Karen’s older brother, and there mother and father. Karen is 14, just passed grade 8 and John is 15, just passing grade 9. There house is near a bay an
SYLVIA PLATH Born to middle class parents in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, Sylvia Plath published her first poem when she was eight years old. Sensitive, ittelligent, compelled toward perfection in everything she attempted, she was, on the surface, a model daughter, popular in school, earning straight A’s winning the best prizes. By the time she entered Smith College on a scholarship in 1950 she already had an impressive list of publications and while at Smith she wrote over four hundred poems.
Harry Houdini Houdini-Real name Enrich Weiss Enrich Weiss on march 24, 1874. In Budapest Crossed Atlantic to see his mom Cecilia HIs immagrant father was named Mayer Samuel Weiss. Samuel made $750 a year as a Rabbai in Appleton, Wisconsin Houdini had four brothers still in Hungary: Nathan,Herman, William and Ehrich HOudini fist performance was as a trapeze performer. Ran away from home at 12 yrs old/ Joined up with his father in new York Got a job as a Neck tie cutter Then it happened he saw his
Cloning The cloning of humans may soon be a reality. The recent announcement of a sheep and calf cloned using this technique has sparked much controversy in the modern world. The ethical, legal, and moral aspects of cloning must be addressed by governments quickly and its implications must be taken into careful consideration for the future of mankind in general. On February 23, 1997, Ian Wilmut, a Scottish scientist, and his colleagues at the Roslin Institute announced the successful cloning of
Some Things Can Only Be Learned Through Time In Linda Pastan\'s poem "Ethics," the speaker recounts a moral dilemma that her teacher would ask every fall, which had been haunting her for a long time. The question was "if there were a fire in a museum / which would you save, a Rembrandt painting / or an old woman who hadn\'t many / years left anyhow?" This question contributes to the theme that ethics and moral values can be only learned from the reflection, which comes through experience and mat
KARMA The doctrine of Karma is a spiritual doctrine based on the theory of cause and effect. Although Karma does not exactly fit the definition of supernatural phenomenon it is a spiritual doctrine based on the philosophy that God is not responsible for the happiness or failure of an individual, rather, we as individuals are solely responsible for the consequences of our own behavior. The concept of Karma has two major interpretations; the most common approaches are to the idea of reincarnation,
Hamlet The presence of the apparition in the opening scene of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet sets a macabre and eerie tone while emitting and foreshadowing a theme of death. In addition to the death theme the presence of the ghost illuminates on the mystery surrounding the death of Hamlet’s father, the King of Denmark. Often in literature the presence of a ghost indicates something left unresolved. In this case, the death of Hamlets father is the unresolved event as well the revenge necessary to g
Huckleberry Finn CHAPTER 1 - In the opening paragraph, Huck introduces himself to us as the narrator of the story. He talks to us in a relaxed, matter-of-fact tone that makes him sound friendly, honest, and maybe a little less respectful than he should be. He does, after all, come close to calling Mark Twain a liar. Try to imagine Twain writing that paragraph, in which he has a fictional character accuse him of "stretching the truth" in an earlier book. Twain seems to be sharing a joke with you,
The Death of an Immortal Every culture has its heroes. These heroes come in many different shapes and forms. Often times a hero is inhuman, or takes on a supernatural power of some kind at one point in time. The changing into these superhuman powers is often caused by the many years of passing down a story by mouth. It usually begins with a problem that can not be solved by anyone. Then along comes someone who can solve this problem. They solve this problem, and become famous. This is where the
Beowulf Mythical monsters with great powers that get killed by human men are a typical theme in Anglo-Saxon poetry. Beowulf is an Anglo-Saxon poem translated by Burton Raffel. Three Anglo-Saxon ideals that are portrayed in Beowulf are strength of warriors, boasting of brave deeds, and the belief in the super natural. First, one of the ideals exhibited in Beowulf is physical strength. In Beowulf, Beowulf , the hero from Geatland, exerts the most physical strength. Beowulf doesn\'t want to use a s
Japan Within the country of Japan lies many distinct aspects to the ways of human life. Some of these aspects of Japanese life are found only in Japan and others are found elsewhere around the globe. The Japanese people use many different ways of life and put them together to what works best for them. This can be found in all forms within Japan. Japanese culture comes from early contacts with the early civilizations of China and Korea. Influences of ancient China are found in Japanese literature
