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The Devil In the present-day popular culture, the devil is a commonplace image that conveys different implications to every individual. There is no single definition to the term, or physical description to identify, because his existence has never been confirmed. On the other hand, some descriptions are universal to the majority of civilization. In this semiotic analysis, I will examine the devil and interpret the connotations relative to the popular sign. Since the devil did not come into being
Art as an Insight into Jane Eyre’s Life It is said that art is like a mirror to the soul, a way to see what the artist is feeling deep down in their heart. It is as if their most personal thoughts and ideas are reflected in their work, either consciously or unconsciously. Charlotte Brontë utilizes this fact in her imagery and portrait of Jane Eyre. Color and vivid description play a vital role explaining the process of emotional and physical maturation throughout the novel, from young Jane’s rec
Charles Darwin Charles Ellis Pd.3 Charles Darwin was a man of incomprehensible genius. He proposed theories that changed the views of the origin of mankind, as well as, the beginning of life on earth and the continual evolution of advanced forms of life. Other great scientists such as Galileo and Aristotle influenced many of Darwin\'s theories and statements. With the publication of Darwin\'s "Origin of Species" in 1859 and the subsequent acceptance of evolution by natural selection, patterns in
Macbeth 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 Shakespeare’s plays. In three such plays, Hamlet, Macbeth, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream 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 key scenes. The supernatural appears to the audience in many varied forms. In Hamlet th
Edgar Allen Poe and Nathaniel Hawthorne Two authors best who typify a Romantic style of writing are Edgar Allen Poe, and Nathaniel Hawthorne. Both authors identify their characters through the use of creative symbolism, colorful metaphors, and the use of the supernatural in their works. Like many authors of the seventeenth century Poe and Hawthorne stretched Realism beyond the edge of reality thereby developing a style of writing which today is commonly refer to as Romanticism. The use of the sh
C.S. Lewis I. Form and Content Long-time friend and literary executor of the Lewis estate, Owen Barfield has suggested that there were, in fact, three "C. S. Lewises." That is to say, there were three different vocations that Lewis fulfilled--and fulfilled successfully--in his lifetime. There was, first, Lewis the distinguished Oxford don and literary critic; secondly, Lewis, the highly acclaimed author of science fiction and children\'s literature; and thirdly, Lewis, the popular writer and bro
Herman Melville Melville, Herman (1819-91), American novelist, a major literary figure whose exploration of psychological and metaphysical themes foreshadowed 20th-century literary concerns but whose works remained in obscurity until the 1920s, when his genius was finally recognized.  Melville was born August 1, 1819, in New York City, into a family that had declined in the world. “The Gansevoorts were solid, stable, eminent, prosperous people; the (Herman’s Father’s side) Melvilles were somewha
Theme presented in The Rime of the Ancient Mariner Coleridges poem, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, illustrates his apparent belief in Christian redemption and man’s redeemable qualities. The poem also seems to suggest that Coleridge believed life and poetry both follow a cyclical pattern. The story is about a man’s literal voyage and a spiritual journey and how they parallel each other. On these journeys Coleridge imaginatively explores the supernatural and makes the story and the Mariners exp
The Big Bang Theory Vs Biblical Views George Gamow Georges Lemaitre\'s Jesus Christ To begin with, we must first recognize the purpose of this essay. I intend to address the issue that has boggled the minds of scientists since the beginning of man. That complex question that has only been proven by theory. How was the earth created? Up until recently it was taken for granted by most people that the only possible explanation to this complicated problem was that God, the creator of all things, und
Law of Biogenesis As Sir Fred Hoyl once said, "Let\'s be scientifically honest. As scientists we all know that the probability of life evolving to greater and greater complexity and organization, is the same probability as throwing a six on a dice five million consecutive times." But then he went on to add, "But lets be intellectually honest, as scientists we all know that the probability of life evolving to greater and greater complexity and organization by chance. Is the same probability as ha
