The Gender Roles and Their Portrayal

Gender in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is caged within a static binary composed of the masculine and the feminine; relative opposites within which individuals are expected to conform to a certain quota of behaviors – for to fit into neither category would seemingly render a character useless to the plot: a celebration of … Read more

Breaking the Rules: The Unconventional Punctuation of The Road

If a student tells his or her teacher that adhering to grammatical rules proves unnecessary to acceptable writing, the teacher would in all likelihood balk at the student’s claim and continue reinforcing the need for proper punctuation. If someone asked Cormac McCarthy about the necessity of punctuation, he would probably respond the same way he … Read more

Andrew Marvell’s Representation of Tone and Symbolism as Explained in His Poem, To His Coy Mistress

Coy Mistress Andrew Marvell wrote “To His Coy Mistress” to persuade the speaker’s mistress to quicken their relationship, while Annie Finch wrote “Coy Mistress” as a rebuttal to his persuasions. These poems contained contrasting ideas due mostly to the tone and imagery Marvell and Finch used. The ideas included satire, lust, bitterness, aggravation, passion, and … Read more

Imagery and Themes Establish McCarthy’s Views in The Road

Cormac McCarthy uses a variety of literary techniques in “The Road” to establish his views on a wide range of themes. First, the manner in which McCarthy describes the scenes throughout the novel distinctly conveys the bleak world he has created. Punctuation is notably scarce as simple grammatical rules are ignored (such as the use … Read more

Bleak And Sorrowful Feelings In The Raven Poem

Morals of Mourning in “The Raven” Edgar Allen Poe lived a life of sadness and depression. His works usually depicted that quite well. One of his works that showed a lot of bleak and sorrowful feelings in it was his poem named “The Raven.” In the story a man is dozing in his home late … Read more

The Works of Robert Frost and Symbolism

Robert Frost is often referred to as a poet of nature. Words and phrases such as fire and ice, flowers in bloom, apple orchards and rolling hills, are all important elements of Frost’s work. Remove them and something more than symbols are taken away. These benign’ objects provide an alternative way to look at the … Read more

The Development of Ideas in Wild with All Regrets, a Poem by Wilfred Owen

A commentary on the development of ideas in Wild With All Regrets Owen effectively conveys the emotions of a hopeless soldier, through the development and progression of thought in ‘Wild With All Regrets’. He uses various parallel trains of thought simultaneously, such as the past, present and future, magnifying people and then inanimate things, wandering … Read more

“Ulysses” and “The Seafarer”: Erasing the Edge Between Life and Fiction

Both Lord Alfred Tennyson’s dramatic monologue, “Ulysses,” and Ezra Pound’s 1912 translation of the Old English dramatic monologue “The Seafarer” depict a man’s musings about seaward journeys. Tennyson wrote “Ulysses” in the wake of his best friend Arthur Henry Hallam’s death. “The Seafarer” has traditionally been recognised for its overtly elegiac overtones. One may assume … Read more

Breaking Down the Comic in the Canterbury Tales: Satire

From corrupt politicians to Real Housewives of Orange County, symbols of hypocrisy in modern day society exude personas that are ripe for criticism. These symbols also exist in Geoffrey Chaucer’s prominent anthropological work The Canterbury Tales, attesting to the endurance of class structure and its affect on human behavior throughout history. To depict his interpretation … 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 Comparative Study on the Anglo-Saxon Values based on the Wanderer and the Seafarer

“The Wanderer” and “The Seafarer” are exact reflections of historical Anglo-Saxon life. They depict important Anglo-Saxon ideals and values. The Anglo-Saxon society was a great male-dominant, patriotic culture. All the tribes of that time shared common features like fierce allegiance to one’s land, value of reputation, martial values, and such. Most importantly, the revenge cycle … Read more

The Road by Cormac Mccarthy

This passage is The Road by Cormac Mccarthy and the main theme of the text and novel in a whole is survival and relicense. It starts with the father and son who are living on the road and are really poor also have nothing but a shopping cart full of supplies as well as one … Read more