Ishmael Ishmael is destined to be an underling to Captain Ahab, a "moody stricken" man who stood before his crew "with a crucifixion in his face; in all the nameless regal overbearing dignity of some mighty woe." (Ch.28). Ahab sees Moby Dick as a supernatural source of all man\'s torments: He tasks me; he heaps me; I see in him outrageous strength, with an inscrutable malice sinewing it. That inscrutable thing is chiefly what hate; and be the white whale agent, or be the white whale principal, I
The Westward Spread Of Inca and Egyptian Culture The second half of the twentieth century has seen many changes in theories concerning the mode of colonization of the islands of Micronesia, and the rise of the Inca Empire, with it\'s striking similarities to Egypt. In the past, it has been suggested that Asians had worked their way through the Pacific, over a period of thousands of years. It was believed that each island group had formed independently, and that the residents, while they were of
Macbeth: Criminal or Casualty? Macbeth, written by William Shakespeare, is the tragic tale of Macbeth, a virtuous man, corrupted by power and greed. This tragedy has been described with two very distinct and different theories. One theory suggests that the tragic hero, Macbeth, is led down an inescapable road of doom by an outside force, namely fate in the form of the three witches. The second suggests that there is no supernatural force working against Macbeth, which therefore makes him respons
Oliver Twist Oliver Twist, a poor, innocent orphan boy, stands out in this story as the main character but it is the supporting characters that allow this novel of much content to develop a much more satisfying and believable theme. With "Good V.S. Evil" as one of the major conflicts, in such categories are the secondary characters found as well. Three main auxiliary characters of Oliver Twist aid the elaboration of the story; these significant characters are Mr. Brownlow representing purity, in
Michael Nostradamus For centuries Nostradamus\'s prophecies have inspired fear and controversy. His followers say he predicted the French Revolution, the birth and rise of Hitler, and the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Did he, as his believers\' claim, predict some of history\'s most monumental events - from the Great Fire of London to the launch disaster of the space shuttle Challenger? Nostradamus was typical of the Renaissance time period. He made many prophecies and was a major contributo
A Victim of the Double Rape There is an old saying that goes "behind every strong man is a strong woman". This proverb can be used to describe the legacy of Hernando Cortes and his conquest of Mexico. Like the proverb, he had someone behind him who aided in his goals of dominance. The woman was Dona Marina, otherwise known as La Malinche. Her beauty and intelligence made her into one of the most hated and influential women in Mexico\'s history. According to Clifford Krauss, "La Malinche is for t
The Various Themes in Wuthering Heights In the novel "Wuthering Heights" by Emily Brontë, many relevant themes were portrayed. In this essay, I will be discussing the five most poignant themes, which in my opinion are "Good versus Evil","Revenge", "Status & Education","Love" and "Selfishness". I feel that all these themes are equally important, and in the following paragraphs, I will attempt to discuss their impact on the reader and to the novel as a whole. Emily Brontë developed the main charac
The History of Greek Theater Theater and drama in Ancient Greece took form in about 5th century BCE, with the Sopocles, the great writer of tragedy. In his plays and those of the same genre, heroes and the ideals of life were depicted and glorified. It was believed that man should live for honor and fame, his action was courageous and glorious and his life would climax in a great and noble death. Originally, the hero’s recognition was created by selfish behaviors and little thought of service to
African Music Africa is perhaps the most mysterious continent in the world. It’s ethnic, social, and religious diversity is impressive. Attempting to discuss a cultural aspect, such as music, without limiting the scope, would be impossible. “The area of coverage has been limited to Sub-Sahara, Black Africa”(Graham1). When an individual hears the term African music, he probably thinks of the African-American forms, such as Hip-Hop or Reggae. Not many people today know what African music is all ab
"Who Are You?: An Analysis of Identity in Three Works of Fiction" Gregory Amundson Comparative Literature 11/24/98 Identifying a person can be a real dilemma. Sometimes it is hard to tell who a person really is because of circumstantial events and factors that other people use to identify a person. Sometimes a person has very little control over how he or she is identified because identity can depend less on whom or what someone is than on the events used to identify that person. This problem of
Greek Mythology and Religion Mythology is the study and interpretation of myth and the body of myths of a particular culture. Myth is a complex cultural phenomenon that can be approached from a number of viewpoints. In general, myth is a narrative that describes and portrays in symbolic language the origin of the basic elements and assumptions of a culture. Mythic narrative relates, for example, how the world began, how humans and animals were created, and how certain customs, gestures, or forms