Huckleberry Finn "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" can be considered a great novel because of its social criticism, its authenticity, its relation to God and the supernatural, and by the way it was written. Huck Finn can be considered a great novel because of its social criticism which is shown through satire. Satire is used to criticize something that the writer deems socially wrong. Mark Twain uses satire to criticize man\'s cruelty to man and religious hypocrisy. Twain criticizes man\'s cr
Edgar Allan Poe Edgar Allan Poe was born in Boston, grew up in Richmond, Virginia, and in his many restless moves, lived in half a dozen Eastern cities. His true home was always in the "misty mid region of Weir" of his own fertile and troubled imagination. His father was David Poe, a Baltimore actor. His actress mother, Elizabeth, born of English parents, had come to the United States as a child. The two were not notably talented; they played minor roles in rather third-rate theatrical companies
Robert Frost and Ralph Waldo Emerson: Similarities in Nature Robert Frost and Ralph Waldo Emerson are two obviously different types of writers. They both wrote during different times, Emerson during the nineteenth century, and Frost during the twentieth. Emerson and Frost had different views on the poet\'s role. Both authors views were characteristic relating to the different time period in which each of them wrote. In Alvan S. Ryan\'s essay "Frost and Emerson: Voice and Vision" he writes "There
Book of Exodus The Book of Exodus is considered to be an epic poem as by definition. An epic poem as defined by Funk and Wagnalls is a poem celebrating in stately, formal verse the achievements of heroes, gods, and demigods (426). The Book of Exodus as well as the entire Bible was written in the form of an epic poem. Major characteristics of epic poems are that there is always a heroic figure. Moses is indeed comparable to Odysseus, the heroic figure in the Odyssey. Although both men had differe
Psychiatrist and Psychologist Freud, Sigmund 1865- 1939 Sigmund Freud is the founder of modern psychoanalysis. His earlier research led him to figure out that the mind was divided into two parts- the concious mind and the uncontious mind. He also believed that in order to unlock the uncontious mind you would do so through hypnosis. He also believed that the uncontious mind speaks through dreams. He found that there are three elements to the human mind, the id, which is the pleasure seeking part,
Marc Chagall Marc Chagall as an artist and as a person cannot be categorized. He was born in Vitebsk, Russia, learned to paint in St. Petersburg and lived in Paris, Berlin, and the United States. His career is influenced by many different factors. His Hasidic Jewish upbringing reflected in the content of his paintings greatly. The lyrical fairy tales of Jewish mysticism, the stories of the Bible, and the Rabbis and scholars who surrounded him in his childhood come out onto his work. When he went
FIRE OR ICE? Some say the world will end in fire, some in ice. Some have even gone as far as to say the world already has ended - once in fire and once in ice. With the coming of the new millennium, hordes of paranoid doomsday "prophets" jam our newspapers, radios and TV\'s to warn us of an impending apocalypse. With all these different people saying different things for different religious, social or cultural reasons, who are we to believe? Is there some substance to what these people are sayin
AIDs Introduction: AIDS is a life and death issue. To have the AIDS disease is at present a senten,ce of slow but inevitable death. I\'ve already lost one friend to AIDS. I may soon lose others. My own sexual behavior and that of many of my friends has been profoundly altered by it. In my part of the country, one man in 10 may already be carrying the AIDS virus. While the figures may currently be less in much of the rest of the country, this is changing rapidly. There curreently is neither a cur
Mysteries of the World Mystery and the study of the unknown has always fascinated people. The search for truth in the "uncomprehensible" has led to many controversies. Some believe in the "supernatural", while others simply do not. Both types of people obviously have their own reasonings for believing or disbelieving in it. There are numerous world famous mysteries that are still controversial and remain "unsolved" to this day. Some of these mysteries include the Loch Ness Monster, the Abominabl
Plants, Spirits, and Healing A man lies on the ground screaming in pain. Others around him get the shaman or medicine man. The shaman calmly walks up to the man with a few things in his arm. Among them are needles made from thorns, threads from vines to sew up the man\'s wounds, and the last thing brought was witch hazel to control the bleeding. That is a situation men or women would be in if they were wounded many years ago. But even now some cultures don\'t depend on hospitals or doctors with
