"His servants told him, 'There's a woman at Endor who can talk to the spirits of the dead.' That night, Saul put on different clothing so nobody would recognize him. Then he and two of his men went to the woman, and asked, 'Will you bring up the ghost of someone for us?' The woman said, 'Why are you trying to trick me and get me killed? You know King Saul has gotten rid of everyone who talks to the spirits of the dead!' Saul replied, 'I swear by the living Lord that nothing will happen to you because of this.' 'Who do you want me to bring up?' she asked. 'Bring up the ghost of Samuel,' he answered. When the woman saw Samuel, she screamed. Then she turned to Saul and said, 'You’ve tricked me! You’re the king!' 'Don’t be afraid,' Saul replied. 'Just tell me what you see.' She answered, 'I see a spirit rising up out of the ground.' 'What does it look like?' 'It looks like an old man wearing a robe.' Saul knew it was Samuel, so he bowed down low." Christian scholars are split over what the apparition was. Some say it was a demon, a fallen angel, impersonating Samuel. Take note that it came up out of the earth instead of down from heaven, and that Saul did not actually look at it. Saul had his face to the ground. Other experts feel God intervened and did cause Samuel's spirit to manifest itself to Saul. Would this make it a ghost? Samuel, after all, was dead. And there his spirit was, talking to Saul. A proper definition would be in order, yet a universal one is hard to track down. The world over has many differing definitions and names for ghosts, poltergeists, phantoms, apparitions, or whatever title suits the particular area. Generally, a ghost is believed to be the spirit of one dead, haunting one particular location, somehow trapped here in the physical realm. Ghosts are often described as a simple emotional rent in the ‘metaphysical curtain’, leaving behind traces of whatever event occurred in that particular place, a murder or a suicide for example. Ghosts have been a popular subject for millennia, appearing in countless stories, from 'Macbeth' to 'A Christmas Carol', and even spawning their own folklore genre: ghost stories. Ghosts are perhaps the most common paranormal belief in the world. Part of the reason is that belief in ghosts is part of a larger web of related paranormal beliefs, including near-death experience, life after death, and spirit communication. The idea that the dead remain with us in spirit is an ancient, one that offers many people comfort, and fills others with dread. In his book, Surprised by Hope, author N.T. Wright lists three different types of popular belief that people hold concerning life after death. The first two deal with the complete annihilation of the soul vs. the complete absorption of the soul into the wider world. "Finally," Wright says, "at the popular level, belief in ghosts and the possibility of spiritualistic contact with the dead has resisted all the inroads of a century of secularism."1 Within Christianity, there are three primary views or perspectives taken that concern this issue. First is the belief that all paranormal activity has a naturalistic explanation. This view holds that all ghostly activity, if all the information were available, would be easily debunked with a purely naturalistic or scientific explanation. Within this view, it is illegitimate to suppose a 'ghost of the gaps' mentality, which claims that there is too much paranormal activity to be pinned down by science. Everything has a rational explanation behind it, that explanation usually being that the draftiness of the building caused the change in temperature, or something along those lines. God does not allow (within this view) for the spirits of the dead to linger here on earth. This view, however, also tends to discount all demonic activity with a scientific explanation, as well as biblical miracles. It tries to understand everything outside of our comfort zone, to trap all things supposedly…
audience understand the more important character. Laertes and the ghost are foils for Hamlet in this play which help us readers understand his character and his actions. During the play, Hamlet ignores his father's (ghost) warning about his mother, pretends to be crazy, betrays Ophelia, and delays the vengeance of his father's murder. What was the cause of these actions? Why did Hamlet delay his duty of vengeance? Through the insight of the ghost and Laertes, one may be able to come to his/her own conclusions…
Growing Up With Ghosts
In The Woman Warrior, Kingston explores the hardships of growing up in early 19th century American society. Although race is an important factor, gender is an even more prominent element in this story. Kingston descriptions vary in the story, from vague to vivid, depending on the nature of the story she is telling. In juxtaposing her day-to-day troubles with the lives of the women her mother tells her about, Kingston paints a clear picture of the pressures involved…
Experiencing about Ghost
Have you ever wondered about ghost phenomenon that truly exists as a rumor? I am in high school and I hear a lot of ghost stories by my friends: white ladies, a haunted house, devil spirit, ect. However good the stories are, I never believe that ghosts are real. But I really believe when the inhumane people die, they cannot go to heaven but will go to hell, and never be reincarnated (according to the monks). Yet, what really make up ghost stories? Therefore, I always question…
Humanities I – Honors
Timothy W. Kandel, PH.D., Course Instructor
Date Due of Report: October 31st, 2014
Ghostbusters, a classic film about three university students who become known widely for their success in capturing ghosts, was produced and published in 1984 by Ivan Reitman. Dan Akroyd, Harold Ramis, and Rick Moranis also take credit for the writing of the film. This blockbuster movie visits Mesopotamian mythology by discussing figures used in mythology such as Gozer…
discuss the ghost of King Hamlet. During this discussion, Horatio states, “This bodes some strange eruption to our state” (I:I:80). Horatio believes that this foreshadows Denmark is in for some hard times. Assuming something bad will erupt in the state of Denmark, the guards become extremely worried about the rest of the state becoming infected. . Denmark can be viewed as a genuine body that has been contaminated by the ethical shortcomings of Claudius and Gertrude, and readers often see the ghost as a…
Literature of Philosophy
May 18, 2015
Everything You Can Imagine Is Real
Everybody has his/her fantasies of becoming famous, having a loving partner, or meeting his/her role model. In The Ghost Writer by Phillip Roth, the main character, Nathan Dedalus has many fantasies. Some of his most intriguing ones are about his mentor Lonoff, his dream spouse Anne Frank, and his ex-girlfriend Betsy. In this novel, Nathan creates these fantasies in order to feel better about the realities…
of it/ The very place puts toys of desperation/ Without more motive into every brain/ That looks so many fathoms to the sea/ And hears it roar beneath. (1. 4. 69-78)
Horatio believes the ghost is a devil and warns Hamlet that it could lead him into trouble
Foreshadows that the ghost will cause Hamlet to go mad
It was believed that a demon would appear in a recognizable form when a person was in a time of need
o A mote it is to trouble the mind’s eye/ In…
English 1 research paper
29 March 2013
Why people believe in ghosts.
Lying in bed in the middle of the night while sleep eludes me, a noise breaks through the silence. Oh my God! What was that!? Maybe it was just my imagination, or maybe it was just the house settling. There it is again! I must be hearing things. I get cold and my body starts to shiver uncontrollably. I peek to where the sound comes from and I could swear I see something through the dark room; it appears even darker than the…
Ghosts of Rwanda Reflection
Does the Genocide in Rwanda have a singular cause? I do not believe so; the cause of genocide in Rwanda in 1994 was due to years of built up hatred between the Tutsis and the Hutus along with many other occurrences. The Rwandan Genocide is no exception with many variables contributing to the horrific events that took place. According to the documentary Ghosts of Rwanda, in 1994, Rwanda experienced a premeditated, systematic and state sponsored genocide with the aim…
Our lives are build out of experiences. Depending on where we live, what we are going through, or our state of mind, we build our personal lives by making some concessions and adjustments in order to cope with others. In the play GHOST by Henrik Ibsen, Mrs. Alving and Pastor Manders are two characters whose stories differ because of secrets, misunderstandings, and masquerade.
I. Mrs. Alving's life is full of unbelievable secrets.
A. She is the widow of Captain Alving.