The Winter’s Tale

In a court of Sicily, Lord Archidamus of Bohemia invites Lord Camillo of Sicilia to visit Bohemia when he can. They also speak how King Leontes’ son Mamillius will someday be king. Next, the king of Bohemia, Polixenes, says goodbye to the king and queen of Sicilia, Leontes and Hermione, although they beg him to … Read more

Post-War Insanity

“This is a novel somewhat in the telegraphic schizophrenic manner of tales of the planet Tralfamadore, where the flying saucers come from. ” Insanity is a major theme in Kurt Vonnegut’s life and in turn his novels tend to be a release for his thoughts of mental illness. Vonnegut’s characters tend to embody him or … Read more

The Handmaid’s Tale – Feminist?

Yes, I agree with this statement. Although the theocratic totalitarian regime operating in Gilead was instigated and is controlled by men, the male protagonists in the novel are seen as caring and sympathetic. Although one or two women have become quite close through their ordeal, despite the fact they’ve had no other choice (“We’re used … Read more

The story “A&P,” by John Updike

In the story “A&P,” by John Updike, the main character Sammy makes the leap from an adolescent, knowing little more about life than what he has learned working at the local grocery store, into a man prepared for the rough road that lies ahead. As the story begins, Sammy is nineteen and has no real … Read more

The Old Man and the Sea by Hemingway

The Nobelprize winning book: The old man and the sea, has been written by Ernest Hemingway and was published in 1982, though the original American print had been published in 1952. The title is exactly what the book is about. It is a short story. The story is written in one continuous whole and is … Read more

All Quiet on the Western Front

The chapter begins with German soldiers at rest after fourteen days of fierce battle on the Western Front. A double ration of food has been prepared so the soldiers are eating their fill. Paul Baumer, the protagonist and narrator of the novel, watches in amazement as his friends, Tjaden and Muller, eat another helping; he … Read more

The Storm and The Rocking Horse Winner

As a general rule, children love fairy tales. We grow up being read Grimm’s or watching Disney remakes of classics. Parents love telling children fairy tales not only because they have an opportunity to spend time with their sons and daughters, but also because fairy tales, like fables, always contain a lesson or moral within … Read more

Robinson Crusoe and Gulliver’s Travels: the Soldier Within

The characters in Gullivers Travels and Robinson Crusoe are portrayed as resembling trained soldiers, being capable of clear thought during tense and troubled times. This quality possessed within Robinson Crusoe and Gulliver is a result of the author’s background and knowledge. Daniel Defoe was knowledgeable and proficient in seamanship, he understood the workings of a … Read more

The story Flowers for Algernon

The story Flowers for Algernon depicts the meaning of intelligence in a very deep sense. The narrow definition intelligence is the capacity to learn, to understand, or to deal with new or trying situations. It is a concrete definition in such a way that it also means the ability to apply knowledge to manipulate ones … Read more

Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper”

Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper” is an observation on the male oppression of women in a patriarchal society. The story itself presents an interesting look at one woman’s struggle to deal with both mental and physical confinement. Through Gilman’s writing the reader becomes aware of the mental and physical confinement, which the narrator endures, … Read more

Say Yes by Tobias Wolff

The short story written by Tobias Wolff in 1985 entitled Say Yes, manages to remind us with mostly the written dialog of the story that there were and possible still are conflicts within society of whether Caucasians and African Americans should marry. Whats more, is the author also getting across the point that no matter … Read more

Emerging Feminism in The Yellow Wallpaper

The Yellow Wallpaper, by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, is about a woman who is suffering from temporary nervous depression. Her husband, a doctor, has taken her to a summer vacation home for rest therapy; however, the woman’s condition worsens and she sees images of faces in the wallpaper of her room. She believes the images are … Read more

Its Not Plagiarism, Its Recycling

What does plagiarism have to do with Shakespeare, Marlowe, Ovid’s Metamorphosis, Titus Andronicus, Revenge Tragedies, Adam, Eve and the apple, and The Tempest? All these and many more are the result of plagiarism. There seems to be a great discussion on whether or not Shakespeare is the true author of the plays associated with his … Read more

“The Storm” by Kate Chopin

The plot of the story “The Storm” by Kate Chopin is a conventional everyday plot. The story would not be so interesting if it weren’t for the last line of the story; “So the storm passed and everyone was happy. ” What did she mean by the closing line? My interpretation of the story is … Read more

