The Postmodern Condition in “The Devil is a Busy Man”

In his short story “The Devil is a Busy Man,” David Foster Wallace asserts that Americans are obsessed with maintaining a facade of sincerity; ironically, this desire to appear sincere is the tragic root of the country’s widespread insincerity. The narrator frets over the perception of the “nice thing [they did] for someone” and laments, … Read more

American Dream Interpretation Through the Prism of Time

In E.L. Doctorow’s novel Ragtime, Tateh and Father avidly pursue the American Dream while possessing contrasting beliefs about their individual visions for freedom, wealth/opportunity, and social mobility. While Father’s nostalgia, archaic ideas for the family structure, and lavish, international explorations dictate his quest for mental fulfillment, Tateh remains true to his socialist values by seeking … Read more

The Issues of Cultural Identity in Drown

In Junot Diaz’s collection of short stories titled Drown, the male protagonists of the stories project their ideas about masculinity onto the women that they interact with. The resulting force is a toxic overcompensation that affects every daily interaction, whether it be with their children, their friends, their wives, or strangers. The exaggerated machismo evident … Read more

Role of History and Past in August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson

Afro-American writers made the political choice of speaking up for themselves by articulating their thoughts, when they veritably vowed to own their legacy and their values. The average African-American who had not only been divested from his history and heritage, but also had been dissevered from the mainstream social life, was addressed by Wilson in … Read more

Review on Imagine Dragons

In 2008, lead singer Dan Reynolds joined drummer Andrew Tolman at Brigham Young University where they were both students. Reynolds and Tolman combined Andrew Beck, Dave Lemke, and Aurora Florence to play guitar, bass, and piano each for their band. Their name is an anagram for a phrase only known to members of the band, … Read more

Louis Tomlinson: life and carrer

Louis Tomlinson is the oldest member of the popular boy band One Direction. Synopsis Louis Tomlinson was born on December 24, 1991, in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, England. As a child and teen he acted and sang on television and in school productions. He auditioned successfully for television talent competition The X Factor in 2010, and … Read more

The Ups And Downs Of The Ortiz Family In The PBS Documentary And Dominican Story My American Girls

Film Review- My American Girls: A Dominican Story The documentary takes place in the 1970s in Brooklyn New York. It is about a Dominican household and tells the story of 1st generation Dominican immigrants and the process of acculturation that the children are going through in the United States. Sandra and her husband Bautista work … Read more

Analysis Of The Core Ideas Presented In The Documentary “The Secrets Of Sugar”

What is this sweetener that many unknowingly crave in their modern diet? The sweet component known as sugar has successfully been rooted in today’s society a necessity. An ingredient that most everyone loves. Some may even claim that consuming sugar equates to the same effects that an addiction has on the brain. Studies are now … Read more

"Blurred Lines" Song Review

The song Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke featuring Pharrell Wiliiams & T.I was released on March 20, 2013 and was on the Billboard Hot 100 for 33 weeks. Unfortunately the song is very sexualised in regards to the lyrics and the video clip especially shown through the women wearing close to nothing throughout the whole … Read more

The Concept of Good Concerning the Evil in The Adventure of the Speckled Band

Thematic Essay: Good Always Conquers Evil Sherlock Holmes is a name widely known around the world. Known for his amazing ability to solve difficult cases using his sharp observation skills and his logical reasoning, Sherlock Holmes is an inspiration for many people. This invincible detective, alas, is only a fictional character created by Sir Arthur … Read more

Evolution of Attitude in Eliot’s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”

Evolution of Attitude in Eliot’s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” T. S. Eliot’s notoriously opaque “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” can be interpreted only by acknowledging that the speaker’s thought process is not consistent throughout but an ongoing process. On first reading, the poems stanzas seem to belong to separate plots … Read more

“The Wound-Dresser” and “Song of Myself”: Representation of Equality Question

Equality in “The Wound-Dresser” and “Song of Myself” The theme of equality permeates both “The Wound-Dresser” and “Song of Myself”. Whitman remarks upon judgments that others make and refutes them with his own ideas of impartiality. These manifest particularly strongly in Whitman’s attitude towards the bravery of soldiers in “The Wound-Dresser” and section 18 of … Read more

Critical Paper on the Documentary film entitled “Poverty, Inc.”

Millions and millions of people that is living across the world is under the state of squalidness in terms of sickness, hunger and desperation. This pandemic poverty causes the most highly and deadly punishment in the world. However, this horror of poverty seemed to be normal for the privileged minority and considered as an inevitable … Read more

A View on the Black Lives Matter Movement in White Privilege, a Song by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

White Privilege Macklemore’s “White Privilege,” is an eight minute song that expresses a diverse perspective on the Black Lives Matter movement. Usually, when one hears about the movement, it is from the voice of an African American. Though, this work provides the view of a white advocate, specifically, Macklemore. With dramatically varying timbre and dynamics, … Read more

A Study on Religious Believes of Anglo-Saxon Society based on The Seafarer, The Wanderer, and The Wife’s Lament