Damien An ambassador to England who, when his wife\'s true child dies soon after birth, agrees with a preist (unbeknownst to his wife) to take instead an infant that was found abandoned. Big mistake, Peck. This child, christened "Damien" by his false parents, was really born of a Jackal, and, as throughout the course of the film many begin to suspect, is no ordinary boy. In the second film, my favorite by far, Damien is 13 years old, and finally becomes aware of his identity. In the third movie,
“WEIRD” Have you ever been walking down the street and caught glimpses from side-standing spectators that sort of tell you that you are one “weird” person? It’s an eerie and almost uncomfortable feeling. You start to ask: “am I a weird person?” Maybe you are, but who can really judge, no two people in the world are the exactly the same and were never intended to be. Why aren’t those people watching weird just for standing there watching? If you were a spectator of souls in a mall would these peo
Silas Marner In the novel Silas Marner George Eliot teaches us through the character Silas Marner that people should not be judged by their outward appearance, but by their true actions and real motives. When Silas is judged by what seems to be true, he is falsely accused by the people of Lantern Yard, misinterpreted after he helps Sally Oates, and unfoundedly characterized as both selfish and pagan. During the story Silas is falsely accused of being a thief when the people of Lantern Yard judge
Angels ANGELIC OVERVIEW: "Angels are spirits," proclaimed St. Augustine! St. Thomas Aquinas believed that angels were pure spirit, having no matter or mass, and taking up no space; but Thomas believed angels could assume bodies at will. The purpose of angels is the same as mankind: to love and serve the Lord. However, being that angels are not material beings, and possibly from a different dimension, they can serve the Lord in many different ways. Angels have far greater will and intellect than
Brave New World: Religion English The Basis of Religion Thesis: Man\'s need for answers to questions that cannot be solved through known applications of science and technology has resulted in the widespread belief in religion. I. Purpose Elimination of stress Addiction to soma 1. Rioting addicts 2. Religious fanatics II Characteristics Rituals Sacrifices Offerings B. Gods Interpreters Pope Dali Lama Mustapha Mond D. Writings III. Function Explaining unknown Philosophy Supernatural Providing aid
Emily Bronte " Her powerful reason would have deduced new spheres of discovery from the knowledge of the old; and her strong, imperious will would never have been daunted by opposition or difficulty; never have given way but with life." M. Heger on Emily Bronte.1 Throughout her life time, Emily Bronte was a self-imposed recluse from society, living in the confines of the hellish and quite savage moors of Yorkshire. It is in this isolation that she found the inspiration and strength of emotion to
Aids and You AIDS and YOU (May 1987) By Martin H. Goodman MD (this essay is in the public domain) Introduction: AIDS is a life and death issue. To have the AIDS disease is at present a sentence of slow but inevitable death. I\'ve already lost one friend to AIDS. I may soon lose others. My own sexual behavior and that of many of my friends has been profoundly altered by it. In my part of the country, one man in 10 may already be carrying the AIDS virus. While the figures may currently be less in
Mystical Caves Used Throughout Mythology The use of caves in mythology to depict darkness and abandonment has branded it as a symbol of chaos. From this perception other associations are made which connect the cave to prejudices, malevolent spirits, burial sites, sadness, resurrection and intimacy. It is a world to which only few venture, and yet its mysticism has attracted the interest of philosophers, religious figures and thinkers throughout history. These myths are exemplified in Homer’s "Od
Hume In explaining Hume’s critique of the belief in miracles, we must first understand the definition of a miracle. The Webster Dictionary defines a miracle as: a supernatural event regarded as to define action, one of the acts worked by Christ which revealed his divinity an extremely remarkable achievement or event, an unexpected piece of luck. Therefore, a miracle is based on one’s perception of past experiences, what everyone sees. It is based on a individuals own reality, and the faith in wh
Transcendentalism “Transcendentalism: a philosophy emphasizing the intuitive and spiritual over the empirical”(Webster’s dictionary, 1993) The impact the transcendental movement had on American literature cannot be underestimated. “Reawakening an interest in the great problems of human nature and destiny,” authors such as Emerson, Alcott and Brownson, for example, forced the transcendental movement into the path of Henry David Thoreau. (Spiller, 346) As a self proclaimed “mystic, a transcendenta