Trifles by Susan Glaspell

Trifles was written in the early 1900’s by Susan Glaspell. This occurred far before the women’s movement. Women were generally looked upon as possessions to their husbands. Their children, all wages, and belongings were property of their husbands. In Glaspell’s story it is easily depicted as to what role the men and women portrayed in … Read more

The Monster’s Human Nature

Hollywood has played a big part is our lives. Growing up we’ve seen numerous movies, some that scared us others that touch us, and those images stayed with us forever. So what happens when Hollywood takes a classic piece of literature such as Frankenstein and turns into a monster movie. It transforms the story so … Read more

The Age Of Reason And Decay

Rousseau’s ideology of education and nature laid the basic ground work for many of the Gothic novels that saturated the English society from the 1764 to 1830. From The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe to the book which was able to forge a bridge of thought that was able to span the chasm … Read more

A Critical Analysis of The Snows of Kilimanjaro

Ernest Hemingways background influenced him to write the short story The Snows of Kilimanjaro. One important influence on the story was that Hemingway had a fear of dying without finishing a work. Hemingway confirmed this fear in many interviews. Baker, in The Slopes of Kilimanjaro, states that Hemingway could well express the feelings of Harry … Read more

The short story “Everything That Rises Must Converge”

The short story “Everything That Rises Must Converge”, by Flannery OConnor tells the story of Julian, the main character and his thoughts and feelings toward his mother. Julian is a college graduate who has a fair understating of the world he lives in, and because of this finds difficulty dealing with his mother and her … Read more

The White Hotel

Psychoanalysis is a system of psychology originated by the Viennese physician Sigmund Freud in the 1890’s and then further developed by himself, his students, and other followers. It consists of activities such as using methods for research into the human mind, a systematic knowledge about the mind, and a method for the treatment of psychological … Read more

“Ode to A Nightingale” by John Keats

The Poem “Ode to A Nightingale” by John Keats is a unique poem, written sometime during the 1815- 1820’s while he was visiting at a friend’s house. This Romantic Age poem is well known for the way it is written. The main writing style Keats uses is imagery. This style is an excellent example of … Read more

Nemo Me Impune Lacessit

“No one provokes me with impunity” (Symons 315). These words began to take shape in Edgar Allan Poe’s life at a very early age (Silverman 1). Deep inside the mind of a madman, such as Poe, there is a world of loneliness, depression, hatred, and revenge. Each of these inner feelings is continuously reenacted throughout … Read more

Irony of The Setting in “The Lottery”

The setting set forth by Shirley Jackson in the beginning of The Lottery creates a mood of peacefulness and tranquillity. This setting also creates an image in the mind of the reader, the image of a typical town on a normal summer day. Furthermore, Shirley Jackson uses the setting in The Lottery to foreshadow an … Read more

Critical Essay on Billy Budd

Charles Reich’s assessment of the conflict in Billy Budd focuses on the distinction between the laws of society and the laws of nature. Human law says that men are “the sum total of their actions, and no more. ” Reich uses this as a basis for his assertion that Billy is innocent in what he … Read more

Jane Eyre, A passage to India, and The Tempest

Jane Eyre, A passage to India, and The Tempest all hold within their covers’ stories of women or girls who knowingly and unknowingly affected the lives of men they were involved with. However, the females’ range of influence does vary between the books due the writer’s opinions of the female sex. The strength and influence … Read more

McTeague a novel by Frank Norris

McTeague, a novel written at the turn of the century by Frank Norris, is a classic example of naturalist writing. This novel is written with the harsh realities that were this time period. There are many themes that occur in naturalism. Some of them that appear in this novel are greed, lust, strife, as well … Read more

Gender Roles In My Antonia

Boys will be boys is a clich often used when males exemplify the traits of wild, abandoned exploration, or use poor judgment in situations due to a desire to fulfill self. These traits, however, are seen as great downfalls and serious cause for concern should females display the same characteristics. Willa Cather beautifully portrays characters … Read more

Analysis of The Rape of the Lock

The destruction of the grand style of the epic is just what Pope was after in his mock epic, “The Rape of the Lock. ” Pope had no such universal goal, or moral pronouncements to make as did Milton. His purpose was merely to expose the life of the nobility of his time. While Milton … Read more