Confucianism and Ancient Chinese Society: A Closer Look Jason Lee Allen Confucianism was apparent in ancient Chinese culture in many ways. It was, in fact, the dominant force in shaping and defining many relationships in ancient china, such as between state and citizen, parent and child, and so forth. It also had the distinction of forming the basis of the Chinese Civil Service examination system, which was the first of its kind in the world and lasted two millennia. Confucianism was a tradition
"Why We Study Religion" It seems as if there has never been a time known to man when there has never been a religion in some shape or form. Nor has there been a race of people who have never tried to practice it in some form or another. The study of religion should not be regarded as a new venture for mankind or a new idea that man is trying to grasp and understand. Also, it could be argued that by researching such a phenomenon as religion, it does not look like man will come to any unified agre
Buddhism As human beings, we sometimes can not synchronize our minds and souls. When we are at our success of knowledge or intellect, we blind our mind with our ambition which comes with the knowledge or intellect. Siddhartha, set in India clearly owes much to Indian religion. The question of the exact nature of Heese’s debt to various aspects of Indian religion and philosophy in Siddhartha is quite complicated. Elements of both Hindu and Buddhist thought are present. The basic teaching of Buddh
Legends A legend is a story that has probable historical roots but has been told and retold, embellished and personalized to the individual and their culture. The hero in a legend is generally larger than life. Legends are often narrative and present a theme or problem that was central to the development of the time period. Heroic tradition is , simply stated, the ages old pattern of story that begins with a hero in unusual circumstances, the search or quest, the transformation of the Hero and a
Biography of Jimi Hendrix Jimi Hendrix was born Johnny Allen Hendrix on November 27, 1942 in Seattle, Washington. At the time Jimi was born his father Al was serving in the Army after being drafted as a result of World War 2. His mother, Lucille left him to stay with his grandmother and many friends while she went out to party. Jimi was very poorly taken care of until his father returned from the army. At the time Jimi was three. However, dueto financial problems, he helplessly watched as one of
William Wordsworth William Wordsworth and the Romantics Question One:- Analyse the two poems, taking into account language use, structure tone, and any other aspects worth commenting on. The Solitary Reaper and Daffodils are both poems by the Englishman William Wordsworth. William Wordsworth was one of the first writers of the era known as the Romantics. The Romantics reshaped writing, poetry and literature in general. The Romantics placed an emphasis on passion, emotion and freedom of the indiv
Gawain and the Green Knight If a satire was to be written on “Gawain and the Green Knight,” the satirist would not a have a problem finding faults in the society in which it took place in, and poking fun at those faults. Just like in Don Quixote did, the satirist writing about “Gawain and the Green Knight” would certainly poke fun at the elements of medieval romance. The author of “Gawain and the Green Knight” dramatizes several of these elements. The most obvious of these elements that applies
NEW ATLANTIS WE sailed from Peru, where we had continued by the space of one whole year, for China and Japan, by the South Sea, taking with us victuals for twelve months; and had good winds from the east, though soft and weak, for five months\' space and more. But then the wind came about, and settled in the west for many days, so as we could make little or no way, and were sometimes in purpose to turn back. But then again there arose strong and great winds from the south, with a point east; whi
Contrast of Setting In Wuthering Heights Good and evil. Light and dark. These words can be used to describe the stark contrasts in setting that appear in the novel Wuthering Heights. Thrushcross Grange and Wuthering Heights are two such settings that appear throughout the novel. Thrushcross Grange represents the benign and good side; while on the opposite end of the spectrum; Wuthering Heights personifies the dark and malevolent side. These two settings also lend to the meaning of the novel by r
The Black Death The Black Death, also known as the Black Plague, or the Bubonic Plague killed one third of the population of Europe during its reign in the13th and 14th centuries. The arrival of this plague set the scene for years of strife and heroism. Leaving the social and economic aspect in a standstill. The phantom of death became a subject of art, music and folklore and it influenced the consciousness of the people. The impact of this mass killer caused enormous chaos and havoc to the Medi
Romantic Poetry Romantic poetry is animated, expressive, and somewhat free of convention. Yeats defied convention, avoided derivative style, and expressed himself with flowery emotion. He spoke through a stream of consciousness that allowed his imagination to flow and yielded images of beauty that speak volumes of perception of human life. The poetry of William Butler Yeats has much to offer in terms of Romantic ideals, despite the fact some of his poetry is considered modern British literature.
