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The Unusual Protagonist of Grettir's Saga

- The Unusual Protagonist of Grettir's Saga   The decision to make Grettir the protagonist for Grettir's Saga is an interesting if not unusual choice on the part of the author(s). Examination of this atypical choice speaks volumes about the Icelandic society in the 13th century, when it is believed the saga was written down, as well as Icelandic society during the 10th century, when the majority of the action in the saga occurs. Before we begin an analysis and examination of Grettir, however, it is important to understand what a saga is and the purpose it serves....   [tags: Grettir Saga Essays]

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Beowulf and Grettir's Saga

- Beowulf and Grettir's Saga IN THE DEAD OF THE NIGHT, someone or something, is murdering the local townsfolk. As fate provides, a stranger marches into the local bar announcing his intention to kill the menacing outlaw. The fiend returns to the scene of his crimes, and, as predicted, the outsider fights and mortally wounds the brute, which limps off to a hidden lair. The hero and his comrade(s) track the wounded villain to an underwater cave and the ensuing fray results in the death of the criminal's sidekick....   [tags: Compare Contrast Beowulf Saga Essays]

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Comparing Beowulf 's Saga And Beowulf

- The concept of Fate differs significantly in Grettir’s Saga and Beowulf. In Grettir’s Saga the eponymous hero wanders around from misfortune to misfortune, with no apparent Fate apart from vague predictions about the nature of his death. Grettir is plagued by bad luck as well. This is very different than the concept of Fate in Beowulf, where Beowulf has an established fate, and good luck or divine intervention works on his and his fate’s behalf. Fate in both narratives is predetermined, yet the concept of Fate in Beowulf is more deterministic than that of Grettir’s Saga since Fate for Grettir seems more a diffuse collection of unlucky events that repeat through his life....   [tags: Luck, Superstition, Chance, Curse]

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The Nibelungenlied, Njal’s Saga and Beowulf: The Changing Definition of Masculinity

- The medieval Germanic cultures described in The Nibelungenlied, Njal’s Saga and Beowulf, place a great deal of importance on using courage and prowess in battle to determine masculinity. In many ways, modern society still values the idea of expressing masculinity through physical activity. The current stereotype of a masculine man is an athlete, a man who competes in often violent sports to establish his status relative to other men. However, sports are situational activities, scheduled deviations from normal living....   [tags: Nibelungenlied, Njal’s Saga, Beowulf]

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The Twilight Saga: Redefining the Vampire

- When the word “vampire” comes to mind, people think of the traditional pale-faced, malicious bloodsuckers, sporting a cape and killing people when they’re sleeping. Wrong. Nowadays, the image of a vampire is a handsome, polite, and loving person who protects humans. The new cultural phenomenon Twilight is building a new degrading image for vampires that slaps the face of all previous authors, directors, writers, etc. who contributed to giving the monster its unique image in the past. Simply searching through articles, databases, and other resources, vampires are depicted as malicious and monstrous creatures....   [tags: Twilight Saga]

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The Twilight Saga

- The movie Twilight was produced in 2008 by “Summit Entertainment” and was significantly successful in the box office, resulting in the “Twilight Saga” to begin on film: in fall 2009 New Moon was released and Eclipse is set to air this summer. The “Twilight Saga” is directed towards many people, mainly the hearts of young teenagers because it allows for them to believe that there is someone for everyone. Stephen Marche suggests the Twilight is a film about love between a homosexual male and a heterosexual girl who has wants to have sex with a beautiful homosexual....   [tags: Cinema]

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Analysis Of ' The Laxdoela Saga '

- ... Common practices included women being betrothed to men, often times without much, if any, input. “Consent of the bride was not the foremost concern of her kin.” (Ricketts pg. 67) Two of Gudrun 's marriages, specifically her marriage to Thorvald and her marriage to Bolli, occurred in this manner. Once Gudrun had become widowed the first time she was able to make her own choices as to whom she would marry, but she still chose to take her fathers feelings into consideration (Laxdoela Saga, Ch 43)....   [tags: Marriage, Wife, Husband, Woman]

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Pride: A Catalyst in “The Saga of the Volsungs”

- Benjamin Franklin once said, “Idleness and pride tax with a heavier hand than Kings and Governments.” The same can be said about the pride of the major characters in the epic story “The Saga of the Volsungs” (translated by Jesse L. Byock). Every prominent figure from Sigi, to the last sons of Gudrun, suffers from his/her own pride. Pride causes a rippling effect that leads to jealousy, betrayal, and revenge throughout the epic. A hero’s own excessive pride leads to his own jealousy if challenged or leads to the jealousy of others who do not have as much wealth and power....   [tags: Classic Literature]

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Edward Cullen in The Twilight Saga

- Laying there in my dim and lonely bedroom I had finally finished reading the last tender sentences of the book and proceeded to close it. My mind was as a merry go round spinning around and around. I was on the ride and couldn’t seem to get down. Seconds felt like minutes and minutes felt like hours. Flooding throughout my body was a sense of loneliness; knowing he did not truly exist felt like a ton of bricks crashing down upon me. I now thought of myself as one of the thousand other crazed girls who felt exactly as I did after reading the Twilight Saga....   [tags: Character Analysis, Narrative]

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The Nibelungenlied and Njal’s Saga

- The words honor and power in romance languages such as Spanish and French are el honor y el poder and le honneur et le pouvoir, respectively. Both Spanish and French categorize honor and power with masculine articles, which in many ways limits these qualities to only manlihood. Though English, a Germanic language, does not genderize nouns, many English speakers still associate honor and power with very masculine qualities. This is proven by the fact that American society often describes men as honorable and powerful—only until the recent decades did women, such as Oprah and Hilary Clinton, received such recognition....   [tags: Character Analysis, Siegfried and Gunnar]