Dreams The powers of dreams have always been underestimated. There is a whole new world in the sub conscious mind that helps us in a subtle way. In this project you will see how a baby was born because of a dream, how nightmares can be partially good for you, be given a background on dreams in general and details on interpreting your own dreams amongst other things. Background Everybody dreams but not everybody can remember them. We usually don\'t remember dreams when we suddenly wake up and mov
Mysteries There are many mysteries that question the mind, but none that can compare to the intrigue in the supernatural. Ghosts, goblins, poltergeists, Death Omens, curses, unexplainable phenomena, and hauntings; mysteries of the paranormal could go on and on. There are centuries of ghost stories and tales that have been passed down from generation to generation. From the Bermuda Triangle mysteries, phantoms of the ocean, ships, and glowing ghosts of little boys, to the curse of James\' Deans\'
Creation or Evolution? How was the earth created? This is a question that has puzzled humans for ages. There are two main theories that explain how the earth was formed. These are the theories of evolution and creation. The creation theory is divided into various groups. The most accepted creation theory is the one of the biblical creationists. Biblical creation and evolution are very different, and both have indicators as to their authenticity. In evolution life is seen as having resulted by na
Macbeth Macbeth(c.1607), written by William Shakespeare, is the tragic tale of Macbeth, a virtuous man, corrupted by power and greed. This tagedy could in fact be called "A Tale of Two Theories". One theory suggests that the tragic hero, Macbeth, is led down an unescapable 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 responsible for his own actions and ine
Macbeth Does the statement "Fair is foul, and foul is fair" thoroughly expresses the many themes of Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’? The first time we hear the statement is very early in the play when the witches say the exact line "Fair is foul, and foul is fair" only for Macbeth himself to repeat it very closely two scenes later. This repetition of the lines shows me that the characters themselves believe that there are many foul events taking place. In this essay I will endeavour to prove that the ab
The Unmasking of Harry Houdini Entertainment is a major part of our lives today. Most everything we do has some sort of entertaining value to it. One of the most enjoyable activities that has been around for nearly one-hundred years is the art of magic. Magic has been performed all over the world and won\'t be declining any time soon. One of the greatest magicians of all time is Harry Houdini born Erich (Ehrich) Weiss. According to the The New Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia, Weiss was born in B
The Best Of Saki The Best of Saki, edited by Martin Stephen, is a collection of short stories by famed 20th century writer Hector Hugh Munro. Saki is the pen name that Munro wrote his short stories under. Most of these stories were originally published in newspapers, which Saki did most of his writing for. After reading this collection of stories, I begin to wonder if The Best of Saki is really an appropriate title for this text. I have to admit that I was not very impressed by the vast majority
Stephen King\'s Multiple Levels of Horror Stephen King, an extraordinary writer of the horror genre, is very well known for his ability to captivate the reader in his fantasy worlds of horror and realistic worlds of terror. King\'s tales of horror and violence are quite frightening from a fictional and realistic standpoint. The novels have their fair share of monsters and magic, but remove them, and the reader still has a rock solid, scary story. (Algon 131) In The Shining, King casts a family o
Anne Rice: A Fascinating Story Because of her fascination with the supernatural, her life in New Orleans, and her daughter’s death, Anne Rice exhibits powerful and dark emotions in her writings. Anne Rice’s family life was not always a happy one. Her family was one of the lower middle class, struggling to make it. Katherine, her mother, became stressed over keeping a household and took to drinking. (Ramsland, 41) Anne’s mom continued this habit throughout her life. I feel that this drinking had
The Invincible Warrior: 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 overwh
