English Final Review Questions

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English Final Review Questions 1. Describe the central conceit in Donne’s A Valediction, Forbidding Mourning . The central conceit is that love is like a religion, illuminating lovers far more than any other human being, providing them with a sense of encompassing refinement. 2. Describe the interaction of the lovers’ souls in Donne’s The Extasy. The lovers’ souls are entwining, creating a new soul that is multiplied and purified. Their discourse is in a ‘dialogue of one’ (i.e. speaker is both the lover and the beloved). The body merely sustains this interaction of the souls by providing a platform for fusion to occur. 3. How is Donne’s Sappho to Philaenis different from Ovid’s representation of Sappho? Phao was the legendary male lover of Sapho. In Donne’s version, the Sapho’s lover is female, Philaenis, and Sapho’s love is unrequited. 4. Briefly describe Plato’s theory of the origins of humanity and love (involving double beings). Plato theorized that in the beginning of time, there existed three types of human beings: males, females and the half-male half-female creatures. The Gods, fearing over-powering by humans, split the latter in two, leaving only two human types. Thus, we are all seeking our complement. 5. Milton wrote prose on three different topics. Name these. Divorce, theology and politics 6. Describe the concept of accommodation, and provide an example of Milton using this technique. The theory of accommodation functions by expressing the incomprehensibility of God in terms which ‘accommodate’ God to human understanding. Milton employs this technique by creating an epic-like poem encompassing the creation of the universe. The poem contrasts God’s magnanimity and unpretentious power with the boastful and false prowess of Satan. Through the belittling of Satan in all his endeavors we see God’s awesome power. There are various representations of God in Milton, no single representation can accommodate Him. Paradise Lost: 1674 7. Elaborate on how Milton relates Hell to a diseased body. Satan is Hell incarnate, and thus his deformed body is a representation of the illness lurking beneath the Earth. There are also certain anatomical analogies to Hell: the Hills belched, the digging of ribs of gold. 8. Describe how Satan, Sin and Death are related, and the symbolic implications of
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such. Sin is the offspring of Satan, and she is incestuously raped by Satan, without Satan’s own knowing. She embodies the irony of sinful act: that the situation can be blatantly understandable and ignored at once. Satan and Sin’s offspring is Death, who also incestuously rapes his mother to give rise to hell hounds, the incarnations of guilt through sin. Death, then, cannot manifest itself without Sin. This is the representation of the original sin, from which man lost immortality. 9.
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