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    Confucius's The Analects

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    When “The Analects” was released to Chinese culture many years ago, it began to shape their culture and society for the better. While Confucius was alive he did a measure of philosophy teachings, and he even wrote “The Analects. “The Analects” was a literary composition that consisted of Philosophical quotes from Confucius. Within “The Analects” Confucius uses analogies like the superior man, mean man, and gives examples of filial piety, while teaching his philosophy. Even though Confucius taught on many subjects, I find that some of his teachings on the superior man are interesting and that they can relate and also be applied to todays society. When the superior man is introduced in Confucius’s teachings, he is a person who uses wisdom to in increase justice. For example, “The superior man seeks neither a full stomach nor a comfortable dwelling place as his goal of life. He is quick in action but cautious in speech. He seeks the company of men of principles so that he himself can be corrected. Such a man may be called a true lover of learning” (“The Analects of Confucius”, pg. 63, line 14). Which shows what type of man the superior man is, he not one who thinks that material objects are life’s true riches. The superior man also believed that putting yourself around wise and “right” people could help a person out in life. I believe that both parts of the quotes can be applied to todays society, because in today’s society majority of the population is very much materialistic.…

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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 Impact of Willy’s Expectations in Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman “Blessed [are] [those] who expect nothing, as [they] will never be disappointed” (Alexander Pope). In the playwright Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, Willy Loman is a mercurial salesman who contemplates suicide due to the emptiness in his life. Despite his hard work, the Loman family survive with only minimum income, causing Willy to hold his sons, Biff and Happy, to unhealthy pressure that hinders their mental…

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    King Arthur, also spelt Aurthur in other cultural texts, is the mythical king of England who is made king by many supernatural events in order for him to unite all of the people to be one nation. He is given many gifts, those gifts could include Excalibur the sword of Kings, Guinevere the Queen he sought, and the most loyal and true knights. Arthur was an iconic figure to all Englishmen who wished to be king. His story was one that would be revised for centuries and used as a basis for every…

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    Does Reverend Paris care more about his reputation than his own daughters? In The Crucible written by Author Miller, Reverend Paris is elected to become, Salem’s new “Reverend”. He wants to make a good impression on Salem, since he is a leader he must hold a certain level of respect, for the community and their personal household. Paris faces his worst nightmare when his daughters turn out to be possessed with witches. This is not a very good situation to be involved in, weather you’re the head…

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    message. This message is portrayed in different ways. This message is usually relates to the theme of the story. Most of the decisions humans make revolve around something they have experienced in the past. In Arthurs W. Franks “Letting Stories Breath: A Socio-Narratology”, he brings up the concept of how stories affect people’s reality and what is their true meaning. His excerpts are tied into Beowulf, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, and The Wife of Bath’s Tale in different ways. Each story is…

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    As quickly as 6:55 in the film, the Monty Python crew enact a skit in which a man with a wheelbarrow asked the villagers to “bring out your dead”, bringing a visual reality of the black plague that killed millions in the time Arthur. Later in the film, as Arthur is pursuing his quest to find knights for his round table, he comes upon a very informed peasant. This feudal serf talks of the lack “progress of the current system” at 9:47, then at 11:52 the peasant demonstrates the lack of rights in…

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    Society is often doused with radical change as it is necessary for its improvement. Often, several changes in certain situations can cause for man to long for the past- usually done through flashbacks and aspirations for future plans. In Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman, the main character, a salesman known as Willy Loman, confronts endless interruptions of flashbacks to the past in hope to bring back cherishing moments in which he urges his son, Biff Loman, to model his father in also…

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    What is life without love. This question is asked extensively in Troyes The Knight of the Cart. This story portrays Lancelot a brave and noble Knight fighting to save the lady he loves, yet the lady he loves is not his. Guinevere the queen of Camelot is betrothed to Arthur the true and noble king of England. Both Lancelot and Guinevere do drastic actions for each other throughout the book in the sake of love. These actions go to show how love can make even the best of people lose sight of what…

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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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