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The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe

In Edgar Allan Poe’s poem “The Raven” a lonely man is stuck miserably in his home thinking about his loss lover Lenore. As his struggle continues a knock is made on his chamber door. The tapping continues and the man goes over to open it. As the man opens the door seeking to find out what is going on there is not anything there but the darkness of the night. In confusion the man whispers Lenore his loss love in hope her angel is trying to interact with him, but he has no luck and closes his door. After going back to his misery for a small time the man hears a knock on his window, and as he opens the window the Raven appears. The Raven in this poem plays a evil image that seems to drive the man even more mad as he continues to ask him questions and the Raven is only able to reply with the word “Neversome”. Reading this poem gave me the idea that the Raven is playing a evil messenger or even the Devil himself. The man asks the Raven questions about his loss lover Lenore, but all he is given back is the word “Neversome”. Finally the man realizes that continuing the conversation would be pointless. “And the raven, never flitting, still is sitting, still is sitting on the pallid bust of Pallas just above my chamber door; And his eyes have all the seeming of a demon’s that is dreaming.” This part of the poem explains what the Raven does after the man quits his dialogue. The man stares at the evil looking Raven. This stance that the Raven keep himself in starts to drive the man insane and all hope is lost as the Raven plays a direct symbol of “Death” the death of Lenore. “And my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor shall be lifted—nevermore!” This is the final line of the poem and it explains to us that the man’s hope for lifting his soul from the tragedy is forever lost within his mind.

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The Battle Of Evermore

The Led Zeppelin song “The Battle Of Evermore” is a tale of good vs. evil. The song has many references Lead singer Robert Plant chants about a epic battle between mortals as they seek help from the angels and demons above. This song uses spiritual references from the English heritage to develop a similar war as the “Trojan War”, like the Greeks the soldiers in the battle are blessed with the help of the powers above and a guided through this epic battle.

The song is influenced of course by John Milton’s “Paradise Lost” a war of good vs. evil, but the main reference seems to be JR Tolkien. The quote within the lyrics “The drums will shake the castle wall, the ring wraiths ride in black” this is given proof of JR Tolkien’s creation of the evil ring wraiths from the Lord of the Rings novels are playing as the evil spirits and demons within this song. “The magic runes are writ in gold, to bring the balance back bring it back” Frodo the young hobbit  carrying the golden ring must destroy it to bring back the “balance” meaning peace in Middle Earth. “Queen of Light took her bow, and then she turned to go” Queen of Light is the bride of Christ on her way to the wedding in heaven after the exaltation. “The Prince of Peace embraced the gloom and walked the night alone” this must be Jesus Christ the “Price of Peace” he drank the cup  having died once for the sins of us all. In his returned as the son of man, Jesus is presented as a thief in the night in search of his bride the “Queen of Light”. Overall when listen to this song we understand Led Zeppelin wanted to create a battle within JR Tolkien’s Middle Earth that also using the references from the Christian religion.


Little Red Riding Hood

Once upon a time  in the middle of the woods was a small cottage, which was the home of a young little girl known to everyone as Little Red Riding Hood. In this legendary story “Little Red Riding Hood” the young girl goes on a journey to give her grandmother some fresh goods, but during this quest she is encountered by the evil wolf. “I’m taking Grandma some cakes. She lives at the end of the path” this quote is what gives the wolf the information of where Little Red Riding Hood’s destination is. The wolf is very comparable to the devil due to his trickery with words to find out activity he is trying to receive and also the way he uses peer pressure to get what he wants out of the young girl. Like the Devil or Satan when trying to conquer a human being’s soul, the wolf tries to get the girl to come close enough for him to eat. With Little Red Riding Hood telling the wolf where she is heading the wolf understands that the woods are not the place to make his attack, so he goes off to Little Red Riding Hood’s home before she does. There the wolf comes across Little Red Riding Hood’s grandmother. To add more to his tricks he eats the grandmother to grab a clever disguise for when the young girl arrives. At the time of her arrival she is presented with the deception that the wolf is the grandmother and at this point they have the famous conversation: “Grandmother, what big ears you have!” she asks. “All the better to hear you with,” the wolf replies. “Grandmother, what big eyes you have!” she asks. “All the better to see you with,” the wolf replies. “Grandmother, what big hands you have!” she asks. “All the better to hold you with,” the wolf replies. “But grandmother, what big teeth you have!” she asks. “All the better to eat you with,” the wolf replies, and leaps out of the bed and swallows Little Red Riding Hood. Obviously the disguise did not completely deceive Little Red Riding Hood, but the wolf attempts to trick her in many different ways finally losing his patience and decides to just eat her. The wolf’s choice will lead to his downfall as a hunter nearby hears the wolf’s snoring in sleep and kills the wolf. The hunter eventually will cut the wolf’s stomach to save Little Red Riding Hood and Grandmother. Good seems to always triumph over evil as wars with the sinful continue throughout humanity’s lifetime.