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The Nibelungenlied and Njal’s Saga

- How we view characters largely depends on their motives for action; depending on what aspects of their motives are emphasized, similar characters can be viewed as treacherous fiends or selfless martyrs. A knight fighting to defend his honor can be seen as treacherous and murderous. Similarly, a lawyer can be seen as directive and wise ,but also as manipulative and deceiving. Hagen of Troneck from The Nibelungenlied and Njal Thorgeirsson from Njal’s Saga were both manipulative, held similar relationships, and accepted their deaths....   [tags: Literary Analysis]

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Njal's Saga

- Njal’s Saga is a long and epic tale of jealousy, treachery, and manipulation. The previous book that we read, The Nibelungenlied, also featured these similar plot elements. Njal’s Saga contains several characters that have close similarities to those in The Nibelungenlied. In The Nibelungenlied, there is a mighty fighter named Siegfried. As a proven warrior, Siegfried possesses great strength and an ego that is equally as great. Halfway through the story, Siegfried is betrayed by an ally and left to die....   [tags: Comparative, Nibelungenlied]

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The Saga of Kirke

- The Saga of Kirke. In various situations in the Kirke episode the themes of false paradise and loyalty are present. The Island of Kirke gives itself a false appearance of divinity. The goddess Kirke gives off a false appearance of enchantment and courtesy. Odysseus and his men convey the theme of loyalty throughout the episode of Kirke to each other. Odysseus shows loyalty not just to his men, but to his wife and his homeland as well. From the ship's arrival on the shore the island gives itself a false appearance of divinity....   [tags: Classics]

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The Epic Of Beowulf, The Saga Of One Such Hero

- ... His lineage that of Earls and Kings, Beowulf of the Geats is driven to take his place in that line. Not any demon nor force of evil were able to stand in the way of a warrior and his pursuit of fame. Sought through feats of bravery and strength with no concern for personal danger, obtaining fame demanded you fulfill the obligations of a warrior protector. While his actions were fearless and done of good will, these heroic feats, alone, would not have been enough to achieve fame. Essentially important to the exhibitions of fortitude are the stories of heroism they allow a warrior to tell....   [tags: Beowulf, Grendel, Hero, Hroðgar]

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Heroic Characters in The Lord of the Rings Saga

- ... Since Sam was a gardener for Frodo he was often around the house. One day, Sam overheard a conversation between Gandalf and Frodo. They were talking about rings, kings and Dark Lords. Gandalf caught Samwise and made him Frodo’s companion. From here on out, Sam was Frodo’s sidekick and he followed Frodo through the fire and flames. In addition to Samwise, Frodo was also good friends with his cousins, Meriadoc Brandybuck and Peregrin Took. These two Hobbits tagged along for the journey. Pippin (Peregrin) departed with Sam and Frodo and Merry (Meriadoc) later tagged along....   [tags: characters, group, hobbits, actions]

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Analysis of the Twilight Saga by Stephanie Meyer

- The Twilight Saga, a series written by Stephanie Meyer has quickly gained mass popularity throughout college, high school, and even middle school. I thought I would enjoy a book about vampires as I saw everyone reading it and hearing about it in conversations. Interested, I received the book and began reading only to realize at the end, that this was just another romance novel about a girl stuck in a love triangle between a vampire and a werewolf. But if read between the lines, is Meyer implementing the ideas of sexual perversions throughout her books....   [tags: pedophilia, necrophilia, biting]

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Women in The Laxdaela Saga

- Women in the Laxdaela Saga Men and women interact and make the world go around every single day. The idea of one gender being more important is very difficult to judge because men and women contribute equally and in different ways. The Laxdaela Saga is no exception to the interaction of men and women; much of the story depends upon these relationships. Although in medieval times women did not play a large role in society, they are very important in the Laxdaela Saga. Without the various gender related interactions the culture of medieval Iceland would not be as clearly understood one thousand years after the events have taken place....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Saga of the Tigua Indians

- The Saga of the Tigua Indians The Saga of the Tigua Indians is an amazing one. By all reasoning they should have been wiped out long ago. There quiet defiance to change, however, has carried them through. From the height of civilization to near extinction the Tigua have remained. They endure imprisonment by the Spanish, oppression and manipulation by everyone that followed. This is the story of a people thought to extinct, that are once again learning to survive. Early histories of the Tigua Indians are conflicting and largely untrue....   [tags: Tigua Indians Native Americans Essays]

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Nike: A Strange and Terrbile Saga

- Nike: A Strange and Terrbile Saga Image is a vital to the success of the giant international sports footwear and apparel corporation Nike. Endorsements by sports superstars like basketballer Michael Jordan, soccer maestro Eric Cantona and sprinting ace Cathy Freeman -- to name just a very few -- have made the company's "Swoosh" logo synonymous with "cool" for millions of young people worldwide. That image would be badly tarnished if it became widely known that the Nike empire is built on cheap Third World labour (including child labour), denial of trade union rights and collaboration with repressive regimes, most notably the Suharto regime in Indonesia....   [tags: Company Business]

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Saga of the Volsungs Breakdown

- The Saga of the Volsungs: The Norse Epic of Sigurd the Dragon Slayer In his translation of The Saga of the Volsungs: the Norse Epic of Sigurd the Dragon Slayer, Jesse L. Byock compiles many versions of this famous Norse epic and creates a very important scholarly work. Of special importance is the introduction, which provides a central working background to base readings upon. There are several themes echoed throughout the translation that reflect accurately on this portion of history. Byock does a superb job of illustrating these important aspects in his work....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Saga Of Elian Gonzalez

