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The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 04, No. 22, August, 1859   By:

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In this issue of The Atlantic Monthly, readers are treated to a diverse selection of articles that cover a wide range of topics. From insightful analyses of current events to thought-provoking essays on social issues, this volume offers something for every reader.

One standout piece in this issue is the essay on the state of the American economy, which provides a comprehensive overview of the factors shaping economic trends at the time. The author’s depth of knowledge and clear writing style make this a must-read for anyone interested in understanding the economic landscape of mid-19th century America.

Another highlight is the thought-provoking article on the moral implications of slavery, which delves into the ethical dilemmas faced by individuals living in a society that condones such a heinous institution. The author’s nuanced approach to this complex issue adds a layer of depth and nuance to the ongoing debate surrounding slavery in America.

Overall, The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 04, No. 22, August, 1859 is a captivating read that offers valuable insights into the social, political, and economic issues of its time. Whether you’re a history buff or simply curious about how past generations grappled with the challenges of their era, this volume is sure to enlighten and inspire.

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THE ATLANTIC MONTHLY.

A MAGAZINE OF LITERATURE, ART, AND POLITICS.

VOL. IV. AUGUST, 1859. NO. XXII.

THE DRAMATIC ELEMENT IN THE BIBLE.

We say dramatic element in the Bible, not dramatic element of the Bible, since that of which we speak is not essential, but incidental; it is an aspect of the form of the book, not an attribute of its inspiration.

By the use of the term dramatic in this connection, let us, in the outset, be understood to have no reference whatever to the theatre and stage effect, or to the sundry devices whereby the playhouse is made at once popular and intolerable. Nor shall we anticipate any charge of irreverence; since we claim the opportunity and indulge only the license of the painter, who, in the treatment of Scriptural themes, seeks both to embellish the sacred page and to honor his art, and of the sculptor, and the poet, likewise, each of whom, ranging divine ground, remarks upon the objects there presented according to the law of his profession. As the picturesque, the statuesque, the poetical in the Bible are legitimate studies, so also the dramatic.

But in the premises, is not the term dramatic interdicted, since it is that which is not the Bible, but which is foreign to the Bible, and even directly contradistinguished therefrom? The drama is representation, the Bible is fact; the drama is imitation, the Bible narrative; the one is an embodiment, the other a substance; the one transcribes the actual by the personal, the other is a return to the simplest originality; the one exalts its subjects by poetic freedom, the other adheres to prosaic plainness... Continue reading book >>


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