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    Joseph Campbell, in his book chapter “The Self as Hero,” argues how all heroes go through similar, if not the same, stages on the way to complete their journey. He supports his claim by citing evidence from classic literary tales like “The Princess and the Frog” and “When the Two Came to their Father” and appealing to pathos and logos. Campbell’s purpose is to educate readers on how most hero stories follow the same path and can influence and be influenced by the public, who can learn from the…

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    "The Founding Brothers", written by Joseph J. Ellis, can be described as a nonfiction that summarizes the events in the revolutionary generation and its great leaders, by incorporating them into six individual stories. The six stories in “The Founding Brothers”, talked about six completely different topics, which were all centralized around Ellis thesis in “The Founding Brothers”. Ellis’ main purpose in writing “The Founding Brothers” was to illustrate, the connections between the political…

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    Of all the dictators during the 20th century, Joseph Stalin was the worst, while also being the most effective in the ways that he changed Russia. Nearly everyone would agree that Joseph Stalin was a monster, but he did help Russia in many ways. Before Stalin’s rule, Russia was a poor, peasant country, and he transformed it into an industrialized nation with a strong military. However, Stalin ruled by fear, and killed twice as many people as Hitler did- 50 million estimated deaths- including…

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    that the idea of Caesar becoming king and gaining too much power is metaphorically killing them. Furthermore, even when warned by a soothsayer (fortune teller), Caesar still doesn’t believe his fate. Whether or not the fates of Julius Caesar and Joseph Stalin’s army were fate or just an unlucky play of events, both parties suffered immensely. To start, Julius Caesar is the leader of Rome and has just returned to Rome prior to defeating Pompey’s armies in a foreign land. Caesar doesn’t…

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    The novel Catch-22 tells the story of life at war, focusing on a solider named Yossarian. Throughout the novel, different characters and aspects of war are introduced that do not fit the “normal” image of a soldier. This satire conveys characters as being insane, while they are in truth the only sane people there. Joseph Heller redefines the word sanity through his satirical war novel. Yossarian's character embodies the stereotype of mental issues during wartime. The army sees Yossarian as a…

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    Throughout history we have seen many different hero stories and how the hero of the story changes. Joseph Campbell's “The Hero’s Journey” describes all the steps of the hero’s journey, from being an ordinary person, to the call for adventure, to the tests all the way to where the protagonist has changed hopefully for the best and has returned home. These stages are important for combination myths, like what Linda Seger talked about in her article “Creating the Myth”. In her article she talks…

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    Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Heart of Darkness are both short stories that struggle to interpret the difference between appearance and reality. Each story involves a depicted idea of a person or group, and a hidden secret of what the truth actually is. Stevenson and Conrad both work to break the barrier between the unknown and the truth. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde fights to find the connection between the two main characters while Heart of Darkness attempts to save the African tribes from living…

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    black shadows of disease and starvation, lying confusedly in the greenish gloom... and slowly the eyelids rose and the sunken eyes looked up at me, enormous and vacant, a kind of blind, white flicker in the depths of the orbs, which died out slowly." (Joseph Conrad, 25) This quotation represents that the individuals have been diseases…

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    instrument makers, each building on the advancements of the last ones. The story of the saxophone differs from the usual pattern of instrument building as its creation lacks all these different steps and is due to one man, Adolphe Sax. Of all his experiments, the saxophone is his best work. Early on, Adolphe Sax apprenticed in the instrument manufacturing business under his father, Charles-Joseph Sax (1791 - 1865). Charles- Joseph Sax was…

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    The hero’s journey as depicted by Joseph Campbell is used to “describe the underlying monomyth that links stories from every part of the world and every epoch in human history”(Richardson 220). In this case there is an interconnection between the Wachowski siblings film, The Matrix, and Campbell’s hero’s journey. While producing this film, the siblings used the hero’s journey as the backbone. It starts out with the call to adventure, then the road of trials, and later the apotheosis. The…

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