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    “Hold your breath as you pass the graveyard, then the people won’t come back and kill”. If you see a black cat, you’ll have bad luck for five years.” What do these all have in common? They are both negative superstitions. Do you believe in them? Do you follow them and their rules? Are they an important part of your life? How far do you go just to believe in them? For similar reasons, people do strange acts just to follow superstitions in the short story, The Lottery by Shirley Jackson. In the story, villages conduct lotteries that determine who will be stoned to death. This year, Bill Hutchinson’s family was chosen in the first round. After Tessie Hutchinson, the wife of Bill, tries to rebel, the lottery continues on to its second round, where…

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    When one possess open, honest and thoughtful communication, you can reveal aspects of life that have been hidden within ones mind. It is a lot easier said than done, because even for myself I know that being superstitious is all about where your mind can take you and its not true reality. It just seems easier to defy logic and proceed in believing our own psychic powers. The validity of superstitions is almost always recognized but just set aside and done nothing with. As followed is a question…

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    Middle Age Superstition and Legend In the Middle Ages life was very different from today. Superstitions and legends were a key difference. During the Middle Ages superstition and legend heavily influenced day to day life and rituals. Witches, common superstitions, mythical creatures, and Arthurian legend each affected life in their own way. Each of these things were truly believed in, and this belief brought fear, hope, and excitement into people’s lives. During the Middle Ages witches were…

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    unexplainable of the time period, superstition are ramped in the Middle Ages. With the Middle Ages being an age of uncertainty and an overall lack of knowledge in the very world that surrounded the people living in this time, superstitions became apart of everyday life and could even be considered routine. While today many of the fears of the people of the Middle Ages which were the root cause of superstition are considered non-realistic and just completely ridiculous, the fear that these…

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    Sneha Arora Mrs. Coates English 10 Honors 31 October 2016 Anticipating the Forthcomings Superstition is an unreasonably gullible reverence for something that is thought to be supernatural and humanistically unreal. In Mark Twain’s novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, superstition is an important thread that appears throughout the course of the book. Originally, the two main protagonists of Twain’s novel, Huck, who is thirteen and the son of a white drunk, and Jim who is a black slave…

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    In, Albatross in the Red Sky on Friday: Does Irrational Superstition on the Great Lakes Make a Difference? Sara E. Cordle shares her thoughts. She writes her audience an essay in which she claims that superstitions do in fact make a difference on the great lakes. This paper will inform and engage audiences in a correct and accurate manor. Her use of objectivity, style, and evidence of her work prove that this is a successful piece of writing. In Cordle’s work, she expresses her thoughts and…

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    these activities essentially make up my entire year. I do not change my habits from day to day because I don’t have any reason to. For some people, though, there are certain days throughout the year, or certain events, that require special care. This care comes in the form of superstitions. For…

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    In Bailey’s article, he describes superstition according to early Christian and medieval writers as “a serious error” (Bailey, pg. 633). Through a theological lens, superstition was seen as religion that was “observed beyond proper measure” (Bailey, pg. 633). In other words, there was a great fear of actions that worshiped or had an association with demons. In addition, there was a belief that charms and spells, despite being corrupted means, would have the efficacy to end in real results. In…

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    Although most people do not believe in superstition, they follow people’s daily lives—some are common, such as knocking on wood, while others are more elaborate, such as rituals during football games. Nowadays, forgetting to perform a superstitious ritual will not end in terror, but in the past people thought terrible luck would befall them for forgetting. Superstition thrives in poor, rural areas because the people living there look for luck to improve their circumstances. Ireland, who has…

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    Does Irrational Superstition on the Great Lakes Make a Difference?” Bowling Green State University, Firelands Campus student Sara E. Cordle wrote an in-depth essay entitled; “Albatross in The Red Sky; Does Irrational Superstition on The Great Lakes Make a Difference?, explaining how the maritime superstitions had a major impact on the seamen of the Great Lakes. The author states how these superstitions can affect the seamen psychologically as well as physiologically and how they can put…

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