Spiritual Thoughts

Macbeth
Macbeth
Macbeth Macbeth is presented as a mature man of definitely established character, successful in certain fields of activity and enjoying an enviable reputation. We must not conclude, there, that all his volitions and actions are predictable; Macbeth's character, like any other man's at a given moment, is what is being made out of potentialities plus environment, and no one, not even Macbeth himself, can know all his inordinate self-love whose actions are discovered to be-and no doubt have been fo
Hinduism And Buddhism
Hinduism And Buddhism
Hinduism and Buddhism Hinduism and Buddhism Introduction- Hinduism and Buddhism are two of the five major religions in our world today. They are widely practiced, and have survived for centuries. Both have similarities and differences, as do all forms of religion. Hopefully, in this paper I will show you the basic structure of each religion. I would also like to show how they compare and contrast. Hinduism: Foundation No one is completely sure of where Hinduism was started and by whom. Their old
A Good Man Is Hard To Find
A Good Man Is Hard To Find
A Good Man is Hard to Find Flannery O?Connor A Good Man Is Hard To Find A Southern American novelist and short story writer, Miss O? Connor?s career spanned the 1950s and early ?60s, a time when the South was dominated by Protestant Christians. O?Connor was born and raised Catholic. She was a fundamentalist and a Christian moralist whose powerful apocalyptic fiction is focused in the South. Flannery O?Connor was born March 25, 1925, in Savannah, Georgia. O? Connor grew up on a farm with her pare
Edgar Allen Poe
Edgar Allen Poe
Edgar Allen Poe Short Story Perversity Edgar Allan Poe is perhaps the best-known American Romantic who worked in the Gothic mode. His stories explore the darker side of the Romantic imagination, dealing with the grotesque, the supernatural, and the horrifying. He defined the form of the American short story. As one might expect, Poe himself eschewed conventional morality, which he believed stems from man's attempts to dictate the purposes of God. Poe saw God more as process than purpose. He beli
Ancient Mariner
Ancient Mariner
Ancient Mariner Look out Below! - Craaack! About 15 Men and women turn their glances toward the sky, and see a large, perhaps 100 feet, tree falling to the ground. As the tree hits the solid earth, everything grows very quiet. All look at the lumberjack, who killed this tree, and find him weeping in sorrow. This situation is not uncommon when dealing with Nature. Nature, as simple as it seems to some, generates great power. This power is sent to us, as nature forgives only after a physical, em
A Clockwork Orange
A Clockwork Orange
A Clockwork Orange A Clockwork Orange Eat this sweetish segment or spit it out. You are free. -Anthony Burgess Anthony Burgess has been heralded as one of the greatest literary geniuses of the twentieth century. Although Burgess has over thirty works of published literature, his most famous is A Clockwork Orange. Burgess?s novel is a futuristic look at a Totalitarian government. The main character, Alex, is an ultra-violent thief who has no problem using force against innocent citizens to get wh
Ancient Mariner
Ancient Mariner
Ancient Mariner Look out Below! - Craaack! About 15 Men and women turn their glances toward the sky, and see a large, perhaps 100 feet, tree falling to the ground. As the tree hits the solid earth, everything grows very quiet. All look at the lumberjack, who killed this tree, and find him weeping in sorrow. This situation is not uncommon when dealing with Nature. Nature, as simple as it seems to some, generates great power. This power is sent to us, as nature forgives only after a physical, em
Tess Of The DUbervilles
Tess Of The DUbervilles
Tess of the d'Ubervilles Loving is a much more positive experience than being loved. In order to love, one must come to accept one to the extent that one is able to express his own emotions toward another person. A particular divinity can be experienced through loving others. While being loved does not necessarily provide one with the ability to love others, it certainly adds to the appreciation of one which, in turn, allows love to be expressed and divinity to be experienced. However, the issue
Siddhartha
Siddhartha
Siddhartha AP/Honors Book note for Siddhartha Authorial Background *Herman Hesse was born in the Black Forest town of Calw, Germany in 1877. *Herman was the son and grandson of Protestant missionaries who had served in India. *He was expected to follow in their footsteps by preparing for the ministry. *He tried, but experienced a religious crisis, fled the seminary and attempted suicide. *Hesse's first major novels displayed some major themes that were to absorb him throughout his career -1st Th
Edgar Allen Poe
Edgar Allen Poe
Edgar Allen Poe Short Story Perversity Edgar Allan Poe is perhaps the best-known American Romantic who worked in the Gothic mode. His stories explore the darker side of the Romantic imagination, dealing with the grotesque, the supernatural, and the horrifying. He defined the form of the American short story. As one might expect, Poe himself eschewed conventional morality, which he believed stems from man's attempts to dictate the purposes of God. Poe saw God more as process than purpose. He beli
Muriels Wedding
Muriels Wedding
Muriel's Wedding Dimmesdale?s Humble Mortality--Life is hard, but accepting that fact makes it easier. In this twisted story of deception and adultery set in the Puritan era, Hawthorne introduces Dimmesdale as a weak and cowardly man who refuses to take responsibility for his actions. By the end of the novel he has been transformed into a person who accepts his sins and the consequences, before it is too late; ultimately proving that love surpasses all boundaries, and that one can only be human.
