In the book Robinson Crusoe Robinson went through many trials while at sea. Before departing, his father warned him against going out to sea and told his son that he could have a better and more stable life if he stayed at home. Crusoe took heed to his father’s advice for a few days but … More Robinson Crusoe’s Faithfulness to the Sea
Jealousy and envy are nasty things to have present in your life. They can take over your thoughts and life, just as it did with Satan when he was banished from heaven. But just what was Satan’s primary motivation? Jealousy or envy? Before we jump to any conclusions let’s find out what exactly the meaning … More Envy or Jealousy?
In Francis Bacon’s Essays (published, 1597 & 1625) he wrote about things people would encounter in life like envy, friendship, love, money, and usury (The practice of making unethical or immoral monetary loans that unfairly enrich the lender. Originally, usury meant interest of any kind*). He discussed how you can benefit and avoid conflict from … More A Lack of Personal Touch
“Is it easier to read Shakespeare or the King James Bible?” Among my assigned reading for Western Literature I read two of Shakespeare’s plays and some excerpts of the King James Version of the Bible. Each of these pieces of literature were very interesting to read but out of both of them I would say … More What Happened to it Being Easy?
In Cervantes’ Don Quixote, written in 1605 and the second part in 1615, Cervantes wrote about a man who was enthralled with tales of chivalry, Alonso Quixano. This man was so absorbed in these tales that he decided to serve his country in becoming a knight-errant (a roaming knight). Knights were no longer present in … More Don Quixote’s Dilemma
In Shakespeare’s play Macbeth there were many horrible things done. People were being misled, lied to, and worst of all, murdered! The main character and his wife, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, did the brunt of the un-godly acts. Macbeth committed treason, lied numerous times, murdered the king, and ordered the murders of other people. After … More “What’s Done is Done”
The book Historia and Tale Doctor Johannes Faustus, published in 1587, describes the history of Doctor Faustus, a man who was born into a Christian family and turned away from his family’s faith. As mentioned before, Dr. Faustus was born into a Christian family but he was given away to be adopted by a rich … More A Hurting Soul
Michel de Montaigne wrote the French, literary piece Essays that was first published in 1533. He is known as the first person to use the form of an essay in writing. In his three volumes there are a total of 107 essays. His essays are not related to each other or connected in his books- … More Montaigne’s ‘Essays’
When Queen Elizabeth I came into reign over England it was unknown as to how she would side religiously. During the reign of her half-brother, Edward VI, she was known as a protestant because he was imposing the Protestant religion over England and during her half-sister Mary I’s Roman Catholic reign Elizabeth was a Catholic. … More The Religious Policy of Elizabeth I
The language that Foxe used in his over 2,000 page, small print book Acts and Monuments is almost understandable. This book was one of the first English literary pieces written, so it shaped and established the use of English literature for the future. Writers after him used his work as an example for their own … More The Understandability of ‘Acts and Monuments’