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    “Good resolutions are useless…attempts to interfere with scientific laws” (Wilde 119), that Dorian’s lack of repentance for hurting Sibyl is proof of “A very charming artistic basis for ethics” (Wilde 106), and most detrimental of all, that society is hypocritical and “perfectly monstrous” (Wilde 195). Thus, Dorian erases from his mind the values instilled in him by said society - imperfect humans as they are- and begins to live his life according to Lord Henry’s paradoxes unaware of the…

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    Tyler Vaughn Susan Sibbach Honors English 11 December 2015 The Uprising of Creature Creature, in Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein, grew angry with the way he was brought into this world without having family or friends to reach out to for guidance. He did not fit in with others and this had low self-esteem because he could not fit in with others. It wasn’t just Creature’s appearance, his attitude and the way he acted also did not allow him to fit in with everybody else. Creature was not…

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    Satan that “Those who do not find him abhorrent have misread the poem. They will do well to ask whether their like for Satan does not spring for enmity for God.” (Lewis 48). This seems to be a fair point, but it also ignores that in some respects Milton left open the door for a likeable Satan. His justifications and complexities are relatable to the reader. It also ignores the interpretation that if God is all-knowing then he would know all that was going to happen, the fall, the war in Heaven,…

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    Under the Shadow is a piano vocal score composed by Robert Denham. It is comprised of five vignettes and replies, a prologue, and an epilogue. Because it is considered a sacred piece, it often expresses themes pertaining religion. Additionally, the oratorio has themes about the conflict between light and dark. It uses these themes by describing a destructive event in history and in the Reply states a “hopeful truth” from the Bible or religious figure. Moreover, the composer utilizes many…

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    In the most prominent stories of ancient Greece, much of which acts as the cornerstone of Western literature, the heroes battle monsters, sorcerers and even gods themselves. However, the most climatic part of most stories occurred when the heroes were forced to suffer from their own hubris. Overs and over again, from Icarus to Arachne to Niobe and Cassiopeia and on, their pride lead to their own demise. All around the world, the fear of one’s pride being one’s ultimate downfall has prompted…

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    Everyone has heard multiple rumors in their lives. Some are constructed in a way that makes them seem believable while others are so outlandish it seems impossible to fathom how anyone could believe such a thing. A rumor could also cause both reactions from different people. One rumor is that Procter & Gamble’s, the parent company of Folders, Pampers, and Duncan Hines, logo actually represented The Devil. The logo in question depicted the moon and stars, with the moon also depicting a man whose…

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    Hell Image

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    This paper will start by establishing a solid image of Hell from primal and ancient times; the first, or early, view of Hell. Then this paper will convey a solid image of Hell as it is now. Afterwards this paper will be exploring the time in between this point A and point B to find the key changes in theme and appearance. With appropriate research, this paper will cite evidence relating to these shifts. Hell, as humans know it, is a place where human souls that did not lead a good life on earth…

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    Religion Of Lust

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    Very old accounts of fallen angels and real-life devils exists not as just myths and legends; on the contrary, occur as an intricate segment of our world, both past and present. Accordingly, for readers that would like in-depth evidence and explanations concerning the evolution of what I call the Religion of Lust, the following section broadens Part II; continuing on the journey through time into ancient orgiastic cults that evokes Satan’s perpetual existence. In Part III, my foremost purpose…

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    Chapter Six, "Combining Words and Deeds Angelic Imprecations in the Book of Secrets," continues on with Jewish mystical tradition; only this time, the focus is placed on a Jewish magical witchcraft text the Book of Secrets or the Book of Raziel. Janowitz rightfully compares it with the Greek Magical Papyri (PGM), as it has many practical spells--ranging everything from healing the sick, divining the future, influencing kings in your favor, binding yourself to a "great woman", and speaking with…

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    Indeed, Holland was keen to stress as early as 1590 that contemporary witchcraft was referenced by scripture “in generall”. It is in this way, Sharpe argues, that the notion of the covenant fitted into a wider Protestant ideology which conceptualised the world as consisting of binary opposites. Whilst Ethan Shagan has asserted that the divines of early modern England commonly sought a ‘via media’ in their beliefs, Patrick Collinson has convincingly argued instead for the central role of…

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