- The Saga of Elian Gonzalez More and more people sail away from Cuba to the United States every year. The usual reason is to move from Fidel Castro and his rules, although many other reasons are obviously important enough for them to risk their lives; a reason like trying to escape from her ex-husband and landing with tragedy. A choice has to be made while dealing with all of the Cuban frustration: do I live or risk my life along with thirteen others. Among the heart wrenching events which happen worldwide every year, few have come close to the well-known saga of Elian Gonzalez and his family....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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Twilight Saga: New Moon and Adolescent Development

- Twilight Saga: New Moon and Adolescent Development “I’d never given much thought to how I would die, but dying in the presence of someone I loved would be a good way to go ”. Anyone who is a true Twihard knows this is from the beginning of twilight when Bella is expresses her feelings. Throughout the movie series we see Bella grow and form friendships with many types of different people. For example Bella’s relationship with Jacob, throughout the movie we see each of them grow and find out things about one another....   [tags: adolescent, friendship, development]

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A Fictional Account of Early Iceland

- A Fictional Account of Early Iceland "The origin and evolution of saga writing in Iceland are largely matters for speculation. A common pastime on Icelandic farms, from the 12th century down to modern times, was the reading aloud of stories to entertain the household, known as sagnaskemmtun ("saga entertainment"). It seems to have replaced the traditional art of storytelling" (Hermann Palsson, pg. 1). Njal's Saga uses Old Icelandic writing convention and historical data to give a fictional account of a generation's lifestyle and struggles....   [tags: Papers]

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Mutiny On The Amistad : The Saga Of A Slave Revolt And Its Impact On American Abolition

- History can be learned through several different mediums, and it is arguable that the most popular methods are through film and literature. Each come with their own respective advantages and disadvantages, and can each have a different effect on how an event is both portrayed and conceptualized. When comparing the 1987 book Mutiny on the Amistad: The Saga of a Slave Revolt and its Impact on American Abolition, Law and Diplomacy by Howard Jones, and the 1997 film Amistad directed by Steven Spielberg, it is apparent that both the book and the film are able to effectively retell the story of the events that took place aboard the Amistad in 1839....   [tags: Slavery, Steven Spielberg, Atlantic slave trade]

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Analysis Of George R. Martin 's Epic Fantasy Saga Game Of Thrones

- George R. R. Martin’s epic fantasy saga Game of Thrones transcends the traditional boundaries of the fantasy genre, representing the harsh reality of class exploitation in feudalism and its dichotomous social structure: high birth (nobility) and low birth (peasant). Throughout the series, the interpersonal strife of the noble houses dictates the lives of the peasants. Family is the principle institution through which power is acquired, sustained, and imposed on others. The conflict and subterfuge that occurs in the interest of political gain between houses in this feudalistic society sows the seeds of its own destruction; as a result of war, thousands die in battle, countless villages are pi...   [tags: Feudalism, Nobility, Karl Marx, Gentry]

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Biography of Alex Haley

- Biography of Alex Haley Alex Haley’s was born Alex Murray Palmer Haley on August 11, 1921, in Ithaca, New York. Alex’s parents were Simon and Bertha Haley. His father was a World War I veteran and also a graduate student of agriculture from Cornell University. His mother was a school teacher. For the first five years of Alex’s life, he lived with his mother and grandparents in rural Henning, Tennessee while his father finished his degree in agriculture. Alex always said that he was very proud of his father....   [tags: Roots: The Saga of an American Family]

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Essay Comparing the Runes and Magic in Beowulf and The Saga of the Volsungs

- Runes and Magic in Beowulf and The Saga of the Volsungs             In the Old English poem Beowulf and in the Icelandic The Saga of the Volsungs, a saga representing oral traditions dating back to the fourth and fifth centuries, we see the mention of runes, which were used with connotations of magic or charms.   An unknown author wrote the The Saga of the Volsungs in the thirteenth century, basing his story on far older Norse poetry. Iceland was settled by the Vikings about 870-930, who took there the famous lay of Sigurd and the Volsungs....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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A Comparison of Fierceness in Beowulf and in The Saga of King Hrolf Kraki

- Fierceness in Beowulf and in The Saga of King Hrolf Kraki        Is fierceness mentioned only in Beowulf or is it an element common also to this famous Icelandic saga. Is fierceness described the same way as in Beowulf.   The Anglo-Saxons prior to 1000AD were as a race fierce. They possessed great courage. Beowulf reflects their fierceness and courage in a variety of ways. Beowulf complains to Unferth in the Danish court: “Grendel would never have done such horrors … if you were so fierce as you suppose.” The hero, who had earlier killed nine sea monsters, opted to face Grendel in mortal combat WITHOUT sword or shield or the assistance of others: “but I shall seize my enemy in my hand g...   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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The Icelandic Historical Period Portrayed by Njal's Saga

- The Icelandic Historical Period Portrayed by Njal's Saga The history of medieval Iceland and its society is evidenced through the sagas that were produced during that era. The history of the Icelandic Commonwealth is founded in the history of European settlers by their self- governing through common consent instead of a king or priest. This period reveals a political structure that emphasized a personal independence and law. As revealed through Icelandic Sagas such as Njal's Saga, there was no political state to enforce the rules and obligations of a structured society....   [tags: World Literature]

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Essay Comparing Beowulf and The Saga of King Hrolf Kraki

