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Emptiness in The Hollow Men - Emptiness in The Hollow Men      After Eliot had published The Waste Land, he felt as though he had not been able to fully convey the sense of desperation and emptiness in that work. Beginning with "Doris’s Dream Songs" and "Eyes I Last Saw in Tears," he explored these themes, eventually uniting all such poems in The Hollow Men. The end product is a work that, unlike The Waste Land and its ultimate chance for redemption, has only the indelible emptiness of the hollow men as its conclusion. The hollow men are those who, in life, did not act on their beliefs; they resisted any action at all, and as a result stagnate eternally in "the Shadow," a land in between heaven and hell, completely i...   [tags: Hollow Men Essays]
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Francis Weed and Zoe Hendricks: Dealing with Emptiness - The word emptiness can be defined as: lacking purpose or substance; meaningless. When faced with this void, one may react in many different ways to fulfill it. Fantasy, denial, and substance abuse are just some of the responses to this feeling. However, these reactions still fail to deal with the problem at hand. Francis Weed and Zoe Hendricks are both dealing with fears related this feeling. These two characters epitomize the word emptiness, and both manage these emotions in different ways. They seem to not be living life to fullest, handicapped by their own internal problems....   [tags: The Country Husband by John Cheever] 944 words
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Spiritual Emptiness in Hemingway's A Clean, Well-Lighted Place - Ernest Hemingway's short story, "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place," first published in 1933, is written in his characteristic terse, unembellished style. The definition of "Style" is "the characteristics of language in a particular story and . . . the same characteristics in a writer's complete works" (Gioa and Gwynn, "Style" 861). Short words and a curt tone are so characteristic of Hemingway's style that writers frequently parody them in "International Imitation Hemingway" contests (Gioa and Gwynn, "Style" 861)....   [tags: A Clean, Well-Lighted Place Essays]
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Death of a Salesman: The Emptiness of the American Dream - Any way that you state it, an American dream is a never-ending cycle of idealism. In other words, the yearning to be better than the best and to achieve perfect governmental harmony throughout society. Think about it though, if this were a possibility, wouldn’t it have already occurred. The first character seen directly acknowledging the emptiness of the American dream was the overlooked Loman brother, Happy. Happy, although suffering from “younger-brother syndrome” and lack of fatherly attention, proved to be the only successful family member of all the Lomans....   [tags: Death of a Salesman] 977 words
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Isolation and Emptiness Illustrated in Shakespeare's Macbeth and Berriault's The Stone Boy - Nowadays, many well-known stories have touched the theme of isolation as it becomes the most prevalent problem that can not be easily resolved in people’s lives. As a matter of fact, both “Macbeth” by Shakespeare and “The Stone Boy” by Gina Berriault deal to some degree with the theme of isolation and emptiness. In “Macbeth” and “The Stone Boy”, Lady Macbeth and Arnold feel isolated because of the situation that does not give them the closeness they want, and they end up being not involved in the relationship they would like with their families even when reaches the very end of the story....   [tags: The Stone Boy, macbeth]
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Astrological Emptiness in Steve Almond’s “The Problem of Human Consumption - ... Throughout the story it is brought up that Jess is intrigued by astrology; Jess’s fascination in astrology is used symbolically as a way to discuss the movement and affairs related with space. The story is narrated using selective word choice. By the term selective word choice, this is referring to the language the author used throughout his work. The language has a tendency to relate to dimensional space and astrological wording. This selective word play is related back to the parallel of astrology, presented in the story....   [tags: loss, grief, celestial] 788 words
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The Heart of Understanding, by Thich Nhat Hanh - In The Heart of Understanding, Thich Nhat Hanh’s uses simple but powerful words and real world examples to illustrate the profound Buddhist philosophy from the Prajnaparamita Heart Sutra, an important representative of Mahayana Buddhist literature. The Mahayana school of Buddhist teachings emphasizes the doctrine of Sunyata- emptiness. The doctrine of emptiness, one of the most important Mahayana innovations, focuses on the relational aspect of existence. Thich Nhat Hanh coins and introduces a new word- interbeing to explain the state of emptiness....   [tags: Interbeing, Emptiness, Understanding] 1111 words
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An Account on Zen Buddhism and Contemporary Western Society - In order to explain emptiness one must understand the principle of living in the moment, “rather than postponing life to some moment in the future”, Zen is practiced through the present moment, and what one derives from those experiences (Koller, 282). Dogen states that an individual must “Put [ones] whole mind into the practice of the Way. [Remembering] that [one] [is] only alive today in [the] moment”, which emphasizes the concept of oneness between experience and intellect (Koller, 282). One should not hinge on the past, or blindly dwell in the future; this will ultimately cause suffering to arise....   [tags: phylosophy, religion, emptiness]
