flightysylph.docx - Mahler 1 Kiersten Mahler HUM-116 Professor Conner Flighty Sylph The arrogance and hubris of humanity never ceases to amaze We are so

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Mahler 1Kiersten MahlerHUM-116Professor Conner10/17/2019Flighty SylphThe arrogance and hubris of humanity never ceases to amaze. We are so proud of our accomplishments like children just learning to put crayon to paper and declaring the erratic scribbling perfection. Oozing with self-importance and wrapped in the gaudy cloak of our egotism, we crow in delight that not even sky is out of reach as if a tin can could ever dream of replicating the freedom and wonder of true flight. Unfortunately, wings were not added when whatever deity, being, or act of nature designed us, and so we will never know the exhilaration ofsoaring through the air with the wind whipping at our bodies as we tumble and spiral in a never-ending sky with nothing controlling us but our own desires. The freedom of the wind is something to marvel at, and I envy the birds because while their lives are short, they can spend what precious little time they have unbound by the earth. They know the strength of autumn’s fierce bellows, the cold nip winter’s playful gusts, the soft caresses of spring’s gentle breezes, and the warmth of summer’s embrace while listening to the song of the wind in their souls as they take wing. If I were a magical being, I have no doubt that I would be a sylph, the elemental spirit of air (Andrews 39).Sylphs are as shifting and changeable as the element they embody, and in The Secret Teachings of All Agesby Manley P. Hall, they are described as, “changeable entities, passing to and fro with the rapidity of lightning.” These wispy beings have a “mood and temperament…” that is also considered “…changeable and unreliable (Rosen 252).” This flighty aspect of their
Mahler 2nature contributes to their infamous inability to settle in relationships for any length of time, and a number of stories and poems were written revolving around this pesky character trait. One suchstory is a traditional tale from Neuwied called “Sylph Lovers”, and is about a girl that was turnedinto a sylph and tried to find shelter in the rooms of a journeyman, but the journeyman discovered her and sealed every “crack and crevice” in the room with the help of his master in order to thwart her escape. She eventually married the master and remained imprisoned in that room while playing the dutiful wife for her husband. Unluckily for the master, she was a cunninglittle sylph, and she slowly convinced him of her loyalty and trustworthiness until one night he decided to leave the keyhole open which gave her “the opportunity to return to the unsettled existence of a sylph (Schrodter 178).” One of the most frustrating parts that come with the package deal of being a sylph is the

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