“Hamlet” and “Macbeth”: Supernatural in Shakespeare\'s Plays In the time of William Shakespeare, there was a strong belief in the existence of the supernatural. Thus, the supernatural is a recurring aspect in many of Mr. Shakespeare¹s plays. In two such plays, “Hamlet” and “Macbeth”, the supernatural is an integral part of the structure of the plot. It provides a catalyst for action, an insight into character, and augments the impact of many essential scenes. The supernatural appears to the audi
The Renaissance Period The Renaissance period had a great impact in many areas. One of the most obvious areas to see is in the Renaissance art. Renaissance art was something new to everyone at the time and varied from previous art in many ways. Renaissance art and Medieval art for example had many differences. In order to see a difference between these two different styles of art, characteristics of each must first be given. The first to be discussed will be the Renaissance. The Italian Renaissa
Romeo and Juliet William Shakespeare THE STORY PROLOGUE The Prologue is in the form of a sonnet, a type of poem that was popular in Elizabethan times. A sonnet has very strict rules: it must have 14 lines, have five accented syllables and five unaccented ones per line, and a consistent pattern of rhyming. NOTE: Throughout the play, we will see that Shakespeare uses different types of poetry to make special moments stand out. The Prologue does three important things: 1) it tells us what events wi
Creation/Evolution Debate Authors: Ron L. Rivers & John W. Klotz. Summary: This article is mainly discussing the ideas of Creation and Evolution. The authors Take the side of creation. According to the idea’s of Evolution, the way things are now have evolved from the way they were in the past. The authors go on to explain how this is wrong because there has never been fossils found of anything in the middle of evolving. Take the idea that dinosaurs evolved into birds for example. There was never
Monkey King Monkey King is indeed rebellious, being in fact not an ordinary being. He was born out of a rock, fertilized by the grace of Heaven, according to the story. Being extremely smart and capable, he learned all the magic tricks and kung fu from a master Taoist. Now he can transform himself into seventy-two different images such as a tree, a bird, a beast of prey or a bug as small as a mosquito so as to sneak into an enemy\'s belly to fight him or her inside out. Using clouds as a vehicle
Beowulf 1 Beowulf, one of the oldest English poems in existence today, was believed to be written sometime in the eighth century. The origins of the Beowulf poet are unknown but believed by some to be from what is Midland England today (Abrams 21). The poem, although written in English, deals with the Danes and the Geats two south Scandinavian tribes. Historically, the poem takes place some centuries before it was written, which points to it being a pagan folklore finally put into words by the B
Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury’s science-fiction novel Fahrenheit 451 has literary elements that strengthen its interpretation. The theme of this novel is the significance of a person’s independent thought. The literary movement of this piece of literature is Romanticism. Through the use of Guy Montag, an emotionally distressed individual who realizes the importance of independent thinking, Fahrenheit 451’s theme and literary movement are better understood. The theme of Fahrenheit 451 is the import