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Promises Like Pie Crust
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In a poem by Robert Wrigley, he takes the reader through a man’s thoughts and dreams. The man never dreamed to be a lake and after thinking why not he instead concentrated on what it is to be a lake, revealing to himself slowly the beauty within being a lake. Wrigley beautifully symbolizes through this piece the way people dream, or in this case how people lack the sense. He shows the nature of people on how what they think…...
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Odysseus Strengths and Weaknesses
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As we grow up, we need to know what makes a great leader because we need to choose people to lead us to create a better country. In The Odyssey, Odysseus shows the qualities of a great leader: he is brave, clever, and caring. By using Odysseus as an example, we would know what good leadership is. To be a great leader today, he or she must be fearless. By showing fear, it can affect the entire team. According to…...
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O Captain, My Captain: My Father As My Role Model
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Growing up, I have always resented my father's strictness, not understanding the decisions he made. Doing things in life that I thought were completely irrational and unreasonable. It was only until I became the captain of my basketball team when I really started to understand my father and the decisions he made. Both a father and the captain of a basketball team constantly show their reliability to the ones around them. Being reliable is difficult; it takes hard work. Reliable…...
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Beowulf the Prideful “Hero”
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Following the actual meaning of an epic: “long poem, typically one derived from ancient oral tradition, narrating the deeds and adventure of heroic or legendary figures or the history of a nation” we can start seeing why beowulf might not be an actual hero. In an epic the hero is on a journey to accomplish one thing and learn from it to accomplish something quite different from the actual goal. In actuality, Beowulf does not apply to that term, he’s…...
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Epic Poems The Odyssey
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In the Epic The Odyssey by Homer, Homer emphasizes the sacrifices made by the brave heroic Odysseus as he faces many harsh obstacles fighting in the Trojan War for the past 10 years. This Epic portrays many emotional and mental values as it is depicted by many brave heroes who were willing to make very difficult decisions. The value of relationships and hospitality is revealed throughout the novel. The author acknowledges the value of culture of the characters as there…...
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The Lais of Marie de France Narrative Essay
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A Lai is “a short narrative or lyrical poem, usually in octosyllabic couplets, intended to be sung” . These poems fit into this form of a Lai in that they are multiple short stories recounted by Marie de France.The poems draw on folktales for educational purposes in that it gives the reader educational insight as to issues related to relationships between men and women during Celtic times. Also, the write Marie de France uses the literary “narrative technique” in the…...
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Beowulf is Ideal Epic Hero
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The Mead Hall can be seen as the soul of a Hrothgar’s kingdom in ‘Beowulf’, the reasoning behind it is the offerings of coziness and warmth to the soldiers and the civilians. Because of this, the merit of the mead halls were ineffable. Often, the Mead Hall’s would be embellished in all kinds of expensive metals and treasures, since it is the most vital establishment in the Anglo Saxon Culture. Heorot the amazing mead hall in ‘Beowulf’. Is regarded as…...
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Loyalty and Devotion in The Odyssey
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In Greek society, loyalty was the most necessary and prestigious value. It was embedded in everything the Greeks did. Showing loyalty to your family, community, and to the Gods was necessary as it conveyed you as a virtuous person. A major theme found in The Odyssey by Homer, translated by Emily Wilson is loyalty and devotion. The theme is revealed through Penelope’s actions, Odysseus’s slaves, and Odysseus’s perseverance. Penelope’s actions support the thought that the central idea in this text…...
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Odysseus: Hero or God
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What does it take to be a hero? Heroes are often stereotyped to be larger than life and capable of doing the impossible. However, these heroes still have qualities that make them like everybody else. Take Superman for example; despite his superhuman strength and seemingly flawless stature, his weakness towards kryptonite reveals that there is more to his personality than meets the eye. In Homer’s The Odyssey, Odysseus is extolled by the people of Ithaca for his strength and cleverness,…...
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Modernism: The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock 
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The Oxford English Dictionary defines Modernism as a tendency or movement towards modifying traditional beliefs and doctrines in accordance with modern ideas and scholarship (OED). This movement began after the start of the 20th century and was catapulted into existence by WWI. Where literary Modernism had been previously looked down upon, by the end of the war, the idea was more popularly explored (The Literature Network). While there are many characteristics of literary modernism, there are three outstanding ones that…...