Synthesis Essay on the Anglo-Saxons The Anglo-Saxons were a religious group of people as other generations of people were. Religion played a role in the Anglo-Saxon people’s lives and as a result it reflected in their writings. Poems written by the Anglo-Saxons have shown significant signs of religious influence including “The Seafarer,” “The Wanderer,” and … Read more

Depicting the Time Gone by in the Seafarer and the Wanderer

The poems The Seafarer and The Wanderer are both elegiac in nature: each speaker delivers a reflective monologue about their journey from the past they have lost to the solitary present they face, although there are limitations to the past’s disappearance, as it clearly lingers in their memories of ‘days of toil’. The ‘ubi sunt’ … Read more

A Review of Elizabeth Joseph’s Essay My Husband’s Nine Wives on the Positive Aspects of Polygamy

In “My husband’s nine wives”, Elizabeth Joseph presents the positives aspects of Polygamy. Joseph describes her lifestyle as a wife in a Polygamus relationship. She explains how her daily life works, how the wives share the husband’s time. And how she prefers Polygamy to Monogamy. The article, however presents a one side argument. Joseph’s portrayal … Read more

Improvisation and other Jazz-like Techniques in Jack Kerouac’s Writing

Bop jazz divorced itself from its mainstream predecessor when musicians like Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, and Thelonious Monk began to emphasize fast tempo and improvisation over the predictable music of the swing era. These renegade musicians valued spontaneity and inspired many listeners. It is no coincidence that these Bop jazz musicians were Jack Kerouac’s first … Read more

Analysis Of The Documentary Film “Facebookistan”: Implications Of Social Media Influence

With a user base of nearly one third of the global population, Facebook is the largest social networking platform on the internet. Guided by their corporate manifesto of constructing a more connected and open world, Facebook connects individuals across digital space through their online profiles; however, just how open is Facebook itself? The documentary Facebookistan … Read more

Edwards’ Personal Narrative and Whitman’s Song of Myself: Comparison of Two Perspectives on Religion

Upon reading Jonathan Edwards’ Personal Narrative, one would undoubtedly find that Edwards’ descriptions and expressions of his insurmountable love for God (and all things in relation to the Christian faith) are of an extreme degree uncommon to that of the ordinary believer. It is therefore justifiable to pinpoint one of the themes in Personal Narrative … Read more

Flawed Relationships And Toxic Love In Faulkner’s ‘As I Lay Dying’

In typical modernist fashion, William Faulkner experiments in his work with a number of nontraditional stylistic and thematic characteristics, including brokenness, fragmentation, despair, pessimism, perception distortion, and the rejection of societal norms. In his novel As I Lay Dying, he focuses on a sense of alienation and separation, particularly within the Bundren family. Members of … Read more

Connection To One Direction

One Direction – the biggest boyband in the world. Not only have they gotten so many achievements, like over 200 awards and holding Guinness World Records, but they have also stolen the hearts of more than a million girls worldwide. They have those girls emotionally attached to them and their music, making the girls also … Read more

Korean Pop Music

The Korean Pop Music (K-Pop) has its own way to connect to its fans both in Asia and the world. K-Pop is a whole production industry that comes with high profiled artists, variety of music genres, videos and well-choreographed dances. K-Pop is a well packaged industry of music as it contains singing, dances and rapping. … Read more

Light and Music in The Glass Menagerie and Master Harold…And the Boys

Light and music are two elements of drama that can become significant in developing the plot and characters. Certain playwrights may further incorporate stage lighting including directional lighting and setting lighting in order to not only divert attention to the critical area of the stage, but as well to adequately present their ideas. Correspondingly, music … Read more

Christian Obligation and Religious Uncertainty in the Song of Roland and the Canterbury Tales

The Middle Ages were marked by religious upheaval in Europe. Two new major world religions were coming to power: Islam and Christianity. The rapid success of Christianity led the Roman Catholic Church to become the dominant religious force in most of the western world, and as with any powerful institution, it became increasingly corrupt (Swanson … 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

Does Faulkner Present Darl as a Character or Narrator?

William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying tells the story of the Bundren family when the matriarch of the family dies. Faulkner alternates perspectives between each member of the family and their neighbors. While most characters focus on their thoughts around Addie’s death, Darl Bundren is more aware of his surroundings. He focuses on appearances and … Read more

Michael Jackson’S The Most Popular Album, “Thriller”

Michael Jackson’s pop magnum opus, “Thriller,” was a cultural turning point for music as a whole. And out of all those hard hitting tracks, one truly captured the es- sence of Michael Jackson. The song, “Billie Jean,” embodies everything in Jackson’s ability to create music. From the track’s darker and more mature content, incredible production … Read more

Review Of the Documentary “Under the Dome” And the Risks Associated With Air Pollution in China

The “Under the Dome” documentary exposed the harshness of China’s air pollution crisis. It showed the damaging effects that it is having on the millions of people that inhabit the area and exposes the companies that are responsible for allowing it to happen. This stems from oil and petroleum companies having an extreme amount of … Read more