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    Martyrdom has been cited as a “form of total love for God” (Pope Benedict XVI). In a time when Christians were being persecuted for their worship of God, or more specifically a refusal to worship the emperor, martyrdom was practically an honor bestowed upon unrepentant Christians. The Martyrdom of Sts. Perpetua and Felicitas is a rare first-hand account of sacrifice in its truest form. Perpetua writes of her numerous visions and encounters while mentally preparing herself for the death of a martyr at the hands of the pagans. Prophecies and visions are a time-old symbol of a true follower of God. Perpetua’s martyrdom is no exception. She tells of visions bestowed upon herself and her fellow Christians being held in prison. Each vision helps…

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    “First you must accept yourself and others despite the differences.” Accepting myself had become so difficult, my body felt like it was someone else’s, I didn’t feel like I owned it anymore, but accepting others was even harder. I had this narrative playing in my head telling me about how they didn’t understand how I felt and they never would and it made me quite a bitter person. All of these things I’ve described are symptoms of a little syndrome called Martyr Complex. This complex is super…

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    Michele Gelaude Friday, June 26, 2015 THEO 60250: Intro to Early Church Themes within the Martyrdom of Saint Polycarp Martyrdom, having its prominence during the third and fourth centuries, lasted for approximately 300 years under many different rulers. Emperors were intolerant toward Christianity and responded by putting Christians on trial, asking them to deny their faith or lose their life. The Christian martyrs who clung to their Christian faith showed the Spirit at work with…

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    The mere mention of martyrdom may arouse an array of reactions because of its association with killing, violence and/or death in everyone who is familiar with the practice; and although martyrdom is not limited to any person, religion, or society and often, we find ourselves faced with a moral dilemma. But at what cost, are we willing to sacrifice in order to be happy and/or to find what we consider true happiness? Many like to say true happiness is dependent upon various circumstances and/or…

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    Essay About Perpetua

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    because you are educated and favored. You know how to reason with your father that you are nothing but a Christian, but even your father, your teacher, does not understand your complexity. Your mother and your father cannot see how strong you have become since your sentencing, but I have seen your strength. The intellectual learning taught you how to stand up for yourself, the spiritual learning taught you what you were standing up for. Martyrdom is the ultimate way of showing what you have…

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    Romeo and Juliet is a play about star-crossed lovers whose parents have been fighting for decades. The play fits into the tragedy genre because as they try to be together, Romeo and Juliet happen to make things worse, resulting in death of many people. At the time the play was written, the father of a woman generally picked who the daughter was to marry. With Juliet wanting to marry Romeo, it was against her father’s wishes. This paper will be analyzing act 3 scene one and how it plays as a…

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    Perpetua’s tale of martyrdom for Christianity, while seemingly heroic, is no more than the death of a woman embellished for the sake of Christianity and women’s roles as martyrs in the third century. There is reason to believe that Perpetua’s story was falsified and embellished, most likely by a man, to be used as a tool for Christianity and recruit more women followers and martyrs and have them look up to Perpetua as an example of a noble woman and martyr. There are very few stories in history…

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    Rise Of Monasteries

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    monk named Jocelin of Brakelond recorded different events in his monastery in St. Edmunds, England. His work was later published as Chronicle of the Abbey of Bury St. Edmund. Jocelin discusses how the former subsacrist, Samson, becomes the new abbot, and his interactions with the king as well as the townspeople in the Bury of St. Edmunds. Jocelin’s writings allows us to understand and imagine what daily life in a monastery and the social structure at the time was like compared to what it was…

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    Although characters such as Lear and Cordelia did not deserve to die, they served as symbolic sacrifices and the blame for their deaths were at the hands of Regan and Goneril. With the urgency for power, the sisters thought they could work together to overthrow their father’s wishes to divide his kingdom. Regan was true to her nature throughout the play and did not change even when she was placed in different circumstances. She showed no sympathy for anyone, including her family. Her…

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    Nature In King Lear

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    The Tragedy of King Lear has been a great source of cogitation over the many years since it was written by William Shakespeare. Such thinking may be at variance with or derive from a legion of other interpretations. In Act 2 Scene 4 we find Lear in ultimate dismay at the betrayal Regan and Cornwall have exhibited to him. Through their treatment of Kent, by putting him in the stocks, Lear takes personal offence claiming “Tis worse than murder.” Order v disorder is apparent within the positions…

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