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Examining the Roles of Women in Homer’s “The Odyssey”
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Throughout Homer’s epic tale of fantastical beasts and heroic ideals, Odysseus encounters several women and goddesses on his arduous journey fraught with peril at every step. The Odyssey is a collection of 24 stories that tell of Odysseus’ journey back to his homeland, Ithaca, after the conclusion of the fabled Trojan War. Although goddesses such as Athena and Calypso hold absolute strength and divine power over mortal women, even they are powerless in some aspects. In The Odyssey, women play…...
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Analysis of Poem “Daddy” by Sylvia Plath
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Known for her catalogue despair, violent emotion, and obsession with death, Sylvia Plath was one of the most bold poets of the 20th century. Her life story could be considered tragic as she was monopolized by a severe depression yet expressed her sorrows through enlightening words in her many poems. The death of her father when she was only eight years old commenced her lifelong despair and insecurities. In the poem “Daddy”, she speaks of how she never fully understood…...
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Analysis of Famous Poems
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The Love Song, is an examination of the tortured psyche of the prototypical modern man; educated, eloquent, neurotic, and emotionally stilted. Prufrock who is the poems speaker seems to be addressing a potential lover, with whom he would like to force the moment to its crisis by somehow consummating their relationship. The title, 'Love Song' is ironic since the eponymous character is isolated, timid, anti-heroic, middle aged, and unromantic. A natural tendency is to assume that Prufrock is T. S.…...
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The Women of the Odyssey
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The Odyssey, written by Homer at the end of the 8th century is one of the most influential pieces of literature in our society. Through this epic, Homer was able to compose a piece of literature that remains prominent in classrooms today. The Odyssey proves to to be influential, in that scholars today are still learning from Homer’s creation centuries later. Homer’s, The Odyssey was one of the only epics of its time to have such prominent female characters. Through…...
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Video of Odyssey and Immortality
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The idea of immortality has existed through the ages, from the ancient Egyptian’s views on the afterlife and rebirth, all the way through to the Common Era with the Christian belief of eternal existence within heaven or hell. The Greeks felt that immortality could be achieved in a number of ways, including through heroic accomplishments in battle, dying a glorious death, being chosen by the gods, or through sport. The video documentary, The Odyssey, explains the legend of The Odyssey…...
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Theme of Patriarchy in Odyssey
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The Odyssey is an epic poem created by Homer, an ancient Greek author whose work remains a staple in western literature. The poem surrounds the journey of Odysseus as he attempts to return home to Ithaca after being away at the Trojan War for ten years. The central idea present in The Odyssey is how most of the conflicts throughout the story are a result of the absence of Odysseus, who before being away at the Trojan War, was the…...
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Conversation in the Odyssey
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Author Background The name of the author of the article Conversation in the Odyssey is Scott Richardson. Scott Richardson is a professor of classics. He teaches at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University in Minnesota. He has a B.A in Classics from Harvard University, an M.A from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, from Stanford University. Scott Richardson’s educational background is a bachelor from Harvard University in 1978, Master of arts from Stanford University in…...
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A Deeper Look to Poems and Songs
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Music and poetry are capable of healing and educating for a very vast number of reasons. Poetry and songs have the ability to create awareness, educate an audience or to help heal a single individual. They have the power to connect us to others all around the globe or connect us to family and friends on a deeper level. Poems have a way of transforming our thoughts and feelings into words. Poems can also inspire, uplift and even encourage those…...
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Beowulf: How Loyalty and Duty Reflects the Anglo Saxon Values
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The Anglo-Saxons are a sub-tribe among the main Germanic tribes who had invaded England. They had their own culture, language, and values. Amidst them, they had a legendary and heroic warrior by the name Beowulf who was regarded as Superman during that Anglo-Saxon period (Duzbabová 7). Those who were termed to be as heroes displayed characters such as fearlessness, boldness, ability to show courage and be indifferent to pain. On top of that Beowulf displayed confidence and faith in skills…...
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The Epic Hero Beowulf 
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In Beowulf, an epic poem which was written anonymously 1,070 years ago, the main character stood as the embodiment of the heroic code; being revered for his heroic qualities that are shown throughout the poem. From the beginning of the story, nobility and heroism were considered to be the most important factor of life in that Anglo-Saxon era. Now, many would go about boasting their achievements to gain this nobility but, as the story progressed over a span of 50…...