- Beowulf and The Saga of King Hrolf Kraki      There are so many similarities between the hero of the poem Beowulf and The Saga of King Hrolf Kraki, an Iceland saga representing 1000 years of oral traditions prior to the 1300’s when it was written, that these similarities cannot be attributed solely to coincidence.   The Cambridge History of English and American Literature states that the hero of the poem, Beowulf himself, may be the same person as Bodvar Biarki, the chief of Hrolfr Kraki’s knights (v1, ch3, s3, n13)....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Fate in the German Epics and Modern America

- Fate is defined as “something that unavoidably befalls a person; that free will does not exist” (American Heritage Dictionary). Fate is one of the central themes in the three Germanic Epics: The Nibelungenlied, Njal’s Saga, and Beowulf. In all the stories, the characters believe everything that occurs is predetermined. Hagen believes that he is fated to die in The Nibelungenlied; Njal sees the future through his dream in Njal’s Saga; Beowulf defeats Grendel’s Mother because fate has decided that he should win in Beowulf....   [tags: The Nibelungenlied, Njal´s Saga, Beowulf]

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Gender Switching in Medieval Literature

- Considered one of the most popular Icelandic literatures, Njal’s Saga is a tale composed by anonymous authors soon after the downfall of the Icelandic Commonwealth. The saga recounts a procession of blood feuds that results from minor misunderstandings, but also portrays the arrival of Christianity to Scandinavia. Through the use of many stock characters, the story bears striking resemblance to The Nibelungenlied, a Germanic epic that also ends in tragedy. There are arrogant heroes who place too much trust on their wives, and heroines who are out with a thirst for revenge....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Njal’s Saga ]

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1960's Counter Culture and its Saga

- 1960's Counter Culture and its Saga After the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, America's hope for Camelot fades and life began to look a little more complicated. Congress deemed President Lyndon Johnson's "Great Society" implausible as Johnson backed the country into a war that was not ours. Then, while many Americans began to realize that the War in Vietnam could not be won, there was major public outcry about ending our involvement in a war for the first time in the country's history....   [tags: Sixties Culture USA History Essays]

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The Philosophy of a Warrior

- There exist only three respectable beings: the priest, the warrior, the poet. To know, to kill, and to create. -Charles Baudelaire The concept of a warrior has changed little in history; one who fights to defend his or her ideals or society. Yet the methods and tools of a warrior have evolved into something more complex and dynamic today. From the three novels—The Nibelungenlied, Njal’s Saga, and Beowolf—readers are exposed to the concept of a warrior in vastly different contexts. First, the philosophy of the warrior in the novels and modern day will be examined in the essay, such as the goals and code of conduct....   [tags: The Nibelungenlied, Njal´s Saga, Beowulf]

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Comparing the Events and Characters of Beowulf and The Saga of King Hrolf Kraki

- Comparing Events and Characters of Beowulf and The Saga of King Hrolf Kraki            There are so many similarities between the events and characters in the poem Beowulf and The Saga of King Hrolf Kraki, an Iceland saga representing 1000 years of oral traditions prior to the 1300’s when it was written. These similarities are so numerous that they cannot be attributed solely to coincidence.   The Cambridge History of English and American Literature states that the hero of the poem Beowulf  may be the same person as Bodvar Biarki, the chief of Hrolfr Kraki’s knights (v1, ch3, s3, n13)....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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A Comparison of the Runes and Magic in Beowulf and The Saga of King Hrolf Kraki

- Comparing Runes and Magic in Beowulf and The Saga of King Hrolf Kraki             There are runes and magic in the narratives of the poem Beowulf and The Saga of King Hrolf Kraki, an Iceland saga representing 1000 years of oral traditions prior to the 1300’s when it was written.   Beowulf is an Anglo-Saxon narrative poem whose oral traditions date back to the sixth century (Ward v1,ch3,s3,n11). Beowulf opens with a short account of the victorious Danish king Scyld Scefing, whose pagan ship-burial is described....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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A Comparison of the Mead-hall in Beowulf and The Saga of King Hrolf Kraki

- Mead-hall in Beowulf and The Saga of King Hrolf Kraki          Is the mead-hall mentioned only in Beowulf or is it an element common also to this famous Icelandic saga. Is the mead-hall described the same way as in Beowulf.   Remaining true to the Anglo-Saxon culture’s affinity for mead (ale/beer/wine), the characters of Beowulf partake frequently of the strong beverage. And the mead hall is their home away from home, with more entertainments than just fermented beverages: “gold and treasure at huge feasts … the words of the poet, the sounds of the harp.” Needless to say, with “the world’s greatest mead-hall … Hrothgar’s people lived in joy.” “after a mead party the Danes … knew no sor...   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Giants in the Earth: A Saga of the Prairie

- Giants in the Earth 1) Per Hansa is a man best fit to be a pioneer. He is hard-working, honest, thoughtful, caring, and many other things that help him to get ahead in life on the prairie. Just by the way that he goes about everything with such joy, one can see that his body has been programmed to live on the Great Plains. He takes pleasure in doing his chores and daily work on the farm because he knows that it will cause him to prosper further on in life. He treats his kids and wife with respect and only uses harshness and strictness after exhausting all other options....   [tags: O.E Rolvaag, character and story analysis]

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Gunnar and Siegfried, Heroic Leaders

- We expect heroes to be someone who will go above and beyond the call of duty and to be the first to react at the face of danger. But a hero to one may be an enemy to another. Is there a way to differentiate these heroes so that there is a clear divide that qualifies a person to be a hero. In the following epics, Njal’s Saga and The Nibelugenlied, Gunnar and Siegfried respectively, are portrayed as protagonist characters who display acts of heroism to settle arguments. Because of their glorified heroic feats, they both become blind-sided, unaware that their acts subsequently level them to what one would consider an enemy....   [tags: Njal´s Saga, The Nibelungenleid, Gunnar, Siegfried]

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A Comparison of Christian Influence on Beowulf and The Saga of King Hrolf Kraki

- Christian Influence on Beowulf and The Saga of King Hrolf Kraki        In Beowulf the Christian influence is revealed through approximately 70 passages in which the form of expression or the thought suggests Christian usage or doctrine (Blackburn 3); The Saga of King Hrolf Kraki is in its own way infused with Christian values even though it preserves remnants of the cult of Odin.   The Christian element seems to be too deeply interwoven in the text of Beowulf for us to suppose that it is due to additions made by scribes at a time when the poem had come to be written down....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Spring and Me, the Saga.

