A Magnum Opus’ Life

Goethe completed Faust a year before his death, as did Dante with his Divine Comedy and Dostoevsky with The Brothers Karamazov. This could signal many things, notable for me is that when you discover a potential universal story towards the end of one's life where a writer has already developed their voice, their pursuit, and … Continue reading A Magnum Opus’ Life

Sin and Redemption Inside Brothers Karamazov and Divine Comedy

The central question in Dostoevsky's Magnum Opus, The Brothers Karamazov, is if man can be redeemed, or rather in this book, Mitya. Reading this masterpiece, I encountered three different versions of myself, each at separate times of my life. The three brothers represent the soul of the Russian man. Ivan, a clever philosopher and atheist, … Continue reading Sin and Redemption Inside Brothers Karamazov and Divine Comedy

Mephisto as 18th century Morpheus (From The Matrix)

Interesting new Faust hot-take inspired form a friend: Faust (Neo), clapped up in a tight office doing meaningless work that numbs the mind, has no purpose, at least no fruits of his labor. God (the machines) anoint him special so he's been given a pointless career in academia, but behind the scene he plays a … Continue reading Mephisto as 18th century Morpheus (From The Matrix)

Goethe: Trilogy of Passion, Part III

III.  ATONEMENT.[Composed, when 74 years old, for a Polish lady, who excelled inplaying on the pianoforte.]PASSION brings reason--who can pacifyAn anguish'd heart whose loss hath been so great?Where are the hours that fled so swiftly by?In vain the fairest thou didst gain from fate;Sad is the soul, confused the enterprise;The glorious world, how on the sense … Continue reading Goethe: Trilogy of Passion, Part III

Paradiso Canto 4: The Usage of the Timaeus as Comparison to Heaven

In Paradiso, Canto 4, Beatrice tells Dante, You reason: 'if my will to good persists, why should the violence of others cause the measure of my merit to be less?' And you are also led to doubt because the doctrine Plato taught would find support by souls, appearing to return to the stars... (lines 19-24) … Continue reading Paradiso Canto 4: The Usage of the Timaeus as Comparison to Heaven