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A Comparison between Odysseus's Desire to Go Home and the Christian Desire to Join Jesus in Heaven
Through the entire Odyssey, Odysseus has the desire to come home to his wife, Penelope. To achieve this goal, he gives up an opportunity to become an immortal and have a goddess as a wife. This can be likened to the Christian life. Our unfailing desire must be like that of Odysseus: to reach Jesus in heaven, to come hom...
An Analysis of the Idea That the State Is Greater Than the Individual and Religion in Sophocles's Play Antigone and the Current Situation in the United States of America
In the play “Antigone,” by Sophocles, Creon, the king of Thebes, asserts that the state is greater that the individual. He is wrong. This type of thinking can lead to oppressive dictatorships, such as is found in Communist countries. In the ideal government, the state exists only to serve the individuals that make up the...
The Struggles for the Balance of Power in the Novels Chronicle of the Blood Merchant by Yu Hua and Paradise of the Blind by Duong Thu Huong
The 20th century was a century of revolutions; scientific revolutions, technological revolutions, government revolutions, and revolutions of thought. For those who lived in China and Vietnam during that century, their focus was on the tumultuous revolutions of thought and government, namely, Marxism. Sudden shifts in power...
An Examination of the Complexity and Vast Depth of Deep Seeded Cultural Movements of Asian Civilizations in The Guide by R.K. Narayan and The Lake by Banana Yoshimoto
Often overlooked in contemporary society are the rich beauty and complexity of the deep-seeded cultural movements of Asian civilizations. These representative paragons of Asian intellectual complexity are the cultures of India and Japan, one that has been significantly affected by British Imperialism and the other by the Am...
A Comparison of the Poems Spring and Fall by Gerard Manley Hopkins and The Oven Bird by Robert Frost
In the poems “Spring and Fall” and “The Oven Bird”, Gerard Manley Hopkins and Robert Frost, respectively, express differing sentiments about not only the comparisons between seasons, but the comparison of human reactions to seasons. Hopkins’ use of rhetorical questioning and its implicit meanings, Frost’s frequent use of im...
The Secret Sickness in the Plays Oedipus the King by Sophocles and Suddenly, Last Summer by Tennessee Williams
Sickly secrets If your child is diagnosed with cancer, they immediately become the center of your universe. The attention of your family, friends, co-workers and yourself turns to the new, lengthy, and painful list of responsibilities you now have to deal with. Illness magnifies a person’s presence. It’s when a person requ...
The Critique of Females in the Poems Women by Louise Bogan and The One Girl At the Boy's Party by Sharon Olds
The Female Paradigm In the poems Women by Louise Bogan and The One Girl At the Boy’s Party by Sharon Olds, they both describe their own critique of females, envisioning a common character that is constituent of women. Bogan’s perception of women entails a stereotype from the perspective of a man, who generalizes the whole...
The Use of Self Expression by the Protagonists in the Novels This Boy's Life by Tobias Wolff and Into the Forest by Jean Hegland
Recreation In the novels This Boy’s Life and Into the Forest, both protagonists similarly utilize self expression as method to recreate themselves and escape a worse alternative. Throughout the novel, Tobias and the two sisters are plunged into harsh conditions where they must care for themselves. To keep themselves sane,...
The Theme of Paralysis in Various Literary Pieces
Paralysis: A Portrait of Death and Indecision The smiting harm of paralysis is formidable and sometimes beyond human control. For instance, the prospect of recovering from a crippling injury is usually grim, and, in this case, on a physical level, the body betrays even the most fundamental faculties of motion and sense. A...
The Role of Knowledge in The Poem of Gilgamesh and The Bible
Knowing Is Half The Battle: The Role Of Knowledge in The Poem Of Gilgamesh and The Bible It is readily apparent that human nature is to gravitate toward knowledge. However, more often than not, this pursuit of knowledge can lead to ones own downfall. Knowledge is more powerful than people think and in some cases, the...