Bedazzled

The movie “Bedazzled” is a comedy that plays proof that the Devil’s offerings are indeed not for the taking. The main character Elliot Richard played by Brendan Fraser is a lower class citizen within the white collar world. Elliot has had a major crush on his co-worker Allison for sometime, when he is acquainted by a beautiful woman who is actually the Devil. The Devil played by Elizabeth Hurley offers him seven wishes of any sort in exchange for Elliot’s soul. Elliot agrees in hope he will be able to attract Allison’s attention, but none of his wishes will exactly come out the way he would have wanted. After transforming himself into a South American tycoon, a champion NBA basketball player, a famous author, the most sensitive man in the world, and even the president of the United States, he begins to understand that the Devil has added a crucial problem to each of his wishes, and for all his troubles he is still leave without his major crush Allison. This movie plays with the audience  numerous times and especially with the male sex in society, because we are presented with a man and his weakness while the male audience experiences the same exact weakness when tempted by the Devil’s sex appeal. Elizabeth Hurley’s character throughout the film taunts and playfully flirts with Elliot Richard making her in complete control of most of his conscience and actions. Watching this film almost seems as if Elliot has been brainwashed away from every wish that goes wrong, because he continues to believe he can make it right with the next one. In the end the audience finds out that it has been all the game of the Devil all along and Elliot Richard will be stuck in a struggle to back his soul.


Van Halen-Running With The Devil

When analyzing the song “Running With the Devil” by the 1970’s California hard rock band Van Halen, I was able to break down each verse by reading the lyrics highly closely. The song attracts the youth during this time in American rock n’ roll, actions of rebellion, and presented a inspiration figure toward the subject of Satan. The meaning behind the song is a young band’s life on the road during a major tour. They are living the “simple life”, but sometimes the simple life is not so simple at all because when the repetition in life starts to bore or annoy a human being you weaken yourself to be controlled by rage. This rage is what leads me to believe singer David Lee Roth is dealing with as he shouts “Running With the Devil” throughout the song’s chorus. The lyrical quote “I live my life like there’s no tomorrow and all I’ve got, I had to steal” explains that his life is not exactly what you would say of a “GOOD CHRISTIAN”. Being out alone on the road for so long has gotten the human mind to seek away from human reality, because of the detachment from the rest of society. Another quote within the second verse of the song is another reason why you would give up on good to become evil “I got no love, no love you’d call real. Ain’t got nobody, waitin’ at home” if not loved than whats worth living for, well vocalist/songwriter David Lee Roth explain to us through his lyrics in “Running With the Devil” is that that Devil is all he has left and he must keep on running in order to continue if he and the band want to continue to make it on tour. After analyzing this song I can now see that the Devil plays its own type of lifestyle throughout the ones who appeal to it.


The Story Behind Pandora’s Box

 

The famous myth of Pandora’s Box resembles to the story of Adam and Eve. In Ancient Greek mythology Pandora was the first woman ever created on earth. Legend has it that Zeus ordered the god of craftsmanship Hephaestus to construct Pandora by using water and earth. She was given great abilities from many different gods. She was beautiful, but when Prometheus a titian who stole fire from the gods for humankind, Zeus looked for vengeance by handing Pandora to Prometheus’s brother another titian named Epimetheus. The box would symbolize destruction and hold similarities of Hell and the Underworld.

Prometheus was a Titan who really adored human beings. Prometheus would help them throughout life in anyway he could, but when he saw humans shivering at night and the raw meat of animals, he knew they would need fire. The other Gods would not allow the humans to achieve fire, because they felt that that man would misuse it and destroy nature with its power. Prometheus believed that the good in man would outweigh the bad, so he stole the fire from the Gods and gave it to the humans. With this being done Zeus decided he would punish Prometheus with his power. Zeus called for Aphrodite to pose in an attractive position so Hephaestus could create a clay figure of her. Zeus then brought the statue to life, and the Gods granted the woman with many gifts that included that attributes of beauty, charm, cunning, wit, eloquence, deceit, skill, and curiosity. Zeus gave the living clay woman the box of Pandora and told her she was never to open it. Zeus’s plan was to trick Prometheus so he offered Pandora as a wife. Prometheus wanted her, but he refused because he knew Zeus was pulling a trick on him. This got Zeus angry and he punished Prometheus to be chained to a rock. While Prometheus was chained a vulture came everyday to feed on Prometheus’s flesh. Meanwhile Prometheus’s brother, Epimetheus would accept Pandora as a wife, and the two of them would settle for a happy life, but Pandora always wondered what was in the box that Zeus gave to her. She just couldn’t hold her curiosity, so she opened the box, and from it flew hate, anger, sickness, poverty, and everything bad in the world. After she slammed the lid down and managed to trap the final evil within the box “hopelessness”, which is why today even when life gets harsh and tough humans still have hope. Legend still believes opening Pandora’s Box will create immortal evil that cannot be undone. The box is symbolized similar to Hell, because it is the cell that keeps chaos in the underworld to keep the real world “Earth” protected from the most ultimate dangers.