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Commentary on The Heart Sutra - The Heart Sutra is a Mahayana Buddhist text. Mahayana means “The Great Vehicle” (41). This refers to the bodhisattva vow and path, which involves developing the ten perfections. The Heart Sutra is a text centered on the training to develop the perfection of wisdom. At the heart of this training is the realization about the truth about emptiness. Buddhist scholarship involves commentary on the sutras. In Tibetan Buddhism, there is a practice of acknowledging one’s teacher and monastic lineage so as to provide legitimacy and authenticity to the teachings....   [tags: Mahayana, wisdom, Buddhism, emptiness]
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Irony, Symbolism, and Imagery Reveal the Emptiness of War in One Hundred Years of Solitude - Irony, Symbolism, and Imagery Reveal the Emptiness of War in One Hundred Years of Solitude While most scholars have agreed that war is a real and significant part of human history, these same scholars have yet not reached a consensus on the characteristics of war. History books often lean toward glorifying war with stories of soldiers dying for their honor and homeland; novels, on the other hand, tend to point out the emptiness of war with stories of soldiers losing their youth and contact with the world....   [tags: One Hundred Years Solitude] 959 words
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The Emptiness of the American Dream in The Great Gatsby - Jay Gatsby’s sole purpose in life is to achieve the American Dream: to become a land owner, married to the love of his life, who live in comfort and abundance. However, he never gets everything he wants as his love for Daisy is not as fully reciprocated as he wishes it to be. His dream, and the one Nick pursues as well, are only dreams in the end. The culture of the time only gives empty fulfillment with no real substance. The people, like their dreams, are only illusions of what they want to be....   [tags: American Dream Essays]
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The Dharma of Mahayana Buddhism - Advanced technology and luxurious items seem bring humans into a “Modern World.” However, it seems these 21st Century technologies and items have brought more dissatisfaction, the duhkha. Death, blood and war, these words appear in the newspaper almost everyday. Despite those external dissatisfactions, internally human kind becomes more selfish and lonely. As a matter of fact, a hypochondria is becoming so popular that one in seven adults is facing it. In our society today, Buddhism, especially Mahayana Buddhism, becomes a cure to the duhkha that we are facing today....   [tags: Buddhism] 1067 words
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Shiloh by Bobbie Ann Mason - Shiloh by Bobbie Ann Mason Character Sketch      In Bobbie Ann Mason’s story “Shiloh” she presents the character of Norma Jean as having a strong personality but an emptiness deep within. Norma Jean is presented as a strong character on the outside in the opening of the story. “She lifts three-pound dumbbells to warm-up, the progresses to a twenty-pound barbell.”(Mason p. 46). However as the story progresses she exhibits the emptiness which she feels. “One day Leroy arrives home from a drive and finds Norma Jean in tears.” (Mason p....   [tags: Shiloh Bobbie Ann Mason Essays] 735 words
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Non-duality: Madhyamika, Yogacara, and Zen - Buddhism first developed in India by Siddhartha Gautama as a means to end suffering. Nirvana could ultimately be achieved with adherence to the Four Noble Truths and the middle way. The Mahayana tradition arose within Buddhist with different interpretations of Buddha’s teachings and new ideals. It emphasized the role of the bodhisattva and the bodhisattva path as the means to attain enlightenment, or Buddhahood. The nature of the Buddha is no longer equivalent to that of the arhant, rather, he is beyond the level of the arhant; he is a transcended being....   [tags: Religion, Buddhism, Anatman] 1797 words
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The Carnage and the Catastrophe: The Japanese Militarization of Zen - Throughout Buddhist scripture there is a great amount of articulation against violence. The Buddha actively speaks against violence, but at the same time Buddhism promotes the spread of the dharma. Within Zen at War Victoria highlights the Buddha’s words, “until all sentient beings are united together through the exercise of infinite compassion, there will never be peace” (29). This quote became incorporated into the Japanese military and the inevitable nature of war was molded into this normally peaceful message....   [tags: buddhists, violence, japanese military]
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Analysis of Robert Frost's Desert Places - Analysis of Robert Frost's Desert Places Robert Frost's 'Desert Places' is a testament to the harrowing nature of solidarity. By subjecting the narrator to the final moments of daylight on a snowy evening, an understanding about the nature of blank spaces and emptiness becomes guratively illuminated. The poem's loneliness has the ability to transcend nature and drill a hole through the mind of the narrator so that all hope for relationships with man and nature are abandoned. In the first stanza, ?snow....   [tags: Robert Frost Desert Places Essays]
