Supernatural Entities Essay

733 words - 3 pages

Supernatural EntitiesDefinitionAn occurrence, event or 'being' beyond the scope and understanding of common logic, or something operating beyond the known physical laws. E.g. an elaborate ghostly apparition or self -spilled glass of water both qualify as supernatural occurrences.The human psyche, fascinated with the supernatural?Assuming the above statement to be true, we can assume that the modern media revolving around supernatural drama should contain a diverse assortment of historically catalogued supernatural beings such as the Nephilim, Abatwa, Mono Grande etc. The reason for their absence is that the modern media gives us what our psyche demands i.e. vampires, werewolves, ghosts and zombies. The focus by the media on these specific beings appears to be the root cause of the question posed above, but the actual reasons are quite physiological and deeply embedded in the ancient primitive parts of our brain. Since most modern supernatural focused-entertainment media showcases vampires and zombies most often, they can be used as basis for the argument of our fascination.Vampires (introduction, origin and modern interpretation)The sadistic undead human like creature known as the vampire, known not only for their physical immortality but also for their immortal and grandiose status in the halls of the supernatural. No other being has inspired such awe and terror in both great and equal measure such as the vampire. The modern day interpretation of this undead being can be traced to "Vlad the Impaler", a cruel tyrant famous for impaling his live victims on wooden steaks, this combined with his rumored habit of drinking his victims blood made him an inspiration for Bram Stokers classic novel "Dracula". This classic novel is where most of the modern vampire originates from, the aversion to sunlight and garlic, the immortality, pale skin etc. Modern vampire perception (as portrayed by Hollywood) often casts them in roles of tragically misunderstood heroes with a more potent dark side than most humans. The role of the romantic hero, where previously resided the likes of Mr. Darcy (pride and prejudice) has been entrusted to the fanged blood drinking sub-human.Zombies (introduction, origin and modern interpretation)The origin story of the rotting reanimated corpse...

Find Another Essay On Supernatural Entities

The Shinning by Stephen King Essay

2227 words - 9 pages In the horror genre, there are many concepts that can contribute to horrifying the audience. A common fear for most is the fear of the unknown or that of which cannot be seen such as what lies beyond the world people cannot see. It can raise question of what may cross the line into ghosts or "supernatural" territory. There could be tons of reasons as to why something could be portrayed as haunted. In the film The Shining by Stephen King, the

Naruralistic Worldview Essay

1198 words - 5 pages death?; Why is it possible to know anything at all?; How do we know what is right and wrong?; and What is the human purpose? " Simply put, the Naturalistic Worldview is the denial of the existence of supernatural causes. In rejecting the reality of supernatural events, forces, or entities, naturalism is the antithesis of supernaturalism. “Thus far there is no evidence that reality is partitioned into nature and something else or something more

Reality.

2545 words - 10 pages scientific instruments, but if so they are totally beyond human knowledge. There are people who believe that some of these things are [partially and imperfectly] perceivable by media of perception other than the physical senses, and so they think of these "supernatural" things as "real". I think they're mistaken, and so their ideas don't concern me in my efforts to clarify my own thinking. REALITY AND HUMAN PERCEPTION. The nature of our

Greek archaic sculpture

570 words - 2 pages that the personal virtues of affluent individuals become the underlying subject of archaic statues temples and sanctuaries.Formally the Kouros statues follow a carving formula that divides the human body into proportionally pleasing geometric entities. The stylization of the different figure planes along with the rigid poses allow the sculptor an easy way to create the human figure since all he has to do is follow a well established traditional

The Growing Threat of Corporate Surveillance

1676 words - 7 pages society since the beginning of modern civilization; new media has just enabled society to use surveillance for a different purpose. Surveillance is not new to our society. The concept of God, a supernatural being carefully monitoring our every action, shows the incorporation of the idea of surveillance into early society. Surveillance was essential for the production and distribution of goods - to ensure that workers were accomplishing their tasks

Intelligent Design: Reasons it shouldn't be taught

786 words - 3 pages John Marburger, "Intelligent Design is not a scientific concept." Because we agree with Mr. Margburger we must stand in negation of the resolution that in the United States, public high school science curriculum should include the study of the Theory of Intelligent Design.First a few Definitons:Intelligent Design, According to the Intelligent Design Network, is a belief that asserts that naturalistic explanations of some biological entities are

