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An Analysis of Canto XXVII From Dante Alighieri's Inferno
In Canto XXVII, Dante meets the spirit of Guido de Montrefeltro. As many spirits before him Montrefeltro tries to clear his name with Dante. Montrefeltro tries to show Dante he was innocent of his sin of evil counseling by telling he attempted to become a Franciscan Friar. In line 65 Montrefeltro says: “ I then took up the...
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Renewal and Return to First Principles in the Idea of Innovation by Niccolo Machiavelli
"There is nothing more difficult to carry out, nor more doubtful of
success, nor more dangerous to handle than to initiate a new order of
things." Discuss Machiavelli's idea of innovation: why is it so difficult?
And yet, why does he talk so much of renewal and "return to first
principles"? Innovation. To introduce s...
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Virtues in The Prince, a Book by Niccolo Machiavelli
Human beings, since the beginning of history, have had different capacities that have been built up with the pass of time. One of them has been the capacity to boast different qualities and abilities during several occurrences in life. Many authors have defined all these qualities and abilities as human virtues. Niccolo Mac...
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An Analysis of Characters' Connection in The Decameron, a Book by Giovanni Boccaccio
From a sly monk, to a sarcastic Marchioness, these stories in the Decameron tell different tales yes, but all of them have a thread to connect them all. Each of these stories contain characters who are in dire circumstances or trouble, and each of these characters each use their wits to help themselves out of any misfortune...
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An Insight to the Different yet Equally Colorful Personalities of Marco Polo and Kublai Khan through Invisible Cities, a Book by Calvino
It’s hard to put a label on this surreal Calvino masterpiece. Is it prose? Poetry? A novella? A travel guide maybe? The story is classified as a fictional novel but the verbiage and content prove that this is more than just that. Although Marco Polo and Kublai Khan existed as historical figures, Invisible cites is not a wor...
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The Idea of Modesty in the Poem The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri
The Divine Comedy In Dante Algheri's poem The Divine Comedy, the main character, Dante, is journeying through the three realms of eternity: hell, purgatory, and paradise. While Dante is traveling through purgatory, he meets a man named Florese who mentions some women titled the "chippies" of Florence. They are essentiall...
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An Analysis of Camillo Sbarbaro's Poem Even If You Weren't My Father
This poem has a very nice feeling attached to it. Even as I read the first stanza, the speaker seems to be a nice person. He or she trusts her father, even if he were a total stranger. It is as if the speaker has a special connection to him. He connects with them and plays with them, just as a father would. The speaker...
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Deception, Murder and Suspense in the Novel The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
The Name of the Rose The Roman Catholic Church has been a dominant force in Western religion and Catholicism has played a prominent role in the development of Western civilization. As the church evolved, different sects were created under the teachings of different Saints. For many men who devoted their lives to the chur...
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An Analysis of Chapter Four in If on a Winter's Night Traveler, a Novel by Italo Calvino
Struggle for Signification In chapter four of the novel, If on a winter’s night a traveler, by Italo Calvino, the author describes the challenges of translating a text from one language to another and the mechanical nature and problems of speaking an extinct, non-native language. Set in Professor Uzzi-Tuzii’ s department r...
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The Reader's Relationship With Ludmilla in the Novel If on a Winter's Night a Traveller by Italo Calvino
Reader, Interrupted Throughout the metafictional, postmodernist novel, If on a winter’s night a traveler, by Italo Calvino, the Reader develops an intimate relationship with the Other Reader, Ludmilla, which develops in tandem with the Reader’s own experience of reading the novel’s titled chapters. The Reader recurrently a...
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An Analysis of the Ordering Principle in the Inferno by Dante Alighieri
In The Inferno, Dante Alighieri describes his journey through Hell with his guide and master, the ghost of the ancient Roman poet Virgil. In Hell, there is a structured system for punishment of those who have sinned. Hell is organized into concentric rings that are ordered by category in ascending order of severity that des...
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The Four Characters from La Mandragola Who Illuminate the Teachings of Machiavelli in The Prince
Machiavelli’s La Mandragola is his attempt to display how his teachings in The Prince can be used to help individuals get what they want (though the story he provides is a bit of a ridiculous case). I will be addressing how multiple characters from La Mandragola illuminate Machiavelli’s teachings in The Prince. The four cha...
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The Nonexistent Knight by Italo Calvino Makes Fun of How Humans Fear the Unknown
Humans Fear Abnormality It is seen in the events of history that humans are unable to accept the things they do not know by fearing them because it goes against the beliefs put in place by society. The Nonexistent Knight, written by Italo Calvino, makes fun of how humans fear what they don’t know. This fuels their desires...
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The Life and Writings of Niccolo Machiavelli
Niccolo Machiavelli was born into an influential family and had a successful career in local politics before being cast out of the local political system. He was never able to regain any sort of real influence or power, but in his exile he produced one of the most monumental political philosophy books of all time, The Prin...
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Awareness of Self, Reality and Death in Luigi Pirandello's War
Awareness of Self, Reality, and Death in Luigi Pirandello’s “War” No matter the age of the child, when a parent loses a child it is a traumatic experience that cannot often be described in words. The loss of a child can cause unresolved grief. Parents who have lost a child can become consumed with grief that it makes it vi...
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