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Elizabeth I did a lot for her country in respect to the growth of literature during her reign. Then again, how could a ruler not be considered the catalyst for expansion of the arts when you have famous individuals like Shakespeare, Marlowe, and Spenser all contributing in large ways to the literature of the time. When a leader has their own time period or age, in this case, "The Elizabethan Age" named after them, they are clearly doing something right in terms of cultural importance. As I highlighted in the timeline I created, during her reign, the Globe Theatre was opened, one of the more famous theatres in all of Europe at the time. Many of the most famous plays written by Shakespeare were performed here that are still culturally relevant to this day. Elizabeth I was very influential of not only literature and writing of her time period, but also many of the other arts and even enjoyed hobbies of these specific categories as well (although private in performing). Elizabeth I really opened up the cultural acceptance of early forms of all kinds of literature and arts, because of her, these times were the gateway for the future expansion that would come and saturate the human race with many other forms of appreciable art.

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Mephistopheles is a demon that is summoned by Doctor Faustus with some magical experiments. Mephistopheles has two goals essentially, one to carry Doctor Faustus's soul to hell, but also to warn Doctor Faustus about the horrors of hell, telling him he doesn't want to go there. Conflicting kind of guy, am I right? The first look at Mephistopheles that we saw from Doctor Faustas had the Doctor sending him away because he was so horrendously ugly. Mephistopheles then returns in the appearance of the Franciscan Friar. It seems to also be that Mephistopheles is not allowed to do anything unless he has the ok from Lucifer. Once Faustus and Mephistopheles make a pact, they will be bound to each other for 24 years. There is also evidence throughout the text of the dmnation that Mephistopheles feels because he once was able to experience heaven for a moment and then was dragged down to hell as a fallen angel. This experience makes being a servant of Lucifer even more sufferable for Mephistopheles. It is also important to introduce Mephistopheles's own version of hell. As he states in the text, it is essentially everywhere that God is not. Anywhere that is absent of God's bliss is considered hell.

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Looking at the three different photos depicted of Mephistopheles, there are a few differences and similarities that can be discussed about the character himself. For one, I would discuss the physical appearance of all three of the photos and note that it seems proper that in all of them the character of Mephistopheles does not look all that old. However, one difference that I think is striking and very important to the original text comes from the first moment that Doctor Faustus summons Mephistopheles and is then turned away by his ugliness, calling out to him and telling him to go and dress as a Franciscan Friar. This quote shows how this bottom photo suits Mephistopheles better as he is clearly dressed in a cloak and how the top picture may differ a bit as he is not really depicted as ugly in that photo. Next, and lastly, I think that the middle photo is the only one depicting Mephistopheles as flying, which can be seen in the middle photo and seems to be absent from the other two photos. I would say that those are the main similarities and differences connecting to the original text.

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Petrarchan Sonnet

I dare say what music does for the heart
Please sit and let me tell a little tale
A story once was a man in jail
He spent his days laying around, a part
Of his old self, his view of the world tart
Lying there only wishing he could sail
Through water, rather than stew on his pail
He missed the old waters wished he could dart
Out of this life that had become of him
So as he lay there he began to sing
And as he sung he heard what was a limb
Reaching to press a bell which he heard ring
What came next puzzled him, as he heard "jim"
"You're free to go", made him feel like a king

Shakespeare Sonnet

There are many life moments that give bliss
But how they appear in different ways
One that comes to mind, is fair maiden's kiss
This can keep one happy for many days
Or the feeling of a loved one with you
That gives great pleasure and gives warmth of life
There are yet even more examples too
What makes one happy, no matter the strife
They can always have this feeling of glee
When storms approach then just think on these days
O please let me tell you that you will see
No matter the strife memories stay ways
Then to let the mind and body shine bright
And flying high in the sky like a kite