Sun Dance For many tribes of Plains Indians whose bison-hunting culture flourished during the 18th and 19th centuries, the sun dance was the major communal religious ceremony . . . the rite celebrates renewal - the spiritual rebirth of participants and their relatives as well as the regeneration of the living earth with all its components . . . The ritual, involving sacrifice and supplication to insure harmony between all living beings, continues to be practiced by many contemporary native Ameri
Anne Rice\'s Vampire Chronicles All beings have a natural will and instinct to survive. The characters Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles fight a constant battle between their vampire nature that tells them that they must kill to live, and their conscience their conscience that tells them that this is wrong. Throughout the Vampire Chronicles the main character, Lestat, uses his instinct and determination to survive. The Vampire Chronicles are presented in a fashion completely new to the genre of vam
Chinese Music Chinese Music, the body of vocal and instrumental music composed and played by the Chinese people. For several thousand years Chinese culture was dominated by the teachings of the philosopher Confucius, who conceived of music in the highest sense as a means of calming the passions and of dispelling unrest and lust, rather than as a form of amusement. The ancient Chinese belief that music is meant not to amuse but to purify one\'s thoughts finds particular expression in the cult of
Macbeth In the tragic drama MacBeth, written by William Shakespeare in 1606, the main character, MacBeth, constantly declines in his level of morality until his death, at the end of the play. Throughout the story, temptation to become the King of England causes him to commit illegal acts, in brutally killing and ordering the deaths of certain individuals, including his friends. The witches, to some extent are responsible for these temptations, as they have the power to provide temptation and to
Witchcraft Imagine a life, where due to your beliefs and religion, you are persecuted against. Similar to that of the African Americans environment in today\'s world. You tell you neighbor you are a member of the witchcraft community and from that day on, your "so called best friend" looks at you with a funny expression when you go down to get the mail. From that day on society labels you as unordinary or a freak. This is the current life for those which believe in wicca, also refereed to as wit
Challenger It was a cold, crisp, and damp morning on the Florida Space Coast as the space shuttle Challenger raced through the sky at speeds approaching mach 2 at an altitude of 104,000 feet when something went perilously wrong. All of America watched, including the family members of the seven doomed crew members, as Challenger exploded into an expansive ball of fire, smoke and steam. An "Oh. . . no!" came as the crew’s final utterance from the shuttle as the orbiter broke-up. As the reality of
DID THE WOMEN OF HOMER\'S EPICS DIRECT THE ACTIONS OF MEN? Throughout the Common Era, women have been recognized as a strong influence on the actions of men. For example, Eleanor Roosevelt influenced the decisions that Franklin D. Roosevelt made, and in literature, Lady Macbeth urged Macbeth to commit murder. Did the women of Homer\'s epics, The Odyssey and The Iliad emulate the women of the Common Era? The Iliad is an epic about the Trojan War and Achilles\' role as an Achaean warring against t
Hamlet One of the most unique elements of the Hamlet character is that he is so human. Many types of readers can identify with him. Hamlet is imperfect, and he is fretful. Hamlet has human properties, and it is his humanity that I intend to explore. Indeed it is these human qualities and imperfections that make his story so tragic. Another tragic part of the play is the plays irony. Irony is an important tool in the hands of the playwright to achieve both comical and/or dramatic effect. There is
Punk Profile As a kid around the age of 15, I was lost and confused. I knew that I didn\'t have it all together, and everywhere I looked people acted as if they did. My thoughts and ideas would change day to day as I talked to one person and then the next. I needed a concrete feeling. I tried going to church and finding a release through God, but I was unable to believe. I tried looking at all my friends, but they were all naive, so I turned to music. Music has become my religion, it clearly def
"The Tell-Tale Heart: A Narrator’s Tale" Poe was a master of the first-person narrator, and that technique, so treacherous in the hands of a lesser artist, makes for unusual intimacy between the reader and the storyteller. Indeed, one is drawn into the tormented mind of the madman." - Howard, 2315 "The Tell-Tale Heart" is considered by many critics to be the pinnacle of Poe’s tales, encompassing his masterful skill of providing a first person narrative that quickly draws the reader into his dark