Tag: underworld

  • Beautiful Cosy Underground Scenes In Picture Books

    Beautiful Cosy Underground Scenes In Picture Books

    Mole reached down a lantern from a nail on the wall and lit it, and the Rat, looking round him, saw that they were in a sort of fore-court. A garden-seat stood on one side of the door, and on the other a roller; for the Mole, who was a tidy animal when at home, could not stand having hiw…

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  • A Glossary of The Underworld

    Since we’re all going to hell (by someone’s rules), here is a glossary of terms you may need before you get there. I’d provide a map, but that is coming. ACHERON One of the Five Rivers of the Realm of Hades, according to Ancient Greeks. This is an actual river located in northwest Greece. The Ancient Greeks called it the…

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  • The Grim Reaper In Art And Storytelling

    The Grim Reaper In Art And Storytelling

    SLEEP AS A MINI DEATH Adventures In Sleep from All In The Mind podcast Scientists still don’t know why we need to sleep. Contrast that lack of full understanding with nutrition science, in which we fully understand why animals need to eat, how nutrition enters the blood stream, how it is metabolised and so on. Sleep remains far more mysterious.…

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  • Tunnel and Cave Symbolism

    Tunnel and Cave Symbolism

    In symbolism, there is often a manmade and naturally occurring equivalent. The tunnel is the manmade version of a cave, the sewer a sea (littoral) cave.

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  • The Symbolic Basement In Fiction

    The Symbolic Basement In Fiction

    In Gaston Bachelard’s Symbolic Dream House, you probably shouldn’t go down to the basement, ever. I mean it. Nothing good ever happens down there. The basement is the house version of a fairytale forest — a descent into the subconscious. We can’t control our subconscious. That’s what makes it scary. EXAMPLE ONE: BASEMENTS AND BEREAVEMENT The older woman character in…

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  • Cortes Island by Alice Munro Short Story Analysis

    Cortes Island by Alice Munro Short Story Analysis

    “Cortes Island” is a short story by Alice Munro, included in the 2013 collection The Love Of A Good Woman, which won the Nobel Prize in Literature. Like another story in this collection, “Jakarta“, the title of this story is set in a place away from where the action takes place. Writers often say that the characters who exist off…

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  • Deals With The Devil In Storytelling

    Deals With The Devil In Storytelling

    Humans have been making transactions with money for about 5000 years. Before that, our ancestors traded goods; before that, favours. We are a species highly attuned to swapping, making deals, owing favours and keeping stock. So it’s not surprising that we personify ‘fate’ or ‘life itself’ or God or whatever, and feel, deep down, that if one good thing happens…

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  • Baba Yaga: Witch or old woman?

    Baba Yaga: Witch or old woman?

    Baba Yaga is a legendary Slavic witch, or a hag, who lives in a hut that stands on chicken legs and who flies through the air in a mortar.

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  • Silence Of The Lambs Film Study

    Silence Of The Lambs Film Study

    Silence of the Lambs is an excellent thriller which also does active harm to the trans community.

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  • Rats In Children’s Literature

    Rats In Children’s Literature

    I’m reminded of modern children’s literature, in which an underdog, much maligned character has his/her own back. It’s pretty funny until you read the top commenter, pointing out that the rat probably has toxoplasmosis, a disorder of the brain. On the other hand, mice and rats alike aren’t timid at all when you consider how small and vulnerable they are compared…

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  • Character Empathy In The Breaking Bad Pilot

    Character Empathy In The Breaking Bad Pilot

    It is much more effective to act like a nice guy and be “reasonable” if you prove willing to go beyond just verbiage. You can afford to be compassionate, lax, and courteous if, once in a while, when it is least expected of you, but completely justified, you sue someone, or savage an enemy, just to show that you can…

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  • The Three Main Types Of Modern Myth Stories

    The Three Main Types Of Modern Myth Stories

    In everyday English, a myth is a story which is not true. In a myth, the surface level story is not true, but the symbols running through the story say something deeper about humankind. This is what makes it true.

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  • TV Study: Stranger Things (2016)

    TV Study: Stranger Things (2016)

    Stranger Things is a Netflix series created by the brilliantly named ‘Duffer Brothers’, out this year but set in 1983. Though I suspect strong ‘recency bias’, season one scores a very high 9.2 on IMDb. **CONTAINS ALL THE SPOILERS** The show feels like a mixture of Twin Peaks (with the missing kids and small community), Freaks and Geeks (with the three…

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  • Death In Children’s Literature

    Death In Children’s Literature

    Many people will probably tell you their first brush with death was watching Bambi. I can’t say the same because I never saw the animated Disney film. I thought I knew the story for the longest time, because my grandmother bought me a Little Golden Book called Bambi and Friends Of The Forest. I still have it, because Nana’s wobbly handwriting…

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