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Literature Matters by Michael S. Rose

“Markheim.” By Robert Louis Stevenson.

LITERATURE MATTERS

Michael S. Rose

December 2019

Markheim is confronted at the scene of his crime by a mysterious “visitant” who seems to be giving him advice on how best to escape being caught.

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“The Pardoner’s Tale.” By Geoffrey Chaucer

LITERATURE MATTERS

Michael S. Rose

October 2019

Chaucer satirizes the hypocrite and the fraudster, especially he who uses his talents -- like preaching -- for his own gain.

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Frankenstein. By Mary Shelley

A VALIDATION OF FAMILY, MARRIAGE, & NATURAL HUMAN VALUES

Michael S. Rose

July-August 2019

Shelley’s novel can be read as a validation of the family, marriage, and natural human values in contrast to the overreaching desires of the prideful scientist.

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Brave New World. By Aldous Huxley

LITERATURE MATTERS

Michael S. Rose

June 2019

Huxley articulates, through an engaging narrative, the underlying philosophies that in any century will dehumanize us and lead us away from God and all that is truly good and beautiful.

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My Antonia, by Willa Cather

LITERATURE MATTERS

Michael S. Rose

April 2019

Willa Cather understands there’s a bleak side to the Romantic ideal of the American dream, a critical misinterpretation that the dream focuses on you rather than on others.

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“The Birth-mark.” By Nathaniel Hawthorne

LITERATURE MATTERS

Michael S. Rose

January-February 2019

Should we try to repair our imperfections using our human ingenuity and genius? In other words, should man aspire to control nature, to play God?

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“William Wilson.” By Edgar Allan Poe

LITERATURE MATTERS

Michael S. Rose

December 2018

Poe uses the doppelgänger motif as a physical manifestation of Wilson’s conscience and ultimately shows the demise of a man who, blinded by his sins, kills his own conscience.

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Dracula. By Bram Stoker

LITERATURE MATTERS

Michael S. Rose

November 2018

For the original vampire slayers, most of them nominal Anglicans, the efficacy of Catholic sacramentals and the Sacrament quickly becomes apparent.

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The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus

LITERATURE MATTERS

Michael S. Rose

October 2018

Once Faustus takes possession of Mephistophilis as his servant, it becomes apparent that the Devil isn’t so much serving as manipulating him.

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