5 Life Lessons From Game Of Thrones

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The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe (Christian Symbolism)

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This is the first book of the Chronicles of Narnia, which is written by C.S. Lewis. This book has a Christian allegory or it can be a fantasy story, which depends on the reader. Well, I recommend first to read the book and then watch the film.

The story is about 4 children from World War II, these children were Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy. These siblings were evacuated to London due to bombing from Germany. To cut the story short, Lucy accidentally climbed into the wardrobe, which leads her to the world of “Narnia”. Eventually, the siblings entered the wardrobe and discovered a mystical world where it snows but never Christmas.

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In this world, they have met a witch named Jadis and a lion named Aslan, two of the stories major figures, and their story begins.

Here is my own personal interpretation of the primary symbolism in the story:

First let’s start with Aslan, Aslan means lion in Turkish and in the story, Aslan is the creator of Narnia. He symbolizes Jesus Christ and the power of good.

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Queen Jadis, the White Witch, is the ruler of Narnia for 100 years, which represents the power of Satan or evil in the world.

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Peter, in the story was a strong leader who becomes high king of Narnia. Most closely would represent Apostle Peter, who in reality the first leader of the Christian church after Christ ascended.

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Susan represents Mary, she is the second largest human figure in the story, standing as courageous queen in Narnia, and though very important is likewise very human.

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Edmund, he was tempted by the White Witch, her Turkish Delights and the promise of power. He represents all mankind who has betrayed Christ from birth, and who Jesus died for on the cross. We all know that man led away by the enticement of this world and becomes greedy, selfish and fallen from the standards of Christ. Because of his betrayal, he has also been compared to Judas of the New Testament and Adam in the Garden of Eden.

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Lucy is the faithful youngest child, and the strongest believer of Aslan. For me she resembles and represents all the children, and their simple innocent faith, which we should have. Susan and Lucy also represent the two Marys who beheld Christ’s death and came to His tomb early in the morning.

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Mr. Tumnus is the faun. He represents Judas, the person who first betrayed Aslan and wants to kidnap Lucy, until Aslan appears out of the fire and he repents. However, he loses his life as a result, and is also similar to the “Doubting Thomas”. However, he also represents Apostle Paul, who first worked for against Christianity, and then became a Christian.

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The Stone Table is equivalent to the cross of Jesus, where he was crucified. However, it goes beyond this the stone tablets, and the breaking of the temple curtain at Christ’s death.

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This is a must read movie! I strongly recommend it. You will learn a lot from it and I advice you guys to read the book first, before reading it. I hope you enjoyed.

 

10 Really Long Books You Should Read Right Now

I like this post. I have read The Lord of the Rings! 🙂

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By May Huang

Most readers will own one book that is truly the ‘elephant on the shelf,’ a volume that doubles or maybe even quadruples the size of its counterparts. Indeed, we all know one 1,000-ish page novel that is either a nightmare to get through or a genuine pleasure to read. At around the 500-page mark, the following question always emerges: is the effort really worth it?!?!

Below are ten books for which the answer to the question above is a big, resounding: YES.

1. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt – 784 pages

The first novel to top this list is no other than this year’s Pulitzer prize winner: The Goldfinch. Although relatively shorter than the other books on this list, the Goldfinch is still a good 700+ pages long and a reminder that large books are still being appreciated by critics today. Told in the memorable narrative voice…

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Why Jon “Bones” Jones is the Greatest Fighter in UFC?

Everybody knows this guy, right? If not then, let me explain it. Jon Jones is a mixed martial artist signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), wherein he is the UFC Light Heavyweight Champion and he is the youngest champion in UFC history. Jones is known to be one of the greatest fighters of all time and ranked #1 light heavyweight fighter in the world by different media outlets. In different publications, Jones also ranked the #1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world, and last January 2014, he is #1 official UFC pound-for-pound ranking. Isn’t he great?

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In his early career, when Jones was in high school he was a wrestler and a state champion as well. He was also a football player and because of his slight frame his coach called him “Bones”. When he was in college he studied Criminal Justice but later on decided to drop out of college to pursue his MMA career.

Things went well with Jones, in his early days in MMA, Jones had an undefeated record of 6-0 over a period of 3 months, finishing all of his opponents. This is the reason why he got the attention of the UFC.

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When Jones entered UFC his first debut came against Andre Gusmao. In their fight he had an impressive performance, using takedowns and displaying unorthodox striking. Jones took a unanimous decision victory.

Jon Jones VS Stephan Bonnar

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His second fight was against Stephan Bonnar. In this fight, Jones showed superior in wrestling abilities and executed strong takedowns and powerful throws including suplex. It was also an impressive performance wherein Jones landed a back-elbow that nearly knocked out his opponent during the first round. In this fight, Jones won with a unanimous victory.

