Course: Great Books Student: Ivona Martiovska Mentor: Giovanni Savino Title: Herodotus as a historian Characters (with spaces): Around the year 425 B.C., the writer and geographer Herodotus published a very significant piece of writing: a long account of the Greco-Persian Wars. He named his book The Histories. This was the first time for a writer to make a systematic, thorough study of the past; it was the first time that someone tried to examine the cause-and-effect of historical events. After Herodotus, historical analysis became an inseparable part of intellectual, political, and social life. In order to understand the historical side of Herodotus’ work.
History today is generally taught as overview of a specific time period, recognizing things that happened in the past but never plunging farther than material on the surface. Colson Whitehead’s novel, “The Underground Railroad” uses the concept of historical fiction to stress an interpretation of history through fictional humanization and other literary devices, motivating emotional appeal in the reader with a specific story, albeit fictional. By developing pathos, novels resembling Whitehead’s are able to give the world a new account of history—one that is likely to be more memorable due to the influence on human appeal. While the novel uses fiction to explore history, it does so without taking away the reality of history, using the facts presented in the story to build logos. Historical fiction novels allow the reader to explore outdated philosophies by presenting the information from a different perspective with pressure on having an authentic mindset from the time.
Greek civilization had a strong influence on the Roman Empire, Greek and Roman structural planning have long been associated on account of the similitudes between the sanctuaries and option structures that two evolutions made. Roman structural planning was frequently influenced affected by Greece however the Romans also separated to make a different personality, they look so much similar. Then again, that does not mean there is no distinction at all between the 2 styles. The basic clarification for such a great deal of normal appearance is this. Greek draftsmen with its human progress started to exist before Roman development.
Don Quixote: The First Modern Novel Being able to confront harsh reality and truth is a concept that many cannot face. Cervantes wrote Don Quixote with the intent of having people understand this lesson and the idiocy of chivalry (“Critical Essay”). The main hero of the novel is helplessly in love with the ideals of chivalry, and Cervantes wrote the novel to ridicule such concepts thoroughly. He littered it with contradictions, inconsistencies, and more to do so, but these mistakes are part of the novels unique style and art (Lathrop). Don Quixote is written in a satirical and contradictory manner in part to ridicule Cervantes own life, but also to shed light on truth and reality.
Despite Tom and Myrtle being trapped characters, the author was able reveal fundamental truths about society from their point of limited freedom. Nonetheless, these truths clashed as a result of them being extracted by a member of society. The marriages in The Great Gatsby are superficial but we cannot consider them true; therefore, the resulting message is a synthesis of these two aspects. Furthermore, Fitzgerald’s critique of society is an exemplar for all writers who wish to do so because in it, he effectively demonstrates the effects of societal influence on the critique. It is no wonder that artists who attack society often exclude themselves from it; they are trying to limit how they become influenced.
But if revenge is called justice, then that justice breeds yet more revenge. And becomes a chain of hatred. Living within it, aware of the past, predicting the future. That is what it means to know history. We cannot help but know that people cannot understand each other.
Power is not evil, it is the user that makes it evil. Machiavelli, a controversial figure in political history left a legacy of brutal reality which disturbed many people. Niccolo Machiavelli’s, The Prince explores the groundbreaking ideas for a prince to secure the leading position in government and retain his power and leadership. Human nature combined with power has the possibility of becoming tragically destructive. However, that wreckage stems from the environment, and the actions displayed from power demonstrate effective truth which inspires the wickedness in humans.
This is an attempt to understand Samuel Beckett’s characterization, use of language and setting in his play 'Endgame' and to explore the manner in which it reveals his tendency to employ some existentialist concepts such as despair and anxiety. Existentialism is a philosophical movement which focuses on an individual's existence rejecting the absolute reason. There are a number of reasons for the concept of 'Existentialism' to come in the history of thought. Firstly, rational sciences could not prove that they were absolute, and thus, existence of absolute truth was put to question. Secondly, and more importantly people had lost their belief in the existence of a divine being, that is God, owing to the wars and losses they faced in these wars.
The article discusses the moral-scheme of Henry Fielding’s novel Tom Jones that has been labeled as corrupt and immoral by most of its contemporary critics. It analysis the reasons for being treated as such. Seemingly immoral characters Tom’s admirable qualities are highlighted and what forces him to behave vilely is also studied. Instead finding him unrighteous, the author argues that he is normal human with its equal share of goodness and weakness that makes tom’s character a lifelike, a welcome change from divinely pure, pious and one- dimensional characters as portrayed by fielding’s contemporary novelists. Fielding did not want to create a necessarily moral text that ignored the truth of how people are.