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Adulterated Knowledge: a Study of Kleist’s Ordeal by Fire

Throughout history, many plays have been written regarding romance, betrayal, and inexplicable phenomena. Such a play is Heinrich von Kleist’s Ordeal by Fire, which starts with a trial in which a man named Theobald accuses Count vom Strahl of bewitching … Continue reading

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A Truth That Is Out of This World: Kleist’s “Ordeal by Fire”

For the entirety of human civilization, the question of defining the truth has been at the center of virtually all political and social debates. For is it not the truth that defines what is right, what is wrong, what is … Continue reading

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Artificial Attraction in Kleist’s “Ordeal by Fire”

Is love based on divine intervention truly purer than lust founded on greed and manipulation? In Kleist’s “Ordeal by Fire”, Count vom Strahl’s quest to find the girl from his dream led him into two conflicting relationships.  He falsely believed … Continue reading

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Innocence Incarnate: the Natural and the Artificial in Kleist’s “Ordeal by Fire”

The human species often likes to distinguish itself from the animal world by rejecting dependence on natura land instinctive forces, though we also find writers who belong to a movement that calls for a return to and appreciation of the … Continue reading

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Elucidation by Sleep: An Analysis of Kleist’s “Ordeal by Fire”

Dreams are a narrative of the subconscious. They are the raw and carnal representation of what we truly want. That is why dreaming has become synonymous with desire. When we want something, we say that we have dreamt of it … Continue reading

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Kleist: “Ordeal by Fire”

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Kleist: “Ordeal by Fire”

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The Fateful Truth: A Closer Look into Kleist’s “Ordeal by Fire”

Man acts based on the knowledge that he acquires, and his future is largely determined by his actions. The quest for knowledge is an old age pursuit. A number of methods to obtain knowledge exist, such as through direct observation … Continue reading

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Angelic Assistance: The Blessed Lives of Katie and vom Strahl in Kleist’s “Ordeal by Fire”

Religious allusions are among the most powerful literary devices due to the long reach of biblical stories across the world. Kleist takes full advantage of this widespread knowledge of biblical references in his play “Ordeal by Fire”. He focuses these … Continue reading

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Love at Last Sight: Artificial Love in Kleist’s Ordeal by Fire

Thousands of hearts packaged into small, plastic containers. Thousands of hearts passed between prepubescent children at school with phrases etched into them such as “XOXO” and “Kiss me!”. Amidst these silly expressions, one of the pieces of chalky, children’s candy … Continue reading

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