Category Archives: Biblical Allusions

A 19th Century Crucifixion

The crucifixion of Jesus is one of the most recognizable scenes from the Bible. Even those not familiar with religion are still familiar with the symbol of the cross. Hester Prynne is by no means a martyr like Christ but … Continue reading

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Abraham, Huck Finn, and Tests

The world seems almost too eager to throw tests at us sometimes. Will we always do what is right? Can we always do what is right? After looking at the test Abraham encountered when he had the choice to either … Continue reading

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Water as a Motif in the Bible.

  Water in the Bible is the element of god’s intervention within the world of men. From the instrument of his terrible wrath world wide, to the path of salvation for the Israelite people; god has always wrought his greatest … Continue reading

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Allusions to the Crucifixion of Christ in Literature

  The crucifixion of Christ is arguably the most significant as well as the most recognizable scene of the entire Bible. Even those who do not practice Christianity are generally familiar with the story of Jesus of Nazareth being nailed … Continue reading

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Adolescence: The Loss of Innocence?

Loss of innocence is often an integral part of coming of age; frequently, it is a result of an experience that widens one’s perspective to incorporate evil, pain and suffering. In the Book of Genesis, Adam and Eve were created … Continue reading

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The Test of Temptation: SIN-k or Swim

Temptation is often the impetus for human beings failing to adhere to what is just and moral. Human beings are constantly being tested, and sometimes failure occurs due to the influence of temptation. This motif is evidenced in Hawthorne’s, The Scarlet … Continue reading

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Martyrdom in Daisy Miller

In the book of Mark, chapters 14 and 15 of the Bible, Jesus becomes aware of his imminent death and is later crucified. Jesus’s execution is considered an act of martyrdom because he is persecuted and killed because of his … Continue reading

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Creation without Chaos

The bible story, “The Creation” in the book of Genesis illustrates the beginning of Earth.  Chaos and order are a few motifs that stand out from the story of the creation of Earth.  In this story from the book of … Continue reading

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Stay Afloat to Pass the Test

There are multiple motifs present in The Flood, but the two that overpower the rest are a test and water. In the beginning of this story, God explains to Noah that violence has lead to a corrupt world. Due to … Continue reading

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Defying the Odds with Bravery

The motif that dominates the story of David and Goliath is the act of being tested. In this biblical story, the fear of being tested by someone who is much stronger can be easily conquered by maintaining a brave mindset.  The … Continue reading

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