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Hearts in the Bible and in Literature

Most people have heard the phrase, “Have a heart,” which most often means to be merciful and compassionate to someone. This motif is seen in the Bible in Matthew chapter 5 verse 8 when Jesus says, “Blessed are the pure … Continue reading

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The Trust in a Kiss Versus the Pain in a Betrayal

Authors utilize a betrayal kiss in literature in order to add irony to the work by highlighting the contrast between the trust in a kiss and the subsequent treachery that follows. One of the key uses of this motif is … Continue reading

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Biblical Allusions in American Literature: Betrayal

One of the most pervasive biblical allusions in The Death of the Salesman is betrayal. Arthur Miller’s popular play entails the disloyalty of Willy towards his family, where his unfaithful affair creates a scarring dent in Biff’s trust and his … Continue reading

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The Elixir of Life: Biblical Allusions to Water in American Literature

            American literature is rich with biblical illusions and Kate Chopin’s “The Awakening” is no exception. A significant element in both “John the Baptist” and “The Awakening” is water, which represents rebirth and cleansing through baptism. The act of immersing … Continue reading

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Biblical Allusions to Mountains in Literature

The importance of mountains in the Bible is without a doubt very large. The mountain that is most important in the Bible is Mount Sinai where Moses received from God the Ten Commandments. The mountain in this scene signifies importance and … 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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