Sonnet 3

The feeling in life known to man as love
What a feeling it truly is, O my
Words can't express but maybe with a dove
It can be expressed, a dove in the sky
Flying free, without a care, O dear joy
I sure don't think there is a better form
Except maybe the idea of a boy
Seeing a rainbow after a big storm
O how happy that would really make he
It is hard to express love in real ways
Love can be thought of as a reaching tree
Holding those close to you, yes in a daze
Feeling like you are flying so high
Just floating and flying throughout the sky

Noah Milliard

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The Green Knight is a noble warrior who appears in the story “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight”. The green knight is a very intimidating figure as can be seen by him having his head sliced off of the bone, and then picking up his dismembered body part and speaking to the round table at Camelot, with head in hand. The green knight is also a character who seems to possess the trait of fairness as well as humility. In the case of Sir Gawain, the green knight instead of returning the favor and chopping of his head, instead makes a point to him about loyalty and honesty versus lying to one that showed you great hospitality. Especially when the act was not technically adultery but very close to it. So all in all, The Green Knight does carry out his promise of bringing down his axe upon Sir Gawain, but it is only a slight blow and not one that would sever his head. It is also worth noting that the Green Knight acts on Morgan Le Feye’s behalf as the Green Knight explains that she wants to see how individuals from The Round Table will act in certain circumstances.
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Figure 1: Clearly represents the Green Knight from his first appearance in the story when he comes to Camelot with an olive branch offering peace and not wanting to fight.

Figure 2 Displays the hospitality of the Green Knight/Lord Bertilak as he opens his home to Sir Gawain and exclaiming that anything that he wants is his.

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Figure 3 : Coincides with the 9 lives that it seems that the Green Knight has after having his head chopped off and then picking it up like nothing happened.

Figure 2 Displays the hospitality of the Green Knight/Lord Bertilak as he opens his home to Sir Gawain and exclaiming that anything that he wants is his.
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Minute 1:03 (But in one hand he carried a holly branch , That is brilliantly green when forests are bare (206-208).

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Min 1:51 (I beg you in plain words To let this task be mine.) (341-342).

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Min 3:06 (Make your way to the Green Chapel, I charge you, to get such a blow as you have dealt, rightfully given, To be readily returned on New Year’s Day.) (451-453).

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The character of Beowulf is one of the heroes from the Anglo Saxon time period. A hero who personifies all of the traits that would be depicted on a brave warrior of his time, he is a boastful character who is not short a shred of confidence. From telling tales of his youth in fighting a giant squid, to the upmost confidence he has against Grendel, this famous warrior is one that believes that he can take on anything or anyone. Furthermore, in discussion of his battle with Grendel, the literature reasoning on why he was to go up against this monstrous foe was due to a debt he owed to King Hrothgar from his past. Regardless, of this he defeats Grendel, Grendel's mother and the dragon (In his later years). Because of what he does for King Hrothgar while alive and because Hrothgar has no rightful heir, Beowulf eventually becomes king. A wise one for that.As Beowulf ages and becomes wiser, he does indeed go up against a dragon. However, he does die during battle which leaves his people without a king. This is the one issue I take with Beowulf as up to this point he was a wise and fair king, but in this situation he takes on the warrior persona instead of the king persona and this leads to his death and a cloudy future for his people.

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The three pictures depicted surprisingly show some drastic differences among what some depict the physical appearance of Beowulf as. The bottom photo seen is the only one depicting Beowulf with a beard, which I find quite odd. The second photo shows him with a very boyish looking face which I find perplexing as every other instalment with him included seems to show a tough, rugged warrior. Also, the first picture seems to be the only one of him with any sort of muscular physique, which as my classmate pointed out at one time was almost what you expect from a character of Beowulf. However, in all three pictures you can clearly see the grit, determination, and confidence in his face. That quality is surely not lacking in any of the above photos. As I said, the difference in physical appearance of each of the photos is striking to me when I think of a character such as Beowulf. However, the artist's rendition of each different Beowulf character did capture the intangible tools that you can't see in each of the photos. With that being said, I approve of each of the photos of Beowulf.

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