The Relationship of Walter White and Jesse Pinkman through Social Conflict

For centuries Class conflict has been a struggle of people who are constantly fighting and taking control. ‘Breaking Bad’ is best explained by class conflict and the protestant ethic best explains the relationship between Walter and Jesse. These two sociological perspectives are two out of five perspectives that are reoccurring throughout the series of Walter’s … Read more

The Adventures of Wilfred of Ivanhoe, Richard the Lion-Heart, the Outlaws of Sherwood Forest, and Other Heroes in Ivanhoe, a Novel by Sir Walter Scott

Ivanhoe This novel, Ivanhoe, was written by Sir Walter Scott, and contains 500 pages of exciting drama and romance. It follows the adventures of Wilfred of Ivanhoe, Richard the Lion-Heart, the outlaws of Sherwood Forest, and many other exciting heroes and heroines. Ivanhoe has returned from the crusade to claim his lady love, Rowena, but … Read more

Analysis Of Oprah’s Therapeutic And Non-therapeutic Communication Styles

Oprah Winfrey’s interview with ten-year-old Zachary details his experience with uncontrollable anger and hearing distressing voices. An article, titled “Children Dealing with Violent Rage”, published on February 18th of 2011, gave insight to how Zach’s parents realized that Zach had a problem. They explained that starting at eighteen months old, Zach threw violent tantrums. He … Read more

The Nature of Justice, Revenge, and Resolution in The Oresteia, a Trilogy of Greek Tragedies by Aeschylus

“Sing sorrow, sorrow: but good win out in the end” (Oresteia, Agamemnon 121). Such is the chorus’ refrain in the opening lines of Aeschylus’ trilogy, the Oresteia. Written in the 5th century B.C.E., Aeschylus’ classic tragedy not only profoundly impacted the Athenians of his time, but even today continues to provoke weighty questions regarding the … Read more

Voice in The Poisonwood Bible

The use of one’s voice is one of the most powerful weapons humans possess. Yet, too often it is not used to its full potential, and rather, is overlooked, used to harm, or silenced altogether. Voices are shaped over many years and experiences, and they evolve throughout a lifetime. Each individual possesses a voice unique … Read more

The Merchants Of Cool: Looking At The Interaction Between Conflict Theory And Symbolism In The Movie

Teens are believed to be the founders of the word, “cool”. The movie, The Merchants of Cool, focuses on the aspect that teens run the economy. Two major theories can prove this claim. These theories would include, conflict theory and symbolic interactionism. Conflict theory plays a major role in this claim. Conflict theory focuses on … Read more

The use of Symbolism and Description in the Novel

When the general public studies and analyzes fiction, the plot, exposition of characters, climax, and resolution seemingly serve as the “critical” elements highlighted in its evaluation. Provocative literature, however, employs several less predictable but arguably more poignant characteristics. Description and symbolism flesh out the plot and characters, adding depth and form rather than mere shape … Read more

Antigone and Ariel as Tragic Heroes

Antigone and Ariel as Tragic Heroes A tragic hero includes someone who is of noble birth, has great qualities and flaws, has a fatal flaw, has a tragic downfall, gets physically or spiritually wounded, is more self aware in cause, and is felt pity from the audience. Antigone, by Sophocles, is about a character named … Read more

A close analysis of gender in The Handmaid’s Tale and A Streetcar Named Desire

Through a focus upon gender, both Elia Kazan’s film of Tennessee Williams’ original play, A Streetcar Named Desire (Warner Bros, 1951) and Margaret Atwood’s novel, The Handmaid’s Tale (Vintage, 1986) effectively manage to mirror the concerns of both time and place. Despite differing contextual influences, both of these texts manage to aptly explore similar issues … Read more

"The Walking Dead" review

Like most zombie movies, fictions, cartoons, at the beginning of the comics of the Walking Dead, our protagonist woke up from a coma and found that the world has changed. For a time, Atlanta became a dead city, a city of horror, corpses across the field, mourning all over the place. The government no longer … Read more

“All in the Family” Racism or bigotry?