The Narrator’s Journey to God in the Seafarer

During the poem “The Seafarer” a sailor goes through a journey off at sea and discovers how his life’s journey through the dangerous sea is a factor that could bring him closer to God.The narrator depicts an overall message: in order to get to heaven you’ll have to go through the dangerous journey of life … Read more

Comparing Two Contrasting Poems of William Blake

The Experience of Innocence In William Blake’s “Songs of Innocence,” he refers to the Lamb through numerous fashions, and even writes a song specifically, called “The Lamb.” In “The Lamb,” the child speaker reveals a hymn-like, soft tone through the simplistic diction and rhyme scheme. The speaker also displays closeness to God through its innocence, … Read more

Body Language: Injury and Identity in The Odyssey and Oedipus the King

In describing the characters of Odysseus and Oedipus, Homer and Sophocles both avoid defining these men by typical physical characteristics such as stature or distinctive facial features. Instead, these authors focus on detailing specific bodily wounds that function as embodiments of each character’s identity. Parallel plotlines in The Odyssey and Oedipus the King reveal the … Read more

Human Nature is not Perfect

“King Arthur was counted most courteous of all.” Line 26 of Part 1, one of the opening lines of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, reveals a society in which people are ranked in accordance with their adherence to a certain code of behavior: the chivalric code. Indeed, the knightly chivalric code, derived from the … Read more

Analyzing a Poem “The Good-Morrow” by John Donne

When analyzing a work by John Donne it is important to remember that Donne was arguably one of the most influential poets of his time. It is imperative for readers to be aware that Donne’s use of complex metaphors and imagery was revolutionary and it takes a very close attention to detail to put the … Read more

The Subtle Temptation of Nausikaa

The character of Nausikaa is somewhat of an anomaly within The Odyssey. Among women, she is a wholly developed character. Though such depth initially engages Odysseus, it becomes the force that propels him to his ultimate homecoming. A remarkable aspect of Nausikaa is the completeness of her character. She leaves the impression of a young … Read more

Analysis of Roland's Death

In the Song of Roland, the protagonist, Roland, faces his death as the end consequence of his self-conceited and prideful actions. In the beginning of the poem Oliver indicated the consistent prideful behavior of Roland in the past. Roland then proves Oliver’s point by fighting with only his own intentions in mind. In the end, … Read more

Architecture in the Odyssey: A Map of Circe

In the Odyssey, Homer uses architecture and landscape as metaphors for the personalities of the people to which each respective architectural description relates. For this reason, a strong emphasis is placed on explicit details when depictions of homes, land, and interior design are mentioned. To further explore this notion, I will discuss the way in … Read more

Wilfred Owen’s ‘Dulce et Decorum Est’ against Romanticized Depiction of War

In Dulce et Decorum Est, Wilfred Owen uses a variety of literary devices to highlight the monstrous disjuncture between the gruesome reality of the battlefield and the romanticised image of war that circulated through poetry, newspapers, and magazines at the start of the World War I. Owen’s manipulation of traditional rhyming forms and metre, combined … 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

A juxtaposition of Emily Dickinson’s poem Hope Is a Thing with Features and Walt Whitman poem, O Captain! My Captain!

America experienced profound changes during the mid 1800s. New technologies and ideas helped the nation grow, while the Civil War ripped the nation apart. During this tumultuous period, two great American writers captured their ideas in poetry. Their poems give us insight into the time period, as well as universal insight about life. Although polar … 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

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

The poem ‘A Far Cry from Africa’ by Derek Walcott

Derek Walcott was born in 1930 in Saint Lucia. Belonging to both Anglo-European and Afro-Caribbean heritage, the duality in origin gave birth to a sort of identity crisis within the poet. The main theme of the poem is split identity and anxiety faced by the poet, caused due to mixed heritage. therefore the poem highlights … Read more