Jon Jones Vs Jake O’Brien

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The third fight was against Jake O’Brien. The fight was controlled my Jones. The fight ended with a guillotine choke which rendered his opponent briefly unconscious after he tapped.

Due to Jon Jones victories he was rewarded by signing a new-four contract with the UFC.

Jon Jones VS Matt Hamill

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After the contract signing, he faced off against Matt Hamill. Despite dominating the fight, Jones was disqualified for the use of multiple 12-6 elbows. The Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts prohibit downward elbow strikes, and Jones was initially only penalized a point from the round but because of the dislocated shoulder of Hamill, they did not continue the fight. Jones was disqualified for these strikes.

Jon Jones VS Brandon Vera

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Then Jones fought Brandon Vera. He won the fight by TKO caused by an elbow to Vera’s face followed up with punches in the first round. In this fight, Jones also won the “Knockout of the Night” award.

Jon Jones VS Vladimir Matyushenko

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After a good fight with Vera, his next opponent was IFL Light Heavyweight Champion Vladimir Matyushenko. In this fight, Jones won by TKO due to an elbow strike in 1:52 of the first round. UFC president Dana White promised Jones a “huge step-up in the competition” if he won the fight.  But then again Jones won the fight.

Jon Jones VS Ryan Bader

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After defeating Vladimir Matyushenko, Jones fought with Ryan Bader. In this fight, Jones handed Bader his first professional loss by defeating him via tao-out due to a guillotine choke in the second round after dominating Bader in the first round. In this fight, Jones was also awarded the “Submission of the Night”.

Jon Jones VS Mauricio “Shogun” Rua

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After the fight with Bader, Jones training partner Rashad Evans had a knee injury in training, and would not be able to compete in his match with Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. Jones then replaced Evans to fight Rua. In their fight, Shogun was dominated by Jones throughout the 3 rounds. He won by a TKO at 2:37 of round 3 after a flying knee that badly hurt Shogun.

Jon Jones VS Quinton Jackson

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After becoming the champion, his first title defense match was against Quinton Jackson. Jones defeated Jackson via submission at 1:14 in the 4th round. He became the first UFC fighter to submit Jackson.

Jon Jones VS Lyoto Machida

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After the Jackson fight, his next opponent was Lyoto Machida. He defeated Machida with a technical submission at 4:26 of the second round. This was the first submission loss of Lyoto Machida.

Jon Jones VS Rashad Evans

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After the Machida fight, it was a fight with his former teammate Rashad Evans via unanimous decision.

Jon Jones VS Vitor Belfort

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His next fight was with Vitor Belfort and again he defended his title via armbar in round one. He also won the Submission of the Night in this fight.

Jon Jones VS Chael Sonnen

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After Belfort-Jones fight, his new challenger was Chael Sonnen. He finishes Sonnen via TKO in the first round but Jones dislocated a phalanx (big toe) on his left foot during the fight. During this period, Jones is tied with Tito Ortiz for having most consecutive title defenses in UFC light heavyweight history.

Jon Jones VS Alexander Gustafsson

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After this he continued defending his title. Again Jones returned to the arena with Alexander Gustafsson, in this fight Jones was badly cut above the eye during the first round, but he continued and eventually won the back-and-forth via controversial unanimous decision. It was the toughest fight of his life. After winning this match, Jones passed Tito Ortiz for the record of the most consecutive title defenses. On this fight both men won the “fight of the night award” and “Fight of the Year”, “Greatest light heavyweight title fight of all-time”, and “one of the greatest fights in UFC history”.

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After his fight with Gustafsson, his next opponent is Glover Teixeira, in this match Jones won the bout via unanimous decisions.

His next fight will be against Daniel Cormier.

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Jon “Bones” Jones has been undefeated for many years now. But the question is who will be the most formidable opponent for him?

10 poems that look like what they mean

This is nice! You’ll surely get the attention of readers if you have poems like that. Two-thumbs up!

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By May Huang

Poets employ various means to get their message across in their poems, ranging from rhyme scheme to alliteration. However, poetic meaning can also be translated visually through a form termed “concrete poetry;” indeed, numerous poets experiment with line breaks and typography to present their work in a way that ‘looks’ the way it is supposed to ‘mean.’ Here are 10 poems whose meanings lie in their appearances:

1) George Herbert – Easter Wings

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Published in 1633, George Herbert’s Easter Wings is the oldest concrete poem in this list. A poem about flight in its metaphorical sense, Easter Wings aptly takes the form of a pair of wings (the likeness is even more remarkable if you rotate the poem 90 degrees to the right).

2) 40-Love by Roger McGough

The English poet Roger McGough sends readers’ eyes travelling to and fro the way a tennis ball would across…

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