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Poets of the Tang Dynasty - Throughout human history, our beliefs have influenced our actions. This is why we have studies like the humanities. During the Tang Dynasty, different religions developing during the time had enormous influence on what was being produced during the era. When it comes to literature, poets like Wang Wei, Li Bai, Du Fu, and Bo Juyi expressed their religions through their poetry during the Tang era. While it was not always directly mentioned in their poetry, there are connections between the Tang Dynasty poets’ works and their respective religions....   [tags: Human History, Buddists]
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Frost's Desert Places - Desert Places      In the poem Desert Places by Robert Frost, the author describes the scenery in which he came across with. It was on a winter day, and the day was turning into a night. As he went across a field, he saw that the ground was almost all covered in snow. But then he noticed a few weeds and stubble on the ground.      On the first line, Frost talks about how the night falling fast. This is referring to how fast Frost felt concerning time, which went by fast in real life. At the end of the line, Frost added two simple words which seems to add a sense of desperation, or even a sense of hopelessness, to the whole idea of time going by fast....   [tags: Robert Frost Poem Poetry essays research papers] 507 words
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A Clean, Well-Lighted Place. by Ernest Hemingway - "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place" reflect Hemingway's views on the loss of faith and hummanity in the world. He wrote this short story after experiencing the horrors of World War I. Hemingway, like a lot of other writers during his time, was forever affected by the war. His experiences left hime filled with doubt. Hemingway constructed a story to express his emotions of emptiness and loss that he felt as a result of the war. The story includes characters that serve as vessels for his own emotions....   [tags: Literary Elements, Analysis]
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The Heart of Hamlet’s Mystery - Even the most responsible people allow the aura of emptiness affect their decisions. Shakespeare expands this idea throughout the play of “Hamlet”. Many people believe that the depression that follows from emptiness does not change any individual’s choices, but even the hero Hamlet a “Prince to continue his strange behavior…because he himself has committed murder” falls victim to the dangers of loss (Werder). Karl Werder writes “The Heart of Hamlet’s Mystery” in order to further explain why losing a relationship with something important can change the decisions of an individual....   [tags: claudius, ophelia]
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Jars of Clay - In the celebrated poem by American author Wallace Stevens, “Anecdote of the Jar,” we are driven to examine and understand the many symbolic connotations of “the jar” in its particular placement upon a hill; those of which may potentially coincide with the many interpretations of this world. While “the jar” represents many ideas corresponding to our paradigms of how we perceive our world, the most profound idea to me is the notion of emptiness which parallels the reality of emptiness in the prose “Clay” by James Joyce....   [tags: Poetry] 911 words
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Western vs. Japanesse Identity in Yukio Mishima's "The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea" - Yukio Mishima’s novel, “The Sailor who fell from Grace with the Sea” (will now be referred to as “Sailor”) follows a sensitive 13 year old boy, Noboru, who is caught in the cusp between childhood and adolescence. He is searching for self identity in a time where traditional Japanese values are giving way to new, modern, Western values. From the beginning of the novel we see Noboru being confined in his room to prevent him from sneaking out to see the rest of the gang. The gang is a group of 5 other boys, all of whom are of the same age as Noboru....   [tags: Japan, Asian] 755 words
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Darkest Obstacles are a Gift and not a Curse - The irony connected with the obstacle in achieving happiness is the pursuit of happiness. Those who pursue happiness with deliberate effort find themselves having to work harder and harder over time to achieve their ends. By trying to pursue happiness, we look for obvious, insubstantial objectives to achieve the happy life. Existentialism, however, may provide both the antidote to this vicious cycle, and give direction on how to find happiness-- by filling our lives with what T.S. Eliot calls real substance....   [tags: dark situations, happiness, existentialism]
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The Struggle in Shiloh by Bobbie Ann Mason - Leroy and Norma Jean in the short story, “Shiloh” by Bobbie Ann Mason, are a married couple, and they experience a series of events, which shapes them and determines there future. The final setting, Shiloh, works well to highlight the battles of war to the battles between Norma Jean and Leroy. Throughout the story Mason is focused on the persistency of grief, the instability of gender roles, along with the distance and lack of communication separating Leroy and Norma Jean from each other....   [tags: Bobbi Ann Mason, Shiloh]