Jack Kerouac
Jack Kerouac
Jack Kerouac Buddhism and the Poetry of Jack Kerouac For we all go back where we came from, God?s Lit Brain, his Transcendent Eye of Wisdom And there?s your bloody circle called Samsara by the ignorant Buddhists, who will still be funny Masters up there, bless em. Jack Kerouac -from Heaven Jack Kerouac spent his creative years writing in a prosperous post world war II America. He was in many ways a very patriotic person who had no problem making known his love for his country , particularly with
Handmaids Tale
Handmaids Tale
Handmaid's Tale In the course Y2k and The End of The World, we've studied apocalyptic themes, eschatology, and for some, teleology. Apocalypse, which is to unveil or reveal, eschatology, which is a concept of the end, and teleology, the end or purpose to which we are drawn, are all themes used in Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale. The book is apocalyptic in that it revolves around dystopian ideals. Atwood creates a world in which worst-case scenarios take control and optimistic viewpoints an
Neal Cassady
Neal Cassady
Neal Cassady Neal Cassady: The Man Who Set The World Free Neal Cassady grew up as a quasi-homeless wayfaring boy with his alcoholic, unemployed father in the projects of Denver. His unconventional upbringing led to adolescence rife with theft, drug use, and extreme sexual awakening at a young age. Cassady grew up quite quickly and led an overexposed life, which foreshadows his death at the age of 42 of exposure, next to railroad tracks in Mexico. His life, however, seems to be regarded by many a
Holocaust
Holocaust
Holocaust The world's biggest desolation that caused the murders of millions of Jewish people took place during WWII. The Holocaust orchestrated by the Nazi Empire destroyed millions of lives and created questions about humanity that may never be answered. Many psychological effects caused by the Holocaust forever changed the way the Jewish people view the world and themselves. The Jewish people have been scarred for generations and may never be able to once again associate with the rest of the
Creative Writing
Creative Writing
Creative Writing I wouldn't know how to describe a painting or a sonata, but I can tell someone my feelings. Though people rarely know the meanings behind them... Words fail me often, but nobody notices. They don't seem to listen anyway. One person knows me. When I talk to her, my words are knives in a drawer, they have power. The possible damages of them could be horrific.....or so she implies. She and I are like a house which fell apart--currently undergoing some careful remodeling. The mailb
The Different Conceptions Of The Veil In The Souls Of Black Folk
The Different Conceptions Of The Veil In The Souls Of Black Folk
The Different Conceptions of the Veil in The Souls of Black Folk For now we see through a glass, darkly -Isiah 25:7 W.E.B. Du Bois's Souls of Black Folk, a collection of autobiographical and historical essays contains many themes. There is the theme of souls and their attainment of consciousness, the theme of double consciousness and the duality and bifurcation of black life and culture; but one of the most striking themes is that of the veil. The veil provides a link between the 14 seeming
Othello - Values And Attitudes
Othello - Values And Attitudes
Othello - Values and Attitudes If Othello didn?t begin as a play about race, history has made it one. The Venetian society that Othello is set in is representative of the writers context. The attitudes and values that Shakespeare reveals through the text are those same attitudes and values of Elizabethan society in England in the sixteenth-century. Although Othello is set in Venice and Cyprus, the attitudes and values shared in the text are probably reflective of the attitudes and values of Shak
Buddhas Four Noble Truths
Buddhas Four Noble Truths
Buddha's Four Noble Truths The Buddha's Four Noble Truths: A Logical Basis for Philosophy The Buddha Shakyamuni was born in the 6th century BCE in the area presently known as Nepal. During his 80 year lifetime, he systematically developed a pragmatic, empirically based philosophy which he claimed would lead its followers towards an enlightened existence. Buddhism is commonly called a religion; however, it differs from the usual definition of a religion in that it has no deities, does not promote
Francis Of Assisi
Francis Of Assisi
Francis of Assisi Francis of Assisi - Brother Son Sister Moon Ben Ngkaion per: a 2/26/97 Crisis and conversion: While Francis is sick and dreaming, he has images of nature which represent the happiness and peacefulness. He also has images of war which help him understand that it isn't the greatest thing? neither is it the most honorable. Francis has many great conflicts with his father. Francis' father is very materialistic and possessive. Francis' father did not honorably earn the money, he
Buddhism
Buddhism
Buddhism Buddhism 1.) The First Noble Truth - Dukkha A.) The First Noble Truth seems to be an intrinsic understanding that all things are impermanent. This impermanence causes us to feel frustrated when we can't hold on to people or things we think we need. This need helps us feel wanted and/or important. Dukkha can also be described as the suffering we experience and see in our lives. Unpleasant conditions such as being sick, seeing our loved ones get sick and die, getting aggravated over thi
Jane Eyre
Jane Eyre
