Understanding Sarcasm in Kate Chopin’s Desiree’s Baby and Liam O’Flaherty’s The Sniper

Irony Across History: A Comparison of Two Works “Desiree’s Baby” and “The Sniper” are two different stories, written by two different authors, in two different time periods, in two different geographical locations. A common thread can be found, however, when one traces certain attributes throughout the stories. Both stories have interesting character development, traces of … Read more

Pros And Cons Of Deforestation

The Two Sides of Sustainability In Dr. Seuss’s “The Lorax” cutting down trees is inherently bad, however, in “Truax” by Terri Birkett cutting down trees is a necessity, which teaches us one thing: it is impossible to stop people from deforestation in totality. The problem with each “side” is that neither are recognizing or even … Read more

The Martian Chronicles: One Story, or Many?

When reading a collection of short stories, there isn’t usually a viable connection made between the various stories in the compilation. Whether it be Mark Twain’s collection of satirical stories, or Edgar Allen’s Poe’s anthology of horror tales, each story is its own; miscellaneous plots, opposing characters, and varying themes. However, upon reading Ray Bradbury’s … Read more

Black Mirror Series Episode “Nosedive” Review

Are you using your mobile, or is your mobile using you? The latter is a fact when screenwriter Charlie Brooker portrays an absurd mobile dependent society in the Black Mirror Series Episode “Nosedive” (Netflix, Oct.26. 2016), making a statement as to how ridiculous our mobile fixated world has become. The theme for the episode is … Read more

The Impact Fast Fashion Has

In recent years the fashion industry has had a dramatic shift to a new model of industry known as fast fashion. With this recent shift we must ask ourselves, what is the true cost of this fast fashion industry? In a world with an increasing concern for environmentalism and social justice we must examine the … Read more

Experiences of Illusions in An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge, a Short Story by Ambrose Bierce

A Real Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge? Sometimes reality is not as true as originally thought. Dreams, imaginings and illusions can look quite real. They are not always real though, and can be deceiving. The short story named “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” by Ambrose Bierce is a familiar example of an illusion. The … Read more

Eating Crow: Analyzing Biblical Imagery in the Life and Songs of Ted Hughes’s Crow Poems

Ted Hughes’s book, Crow: From the Life and Songs of the Crow, is a collection of 67 disturbingly dark poems that explore the evil aspects of life, and human tendency towards violence. The book, dedicated to Hughes’s dead second wife Assia Wevill and his daughter Shura, was published in 1972, three years after their deaths. … Read more

Microcosmic Nature of Canto IX

Canto IX of Dante’s Inferno is remarkably representative of the work as a whole. It includes a number of prominent themes, among them the role Virgil plays as the manifestation of human reason and the argument that faith can achieve what reason cannot, as well as contrapasso? or the matching of sins on Earth to … Read more

"The Last Laugh" by F.W. Murnau

This silent movie is about the tragic story of a self-confident hotel porter, who is demoted to lavatory attendant. The porter character brilliantly portrayed by Emil Jannings. The porter’s entire identity is based upon his position and especially on his uniform, which symbolizes power and respectability to his lower-middle-class community of family and friends. In … Read more

Authority, Rebellion and Subordination in Chaucer’s The Nun’s Priest’s Tale and the Wakefield Second Shepherd’s Play

The plight of the oppressed in medieval England was paramount to the emergence of iconic works of fiction. In turn, the future comprehension of feudal society is dependent upon these works. To rely on monastic chroniclers alone, in understanding the state of their world, would be to absorb works that were largely created under the … Read more

Some Tips For Choosing A Summer Hat

The summer season is gradually gaining momentum. Sunshine, hot days have come, and it’s time to think about protecting the skin of the face, head, hair and this will help the female summer hat. It is difficult to find a wardrobe of any fashion, in which there would not be this fashionable, stylish accessory. Many … Read more

Disney movies: comparison of representation of gender roles versus stereotypes

Noticing Gender “Gender is the structure of social relations that centers on the reproductive arena, and the set of practices that bring reproductive distinctions between bodies into social processes.” (Connell, Chapter 1, 2009). Unfortunately, gender involves also hierarchy, where we examine inequality in terms of power, wealth and privilege. One of the ways to learn … Read more