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Chan Samadhi: Enlightenment in Buddhism - Buddhas are considered to manifest from Chan Samadhi. Those who lack the skill of Chan Samadhi, cannot become enlightened or attain Buddhhood. Since beings can be born in ignorance, and life remain meaningless if we were to die in confusion, humanity needs to find how it comes to this world and how it will die. Can we be free independently the time when we die. The Chan meditation tell us in order to clear the confusion. The goal of this practice is to attain freedom over birth and death, which is considered to be true freedom – the ability to come and to go whenever we want, without afflictions or worries....   [tags: Meditation, Stillness, Informative] 863 words
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The Optimum Philosophy For Education - Introduction My personal philosophy of education is to produce a holistic individual with strong character and strong morals and provide freedom that enables the person to grown into a virtuous and free adult. The purpose of education within this framework is to give the learner the power to make wise decision that would positively impact on his life as well as the lives of the entire society. In discussing my personal philosophy of education, I will elaborate on the aim of education, address the role of the teacher and the learner and explain them method of classroom practices....   [tags: Character, Morals, Beneficial Wisdom] 1010 words
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Waste Land Essay: Journey Through The Waste Land -        T. S. Eliot drafted The Waste Land during a trip to Lausanne, Switzerland to consult a psychologist for what he described as mild case of nerves. He sent the manuscript to Ezra Pound for editing assistance. Between them the draft was extensively edited and published in 1922. As a modernist poet, Eliot struggled to remove the voice of the author from his work but the work is still a reflection of the author’s interpretation. He paints the picture as he sees it for the readers to view and interpret from their own perspective....   [tags: T.S. Eliot Waste Land Essays]
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The Hollow Men - The Theme of Emptiness in “The Hollow Men” “The Hollow Men,” a poem written by T.S. Eliot shows the narrators disgust and his faithless attitude toward all mankind. He refers to the human race as being “hollow,” (1) and having a “headpiece filled with straw,” (4) which creates the feeling and theme of emptiness. Eliot also uses allusions, symbols, and repetition as powerful, and depressing poetic devices to make mankind seem hollow. The theme of emptiness is clearly visible throughout the poem, and it begins in the title....   [tags: essays research papers] 494 words
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Symbolism in The Great Gatsby - The Great Gatsby Symbols Throughout the book the Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, there are many examples of very simple things that have a deeper meaning or represent more than meets the eye. The book is narrated by Nick Carraway, and is about a man named Gatsby who throws huge parties where he doesn’t even make an appearance, all in an attempt to win back his lost lover Daisy who is married to Tom Buchanan. Gatsby is a big figure in the book and he uses many objects around him to represent his emotions and their status....   [tags: F. Scott Fitzgerald]
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Medieval world reflected in Japanese literature: examples of changes and innovations in literature (poetry and prose) - As with most societies, as time progresses there will always be many changes. Likewise, as Japan moved into the medieval period there would be changes, specifically in some noticeable changes that are found in the literature. In looking at how prose and poetry was affected during this time, it should be noted that in many ways the literature of the period was made as a method of honoring the old literature and building beyond it. An example can be seen in the poems of Shinkokinshū, and in drawing from Kokinshū, Shinkokin waka shū is a “New Collection of Poems Ancient and Modern” (Handout 10)....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Shinkokinshū] 1538 words
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An Analysis of Relation between Nature and Spirit in Ode to the West Wind - When you venture outside of our urban society and visit the realm of nature, a unique transformation takes place. As the buzz and clamor of the cities recedes, and gives way to untouched earth, you can feel something change inside you. When you are experiencing nature, you can feel your spirit being lifted by the nature surrounding you. This is an interesting concept, and one Percy Bysshe Shelley was very fond of. Of him, John Simkin wrote that he sought in nature inspiration for much of his work....   [tags: inspiration, boyhood, humanity]
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The American Underclass in In Life at the Bottom by Theodore Dalrymple - ... For example, if a gang has control over a selected area where they control the drugs and weapons that are on the street and people are too afraid to take action against them, then this gang will continue to induct new members and slow grow until they look for a new area to control. This could lead to gang wars and senseless killing in the streets and no other place knows this better than Chicago, Illinois. Chicago has the highest gang population in the United States (www.huffingtonpost.com) and the highest amount of gun related murders to boot....   [tags: poor, crime, morals]