Jane Eyre Jane Eyre: Role of Male Dominance Somewhere, The Dark Sheds Light Never, never, never quit... -Winston Churchill If women on this Earth had given up, they would be where they were in the time of Charlotte Brontė. Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Brontė, tells the story of a woman on a lifetime journey, progressing on the path of acceptance, in searching of sympathy. Throughout her journey, Jane encounters many obstacles to her intelligence. Jane lives in a world and in a time where society th
Dubliners
Dubliners
Dubliners Dubliners (1914) by James Joyce Introduction Joyce said that in Dubliners his intention was to write a chapter in the moral history of my country and I chose Dublin for the scene because the city seemed to me the centre of paralysis.The 15 stories which make up the collection are studies on the decay and banality of lower middle-class urban life and the paralysis to which Joyce refers is both intellectual and moral.The characters who appear in the stories lead uneventual and frustr
Cry, The Beloved Country
Cry, The Beloved Country
Cry, The Beloved Country The book Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton is a book about agitation and turmoil of both whites and blacks over the white segregation policy called apartheid. The book describes how understanding between whites and blacks can end mutual fear and aggresion, and bring reform and hope to a small community of Ndotcheni as well as to South Africa as a whole. The language of the book reflects the Bible; furthermore, several characters and episodes are reminiscent of sto
Araby - A Revalation
Araby - A Revalation
Araby - A Revalation Araby: Joycean Romanticism of the Church Life is filled with loneliness and times when a person feels unsure. When these times arise is when most people turn to their faith in the church or faith in fate. Certain events in one?s life can send them reeling for something that they can find solace in. Security from the turbulent world is given through faith and hope. When times are at there hardest what can you do? Without faith you can get stuck, and slowly dragged down by the
Religion
Religion
Religion People may have different views about a belief or religion, but often both sides see a place of importance to them in the same way. Jerusalem has a religious importance for three religions. For Christians, the city is the site of many of the events in the life of Jesus Christ. For Jews, Jerusalem is the focus of their religious longing, the site of their ancient Temple, and their historical capital. For Muslims the city is their third holiest as the site from which Muhammad is said to h
Sacred Hoops
Sacred Hoops
Sacred Hoops Introduction Does religion, spirituality, business, and personal lives have areas of overlap in the way one develops their social and inner personality? Do people have more then one mask or are they all the same mask expressing themselves in different ways? These are the questions that came to mind when reading the foreword, written by Senator Bill Bradley, of the autobiography Sacred Hoops by Phil Jackson. I soon learned that we all have many masks that are worn at different time
The Role Of Women In The Church
The Role Of Women In The Church
The Role of Women in the Church With the advent of the feminist movement, the role of women in all parts of society has come under increasing scrutiny. One area of recent controversy is the role of women in the Christian Church. Some churches whose traditions and practices are less rigidly tied to Biblical doctrines have begun placing women in leadership positions such as pastor or teacher. Other churches which interpret the Bible more literally have been slow to adopt such changes. Much of the
Faust And Frankenstein
Faust And Frankenstein
Faust and Frankenstein Goethe in Faust and Shelley in Frankenstein, wrap their stories around two men whose mental and physical actions parallel one another. Both stories deal with characters, who strive to be the übermensch in their world. In Faust, the striving fellow, Faust, seeks physical and mental wholeness in knowledge and disaster in lust. In Frankenstein, Victor Frankenstein struggles for control over one aspect of nature and disastrously, through the monster, nature controls him to a m
Bless Me Ultima - Tony
Bless Me Ultima - Tony
Bless Me Ultima - Tony Blood becomes the river. The human race dies and only the she-goats and the he-goats remain (176). The lake cracked with laughter of madness and the ghosts stood and walked upon the shore (120). Who dares dream such gruesome images? Only Antonio Marez. He argues with God and the Virgin Mary. He commutes with the dead; the dead asks him for blessings. Just who is this Tony person! You might not believe that this is only a seven year old kid, but he is the hero of Rudo
The Crucible
The Crucible
The Crucible The Crucible: Men of God Men of God? The Crucible by Arthur Miller is a play in which the Red Scare from the 1950's is paralleled to the Salem Witch Trials in 1692. It contains a wonderfully developed plot, which displays society's flaws by establishing a good versus evil scenario. Miller creates characters to fuel the evil and others that evolve to show the outbreak of good. Two of these characters are Reverend Samuel Parris, and Reverend John Hale. These men are the spiritual lead
The Color Of Water - A Search For Identity
The Color Of Water - A Search For Identity
The Color of Water - a Search for Identity The American Heritage Dictionary defines identity as the distinct personality of an individual. Many factors make up one's identity, such as race, one's relationship with society, and religion. People seek other people who with they can identify. One must interact with others and learn from his interests and their responses to find a suitable group. The process of finding a group allows one to discover his own identity. Through The Color of Water, James