Bigotry or prejudice? Controversial titles that are almost certain to grab someone’s attention standing around the water cooler. While most people find these words offensive, perhaps it was those debatable issues that All in the Family sitcom producers Norman Lear and Alan Yorkin thought could not only gain their network more viewership but ignite universal … Read more

Erik of the Phantom of the Opera and Heathcliff of Wuthering Heights as Byronic Heroes

The Byronic Hero is a variant of the Romantic Hero who possesses an “expression which indicates a mixture of contempt and gloom”[1] and whose behaviour is unpredictable, “moodily taciturn and violently explosive.”[2] However, the Byronic Hero has a redeeming characteristic or quality that earns him the title ‘hero.’ Leslie Fielder defines the “hero-villain as indeed … Read more

Hamlet and revenge

In Shakespeare’s play, the protagonist, Hamlet, is faced with the mission of avenging his father. He decides to act mad as part of his plan to kill Claudius and avenge his father. As the plot of the play rises, his madness becomes more and more believable. The readers know that Hamlet is acting mad because … Read more

South Park Critical Response Paper

Comedy Central’s South Park is an animated comedy sitcom that utilizes surreal humor to lampoon a wide range of topics, many of which are controversial in society. Schulzke’s (2012) “Contentious Language: South Park and the Transformation of Meaning” article examines South Park’s “The F Word” episode and its attempt to challenge linguistic conventions. “The F … Read more

The Authorial voice in Frederick Douglass’s My Bondage and My Freedom

Frederick Douglass’ second autobiography, My Bondage, and My Freedom, significantly revises key portions of his original narrative style and extends the story of his life to include his experiences as a traveling lecturer in the United States as well as England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. Douglass also frames his second autobiography differently, replacing the introductory … Read more

Litotes example sentences

“sometimes a word is put down with a sign of negation, when as much is signified as if we had spoken it affirmatively, if not more” John Smith (225) Thomas More’s Utopia is a work that embodies and embraces ambiguity. In fact almost every aspect of the book is instilled with a range of interpretable … Read more

The Harmful Results of Vengeance as Depicted in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Book, The Scarlet Letter

Revenge: Acceptable or Condemnable? Living creatures often find themselves at odds with the individuals with whom they associate. In the event of defeat, humans seek revenge on the victor in hopes of satisfying the desire for justice. While this option appeals to one’s wounded pride, several drawbacks accompany acts of revenge. Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel, The … Read more

Narrative Voice in William Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom

“On or about December 1910 human nature changed. All human relations shifted…and when human relations change there is at the same time change in religion, politics, and literature”; thus, Modernism was born (Woolf qtd in Galens 175). Modernism was a movement that pursued a truthful portrayal of the world by focusing on the human experience … Read more

The Voice of The Other in Wide Sargasso Sea

“How will you like being made exactly like other people?” is a question that echoes through Antoinette’s mind early within Jean Rhys’s responsive and revisionist text, Wide Sargasso Sea (Rhys 22). Constructing her protagonist from Charlotte Bronte’s insane Bertha Mason, Rhys aims to write the history, the preface, of one of the most discussed feminist … Read more

The Impact of the Power of Lies, Reputation, and the Theme of Revenge in The Crucible, a Play by Arthur Miller

Power of lies + Reputation = REVENGE Revenge can be taken in many different ways, such as fights, lies , arguments, etc. In Arthur Miller’s Crucible, the theme of revenge plays a major role. He based this book on the Salem Witch Trials which took place in the early 1950’s. All the characters were somehow … Read more

The Big Bang theory

Scientists believe the Universe began in a hot ‘big bang’ about 13,600 million years ago. The Universe continues to expand today. The evidence for the Big Bang theory includes the existence of a microwave background radiation, and red-shift. Stars do not remain the same, but change as they age. Scientists have gathered a lot of … Read more