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Beowulf: A Model of Multiculturalism
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Cultural identity is a concept many people struggle to articulate. Some feel it is mostly defined by one's lineage and upbringing while others with a more contemporary approach feel that one themself defines their own identity. Regardless of what explanation is listened to, most people can agree that one's cultural identity does not have clearly defined borders. The ambiguity of culture is also prevalent in the realm of literature. For instance, Beowulf, the main character in an epic by the…...
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The Women of Beowulf: Their Fundamental Roles
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The role of women has been critically analyzed by several literacy experts throughout history with respect to their portrayal in Beowulf. These analyses provide us with better and precise understanding of the perception and significance of women. Critics seem to think that the women are described as either hostesses or peace weavers ubiquitously in the narrative. This is significant as it establishes a critical role in impacting the framework of the story. The women introduced throughout the narration fall into…...
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Understanding the Role of Fate in Beowulf
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The question of which has ultimate sovereignty in dictating the course of one’s life – fate or free will – is one that has disconcerted scholars and thinkers for centuries. Quotes like “I do not believe in a fate that falls on men however they act; but I do believe in a fate that falls on men unless they act” (Buddha), do not do much by way of alleviating the inherent confusion that lies between adhering to one of these…...
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Major Themes in Beowulf
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Beowulf is one of the most highly favored Anglo-Saxon epic poems of the Anglo-Saxon period. The only thing known for sure is that Beowulf is a poem of narration of 3,182 lines and that it was converted to manuscript somewhere between tenth and twelfth centuries. The logistics behind Beowulf are unknown. The answers to the questions who wrote it, when did they write it, where was it written, or what was the purpose of writing it are all uncertain (Anglo-Saxon…...
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Homer’s Idea of Loyalty
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In Homer's Odyssey one can see loyalty in many forms; Loyalty to family, community, and the gods is very important in the lives of these people. These qualities are demonstrated in The Odyssey through Odysseus, Penelope, and Telemachos. Odysseus, our great hero, showed loyalty to his family and community. He is a persistent man, and he seems to be focused on one thing only, and that’s getting home. He is relentless and will overcome any obstacle in his way; an…...
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Analysis of Poems “Odyssey: Wanderings in the Global Village”
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This collection of poems will take you on a journey to different parts of the world in history where heart-wrenching events took place, leaving a stench of death that is nauseating even today. At one point, I wanted to stop reading Odyssey: Wanderings in the Global Village. I could not imagine how anyone could be such a philosophical pessimist year after year for three decades. The underlying theme of the sting of death was awful, but I decided to continue…...
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How Can a Text Inspire Change or Consolidate Stability
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The Odyssey and O’Brother Where Art Thou both display the attitudes and beliefs towards god specific to the context they are set in. When compared, O’Brother Where Art Thou inspires change in the representation of god in The Odyssey. The Odyssey portrays the representation of god true to the social beliefs and attitudes that it was written in, where the Gods was considered the cause for everything. On the other hand, O’Brother Where Art Thou written by the Coen Brothers…...
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Genre Analysis in Literature
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Genre refers to the process of critical analysis and examination of the existing knowledge to generate new knowledge and concepts. The practice enables a writer to determine their knowledge and competency gap, assess the efficacy of various approaches deployed and become cognizant of their professional conducts. It is important to note that when addressing a given topic, a writer can use characters from all walks of life, different ethnicity, nationality, and cultures, thus diverse in language, beliefs, values, and understanding.…...
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Beowulf: Poem with Christian Traditions
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Beowulf is the product of a Christian poet living in a society maintained by deeply-rooted Christian traditions. The poem is commonly regarded as the single piece of literature that traveled as this religious fervor spread across England. However, it is important to note the presence of Germanic settlers in England during the time that Beowulf emerged. When interpreting the monsters in Beowulf it is essential to understand how we can interpret the monsters’ behavior through a Christian or Pagan lens.…...
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Female Characters In Beowulf
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Beowulf’s poem centers on the masculine. It is written from a masculine view, its main characters are male, and it is strongly affected by male-dominated topics To the Anglo-Saxon’s, women did not serve as incredibly prominent figures. In a society where war was consistent in everyday life, the ability to fight, being powerful, and ultimately being warriors were treasured. This has left little room for women’s impact, so much that literary scholar Gillian R. Overing has chosen women as marginal,…...
