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    In his essays titled “On the Vanity of Existence”, “The World as Will and Representation”, and “On the sufferings of the world”, Arthur Schopenhauer discusses the inevitability of suffering in life, what causes it, and what we can do to ease it. In this case the suffering refers to our constant un-satisfaction with our lives because of our need to always have and want more. Throughout this essay I am going to be answering the questions of why suffering is inevitable and what we can do to ease our suffering. Schopenhauer states that our suffering is caused by our will as human beings, the fleeting nature of our lives, and the illusion that is our lives. He goes on to further state that we can ease the suffering of our lives through art, beauty,…

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    unequal to that of men. Nietzsche opens Beyond Good and Evil by asking what the consequences would be if truth were a woman (Nietzsche 31). Nietzsche proceeds to discuss woman as a negative aspect of a dogmatic philosopher’s search for truth and the “inept and improper means of winning a wench” that leaves the philosopher both “sad and discouraged” (31). The feminizing of truth places a negative connotation on the deceptive nature of the “truth” in which philosophers seek. In addition, it…

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    Question 1: Duty is the necessity to act out of reverence for the law; it is obligation regardless of inclination. I disagree that the point of these two examples is to show that duty is only present when a person lacks all inclination to do the right thing. Kant provides examples of times when duty is clearly the only motivating factor but that does not mean duty can only be the motivation in people who lack inclination. In this example, self-motivation and the possible joy caused by a given…

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    Neutral Tones Analysis The poem ‘Neutral Tones’ by Thomas Hardy is a dark, solemn poem, reflecting on the termination of a relationship that he had in the late 1860s. It has a very melancholic note and in the duration of the poem, he shows the sadness and emotions in the narrator. The poem was published in 1898, however at the bottom of the poem he marked it as being written in 1867, perhaps he did not want it to be published then, before he met Eliza Nickels. It has a rhyme pattern of ABBA as…

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    Analyzing The Uncanny

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    Analyzing The “Uncanny” The Merriam-Webster dictionary gives two definitions of the word uncanny. The first definition defines it as being something that seems to have a supernatural character or origin. The second definition defines it as something that is beyond normal or beyond what is expected. In Sigmund Freud’s The “Uncanny,” Freud describes “uncanny” as a term that brings a feeling of “dread and creeping horror” (Freud 1) to a person. Freud further explains in his description that the…

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    that there is a cessation of suffering, and that the Eightfold path is the key to ending it. Buddhism accepts suffering and provides the tools to guide oneself away from it, whereas philosophers lose meaning in the search for truth in physical forms. The view of negativity and pessimism in Buddhism ends here. In “ Nietzsche and Buddhism ” Benjamin Elman discusses Philosophers such as Schopenhauer, Kant, and Nietzsche and how they have related the basis of humanity to morality for centuries.…

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    “This same is the fulfiller of the profecye”. (The pageant at Worcester, 1486). Thus, the reasoning for Henry VII naming one of his son’s Arthur. Henry chose not to be a spectate in public ceremonies, for that’s not how he wanted to be seen from the public. Henry didn’t think it was right or proper, so he avoided chivalric imagery. Chivalric imagery is displaying knightly qualities to gain favor or control of the public. A reason that may prove correct is Larry B. Benson suggesting that it was…

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    The concept of perfection is something that cannot be reached or can be achieved because if you have nothing to redeem then you have nothing to gain. Just as a caterpillar is to a butterfly, redemption is to success. Although they may seem like opposites, they actually are very much alike because you need one to have the other. One must recognize a fault that they have suffered and learn from it to better one’s self and eventually teach it to others. The idea of redemption through failure…

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    In the Death of a Salesman, a play written by Arthur Miller, the father Willy Lohman greatly impacts the lives of his sons Biff and Happy. The expectations he sets are selfish. Biff and Happy know that all their father wants is for them to become successful businessmen. While trying to teach them how to succeed, Willy actually damaged them. He hurt Biff by going too easy on him in his childhood years, showing him the harsh reality of lies, and not letting him make the-what do you want to do when…

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    Ambition is defined to be the intense desire to achieve one’s goals as well as the unwavering perseverance to obtain success. While some people let ambition empower them to become their best selves, others let ambition control them to the point of failure. Through the characters of Macbeth in Macbeth and Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman, both William Shakespeare and Arthur Miller reveal how uncontrolled ambition and reckless dreams possess the capability to lead one to their destruction.…

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