Blue Hotel
Blue Hotel
Blue Hotel It is not surprising for an author?s background and surroundings to profoundly affect his writing. Having come from a Methodist lineage and living at a time when the church was still an influential facet in people?s daily lives, Stephen Crane was deeply instilled with religious dogmas. However, fear of retribution soon turned to cynicism and criticism of his idealistic parents? God, the wrathful Jehovah of the Old Testament (Stallman 16), as he was confronted with the harsh realitie
Road Less Traveled
Road Less Traveled
Road Less Traveled THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED DISCIPLINE The Discipline section of M. Scott Peck?s The Road Less Traveled first deals with life?s difficulties. He makes it clear that we all have problems and pain but we have to deal with it to get by and to make life less difficult. Life is difficult... Once we truly know that life is difficult--once we truly understand and accept it--then life is no longer difficult. Because once it is accepted, the fact that life is difficult no longer matters. (p
Red Badge Of Courage
Red Badge Of Courage
Red Badge of Courage Throughout every major time period and every piece of literature there has come to be a stance in the community of the church and how it was displayed to the public eye. The novel, The red badge of courage by Steven Crane, has this imagery of the church and its religion, which is evident in particular instances spread through the novel. Crane uses this imagery not only to entertain the reader with pungent detail, but also to enhance the readers involvement in the novel. The
Our Grandmothers
Our Grandmothers
Our Grandmothers If Othello didn?t begin as a play about race, history has made it one. The Venetian society that Othello is set in is representative of the writers context. The attitudes and values that Shakespeare reveals through the text are those same attitudes and values of Elizabethan society in England in the sixteenth-century. Although Othello is set in Venice and Cyprus, the attitudes and values shared in the text are probably reflective of the attitudes and values of Shakespeare's own
Lady Oracle
Lady Oracle
Lady Oracle Lady Oracle by Margaret Atwood is a novel that tells the journey a woman takes from her teenage years until the present through her own thoughts and recollections. The protagonist, Joan Foster, is plagued by the memories and results of her mother's mental and emotional abuse. Joan does her best to change her interior and exterior appearance so people don't find out the secrets of her past, of which she is very ashamed. By the end of the novel Joan has gone through so much growth and
Acquainted With The Night
Acquainted With The Night
Acquainted With the Night Gentlemen Of the Night Acquainted With the Night and Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night are two poems about the night which contain desires, and it is readily said that these two poets offer easily accessible emotion in their verse. For Frost, his emotion was an attainable one because he didn't fill his life with what he considered to be mundane challenges. The most pronounced instance where my life was influenced by this instinct was when I gave up my work at H
Divine Comedy
Divine Comedy
Divine Comedy Among the various tools Dante Alighieri employs in the Commedia, his grand imaginative interpretation of life after death, scenes involving figures and beasts from classical mythology provide the reader with allegories and exempla effectively linking universal human themes with Christian thought and ideology. Among these, the figure of the Siren, found in Canto 19 of the Purgatorio, exists as a particularly sinister and moribund image. Visiting Dante in a dream upon the heights of
Among School Children
Among School Children
Among School Children Among School Children is a poem used by Yeats to determine an upcoming generation with the underlying concept that no possible life can be fulfilled. The philosophy controlling this work suggests that perhaps life 'prepares us for what never happens'. Consistent with Yeatsean philosophy, it follows the dogma which states that wistlessness brings about innocence, whereas knowledge brings us ballyhoo. Within the realms of acquired wisdom, consciousness produces an anarchic
A Price Above Rubies
A Price Above Rubies
A Price Above Rubies I?m going to question whatever I like , I?m going to choose whatever side I want and if God happens to be on the other side then so be it. I believe these two quotes capture the essence of the film A Price Above Rubies . The main character, Sonia Horowitz, a Hasidic Jew, embarked on a journey in which she sought to find herself through questioning her faith and the strict Jewish life.In doing so, she paid a heavy price. This, I believe, to be the message of the film. The mov
Paul Laurence Dunbar
Paul Laurence Dunbar
Paul Laurence Dunbar by English 102 August 4, 1995 Outline Thesis: The major accomplishments of Paul Laurence Dunbar's life during 1872 to 1938 label him as being an American poet, short story writer, and novelist. I. Introduction II. American poet A. Literary English B. Dialect poet 1. Oak and Ivy 2. Majors and Minors 3. Lyrics of Lowly Life 4. Lyrics of the Hearthside 5. Sympathy III. Short story writer A. Folks from Dixie (1898) B. The Strength of Gideon and Other Stories (1900) C.