Critical reading and 5 sub-skills

832 words - 3 pages , "Fantasy is fiction that features elements of magic, wizardry, supernatural feats, and entities that suspend conventions of realism in the literary arts. Fantasy can resemble prose versions of epics and rhymes, may be informed by mythic cycles or folkloric material derived from cultures worldwide. Fantasy fiction may be guided primarily by the author's own distinctive imagery and personalized archetypes. "Truth versus Fantasy LessonThe lesson would

Religion vs. Science

1007 words - 4 pages , have never been detected or examined in a scientific inquiry; but a shocking percentage of Americans, "65% of the U.S. population"(n.y.times4/12/88), believes that these supernatural people exist, running errands for God, or helping people in time of need. This whole belief system is a throwback to earlier times in human history, when the world was enchanted, populated with mystical and religious entities of all sorts (Greek Gods for example

Thales and Anaximander

1022 words - 4 pages There is considerable agreement that Thales was born in Miletus in Greek Ionia in the 624 BCE and died in about 546 BCE. His parents are said by some to be from Miletus but others report that they were Phoenicians. It is reported that Thales predicted an eclipse of the Sun in 585 BC. .. Thales was much involved in the problems of astronomy and provided a number of explanations of cosmological events which traditionally involved supernatural

The Shawshank Redemption as a dark fairy tale.

1185 words - 5 pages largely inhabited by kings, queens, princes, princesses, soldiers, peasants, animals, and supernatural creatures, however, the film does not show this.In a fairytale, it is expected that a particular narrative structure is undertaken, which is evident in this case of "The Shawshank Redemption." A fairytale usually involves a hero, in this case Andy, needing to undertake a journey/adventure - Andy is sent to Prison after being found guilty of killing

In which ways are religion and magic similar, in which ways are they different?

1270 words - 5 pages with reference to the structure of the entire universe, including all dimensions of this.Belief in supernatural entities is usually emotionally very highly charged; hence the believer imputes special qualities and sacredness to them. This, amongst a variety of other things, is what makes religion so special, so important and so personal to so many people in the world.Magic is also not easy to define. Perhaps it is best to describe the different

Similar Essays

Edgar Allen Poes Fall Of The H

1042 words - 4 pages probably the last I should obtain-that the lady, at least while living, would be seen by me no more"(722). The narrator here seems to be foreseeing what might possibly happen to Madeline, giving himself supernatural qualities.At one point in the story the narrator makes speculations towards possible supernatural entities, which helps to give the story the feeling of a supernatural atmosphere. "No outlet was observed in any portion of its vast

Auguste Comte Essay

1278 words - 5 pages individual, gradually transition from a world controlled by the supernatural to a scientific world that can be observed and explained concretely. The scope of his methodology is broad, but the ensuing impact it has had on the field of sociological theory cannot be understated. Positive Sociologists since Comte have, in a sense, taken up the torch in pursuit of understanding specialized phenomena. His simple, yet heavy theories are the genesis for

Use Your Own Definition Of 'religion' And Compare Its Strengths And Weaknesses

1288 words - 5 pages , then consists of beliefs, actions and institutions which assume the existence of supernatural entities with powers of action or impersonal powers or processes possessed of moral purpose (Bruce, 1995, p.ix)' (Block 4, pg 37).Both definitions mention beliefs, nevertheless Bruce dose not define where these beliefs come from nor does he allow for them to change and evolve. Both myself and Bruce talk of how the religion can be shown through actions

The Use Of Supernatural Elements In Shakespeare's Hamlet And Kyd's The Spanish Tragedy

1690 words - 7 pages the departed' . There were many superstitions surrounding these entities during Elizabethan times. A ghost defined by the Oxford English Dictionary is `the soul of a deceased person, spoken of as appearing in a visible form, or otherwise manifesting its presence, to the living.' The supernatural can be defined as `that which is above nature; belonging to a higher realm or system than that of nature; transcending the powers or the ordinary course