- I hate spring with all my heart. I mean, I really do not like it. This season brings me much burden, and it is understandable if you knew some of the reasons why I loathe springtime- the season of mud and nuisance. In order to reasonably clarify my disdain of this particular yearly occurrence, we must look back upon the past- the rise of the wasps, hornets, bees, and all pinching little creatures. We must reminisce with the sober memories of sticky mud and yellow grass. To be able to comprehend my hate for spring, we must go on quite a ride....   [tags: personal narrative]

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My Place by Sally Morgan, The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost, The Transall Saga and Pay it Forward

- The Journey as Depicted in My Place by Sally Morgan, The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost, The Transall Saga and Pay it Forward The inner journey is a concept that has always been debated, and so has its meaning. The word ‘inner’ has the alternative meaning of personal. Moreover, the word journey has an alternative meaning of movement. So, the concept of the inner journey, customarily, has the meaning of a personal movement. Inner journeys have often been described as the metaphor behind a physical journey....   [tags: essays research papers]

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My Place by Sally Morgan, The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost, The Transall Saga and Pay it Forward

- "The Journey is the reward": Discuss the truth of this statement using the core text, with one piece of text from the BOS booklet together with two pieces of related material. All issues are to speak in relation to Sally Morgan's inner journey. The inner journey is a concept that has always been debated, and so has its meaning. The word ‘inner' has the alternative meaning of personal. Moreover, the word journey has an alternative meaning of movement. So, the concept of the inner journey, customarily, has the meaning of a personal movement....   [tags: Analysis]

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The Saga of Henry Starr

- Henry Starr was a real man, in the real Old West. He wrote his life story while in prison in a book called Thrilling Events. Although the book I read is based on a true man, some of the events are exaggerated, or retold differently then the actual event. Henry Starr was a 17 year old Cherokee cowboy working a steady job at a ranch. One day, however he was framed for stealing two horses by a man that was in cahoots with a crooked sheriff. Henry’s uncle paid his bail, and Henry went back to work....   [tags: essays research papers]

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KiranDesai’s The Inheritance of Loss: A Saga of Human Relations

- This paper aims to explore varied facets of human relations in Kiran Desai’s The Inheritance of Loss. This novel tries to discuss, at great length, the grave implications of colonized mindsets for individual, familial and social life. Besides, this paper makes a comprehensive analysis of colonialization, postcolonialism, cultural collisions, cultural encounters, gender bias, immigrants’bitter experiences, insurgency and racial discriminations in respect to the changing pattern of human relations....   [tags: crosscultural contacts, husband, wife]

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Exploring how Men and Women see the Involvement of Aware in the Purplelight Saga

- " Booking out, see my girlfriend Saw her with another man Kill the man, rape my girlfriend With my rifle and my buddy and me." (AWARE, 2013) Association of Women for Rights and Research (AWARE), a Singapore women's rights organisation deemed these lyrics in the Purplelight military cheers as "misogynistic". AWARE announced in a Facebook post that Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) would be enforcing a ban on this version of the Purplelight song that is commonly sung during army marches. Linking the images of violence and rape, the song invokes and trivalised rapes....   [tags: singapore, women's role, gender roles]

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The Is A Legal And Social Contract Between Two Families

- ... There were very strict laws that surrounded the payments of the fosterage system. Sending the child to another household was the most common type of fostering but it was not the only one. The same term was used to describe children of both sexes being raised their nurses and or by male servant in their own household. When the children were received they were raised from ages 7 to 16, sometimes younger. The relationship between the foster parents and the foster children did not end when the children left, rather they would have a relationship for the rest of their lives....   [tags: Family, Foster care, Fosterage]

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The Success of Stephanie Meyer

- “I’d never given much thought to how I would die, but dying in the place of someone I love seems like a good way to go.” Those are the famous words that started it all, The Twilight Saga Phenomenon. The Twilight Saga consists of four novels: Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn. Stephanie Meyer, author of the popular saga, majored in English literature at Brigham Young University. After graduating in 1997, Meyer chose to be a stay-at-home mother to her three sons. The concept of the whole saga came to her in a dream one night....   [tags: Biography ]

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The Mormon Symbolism in Twilight

- The Twilight Saga tells the story of a young woman named Bella Swan and her love interest, Edward Cullen. Stephenie Meyer has said that the idea for the Twilight Saga came from a dream she had. In her dream, Meyer had a vision of an unbelievably perfect male being and an average teenage girl (cite). The odd pair, obviously in a state of infatuation with each other, was sitting in a small, round meadow when all of a sudden; the male reveals himself to the young woman as a vampire (Sykley 262).The dream served as the inspiration for the entire Twilight Saga....   [tags: Mormon beliefs, vampire analogues]

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A Comparison of Beowulf and Icelandic Sagas