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A Selfish Dream in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitgerald - ... The fact that his wife is cheating on him makes him sick because she is everything to him. Since his wife is having an affair, Winston feels the desire to have someone to comfort him, and reverts to religion by believing Eckleburg’s eyes are those of God. Doctor T. J. Eckleburg’s eyes help to express how the emptiness of the American dream in the 1920’s is through money. His eyes on the billboard are described as “blue and gigantic −− their retinas are one yard high. They look out of no face but, instead, from a pair of enormous yellow spectacles” which symbolize the characters and their values (27)....   [tags: money, materialism, sacrifice]
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Darkness and Desperation in the The Hollow Men, T.S. Eliott - In the poem “The Hollow Men,” T.S. Eliot immediately gives his work a tone of darkness and desperation. Eliot also uses references of works from Dantes, Julius Caesar, and Joseph Conrad. These three men majorly influenced Eliot on his writings spiritually and intellectually. Eliot was going through a rough patch in his life during with his wife during the time that he wrote “The Hollow Men.” He reveals his views on contemporary life and uses the poem as a cry for relief from his personal troubles (“Explanation of: ‘The Hollow Men’ by T.S....   [tags: death, fear, whispering]
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Hedonism in Hills Like White Elephants, by Ernest Hemingway - The search of pleasure has always been an inherent desire in human nature. The roaring twenties witnessed the uprising of a society that extolled such desire through the creation of a culture solely dedicated to consume. Ernest Hemingway analyses the behavioral patterns of such culture in his short story "Hills Like White Elephants", where the concept of Hedonism- fathomed as an egotistical action whose only purpose is to bestow pleasure- and its consequences on the individual is explored. Through the characters' dialogue in which they avoid a substantial conversation and implicitly state their disappointment in life, Hemingway explores the emptiness generated by pleasure-seeking actions....   [tags: Hills Like White Elephants Essays]
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The Power of Addiction and the Addiction to Power - After watching and analyzing Dr. Gabor Maté’s speech about power and addiction, it is extremely evident and clear to see how vague the word “addiction” is and how the global community today has related such a topic to a limited discourse that pertains simply to substance use and abuse. Dr. Maté talks about the various addictions to drugs such as heroin, cocaine, methamphetamines and others throughout his video, however where I agree most with him is when he discusses the need for the substance use and abuse and what can happen as a result....   [tags: Dr. Maté, global community]
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Facebook: Exploiting Loneliness and the Fear of Being Alone - On February 4, 2004, Mark Zuckerberg along with his friends launched a social networking site called Facebook. It was created for college students, specifically “only available to people at Harvard where I was at college,” says Zuckerberg in the TIME magazine article “The Future of Facebook”. “We rolled it out to all the colleges, all the high schools, then a bunch of companies could sign up, now everyone can sign up.” In a mere ten months since the launch, Facebook reached 1 million users. After ten years, Facebook now has on average over 757 million daily users according to statistics shown on newsroom.fb.com....   [tags: socila media, social network]
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Function of Jordan Baker in The Great Gatsby - In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, Jordan Baker is a minor character who Fitzgerald uses to critique the idea of a flapper. Fitzgerald believes that the flapper is empty, and uses Jordan as a contrast to other female characters in the novel to show this emptiness. Fitzgerald also argues that females are nothing but a tool to get men to act and become better people. This argument is shown through Jordan’s interactions with Nick. Fitzgerald also uses Jordan to develop the plot and to characterize Nick....   [tags: F.Scott Fitzgerald, minor characters] 1343 words
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Existentialist Reflection in Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot - - What you waiting for. -I'm waiting for Godot This little dialogue sums up this piece of Nobel prize winning author Samuel Beckett's most popular absurdist play, Waiting For Godot, which is one of the first examples of Theatre of the Absurd. It begins with two lonely tramps on a roadside who are awaiting the arrival of a figure referred to as Godot and ends with the same scene. The sheer emptiness and randomness of the plot causes the audience (or the reader) to wonder if anything is going to happen, and whether there is any meaning in anything in the play – or in life....   [tags: religion, responsibility, philosophy]
