Biography of Alexander the Great

What would you do if you could rule the world? This seems like a preposterous question to most, but to one man it started to become a reality. It all started with the dreams of one King, Alexander the Great. Alexander was born in 356 BC in Macedonia, the area around present day Thessaloniki in … Read more

Pericles’ Funeral Oration

In his oration, Pericles sheds new light on traditional Greek virtues by examining not only the accomplishments of the Athenian empire, but the particular qualities and institutions that have facilitated Athenian greatness. Pericles defies the traditional role of a funeral orator as historian of Athenian accomplishments in order to thoroughly redefine what makes Athens great. … Read more

Comparison Of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

In The Crucible by Arthur Miller and Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, the value of bystanders’ lives is well beneath all personal achievements and gain, resulting in greedy and jealous motivations for inequity while the downfall of others inflict and strengthen undeserved power, leading to their own destruction. Arthur Miller uncovers Abigail Williams’ motivations throughout this … Read more

Was John Brown a Terrorist?

Was John Brown a terrorist? Today, America’s perception of terrorism is based on the September 11th attacks back in 2001. However, the use of force and violence to advance political means is not a new concept. It dates all the way back to the period of antebellum, where the nation’s first terrorist killed in the … Read more

In the Name of Passion: Yin and Yang in A Single Shard

Beyond the realms of imagination stands a dark stained door, gleaming with light between the hinges. Tree-Ear, a young boy in the book A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park, in some ways leads the representative life of a poor individual in 12th century Korea. Tree-Ear goes beyond the social barriers and peers into the … Read more

The Issue Of Conflict In Selected American Short Stories Of 20th Century

In literature, authors set the main characters up for different challenges that they will have to overcome throughout the story. Many of these stories have similar conflicts that can be compared and contrasted to one another. The protagonists in “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin, “A Worn Path,” by Eudora Welty, “A Rose … Read more

Lexington and Concord: The American Revolution

“ The battles of Lexington and concord fought on April 19th started the American Revolutionary war. The fighting started on the Lexington Green and soon the British were hastily retreating under intense fire. Many more battles followed, and in 1783 the colonists formally won their independence. The redcoats had better weapons than the militias and … Read more

The Animal Farm, Orwell’s Novel Review: Snowball and Napoleon Comparission

“ One of Orwell’s objectives in composing Animal Farm was to depict the Russian (or Bolshevik) Revolution of 1917 as one that brought about an administration more severe, totalitarian, and lethal than the one it ousted. A significant number of the characters and occasions of Orwell’s novel parallel those of the Russian Revolution: so, Manor … Read more

The famous movie star: Harry Houdini

Harry Houdini was a famous movie star. He stared as Mary Pickford and Charlie Chaplin. For most of 20 years, Houdini was in the newspaper a lot with amazing escapes from being shackled to confined in a box to put in water. He also surprised people by walking through walls and making an elephant disappear. … Read more

Major Sources For The Black Deaths

This book includes many primary sources and is even accompanied by an introduction analyzing and explaining the content. It focus on the political, cultural and social conditions at the time of the Black Death. This book is great for my topic as it provides many first hand accounts during the time of the plague. The … Read more

Isolation and the Sublime in Rousseau and Wordsworth

In their article entitled “Me,” Andrew Bennett and Nicholas Royale assert that “Literature, like art more generally, has always been concerned with aspects of what can be called the… ‘not me’ or other,” (Bennett 129-130). Jean-Jacques Rousseau in his Confessions and William Wordsworth in his The Two-Part Prelude expound upon this issue of isolation from … Read more

Analyzing Leadership in Epic Literature

Leadership is a prominent theme in both The Ramayana and Sundiata An Epic of Old Mali. A leader holds numerous qualities, whether they are skills that were developed or traits, that distinguish him or her from others. As and even before they undergo extreme situations, it is clear that both Rama and Sundiata possess the … Read more

Upper-Class Homes in Ancient Rome

In ancient Rome, the domus was the type of house occupied by the upper classes and some wealthy freedmen during the Republican and Imperial eras. It could be found in almost all the major cities throughout the Roman territories. The upper classes of Roman society constructed their residences with extravagant marble decorations, inlaid marble paneling, … Read more

Influence Of Colonialism On Nigeria

Colonialism is a consistent theme within the history of Africa. It laces through the formative tapestry of the majority of African states today including Nigeria. Lagos was invaded by British forces in 1851 and formally annexed in 1861. Nigeria became a British territorial dominion in 1901. When at the start adopting associate indirect rule approach, … Read more

Japanese history

It is widely accepted that first humans in the Japanese archipelago can be traced back to prehistoric times. The Jomon period, named after its “cord-marked” pottery, was followed by the Yayoi in the first millennium BC when new technologies were introduced from continental Asia. During this period, in the first century AD, the first known … Read more

Character Review: Caius Cassius and Marcus Brutus in The Tragedy of Julius Caesar

Caius Cassius and Marcus Brutus are both major characters in The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, and are in multiple ways are either quite similar to or quite different from one another. These ways are presented in both their words and their actions. Both of these characters shared a lot of similarities; however, in personalities they … Read more

Metatheatrical Layer of Richard II

While entangled in the throes of dramatic suspense, the self-reflexive concept of metatheatrics reminds an audience of its present relationship with the actors. Shakespeare often implements metatheatrics; exemplified by the ‘play within a play’ concept that occurs in both Hamlet (Shakespeare,1603) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare, 1596). In these and other examples, Shakespeare uses … Read more

Sima Qian: The Han Dynasty

Sima Qian and the Han Dynasty Sima Qian was the official court historian of the Han Dynasty, and the one who recorded much of what we know today about the rise of Imperial China. The Han Dynasty, in which he lived, was officially Confucian; however, once one delves deeper into the essence of the Han … Read more