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A Line in the Sand

  A Line in the Sand By: Christopher Ingle “Morality, like art, means drawing a line somewhere.”-Oscar Wilde One would not normally consider a degree in English studies to be one full of questions about morality and right from wrong. Most view the study of English as just reading through books and looking at something […] Continue reading

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Charles Dickens’ use of Allegory in Oliver Twist as a Means of Religious and Socio-economic Commentary

Christopher Ingle In this research, I intend to view the connections to John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress and the story of Joseph in the Book of Genesis in The Bible with Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist. We will be looking at the character of Oliver Twist in his novel and how his journey is an allegory […] Continue reading

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William Blake: The Animal Activist?

“All Animals upon the Earth are prepared in strength / To go forth to the Great Harvest & Vintage of the Nations” What we are seeing here is not just a commentary on the coming apocalypse, but also a call to Blake’s love of nature and the animals within. We can look at Blake’s passage […] Continue reading

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A Response to “An Examination of Metaphorical Self-Flagellation”

I am looking at Ajejandro’s post. An Examination of Metaphorical Self-Flagellation I feel this image can best help to defend this blog post. Alejandro says that”The voice that speaks these lines is one that seeks to find a sort of moral absolution for being unable to truly translate what is not so easily said in […] Continue reading

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Humility and Being a Worm

Why does Blake need to “Go down to self annihilation and eternal death”? It is a rather bleak thought to have to doom one;s self to an eternity of death and self annihilation. But what if this is the thoughts of a man willing to do what is needed as a sacrifice, or at the […] Continue reading

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The Sin of Logic

Christopher Ingle I am not a fan of the idea that Urizen is feeling remorse during “The song of Los.” First, we have to remember that Urizen is the equivalent to the devil. Though he is also a creator, he is also fallen. He uses logic and conventional reason. Here is the problem. reason and […] Continue reading

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Enitharmon’s Feminine Dream

In looking at Enitharmon 1,800 year old sleep, Blake tells us it is a “female dream.” Personally,  I find this kind of sexist, but as is normal with Blake, there is more than meets the eye. The first thing to do is to look at the dream itself. First, it starts with Christ’s Birth and […] Continue reading

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Blake and Revolution: Can Christians Promote Revolution?

As we discussed last week, Blake was inspired by Moravian beliefs in his art and writing. When talking about revolution and fighting back, you would think that is one of the most anti-christian things that a person could do. I think in a weird way, the Moravian beliefs almost encourage Revolution, but through peace and […] Continue reading

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“The wounds of Christ are a WHAT????”

Chris Ingle Moravian beliefs look at the wounds of Christ in quite a unique way, similar to how Blake looks at life and religion. Knowing now that his own mother was at the very least influenced by Moravian beliefs, if not a follower herself,makes total sense when we look at Blake’s work in “The Marriage […] Continue reading

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Modesty and Godliness: Did God REALLY Say That?

“The nakedness of woman is the work of God” This is interesting as this has an element of truth to it that makes sense. Strictly speaking, God did create woman and she was made nude, as was Adam. So from the obvious point this is 100 percent true. What I find interesting is that Christians […] Continue reading

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