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Comparing T S Eliot's The Wasteland and William Butler Yeats' The Second Coming - Comparing T. S. Eliot's The Wasteland and William Butler Yeats' The Second Coming     World War One fundamentally changed Europeans perspective on man. Before the war they believed that man was innately good, after it people were disenchanted with this vision of man. Both Thomas Sterns Eliot and William Butler Yeats keenly felt this disenchantment, and evinced it in their poetry. In addition to the war, Eliot and Yeats also saw the continuing turmoil in Europe, such as the Russian Revolution and the Irish Rebellions, as confirmation of their fear of man's nature and expanded their disillusionment in "The Waste Land" and "The Second Coming." The poets shared more than a disbelief in th...   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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An Inward Collapse of the Human Perspective in Forster's A Passage to India - An Inward Collapse of the Human Perspective in Forster's A Passage to India        The reverberation of sound in the form of an echo is threaded throughout E.M. Forster's A Passage to India, and the link between the echo and the hollowness of the human spirit is depicted in the text. The echo is not heard in the beginning of the text when the English newcomers, Mrs. Moore and Ms. Quested, arrive in India; it is more clearly heard as their relationship with India gains complexity. The influence of the colonizers and the colonized on one another is inevitable; however, the usual assumption is that the colonists are the most successful in imposing their values and ideologies on the individua...   [tags: Passage to India Essays]
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Franz Kafka and Ismail Kadare - Franz Kafka and Ismail Kadare were two of the most extravagant storytellers of modern times. Franz Kafka wrote the short story, The Metamorphosis and Ismail Kadare wrote the novel, Broken April. In these two stories, there is a sense of sadness and darkness that both author’s portrayed in them. The characterization between Gregor (from The Metamorphosis) and Gjorg (from Broken April) were actually similar in comparison. The similarities are isolation, loneliness, and their father figures. Nevertheless, both stories are magnificent to read during spare time....   [tags: Comparisons, Storytelling, Characterizations] 877 words
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The Role First Person Narration in Edgar Allen Poe's Poem The Black Cat - Analysis of the Role First Person Narration Plays in Edgar Allen Poe's Poem The Black Cat the point of view is an important aspect of telling the story. first person narration helps the reader to understand and follow the story from the narrators point of view. in this case it helps the reader to realise how insane the narrator is. even thought 1st person narration is not the best form of narration, as everything we read is the way the narrator looks at things, but it is the only way a reader can actually feel and experience what the narrator is expirencing....   [tags: Poetry Analysis] 583 words
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Gothic Elements Illustrated in the Film, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” - What gothic features help develop the dark and mysterious nature of the film “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen”. There are a number of gothic aspects of “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” that help to develop the dark and mysterious nature of the film. Examples of this can be found in the characters and how the dramatic contrasts between good and bad are displayed through gothic personality traits, their physical appearances and mysterious pasts. This type of gothic can also be found in many locations in the text that portray an essence of the unknown, and also possess a dark emptiness that creates fear and therefore building gothic potential....   [tags: movies, film analysis] 607 words
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The Threat of Religious Cults - The Threat of Religious Cults Cult is a new movement for a new religion. In other words it is a formal ritual excessive belief. Cults are created due the established religions' lack of fulfilling the emptiness of the individuals. However apart from this innocent explanation of cult it would be more appropriate to explain a cult as a group or movement which has an excessive devotion or dedication to some person or to an idea and which is unethically manipulated by the group's leader for his own advance which can not be justified in any case....   [tags: Papers] 709 words
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Enso Circle and Zen - The Enso, or Zen circle, is what I have chosen as the focus of this paper. In my Google search for the “perfect” example of the Enso circle I realized this symbol has been reproduced hundreds, if not thousands of times. At first I was asking myself how could I identify with such a “stock” symbol that has been reproduced so many times. Had I really become sort of low in my expectations of what I had hoped to get from this class. But while I was berating myself in the typical Roman Catholic fashion, I came to a realization about this piece of art....   [tags: Symbolism, Suffering] 535 words
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Free Waste Land Essays: Underlying Myths in The Waste Land - Underlying Myths in The Waste Land The underlying myths that Eliot uses to provide a framework for "The Waste Land" are those of the Fisher King and the Grail Quest. Both of these myths come to Christian civilization through the ancient Gaelic tradition. Neither is found in the Bible, but both were important enough to Europeans that there was a need to incorporate them into the new European mythology, and so the stories became centered on the story of the death and resurrection of Jesus....   [tags: T.S. Eliot Waste Land Essays] 582 words
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