- Beowulf and Icelandic Sagas                     There are many similarities between the hero of the poem Beowulf and the heroes of the two Icelandic sagas, The Saga of The Volsungs and The Saga of King Hrolf Kraki. The former saga is an Icelandic saga representing oral traditions dating back to the fourth and fifth centuries, when Attila the Hun was fighting on the northern fringes of the Roman Empire; the latter is an Icelandic saga representing 1000 years of oral traditions prior to the 1300’s when it was written....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Pouliuli by Albert Wendt

- In Pouliuli, a novel written by Albert Wendt, Faleasa Osovae awakens to find the life he’s been living all along is a mere façade. Pouliuli invites readers into the Samoan community of Malaelua, which is turned topsy-turvy when Faleasa misleads his aiga and community by acting maniacal. Albert Wendt ties a famous Malaelua saga about a mythological hero named Pili to Faleasa Osovae’s life. In the myth as well as in Faleasa’s story, they both had the same goal, which was to live the rest of their life “free”....   [tags: essays research papers]

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An Inquiry Into Femininity: Women in Medieval Epics

- In the past of humanity, women's status have always been ambigious. Either they were worshipped as goddesses or despised as unworthy workers. In this research I will analyze closely what it means to be a female in our age and in medieval period by means of two sagas: The Saga of The Volsungs and The Saga of King Hrolf Kraki. In history, the role and status of women have fluctuated incredibly. At first, matriarchy was dominant in Greece and other realms. Women who are like mother earth and nature were the idols of fertility....   [tags: European Literature]

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Hidden Meanings Behind Titles

- In one way, shape, or form, astronomical symbols help us comprehend various things better; be it finding our way home, understanding a story’s plot or finally grasping how it relates to the story it was named after. The astronomical symbols that are the titles of each of the Twilight Saga books represent the stages of Bella’s life. Twilight was the title of the opening book of the “Twilight Saga”. To recognize how it relates to the story, one must know what ‘twilight’ means. Twilight is the time between sunset and dusk; it is when ‘time stands still.’ Therefore, twilight is neither dark nor light; it is right in between....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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The Fukuoka Earthquake in Japan

- The quake, which measured a preliminary magnitude of 7.0, brought railways across most of the region to a halt, crippled essential utilities and disrupted telephone services. In the city of Fukuoka, Mitsue Itoyama, 75, who was trapped by a collapsing wall later died in a hospital. Two other women, aged 56 and 83, were unconscious and in critical condition. More than 400 people received treatment at hospitals in Fukuoka Prefecture alone, including at least 15 with fractures and other serious injuries....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Twilight Merchandise

- In 2005 a new phenomenon was born. Stephenie Meyer’s The Twilight Saga has given the world something new to obsess about this decade. Critics have even called Meyer the new J.K. Rowling, the author of the renowned Harry Potter series. Fans all around the world are now screaming the names of Edward Cullen, Jacob Black and Isabella ‘Bella’ Swan. It’s the classic Romeo and Juliet tale of forbidden love except with a gothic twist. Told from the perspective of Bella Swan a 17 year-old who just moved to Forks, Washington, The Twilight Saga is about the romance between Bella and her vampire sweetheart, Edward Cullen that is continuously sabotaged by sadistic and revengeful vampires, an old supercil...   [tags: Pop Culture]

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The Current Picture of Vilings and Mongols

- The current picture of the Vikings and Mongols who struck and plundered Europe and Central Asia with such extraordinary effectiveness is one of ruthless savages set out to execute and threaten basically for the sole purpose of slaughtering and dread. This couldn't be more distant from reality. While they definitely looked brutal and startling, and might not have discovered any ethical quandaries in the demonstration of executing, the Vikings and Mongols in all likelihood prevailed over because of a particular objective....   [tags: farming, crusades, ruthless savages]

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Revenge : The Sagas Of The Icelanders

- ... After the murder, Gundrun’s brothers were prosecuted and exiled out of Iceland. Olaf (Kjartan’s father) refused to allow Bolli to be exiled with them, which made Kjartan’s brothers very angry. Halldor and Steinthor said that “they would find it difficult to dwell in the same district as Bolli in the future” to which Olaf replied that “…as long as he were alive no difficulties would arise” (375). One would think that the father seemingly forgiving the murder, Bolli, would end the cycle of vengeance but it didn’t....   [tags: Family, Mother, KILL]

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Duality in the Characters in Film

- Duality is an instance of opposition or contrast between two concepts or two aspects of something. Duality can also be represented by two separate entities, or people for that matter, who provide contrast for one another. “Duality in people exists as qualities that seemingly in opposition of each other.” (Dualism in Film) The definition of duality can be seen in many ways, in modern cinema however, the meaning of duality is more specific, although its definition does not vary too much from what the common definition is....   [tags: duality, contrast, entities]

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An Analysis of the Epic Poem, Beowulf - Sources for Beowulf

- Sources for Beowulf        Many of the characters and episodes and material artifacts mentioned poetically in Beowulf are likewise presented to us from archaeological sources, from literary sources, and from English and Scandinavian records.   “I suggested in an earlier paper that the Beowulf poet’s incentive for composing an epic about sixth-century Scyldings may have had something to do with the fact that, by the 890’s at least, Heremod, Scyld, Healfdene, and the rest, were taken to be the common ancestors both of the Anglo-Saxon royal family and of the ninth-century Danish immigrants, the Scaldingi” (Frank 60)....   [tags: Epic Beowulf essays]

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J.D. Salinger: His Own Character?

