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Seminar paper from the 12 months 2009 within the topic American reviews - Literature, grade: 1,0, Martin Luther college (Anglistik und Amerikanistik), path: well known Literature in the USA, language: English, summary: Helena Blavatsky’s “The Cave of the Echoes” is a bright and colourful piece of occult fiction that includes mysterious settings, a few extraordinary characters and supernatural happenings. yet what precisely lies at the back of this occult tale and the way is the writer and the tale on the topic of the supernatural? Is the story’s objective just to entertain its readers or does it serve different features corresponding to the advertising of the author’s theosophical rules and beliefs? How does a extra complicated wisdom of the occult support one to appreciate the which means of “The Cave of the Echoes” extra clearly?

This paper techniques those diversified questions via relating the surroundings, 3 significant characters and elements of the plot of “The Cave of the Echoes”. in regards to the atmosphere, it regards the story’s fairly obscure place and analyzes its surroundings. the subsequent bankruptcy stories these 3 significant characters of the tale which are most manifestly regarding occult practices and as a result call for unique realization: the Hungarian mesmerizer, the Shaman and the kid. The fourth bankruptcy considers the truthfulness and the functionality of the tale, the symbolic that means of the cloud and the process of mesmerization. additionally, it attempts to reply to the query if the mansion of Mr. Izvertzoff is accursed via the satan.

The questions pointed out above are approached by means of concerning either Blavatsky’s theoretical theosophical works and her fictional literature. Her wide selection of courses permits one to achieve certain wisdom and allow an intensive research and interpretation of “The Cave of the Echoes”. definitely, this paper doesn't try to absolutely clarify occult practices and happenings as Blavatsky’s literature in part does. It quite collects fragments of Blavatsky’s ideas and reports that allows you to achieve a greater realizing of the story’s which means and purpose.

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