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The Bloodiest Deed

I never saw my mother more than a few times.

I received the tidings of her death with much the same emotions I should have felt at the death of a stranger.  


The opinion was that my master was my father.  

I was so horror stricken that I hid myself in a closet and dared not come out.  


It was the first of a long series of outrages  which I was doomed to be a witness and a participant.

It was the blood-stained gate, the entrance to the hell of slavery, through which I was about to pass.  


How I escaped death, I do not know.  

I have often sung to drown my sorrow, but seldom to express my happiness.

I was sometimes prompted to take my life but was prevented by hope.


The bloody deeds that took place were not treated as crimes.

I saw in every white man an enemy, but I can say I never confided in any people more than my fellow slaves.  


I learned to read and write, but I envied my fellow slaves’ stupidity.  

The punishment for learning was being whipped until overcome with fatigue.

 I wished for death during those moments.  


My pathway from slavery to freedom came at a time I least expected it.  

Freedom was a strange sight for me, brightening up my pathway with the light of happiness.  


I love impartial Christianity, but am filled with loathing when I contemplate the partial and hypocritical Christianity of this land.

I sincerely hope this book throws light on the American slave system for the lives it snatched away and forever sundered from family and friend.  


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Posted by on October 6, 2015 in Douglass poem



Early 19th century Arctic exploration

The Arctic Exploration’s connection to Frankenstein is the setting (Geneva; Swiss Alps; Ingolstadt; England and Scotland; the northern ice).

The Age of Arctic Exploration occurred throughout the 19th century.   (Area circled in red)

Early 19th century was a time for exploration marking the period where man explored the Arctic successfully.  Various expeditions set out with the intention of reaching the Arctic but were deemed unsuccessful because the dangerous oceans and poor weather conditions.  Many of the explorations were limited due to the lack of technology, food quantity, and insufficient insulation for the ships’ crew against the cold.

The desire to explore was driven by the rediscovery of classical learning and the national quests for commercial expansion.  Many were unaware that the Arctic would become a petroleum producer.  In the first half of the 19th century, sections of the Northwest Passage were explored by numerous expeditions.  Sir Robert McClure was credited with the discovery of the Northwest Passage by viewing it from a distance because the ships were unable to navigate through the icy waters.


On April 6, 1909, Robert Peary claimed to be the first person in recorded history to reach the North Pole relying on dogsleds and his own legs.  Link to see past expeditions including a summary of each Video describing the Arctic

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Posted by on February 11, 2015 in Frankenstein





Raphael means “It is God who heals”

Archangel is an angel of high rank

In the Christian religion, he performs all manners of healing and in Islam, Raphael is the fourth major angel.

Heals people’s mind, body and spirit.

Associated with the angel mentioned in the Gospel of John as stirring the healing pool of Bethesda.

To the Catholic religion, he only appeared in the Book of Tobit.  He appeared disguised in human form as a traveling companion of Tobit’s son, Tobiah.  On the course of their journey, his protective influence was shown by binding a demon is the desert of Egypt.  They return Raphael heals Tobit, making it known that he is one of seven angels who stand before the Lord.

Raphael became a Saint and is the patron of travelers, the blind, happy meetings, nurses, physicians, medical workers, matchmakers, Christian marriage, and Catholic studies.

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Posted by on November 9, 2014 in Thomas More's Utopia