Human Beings’ Perception of the World

Many science fiction stories feature aliens, especially the interaction between humans and the extraterrestrials. These interactions from range from one-on-one encounters to merely experiencing the aliens’ culture from afar. No matter the nature of said encounter, the human nearly always leaves changed in some way. Usually this change occurs in how the human perceives the … Read more

The Hero Archetype: Antigone and Lysistrata

Through the many tales of heroic deeds that have been told over the centuries, a picture has been painted as to the appearance and interpretation of the archetypical character of the hero. This character has been portrayed as a masculine figure who conquers all monsters and challenges in his path through strength, will, and determination, … Read more

The Examples of Manipulative Behavior in Ethan Frome

In order for a successful society and government, true emotions and feelings must be expressed at the essential times. Manipulation is constantly used worldwide in areas such as advertisements to movies. They act as unfair persuaders to make a certain decision or feel a certain way. However, without manipulation, to be able to convey certain … Read more

The Evolution of Rochester’s Character

In the novel Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, characters develop and change considerably; in particular, the character of Mr. Rochester demonstrates this clear character development. Mr. Rochester initially appears to be a profoundly unlikable person, one who acts with disregard towards others and follows a moral code that serves his best interests. He blatantly uses … Read more

Development of Mystery in Wieland

Lonely mansions, ghostly apparitions, and magic are some of the elements that create the atmosphere in Gothic stories. In his novel Wieland, Charles Brockden Brown uses most of these to create an aura of mystery and suspense. Brown once said that the Gothic novel was a literary form that could “engage, and transport, and chain … Read more

The Theme Of Happiness In American Beauty, Death Of A Salesman, The Great Gatsby And Revolutionary Road

Happiness can be defined in many different ways and is based on perception. In the eyes of every individual, the pursuit of happiness has a greater meaning where many of the characters try to find it in their own manner. People disguise their own happiness as an escape from reality and for a major part … Read more

The Concept Of Balanced Reciprocity In The Article "What Chimps Understand About Reciprocity" From Wall Street Journal

One concept from this week’s reading I found interesting was Balanced Reciprocity, or the exchange of something with the expectation that you will receive something in return. There are three stages of Balanced Reciprocity: giving, receiving, and reciprocating. I found this particular topic interesting because of how prominent it is in our society. There are … Read more

Failures to separate desires from reality

As its title suggests, “M. Butterfly” is essentially a play about metamorphosis. It is, firstly, the metamorphosis of Giacomo Puccini’s famous opera “Madame Butterfly” into a modern-day geopolitical argument for cultural understanding. Author David Henry Hwang shows, through a highly implausible love affair between a French diplomat and the male Chinese opera singer he believes … Read more

Manipulation in "Ender’s Game;

The Ender’s Game, written by Orson Scott Card, presents a futuristic setting where the government selectively chooses, controls and trains young prodigies to win the endless battles against the “buggers” or aliens. Ender, the main character of this novel, is a six-year-old prodigy who lives with two siblings, Peter and Valentine who both underwent government … Read more

Female Liberation and Power in Boccaccio’s “The Decameron”

Introduction Giovanni Boccaccio’s medieval masterpiece “The Decameron” is a collection of stories, chronicled over ten days, which highlights the best and worst of human nature. Boccaccio’s tales deal with themes such as adultery, love, premarital sex, devotion, trickery, and manipulation, among others. Yet this work is historically significant as a result of its brutal and … Read more

Painting and Growth in The Awakening

In Kate Chopin’s novel The Awakening Edna uses painting to mature and awaken. She has always loved painting, however, she has always been unconfident about her skill in painting. As time went on she became more confident with her skills which that helped Edna grow confidence in herself and also her sexuality as a woman. … Read more

Swerving Women in “Twelfth Night”

When Lady Olivia first beseeches Viola, a girl disguised as the male page Cesario, to love her, the two share a repartee that seems to question Cesario’s affection for the countess. But as Viola responds to Olivia, “you do think you are not what you are” and “I am not what I am,” it becomes … Read more

A Meeting of the Petty Gods

Act IV, Scene IV, of William Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale marks a shift away from the Sicilian, courtly world that dominates the previous three acts and much of Act IV. The chaos and disorder resulting from court happenings, Hermione’s apparent death, Perdita’s abandonment, Polixenes’ betrayal by Leontes, and Camillo’s exodus from Sicilia, for example, begin … Read more

Alcohol Addiction in The Drunkard Novel

Guy de Maupassant’s “The Drunkard” story illustrates that alcohol abuse is dangerous; after taking excessive alcohol, Jeremie engages in various regrettable actions. For example, Jeremie murders Melina, the wife, in cold blood. Further, Jeremie insults Mathurin, a benefactor, for no apparent reason. Moreover, Jeremie falls into a ditch from where he has to be retrieved. … Read more

A look at the customary roles of gender as depicted in the movies Beauty and the Beast, Mr Mom and The Little Mermaid, and Mulan

Traditional Gender Roles and the Media Traditionally, girls must be gentle and submissive while boys can rough house and have the freedom the opposite gender is denied. This idea of gender roles is birthed from the static expectations of old societal views. Although the media is shying away from this nowadays, many films do not … Read more

