Define and describe the system of Separation of Powers. How does it influence the operations of government?
Separation of Powers is a constitutional principle that prevents any one branch from wielding too much authority and power, and so the system is designed in a manner that distributes the duties and responsibilities of government evenly across the board. That way, not one branch of government can assume the power of another branch, and each branch can influence the legislative process equally within the parameters of their branch. The legislate branch can enact laws, the executive branch can pass or veto them, and the judicial branch can enforce and interpret them.
What is a central theme of Frankenstein? Why?
A central theme of Frankenstein by Mary Shelley is creation, the concept that led Victor Frankenstein to bequeath life unto his monster, and what ultimately leads to his ironic demise at the hands of his creation. Forsaking his responsibilities as creator, Frankenstein's monster, calling itself 'Adam' after the biblical figure, thinks of itself in such terms. Abandoned and angry, Frankenstein's monster seeks vengeance on its creator but discovers it is no more than a hollow victory, realizing Frankenstein was the closest thing he had to family in the world that cast him out as a menace and social pariah.
What archetype do Jesus and the Egyptian deity Osiris share in common?
Both Jesus and the Egyptian deity Osiris share the archetype of a dying-and-returning god. Both were considered high kings of their respective mythologies, betrayed by close companions, and restored to life by means of their own divine power. Jesus is the deity of the Christian mythology, betrayed by one of his 12 Apostles, Judas, and is then brought back from the dead three days later, having conquered death. Whereas, Osiris was the god-king of the Egyptian mythology, betrayed, killed and mutilated by his brother Set, and then the pieces of his body were collected, fused together, and he was restored to life in the Frankensteinian sense by his wife and queen.