All is Not for the Best

Voltaire’s Candide is the story of an innocent man’s experiences in a mad and evil world, his struggle to survive in that world, and his need to ultimately come to terms with it. All people experience the turmoil of life and must overcome obstacles, both natural and man-made, in order to eventually achieve happiness. In … Read more

The epic poem Beowulf

The epic poem Beowulf tells of an evil, mysterious, and ravishing creature named Grendel. Although no precise concrete descriptions or visual references were given to me throughout the story, I was able to formulate my own personal opinion of what this horrifying beast may have looked like. The amoral, despised, and feared Grendel was a … Read more

Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley

Although humans have the tendency to set idealistic goals to better future generations, often the results can prove disastrous, even deadly. The tale of Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley, focuses on the outcome of one man’s idealistic motives and desires of dabbling with nature, which result in the creation of horrific creature. Victor Frankenstein was not … Read more

Evolution of Profanity

The evolution of written profanity began roughly in the sixteenth century, and continues to change with each generation that it sees. Profanity is recognized in many Shakespearean works, and has continually evolved into the profane language used today. Some cuss words have somehow maintained their original meanings throughout hundreds of years, while many others have … Read more

“My Papa’s Waltz”, Roethke

In “My Papa’s Waltz”, Roethke discusses a very heartbreaking and distressful situation. He talks about alcoholism in the family and how it affects the members of the family. Growing up in a family full of alcoholism and abuse, I can relate to the point of view that this poem is written in. Although it is … Read more

The tale of Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley

Although humans have the tendency to set idealistic goals to better future generations, often the results can prove disastrous, even deadly. The tale of Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley, focuses on the outcome of one man’s idealistic motives and desires of dabbling with nature, which result in the creation of horrific creature. Victor Frankenstein was not … Read more

Pride and Prejudice: What’s Love Got to Do With It

In Pride and Prejudice life is not all fun and games. There are many pressures in life: mothers with high expectations for a good marriage and a girl’s own expectation of what life and hopefully marriage will be like. Charlotte Lucas is the oldest daughter in a large family, she is not the most beautiful … Read more

Latin Literature in History

Greek literature was one of the numerous Greek accomplishments from which Romans drew immense influence. The Romans picked up first on the Greek embrace of rhetoric, which became an educational standard, given that a mans rhetoric, his ability to push the buttons of the subject audience by way of speeches, supplemented the mans rise to … Read more

Technology in A Brave New World

Technology is defined as using the entire body of science, methods, and materials to achieve an end. Technology, or techne, is so preoccupied with weather it can, it never considers if it should. In “Of Techne and Episteme,” a article on technology and humanities, the author Eddy warns us that a society without epistemological thinking … Read more

A Farewell to Arms Critique

The overall tone of the book is much different than that of The Sun Also Rises. The characters in the book are propelled by outside forces, in this case WWI, where the characters in SAR seemed to have no direction. Frederick’s actions are determined by his position until he deserts the army. Floating down the … Read more

The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer

Throughout the Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer, participants of the pilgrimage tell stories to entertain one another. These stories, while amusing, tend to have an underlying message, one being the Franklin’s Tale. The Franklin’s Tale is the most moral tale that has been read. It is not told to make the other pilgrims laugh, rather … Read more

The real tragedy of Hamlet

Throughout history, it has been witnessed many times that artists do not usually make their mark on the world during their own generation. Like any other artist, authors have been known to only achieve their desired success and fame after they have died. However, defying this pattern, William Shakespeare, became very popular during his own … Read more

The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe

The Raven written by Edgar Allan Poe is a very famous poertry. “The most obvious symbol is the Raven its self. Poe uses the non-reasoning raven because he wants to make us wondering why he had chosen the raven from all the other birds. , and frustrate us by wondering why the raven is repeating … Read more

State of Madness

Tell-Tale Heart “TRUE! –nervous – very, very dreadfully nervous I ahd been and am; but why will you say that I am mad? ” Edgar Ellen Poe shows us the dark part of human kind. Conflict with in ones self, state of madness, and emotional break down all occur within tis short story. The narrator … Read more

The Pardoner and The Brothers

Throughout literature, relationships can often be found between the author of a story and the story that he writes. In Geoffrey Chaucer’s frame story, Canterbury Tales, many of the characters make this idea evident with the tales that they tell. A distinct relationship can be made between the character of the Pardoner and the tale … Read more

Petcharchen love in Romeo and Juliet

The Petrachan lover has many characteristics. The Petrachan lover is attracted to beauty, and list physical characteristics. He idealizes his mate. He is normally infatuated with his lover. The Petrachan lover uses many metaphors and similes. He is smooth, fancy, and very flowery. Finally, he is blazon. All of the previous describe the main character … Read more