Logical Inconsistencies in the Wife of Bath’s Tale: A Feminist Approach

In her Prologue and Tale, the Wife of Bath attempts to undermine the current misogynistic conceptions of women. Her struggle against the denigration of women has led to many feminist interpretations of her Tale, most portraying the Wife of Bath as something of a feminist icon. However, through contradictions in action and speech, the Wife … Read more

How Robert Frost Uses Literary Devices To Indicate That Good Things Come And Go In His Poem Nothing Gold Can Stay

Stay Gold There are life cycles for everything; humans, animals, and even plants. Everything that is alive will inevitably die; it is just plain unavoidable. In his paper, ““Nothing Gold Can Stay”.” Deirdre Fagan says, “…all beauty is fleeting,” a theme very much present in Robert Frost’s poem, “Nothing Gold Can Stay.” By using imagery, … Read more

The Use of Anecdote in Cannery Row

The vignettes and anecdotes interspersed throughout John Steinbeck’s Cannery Row may, at first sight, seem tangential. Yet they are fundamental to the novel, not least because the plot line–throwing a party for Doc–would be insufficient to sustain a short story, let alone a full-length novel. Yet the episodes also serve many purposes other than advancing … Read more

No Change Without Connection: Analyzing My Children! My Africa!

In the play My Children! My Africa! by Athol Fugard, the characters’ desires may be similar, but their many limitations due to social and political differences all contribute to conflicted viewpoints. Thami, Mr. M, and Isabel have difficulty connecting with each other for a multitude of reasons. When passion for change conflicts with and overshadows … Read more

The Beautiful Ambiguity of Blankets

“The Beautiful Ambiguity of Blankets: Comics Representation and Religious Art”, written by the University of Florida’s Benjamin Stevens, provides a great deal of insight into Craig Thompson’s 2003 autobiographical graphic novel Blankets. Stevens’ analysis focuses on characteristics of the novel such as style, the search for identity, the impact of Christianity, and the details within … Read more

War in Hesse’s Demian

In Demian, Herman Hesse discusses the meaning behind an apparently futile war under the guise of one boy’s search for personal identity. While Hesse spends much of the novel illustrating Emil Sinclair’s search for meaning, the tying in of the Great War at the end of the novel is neither surprising nor unnecessary. In fact, … Read more

Social Critique in Gothic Literature

When Horace Walpole wrote the first ever Gothic novel in 1764, the world had never seen anything quite like it before. In an age we now call the enlightenment, where knowledge, science and philosophy had made huge leaps forward, this book dared to be openly absurd; to feature magic, weird curses, phantoms and prophecies. But … Read more

The Presentation of Rossetti’s Methods and Concerns in ‘A Christmas Carol’

‘A Christmas Carol’ by Christina Rossetti is a devotional poem that has been set to music many times, most famously by Gustav Holst in 1906, and remains a choral favourite today. It is centred around the birth of Jesus Christ, as told from the perspective of a speaker who although is excluded from this biblical … Read more

Gilead’: A Social Analysis of Racial Politics

Marilynne Robinson’s epistolary novel Gilead takes place during the Civil Rights Movement when racial issues are at their apex. After realizing that he is dying of a heart condition, the main character John Ames writes an account of his life for his seven-year-old son, but chooses to avoid conversations about race. John spends time pondering … Read more

Mr Knightley and Emma: Protagonist and Heroine

In Jane Austen’s Emma, Mr. George Knightley chooses to live at Hartfield with Emma Woodhouse, the protagonist and heroine, after their marriage, instead of moving her to his elaborate estate, Donwell Abbey. This decision is significant because of what the choice reveals about their relationship. Typically, in a Jane Austen novel, married women move out … Read more

Clueless – Modernization Of Jane Austen’S Emma

“It is believed that every original idea has already been conceived hundreds of times over. The challenge of creativity is to transform a familiar concept into something that is unique to one’s personal understanding. Pop-culture is full of claimed ideas, transformed into something entirely new. Classic literature is a well of untapped potential that pop-culture … Read more

“Look on my works ye mighty and despair!” [Shelley]: A Comparison of Three Dystopian Novels.

“Brave New World”, “The Day of the Triffids” and “Watchmen” all use their dystopian worlds to engage in moral discussion, critically assessing the morals that the world deems to be ‘correct’. In the face of destruction, the characters in the novels must evaluate their morality, the right course of action that will sustain mankind is … Read more

Literary Style Of The Raven

“The Raven” Tone v.s. Mood Essay The tone and mood of a poem or piece of literature has a very great impact on the elements of a story. The tone is the author’s attitude toward the subject, while the mood is the emotion aroused in the reader which the author creates. Word choice affects the … Read more

How Ayn Rand Pushes Philosophy Over Altruism In Her Novel, ‘The Fountainhead’

A Balancing Act: How Ayn Rand Pushes Her Philosophy Objectivism over Altruism In Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead, the author uses her protagonist, Howard Roark, to represent the ideal man. Roark is characterized as static, passionate about architecture, and indifferent towards others. If he displays benevolence, it is because it benefits him and does not detract … Read more