- We might remember Jerome David Salinger as a man no one really knew. However, we may very well know more about him than we realize. To understand Salinger, we must not search, or invade the privacy he once so treasured, but take what’s right in front of us, and add it up. Looking back at Salinger’s past, we find many answers; but, what is the question. Well, there’s a question I’m here to answer, and that is: What in JD’s life led to how he wrote, what he wrote, and why he was oh-so-reclusive. Born New Year’s Day, 1919, to the Jewish Solomon Salinger, and his Christian mother, Marie-eventually changed to Miriam, to better fit in with her husband’s side of the family-Jillich....   [tags: Biography ]

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Advent of the Trojan War

- I disagree with this statement, there is evidence a Trojan War or Wars did happen, possibly around north-western Turkey. Eric Cline from the George Washington University says “The archaeological and textual evidence indicates that a Trojan War or Wars took place and that Homer chose to write about one or more of them making it into a great ten-year-long saga”. In the Illiad the Trojan War was fought around 1200-1100 BC. The Illiad was writing by the blind poet Homer around 750 BC. Helen of Sparta was married to king Menelaus of Sparta....   [tags: Greek]

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Creative Industries and Culture

- Living in a modern time, our lives can hardly be separated from creativity and culture. Creative industries have increasingly influenced our daily lives, not just the products we use, but also the money we make. According to DCMS (2014), creative industries in Britain are worth more than £70 billion to its economy every year, not to mention creative industries in other countries. In the following, the seven economic properties as stated in Caves (2000) will be applied to the creative industry, ‘New Media’....   [tags: modern times, daily lives, products, money]

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Harry Potter

- I have chosen two movies. These two movies mark the begging and the end of the era when world went mad about fantasy. They are the screen versions of the books, which tell the story of Harry Potter becoming adult. Books’ influence cannot be omitted, but movies brought the fame to the saga. ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ is the first movie of series made in 2001. It opens the magic world. Most people consider it their favourite. ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2’ is the last movie from Harry Potter saga created in 2011....   [tags: Film Analysis, Fantasy]

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Female Character Influence

- The past years have brought much attention to young female celebrities who resorted to drugs, sex scandals, and extreme alterations to their bodies as a way of gaining media attention. As a result of this, females have been degraded and extra expectations come from men for them to be perfect which creates the status quo of going crazy and swinging on a wrecking ball in the nude as perfectly appropriate and arousing. Leading female cinematic characters like Bella Swan from the Twilight Saga, Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games, Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series, and have influenced the ideals of young women based on their presentation of three characteristics: their emotional s...   [tags: female celebrities, Bella Swan]

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Rewriting Histories - A struggle for ‘Self Identity’ as a Human Being: Reading of Untouchable Spring and Outcaste: A Memoir

- Dalit literature contests written histories where the entire life and cultural heritage of these specific set of people have been neglected. Only a literature of their own can express the real life experiences and their history. The movement which began with Mahatma Jyotirao Phule and Dr. Ambedkar with the message, “Don’t let your pen be restricted to your own questions” (Nimbalkar 32 - 33) is genuinely carried out by Dalit writers, to awake, to emancipate and to make them realize that every human being is equal....   [tags: life, culture, ontology, philosophy, existence]

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The Necessity of Dropping the Atomic Bombs in the Pacific Theatre of WWII

- 20th century warfare revealed many changes such as the first tanks and machine guns in WWI to the guided missiles and drones of the modern era of warfare. The Second World War implemented a major change in warfare, the first atomic bombs. There was nothing in existence like the atomic bombs that the US dropped on Japan to make them surrender instead of extending the war. The US went ahead and dropped both bombs, one on Hiroshima and the other on Nagasaki. Was it necessary to drop any of them at all....   [tags: atomic bombs, warfare, hostilities]

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Vikings in Iceland and Greenland - Exploring the Development of Viking Civilization

- Iceland and Greenland are located at high latitudes in the Northern Hemisphere and they face each other across the sea. Though Iceland is considered one of the five Nordic countries while Greenland belongs to North America, both of them were once colonies of Vikings and played important roles in Viking age. Viking civilization experienced from prosperity to decline during 8CE to 14CE on these two islands. It is very possible to find out the reasons for Viking’s ups and downs through studying the histories of Iceland and Greenland’s development....   [tags: viking expansion, Scandinavian Peninsula]

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How Advertising Is The Top Grossing Game Purchase For The Apple Store

- ... Advertising is only one way that Google make money off of in-game purchases from the actual application. Google makes money (and justifies giving away the OS) by licensing the Google Apps that come on most Android phones (but not all). Apps like Gmail, the Android Market, Google Search, and others come in something called GAPPS. The Market is really where Google is interested. Sure, the other GAPPS add value to the phone (hence why carriers license their inclusion on Android-powered phones), but Google is making money with every app sold through the Market....   [tags: Google, Advertising, Kim Kardashian]

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Amor Puros vs. Amor Mixtus Applied to Lancelot and Guinevere

- Throughout written history, few love stories have stood the test of time like that of Sir Lancelot and Queen Guinevere. Their names are as synonymous with forbidden love as Romeo and Juliet. There are many different versions of their saga throughout Arthurian literature and the one thing that is indisputable in all of the accounts is their tremendous, unwavering love for each other. But what exact kind of love are they experiencing. In Chrétien de Troyes “The Knight of the Cart” the love shared between Lancelot and Guinevere can be said to be amor puros or pure love, where as in Sir Thomas Malory’s “Le Morte D’ Arthur”, it can be seen as amor mixtus or crude love....   [tags: Literary Analysis]

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An Overview of Doyle’s The Hound of the Baskervilles

- The Hound of the Baskervilles is a mystery novel with added superstition. Arthur Conan Doyle is the author of The Hound of the Baskervilles. In addition, he is the creator of the legendary Sherlock Holmes, and the Sherlock holms saga. The hound of Baskervilles was not originally supposed to be in the Holmes saga but because of society influence was changed to add Holmes into the mix. Furthermore, Holmes is a legion that Arthur Conan Doyle created that in turn was a success that out lived the author, Doyle....   [tags: mystery novels, literary analysis]