Thomas Hobbes
Thomas Hobbes
Thomas Hobbes Thomas Hobbes was an English philosopher who was lived from 1588-1679. He attended Oxford University where he studied classics. His occupation was a tutor, but he also traveled around Europe to meet with scientists and to study different forms of government. He became interested in why people allowed themselves to be ruled, and what would be the best form of government for England. Thomas Hobbes was the first great figure in modern moral philosophy. Hobbes had a pessimistic view of
T.S. Eliot
T.S. Eliot
T.S. Eliot Thomas Stearns Eliot (1888-1965) began his spiritual enquiry as a young man. At university he studied comparative religions and the medieval mystics. His thinking was greatly influenced by the philosopher Bertrand Russell and the poet Ezra Pound. Eliot?s experimentation with forms of poetry were a kind of literary journey which may have reflected something of his spiritual journey. Termed ?one of the major Christian poets of the 20th Century?(1), Eliot?s work on spiritual matters grea
John Coltrane
John Coltrane
John Coltrane I've got to keep experimenting. I feel that I'm just beginning. I have part of what I'm looking for in my grasp, but not all. John Coltrane This phrase, from the liner notes of My Favorite Things clearly defines Coltrane's life and his search for the incorporation of his spirituality with his music. John Coltrane was not only an essential contributor to jazz, but also music itself. John Coltrane died thirty-two years ago, on July 17, 1967, at the age of forty. In the years since
Dizzy Gelespie
Dizzy Gelespie
Dizzy Gelespie The people of today, raised by the sounds of The Beatles and Pearl Jam have forgotten all about the musicians that paved the way for these artists, and the musical styles that evolved into rock and roll, rhythm and blues and rap or hip hop. Unfortunately the music that once dominated the night clubs, restaurants, and radio stations is now heard only in elevators or when we go to a grandparents house to visit. What is left of jazz are small portions of the music that people take an
Carl Gustav Jung
Carl Gustav Jung
Carl Gustav Jung Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961) was a son of a minister in Switzerland. He was born on July 26, in the small village of Kesswil on Lake Constance. He was named after his grandfather, a professor of medicine at the University of Basel. He was the oldest child and only surviving son of a Swiss Reform pastor. Two brothers died in infancy before Jung was born. Jung's mother was a neurotic and often fought with his father. Father was usually lonely and very irritable. When the child cou
Martin Luther King
Martin Luther King
Martin Luther King One of the world?s best known advocates of non-violent social change strategies, Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK), synthesized ideals drawn from many different cultural traditions. Recent studies of him emphasize the extent to which his ideals were rooted in African-American religious traditions which were then shaped by his education. The image of a social activist and leader was the result of extensive formal education, strong personal values and licit ethics. This excellence in
Hamlet
Hamlet
Hamlet One of the most unique elements of the Hamlet character is that he is so human. Manytypes of readers can identify with him. Hamlet is imperfect, and he is fretful. Hamlet hashuman properties, and it is his humanity that I intend to explore. Indeed it is these humanqualities and imperfections that make his story so tragic. Another tragic part of the play isthe plays irony. Irony is an important tool in the hands of the playwright to achieve bothcomical and/or dramatic effect. There is usu
Tenar?s Psychic Growth
Tenar?s Psychic Growth
Tenar?s Psychic Growth ?For most people the years of youth are characterized by a state of gradual awakening in which the individual slowly becomes aware of the world and of him or herself,? states Carl Jung in Man and his Symbols (pg. 168). This is usually accomplished through dreams or real events that foresees the future in a symbolic form. Tenar, later named Arha, was a little girl when she was taken to Atuan to become the new High Priestess. There she was taught the ways of the High Priest