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Beowulf: Epic Poem About Heroism
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Beowulf is an Old English epic poem about heroism, bravery, and loyalty. Throughout the story, we learn that good constantly defeats evil, but we fail to question the similar qualities and characteristics both sides possess. Beowulf is considered a hero because of his exceptional fighting skills, considerable strength, and great loyalty. He proves this by defeating Grendel, killing Grendel’s mother, and slaying the dragon. Though the three creatures allow Beowulf to prove his courage in battle, that is not their…...
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Beowulf Movie Review
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Beowulf is a movie that gets from the English poem which wrote in vernacular around the 10th century. It is derived from ancient oral stories. Typically, the content of the movie is how the hero fight against the monsters. Firstly, I will describe the characters, secondly, I will give a plot summary, thirdly how I like and dislike the movie, and lastly, I will provide the conclusion. There are two main characters in the movie such as Grendel, Beowulf, and…...
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Beowulf: Wisdom is a More Valuable Weapon than Physical Strength
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Quote 1 Eyes were watching his evil steps, Waiting to see his swift hard claws. Grendel snatched at the first Geat He came to, ripped him apart, cut His body to bits with powerful jaws, Drank the blood from his veins and bolted Him down, hands and feet death And Grendel’s great teeth came together, Snapping life shut. Then he stepped to another Still body, clutched at Beowulf with his claws, Grasped at a strong-hearted wakeful sleeper --And was instantly…...
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Beowulf is a Hero to Many People
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Beowulf introduces what old English used to be. Beowulf takes place in Scandinavia around 500 A.D amongst the territories of the Geats and Scyldings. Throughout this essay, I will show you and specifically discuss Beowulf's battles with Grendel, Grendel's mother, and the dragon. One night a demon stirred that fiend, Grendel who would haunt the moors, the wild Marshes, and made his home in hell Not hell but earth. He was spawned in that slime conceived by a pair of…...
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Beowulf Hero Character Dynamics
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Characters and their dynamics have always been fascinating, to see a character grow and evolve alongside the story and setting allows the reader to gain a personal bond as they feel they’ve been with them every step of the way. A great example of character dynamics and setting progression is in that of Beowulf, an Anglo-Saxon poem that follows the adventures of Beowulf as he grows from a fearless young man to the courageous king of the Geats. Over the…...
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Beowulf Modern Hero Comparison
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According to this definition, an epic hero is a hero that is on a quest with superhuman powers that displays courage, generosity, and loyalty, they are also one who embodies the values of their community. In the Anglo-Saxon poem, Beowulf is used to expressing the values that Anglo-Saxon had bravery, power, and commitment. Bravery is a trait that every character must have because no one will show any interest in a character who isn't. Beowulf isn't a real-life person. In…...
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Tragic Hero In Oedipus The King and Odyssey
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Although there are some similarities between these two tragic type heroes Odysseus and Oedipus, where Odysseus and Oedipus are just mortal mans who are not particularly strong or beautiful, their value is not necessarily provided on the battlefield or through brute violence, Oedipus King is exemplary from the transition between mythical and rational thinking just like The Odyssey, where the man cannot escape his fate, but it is only his actions that lead to such an outcome. The Odyssey and…...
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Anne Sexton’s Cinderella Story
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We have all read a fairytale at least once in our lives and the ending is always the same. There is always something bad that happens but, in the end, everyone lives happily ever after. In Anne Sexton’s poem “Cinderella” there is a twist, she adds her own tale and shakes up the original fairytale. Anne Sexton starts the poem by talking about the original fairy tales. After every fairy tale, she ends it by saying “that story” getting the…...
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Understanding The Raven: Poem Analysis
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The Raven reveals the uncertainty, fear, and loneliness of a person who is involved in unfortunate situations. The poem is about somebody who is badly affected by the death of the love of his life. The person who is talking is trying to forget about his pain through reading. The important themes of this poem involve death, rationality, irrationality, the poem explores the results of the death that tortures those left behind. The mood and subject of this poem also…...
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Paul Dunbar’s Poem ‘Sympathy’ and Maya Angelou’s Poem ‘Cage Bird’ Comparison
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“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.”- Jane Eyre Freedom is a normal human right but in our author’s case, it wasn’t. In 2001 Alicia keys wrote a song version of Maya Angelou's caged bird poem. Both were called caged birds and were inspired by Paul Dunbar’s sympathy poem, which was written in 1899. In the three versions, a constrained and imprisoned bird wants to feel free and…...
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