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Media Can Achieve Growth by Pursuing Quality

- Media is a structural component of every nation. In Fact, media constitutes the 4th Power of the State after the legislative, executive, and judiciary powers. This importance accorded to media is mainly due to its large influence on general audiences and to its major role in society. In fact, it is through media that people get exposed to current events and share information. Then, media companies should remain objective, non-profit, organizations to insure that people acquire an absolute truth and base their decisions on true facts, and not on subjective opinions....   [tags: Media Profits vs Media Quality]

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Race And American Culture By Michael Omni

- Author Michael Omni states in his work “In Living Color: race and American Culture”, “ The power of the media lies not only in their ability to reflect the dominant racial ideology, but in their capacity to shape their ideology in the first place” (542) . The media has the ability to make society see any race in any light they choose. For example African Americans, Native Americans, and Hispanics are all tied to smoking marijuana, excessive alcoholism, broken sentences, being indolent, jobless, and imprisonment....   [tags: Race, Native Americans in the United States]

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King Arthur and the Holy Grail

- Cling. Cling. Clop-clop, clop-clop, clop-clop. Sp Sp Sp. The sound of metal against metal, galloping horses bearing knights in shining armor, and the hushed whispers of men keeping one of the largest secrets in all of history. Yes, these were the sounds that King Arthur and his posse made, and indeed, many people were amazed and even mystified when they saw or heard about it. Yet now, when looked at by historians and others, the story of King Arthur is just that; a story. They claim that, “The saga built up over the centuries…” (Currin)....   [tags: History, kingdom]

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Luke, I am Your Father

- “Luke I am you’re father,” (Darth Vader, 1880). This is one of the most significant and iconic lines in movie making history, particularly for fans of the beloved Star Wars Saga made by George Lucas Inc. But the Jedi’s in the movies and the Jedi’s that follow the quickly emerging religion of Jediism are on two different wave lengths. According to the last Census of the United Kingdom in 2001 nearly four hundred thousand people claimed to follow Jediism. This established Jediism as a religion in the United Kingdom and also helped Jediism become recognized as the fourth largest religion, with more followers than Judaism or Buddhism (Bryan, 2011)....   [tags: Mythology ]

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Harry Potter And The Twilight

- ... He meets two other first-year students, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, who soon grow to be his best friends for the next seven plus years. Harry quickly learns of the true cause of death of his parents and the lightning bolt scar on his forehead. His parents murder, and his own attempted murder, was committed by the dark wizard Lord Voldemort whose current interest is regaining power and finishing what he started. The eight movies follow the power struggle between good and evil while exploring whether there is truly a distinction between the two....   [tags: Harry Potter]

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History of Japanese Art

- Throughout many centuries, art has portrayed an exceedingly dominant role in Japanese culture. These forms of artwork varied from everything from pottery to clay figurines. Overall, the majority of Japanese art was and still is considered to be of high importance in Japanese history. However, the most intriguing and unique form of art was the Isho-ningyo and Iki-ningyo dolls, otherwise known as the "fashion doll" and the “living doll”. Both the Isho-ningyo and the Iki-ningyo were merely two of the plentiful assortment of dolls created by the famous Japanese artisan, Goyo Hirata, as items of “luxurious indulgence.” The Kintaro doll of Isho-ningyo type or Iko-ningyo type illustrates t...   [tags: Art History, Japan]

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Christianity in Harry Potter

- With every generation comes a story that captures people’s imaginations; alters their outlook on the tangible and intangible. A story that, that generation can proudly call their own. The impact of this story on millions of readers is ineluctable. This story receives universal accolade, prompting thousands and thousands of zealots. What makes said novels such a phenomenon. What causes this fervid obsession with something essentially chimerical. The answer is that these novels, unlike many in the common day, briefly fulfill our deepest conscience or sub-conscience desires....   [tags: Religion, Literature]

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Exploring The Anglo-Saxon Hero

- What is a hero. Perhaps it should be rephrased: who is a hero. Of course, it now becomes easy to answer – we can say Odysseus, as he didn’t just assist in the victory at Troy, but fought the gods with his longing for his home; or Beowulf, who fought of the terrible monsters in Hrothgar’s kingdom as well as his own; or Byrhtnoth, who died while defending the land he loved. Clearly, it is easy to list off the heroes in these ancient poems. However, why is this so, why can we so easily identify heroes without consciously recognizing the clues that lead us to those conclusions....   [tags: Beowulf, Byrhtnoth]

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Female Ideals and Their Roles in Icelandic Society

- Female Ideals and Their Roles in Icelandic Society Female ideals in medieval Icelandic society revolved around a woman's behavior and actions in her marriage, work, and family domains. The historical background of Icelandic women, women’s general function in society, and the roles of female characters in the Icelandic sagas provide hints towards the common attitude towards women of the time, that is, how women were expected to act, what they were expected to do, and essentially, what the ideal woman was....   [tags: Iceland Women]

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The Nibelungenlied

- The Nibelungenlied The original aim of this paper was to encompass the bulk of Mythology's impact on the arts. Before very long I realized that to cover such a vast area, I would be treading dangerously close to a book's length project. I then decided to limit the topic to Mythology and its impact on music, specifically classical. Again, this was an enormous field to limit to a short research paper. After considerable deliberation I decided to focus primarily on the music of Richard Wagner (1813 - 1883), principally his "Der Ring des Nibelungen", or, The Ring of the Nibelung....   [tags: Papers]

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