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Icarus / Fly too Close to the Sun
Icarus and Father Daedalus escaped Island of Crete by wings made of wax. Icarus told not to fly to close to the sun, but he did and his wing melted and he died.
Fail or be destroyed because of lack of caution or excessive abition
Latin for Blank Slate. Philosopher John Locke referred to the mind of a young person as unaffected.
someone or something is unmarked and uninfluenced.
Bread and Circuses
Imperial government was able to keep the populace content merely by distributing free food and providing entertaining spectacles in the Colosseum- Roman Empire
polices designed to prevent unrest by keeping people happy and deflecting concern about troubling issues
Deus ex Machina
mean God from the machane. in classic theater crane with harness for actor. god fly to earth to solve problem
surprising turn out of events that suddenly makes things turn out all right. Also considered to be an unsatisfying an overly cinvenient
Greek Mythology Tantalas was a king who offended the gods and was condemned to suffer eternal hunger and thirst in Hades, every time he tried to drink or eat out of reach.
offered something desirable which is withheld
acronym for Not In My Back Yard
people may be aware of the necessity of some unpleasant realities, they insist these places be located away from where they live
In 1815 battle of waterloo in Belgium Final battle of the Napoleonic Wars, Napoleo finally defeated
to suffer an ultimatic, decisive defeat
Left Handed Compliment
Left had associated with something negative. Clumsy, doubtful sincerity, sinister side.
despite being a compliment, is insulting or rude in some way
The Emperor's New Clothes
Han Christian Andersen's Story an emperor hires two tailors who promise to make him a new set of clothes that are invisible to those who are stupid or unfit for office. People pretended to admire them. In a parade a child finally shouts the truth.
small child pointing out the falseness or pretentiousness of something especially when others are afraid to admit the truth
In the book of Exodus, Moses is leading his people out of Egypt to the Promised Land. While Moses is up on Mt. Sinai receiving the ten commandments the people melted down jewelry and made a calf of gold to worship. Moses is mad and breaks stone tablets.
an item that is worshiped even though it is not worthy if worship
Sword of Damocles
Damocles was ta courtier of a Greek king, talked about how wonderful life the king led. Let Damocles sit in his seat a sword was suspended over him never felt comfortable.
awareness of impending of imminent danger.
svengali is the name if a character in Trilby a novel George du Maurier. Svengali is a singing master who teaches Trilby to sing. when svengali dies trilby is no longer able to sing.
is a person who exercises excessive control or influence over another person
Fiddle While Rome Burns
During the reign of the Roman emperor Nero a fire consumed half of Rome. Nero played the violin while the emergency was happening. He did care about the people,
to display indifference in the midst of an emergency
Latin means It Does Not Follow
The phrase can refer to a statement that is unrelated to what has been said before. In logic a non sequitur is a conclusion that does not logically follow from the premises.
White Elephant occur time to time in India , Asia, Africa.These were rare and in Thailand these elephant were born to the king but he realized they were very costly. So he gave them to the people he didn't like.
object/ gift that has not use to its owner and may even represent a financial burden or an inconvenience
When achilles was a baby his mother dipped him in the river styx because water from the river gave immortality to humans. His mother held him by his heal that was the only place that the water didnt touch. During the Trojan War a poison arrow hit his heel
a persons area of particular vulnerability
Pound of Flesh
Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice. Sherlock a moneylender agrees to finance a fleet of ships for young merchant Antonio. In contract Shylock insists that he must have a pound of flesh. Antonio is spared because of a technicality in the contract did not say his blood
insist in being repaied even if the repayment will destroy or harm the debtor.
Hinduism cows are considered sacred, so cows are not harmed or killed. In a cow wonders in a shop it can only try to lure it out even if it breaks things.
something that cannot be interfered with or harmed in any way
Crossing the Rubicon
In the Gallic Wars Julius Caesar was ordered home they travel south toward Italy. The Rubicon was a river forming the northern boundary of Italy, an army could not cross that river but they did and made a civil war inevitable there was no turning back
to take an irreversible step often involving some danger.
Pearls before Swine
In the sermon on the Mount, Jesus admonished his followers to cast not your pearls before swine. Pigs would be able to appreciate pearls if the jewels were just given to them
offer something precious to someone , or a group of people , unable to appreciate the value of what they are being given
Thirty Pieces of Silver/ Betrayed with a Kiss
In the bible Judas Iscariot was the disciple who agreed to betray Jesus to the authorities in exchange for thirty pieces of gold. He would identify Jesus with a kiss.
- payment received for an act of treachery
- suppose friend's treachery
Gordius was a Greek king. He tied a complex knot and said who ever could untie it would rule Asia. Alexander the Great cut it with a sword.
- extremley complex problem
- solving a problem in a quick decisive manner
French Poet Alfred de Vigny was said to have shut himself in an ivory tower so he could compose poems. Fairy tales, a beautiful, unreachable place. Out of touch with reality
secluded or protected from the real world and thus out of touch with reality
All that Glitters is not Gold
Proverb derived from a Latin translation if Aristotle. Proverb Do not hold as gold all that shines as gold
appears valuable on the outside may in fact be less that valuable. Appearances can be deceptive
Sound and Fury
In shakespeare's Macebeth he is informed that his wife is died, he speaks of the inevitable of death
refers to a great tumultuous and passionate uproar that is actually unimportant or meaningless
Once in a Blue Moon
blue moon is a second full moon within the same calendar month. Phenomenon that occurs approximately three years. First full moon read second blue
occur very rarely
In the speed the plough by Thomas Morton, Mrs. Grundy is a character who never appears on stage. But character frequently ask what would Mrs. Grundy say.
an attitude of narrow - minded prudishness
Crocodiles were once thought to shed large tears before devouring their prey. They have small ducts in the corner of their eyes which release tears when the crocodile opens its jaw s wide
to show false sympathy for someone
greek mythology sea creatures who lured sailors to their deaths on the rocky shores by singing irresistible songs. Half women half bird
- anything that tempts a person away form safety and toward a destructive path.
- temptation used to lure a person.
Read the Riot Act
Under English Common law an unruly crowd had to be read the riot act before action could be taken to force them in disperse.
stern warning that if unacceptable behavior does not cease severe consequences will follow
discribing ideas and qualites rather than observable or specific things
latin for against the man when a writer personally attacks his or her opponents instead if their arguments
a narrative that seves as an extended metaphor a literary work in which character objects or actions represent abstractions
a narrative that serves as an extended metaphor
a brief reference to something literary, mythological, or historical
repitition of the same sounds beginning several words in sequence
a partial similarity of features on which comparison may be based.