“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

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

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

Matt Mercer – The Voice Acting Expert

In addition to the on-screen celebrities who frequently grace our television screens with their splendor, there exist some behind-screen celebs who take up positions off the screen and showcase their prowess and inborn talent through their voices on the set of cartoons, video games and animated movies. The celebrated voice artist, producer and director Matt … Read more

the Harney vs. Sony Pictures Television Inc. Court Case: The Trial Verdict and the Case of Abuse of the Copyright Law

Harney v. Sony Pictures Television Inc., 41 Med.L.Rptr. 113. Facts: In April, 2007, photographer Donald Harney took a picture of what appeared to be a father and daughter out at an event. Almost a full year later, in 2008, the couple in question became involved in a kidnapping case, and the daughter was abducted by … Read more

“Just and Sharp Revenge”: The Question of Underworld Justice in “The Spanish Tragedy”

“‘Send him,’ quoth [Minos], ‘to our infernal king, / To doom him as best seems his majesty” (1.1.52-3). Nestled in the lengthy opening monologue by Don Andrea, these lines introduce the overarching question that Thomas Kyd’s The Spanish Tragedy seeks to answer – the question of Don Andrea’s “doom.” In the underworld, Aeacus and Rhadamanth … Read more

The History of Superheroes

I.INTRODUCTION A superhero or a superheroine (which is found in 1917) is a type of heroic stock character, usually possessing supernatural or superhuman powers, who is dedicated to fighting crime, protecting the public, and usually battling supervillains while in some of the people, a superhero cannot be defined solely by superhuman powers like Batman, he … Read more

The Voices of the Voiceless: Comparing the Poetry of Langston Hughes and Countee Cullen

As two key figureheads in what is now deemed the Harlem Renaissance, Langston Hughes and Countee Cullen served as voices for a previously voiceless population. Their poetry speaks of the enduring struggles of being an African American, and the effort required to merely survive in such a discriminatory society. However, despite being poets with similar … Read more

Edgar Allan Poe’s Description of the Topic of Vengeance as Illustrated in His Book, The Cask of Amontillado

Is revenge ever justified? Mankind believes in the necessity of revenge to make justice, by their own hands. The idea of revenge has been present in numerous novels, television shows, as well as movies and films. For instance in the movie Taken, the theme of revenge is clearly shown when a retired Gonverment Agent, Bryan, … Read more

The Handmaids Tale Novel in the Historical Context

Texts are, by nature, cultural artefacts, intrinsically influenced by the societys from which they emerge. Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale (1985) offers a “twist of today’s society” – the phallocentric Gileadean dictatorship, as seen through the eyes of narrator Offred. Set in a totalitarian and repressive theocracy, Atwood warns of the danger of fundamentalist religion … Read more

Hmong Faith’s Portrayal in Drama Series Grey’s Anatomy

The debate between religion verses science has been a conflict over centuries and a dividing factor in modern day culture. Typically, doctors have a difficult time understanding a patient’s decision to deny treatment because of their beliefs and religion, which could potentially terminate a life-threatening disease. However, in Grey’s Anatomy, a popular television series, the … Read more

Survival of the fittest seminar

Charles Darwin gave his theory of evolution by the way or Natural Selection in 1858 as an explanation for adaptation and variation in species and organisms. Natural selection is the differentiation of organisms due to the differences in phenotype. Natural selection acts on the phenotype of an organism. The phenotype is the observable characteristics of … Read more

American Heroes: Franklin and McCandless as the Representatives of American values

In Ourselves We Trust America has always been a place of ideals, a place where people have striven for their concept of a perfect lifestyle. Certain virtues have permeated the American spirit, and they continue to influence social revolutionaries today. Motivation, courage, intellect, and thoughtfulness are some of the most pertinent assets of the stereotypical … Read more