Understanding Soap Operas: The Origin, Uniqueness, Misconceptions and Ethical Concerns

Analyzing Soap Operas. A Brief History The soap opera genre originated from American radio in the 1930s, and owes its name to the sponsorship of the programs by large soap powder companies. They were targeted at women, particularly housewives, and designed to entertain, without distracting them from there daily chores while their husband was out … Read more

Rene Clausen’s Life and His Musical Calling

Rene Clausen is an American Composer and the conductor of the Concordia Choir in Moorhead, Minnesota since 1986. He is also the professor of music at Concordia. Before he was a world-renowned composer and conductor. He was born in 1953 and raised in California and graduated from Wilton Senior High School in Wilton, Iowa and … Read more

The Significance of Thomas Character

Thomas: The Game Changer Can one person really change everything? Well, in books they can. In the non-fiction novel by James Dashner, The Maze Runner, there are multiple boys stuck in a place called ‘The Glade’, they have no memory of who they are and who they once were, all they can remember is their … Read more

David Miscavige’s use of fruitful and nonfruitful leadership qualities in his role as the leader of scientology

Introduction Ever since its inception, the practice of Scientology has been of great interest to many outside of it due to its unconventional customs. The Church of Scientology was founded by L. Ron Hubbard in 1950 (Wood). Hubbard passed away in 1986, naming no clear successor (Howell). David Miscavige rose to the challenge shortly after, … Read more

Shah Rukh Khan: biography

xKhan then went on to study theater under the reputed Barry John, whom he credits for carving out the actor inside him, but his mentor considers his pupil as being solely responsible for his greatness and glory, citing Shahrukh to have the perfect combination of talent, perseverance, belief in yourself, a never-give-up-attitude and of course, … Read more

The Formality Of Casablanca Film

Casablanca, directed by Michael Curtiz and released in 1942, exhibits qualities of both the Classical Hollywood Narrative and Art Cinema. These two film structures are the equivalent to formalism in literature, but also point to other frameworks including feminism, postmodernism and new historicism. Art cinema and Classical Hollywood Narrative marry in Casablanca in a way … Read more

Superman in American Context

Have you ever wondered why human imagination would push them to the point where they produce films characterizing some individuals with exceptional qualities? Well, the driven notion to such action is the need to demonstrate to the society the ideal traits that every person needs to assume. Over the course of film history, exceptional characters … Read more

Compassion, Fear and Pity in the Inferno

In the Inferno, Dante responds to the sinners’ torments with fear and compassion. Compassion comes from the Latin root meaning “to suffer with” and Dante often engages in the sinners’ suffering. He cries for the magicians in Canto XX, lamenting that, “tears, down from the [sinner’s] eyes, / bathed the buttocks, running down the cleft. … Read more

Man’s Battle in “Deliverance”

John Boorman’s epic movie Deliverance has long been portrayed as the ultimate ‘macho’ movie; a rite of passage that separates the ‘men from the boys’, glorifying strength and physical prowess over ethics and decency. However uncompromising this conception may be, Deliverance is an evocative insight into the psyche of man, and his struggle against nature … Read more

Seven Bowling Tips

Bowling is a very interesting sport. It does not require that you be a professional to be able to play this game. However, there are etiquettes that should be considered when playing bowling so that bowlers will learn how to properly play the game and enjoy it at the same time. Here are a few … Read more

Film Review: Traffic by Steven Soderbergh

The movie “Traffic” by Steven Soderbergh is a film which deals with several aspects of drug trafficking and drug abuse. The movie has three different simultaneous plots that come together. One part is the national level which deals with drug trade between the Unites States of America and Mexico, another is a mid-ground focusing on … Read more

Australian Cultural Code in Jasper Jones

Australian Culture and Jasper Jones – Essay‘Jasper Jones’ by Craig Silvey is a semi-realistic representation of the social commentary and culture of Australian society in the 1960s. The distinct novel demonstrates the harsh climate of xenophobia, cultural stereotyping, and destructive racism that existed, as well as the fictional, patriarchal town of Corrigan. Against the social … Read more