Bacon’s “Essays”

“Would any of Bacon’s essays have been more persuasive if he had talked about his own experiences?”

Essays was written by Francis Bacon in 1597, England. The work consists of several relatively short essays on various topics such as “Of Counsel” or “Of Friendship.” Bacon wrote the essays to influence people, change thought and behavior and to give advice. For example, in “Of Friendship”, he talks of how true friends are the only thing that can open the heart. Perhaps he wanted people to look more towards having true friends instead of worthless “friendships” that didn’t add anything to their lives. He wanted to give counsel as to what to look for in friends.

However, though Bacon’s topics are excellent and he gives good advice, etc…, there is something missing: personal experience. If Bacon had provided personal experience, like, for example, in the essay “Of Friendship”, you would have been more moved to change or at least think about his advice. Personal experience also gives us a better tie Continue reading

Shakespeare vs. KJV Bible

Which is easier to read, Shakespeare or the King James Version of the Bible?

I’d say that the Bible is easier to read. Shakespeare is great. I really do like reading his works, but the language is extremely hard to understand. For example,

“…Out of this silence yet I picked a welcome;

 And in the modesty of fearful duty

 I read as much as from a rattling tongue

 Of saucy and audacious eloquence.

 Love, therefore, and tongue-tied simplicity

 In least speak most, to my capacity.”

          A Midsummer Night’s Dream­—Act V, Scene I

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Sanctions In the Bible

“How important is the idea of covenant sanctions in the week’s readings? (Readings from the King James version of the Bible.)”

What are sanctions? The idea of sanctions is that if you do something wrong you will have to pay for it. For example, if you rob someone, now negative sanctions will come upon you. Sanctions can also be positive. If you help or serve someone, you may feel happy. That would be positive sanctions.

A covenant is an agreement between two parties to do something. In terms of the Bible, the covenant was between God and the people of Israel.

Covenantal sanctions are extremely important in the Bible, if not the central part of it. For example, God through Moses gave the people the Ten Commandments to live by. If they disobeyed these guidelines, God would bring negative sanctions upon them. Continue reading

Don Quixote’s Oath

“What made Don Quixote’s oath differ from his deathbed oath?”

“Don Quixote” is a book written by Miguel de Cervantes in the 17th century, Spain. It is about an older man who, after reading books upon books on chivalry, decides to become a knight and fight for “his lady”, Dulcinea de Toboso (in reality a peasant woman who he doesn’t even know).
As a knight he sees everything from a knight’s point of view: windmills are giants, women at an inn are “ladyships”, monks are thieves and sheep are an army. He also recruits a squire–a farmer from his village named Sancho Panza, who after being promised governorship over an island and being tired of his nagging wife, leaves with Don Quixote de la Mancha. Continue reading

“What Is Done Is Done”

Lady Macbeth’s favorite line in Shakespeare’s play Macbeth is “What is done is done.” Was she correct in saying this after she and her husband had committed murder(s)? Surely, what is done is done, but that doesn’t mean it’s the end of the story. You still have to pay for your acts. Macbeth paid—he was killed by the King’s son. So, in one way she was right, but in another not—the act was still not paid for, so what had been done was not done yet.