Titus Andronicus Essay

Titus Andronicus Essay

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William Shakespeare’s play Titus Andronicus is one of his least-often performed works. This may be in part because it is in many ways more a classical play than a neoclassical one. For while much of Renaissance dramaturgy (including most of Shakespeare’s own plays) were based at some remove on classical sources, this play incorporates classical concepts of revenge in such a direct way that the play seems “antique” to us in a way that, for example, Julius Caesar does not. This play examines the Shakespearian play and the Ovid story, which is one of the sources upon which it is based. (more…)

Basic Precepts from Philosophy: Essay

Basic Precepts from Philosophy: Essay

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When we ask ourselves what is knowledge, we are effectively asking what is our relationship with the world. As Solomon argues in Chapter 3, the desire to know and the desire to discover are essentially active, even aggressive actions taken on the part of consciousness to acquire pieces or aspects of the world. When we seek knowledge, we seek to take into our minds (and so to take into our bodies physically) something that exists in the world. We seek through knowledge to dismantle the world and so to come to possess it. (more…)

Greeks and the Gods:  Homer and Plato Essay

Greeks and the Gods: Homer and Plato Essay

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The word “god” in Homer symbolizes a variety of objects.  It applied to persons such as Zeus and all the Olympian deities, to some physical realities, such as the god, Ocean, and to the great natural fatalities that govern all mortal lives, such as Terror and Death (McLean and Aspell 9).  These names of the gods all pointed, in Homer’s work such as the Odyssey to living powers possessing a will of their own which affected human lives and destinies.  From the somewhat later and less mythical perspective of Plato, the gods became the God, equated with the Idea of Good and assumed to be perfect and lacking in nothing (McLean and Aspell 139). (more…)

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