"I shunned the face of man; all sound of joy or complacency was torture to me; solitude was my only consolation--deep, dark, death-like solitude." Aurielle Voices It has often been argued that the definition of a monster is something inhuman,...
Edgar Allen Poe has a natural talent for placing doubt in his reader's mind. He presents a number of very obvious details to force his readers into thinking in one direction while, at the same time, sprinkles smaller details in to throw them off...
By utilizing the epistolary technique with Celie and Shug's female characters in The Color Purple, Walker is able to illustrate the African American lesbian experience in an oppressive society, explore abuses to African American women, explore varying perspectives of lesbianism, and illustrate the perseverance of the African American feminine nature within Showalter's gynocentric Y zone of experience.
A brief essay on the role of women in Shakespeare's Othello and Ann-Marie Macdonald's Goodnight Desdemona.
Sherlock Holmes is one of English literature's most famous and enduring characters; a Scandal in Bohemia was the first of the short stories to feature the consulting detective.
Irish fairy tales and folklore are populated with a wonderful collection of magical creatures and supernatural beings. Leprechauns are so famous they can sell breakfast cereal, and many people have heard the legend of the Banshee—but what about...
Modern American literature evolved from the early foundations of the country’s literary ancestors. The European explorers brought their writing system with them to the New World. They wrote journals, letters, and narratives of their experience in this new place. When the European explorers discovered the New World it was already inhabited by millions of Native Americans. Despite not possessing a writing system the Native Americans had a vast oratory literary collection of culture, history, and r
Goldilocks (often with three bears) seems like a simple story for children, but it has pretty interesting history and many surprising variations.
Classic English literature provides readers a look into the past. Middle English life was difficult unless born to nobility. The feudal system kept noble families in power whereas the lower class people worked to support the wealthy. Middle English literature offers creative representations of the feudal system and the lives of Middle English people. Although the formats and characters may vary, the recurring themes of love, violence, travel, and power resound in each example.
Upon first meeting someone, most people act differently from their normal selves. This is also true for Sebastian and Viola in Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night." How does their decisions affect them?
Discusses the element of estates satire in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. Provides information and examples for each of the three estates.
The famous Philippine fable, Ibong Adarna in English and Filipino / Tagalog versions are here. If you're looking for the summary and the characters, I've included them, too. I love this mythical story! Cheers for fairytale lovers!
Looking at the possible influence of an Irish vampire legend on the creation of Bram Stoker's Dracula.
Hamlet is a famous play written by William Shakespeare. Read the Original Text and the Summary of the FIFTH SOLILOQUY of Hamlet, here.
Hamlet is a famous play written by William Shakespeare. Read the original text and the summary of the sixth soliloquy here.
Celtic mythology is rich with symbolism of life, death and rebirth, replete with the magic of nature and the ancient world. This article outlines some of the most famous stories from Celtic mythology, in Celtic Ireland and Britain.
An overview and analysis of the second tale in Geoffrey Chaucer's "The Canterbury Tales," "The Miller's Tale," and a focus on narrative point of view, characterization, theme, symbolism, and allusion.
Romanticism was the era that depicted expression from a deep sense of thought, as with spirituality. Being more enriched with deeper thought with individual quests for truths and a richer meaning of existence, or at least with the sincere attempt to define it, seemed to be the main drive of the canonical minds.
Did Emily Bronte, the writer of Wuthering Heights, have Asperger's syndrome ? Asperger's symptoms include social isolation, interest in unusual topics and other behavioral traits of Emily Bronte.
Fenrir, Loki's son, is prophesied to cause great harm to Asgard, and grows dangerously fast. This story is considered to be one of the important, if somewhat minor, tales in Norse Mythology.
Several authors have written prequels, sequels, and creative retellings of the classic novel Jane Eyre. If you love the original novel, these books may offer a new spin or perspective on your favorite characters.
Musashi Miyamoto is a Samurai(Ronin) who knows no equal. A master of swordsmanship among various other weapons, he lived life by his own laws. Nearing the end of his life Musashi wrote two masterpieces, containing all his wisdom and years. The Dokkodo and Go Rin No Sho. The Dokkodo is an interesting read as it..
A comparison between Shakespeare's sonnet 130, "My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun" and Lord Byron's sonnet "She walks in beauty, like the night" and their theme of courtly love.
From the very beginnings of human history, women have been systematically and spiritually oppressed by male-domination. Strindberg demonstrates that total oppression, at its worst, can be deadly.
This is an analytical essay that examines the racial issues in Shakespeare's play, "Othello." The play ponders whether race is a social fabrication or an innate ugliness of human nature.
the epic of Beowulf cannot be complete without analyzing Beowulf's Death. this page will examine Beowulf's death. Its purpose is to answer the questions: How did Beowulf die? Why did Beowulf die?
Fitzgerald wrote many short stories before publishing his finest novel, The Great Gatsby. Out of his collections of short stories, “The Rich Boy” (1926) is one of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s best pieces. Today the tale might be called a short...
Ok, the wet shirt scene made women swoon, but that's not the only reason. What makes this man the heartthrob of millions of women and the grudging hero of the many men whose significant other made them watch or read it? Could it be that the...
Sherlock Holmes stories have entertained the general public for over 100 years. Silver Blaze is a short Sherlock Holmes stories that deals with murder and a missing racehorse.
Henry was indeed a cosmopolitan; the James family travelled across Europe during 1855 and 1860. Henry’s brother William James is considered to be one of the greatest psychologists of all time.
"The total effect of a novel depends not only on its innate impact, but upon the experience, literary and otherwise, with which it was approached." Flannery O'Connor, Total Effect and the Eighth Grade As one of the most overlooked and...
The Adventure of the Final Problem was penned by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to the the final problem faced by Sherlock Holmes. Taking down the gang of Professor Moriarty could have some deadly results.
An analysis of Willa Cather's My Antonia and why she first published it under a man's name. This article explores sexuality, particularly Cather's and the male perpective.
Romeo and Juliet is often thought to be a play about enduring love. However, what many casual readers of the play fail to realize is that the main theme of the piece is the violence and chaos encompassing Verona.
Romanticism is one of the most influential movements in art, philosophy and literature. Discover who the Romantic Poets and Philosophers were and why they had such an impact on the world we know today.
This is possibly Tom Stoppard's best known play. It offers an amusing and thought-provoking twist on Shakespeare's "Hamlet".
In Ania Loomba’s selection from Gender, Race, Renaissance Drama, Loomba discusses the “gender-blindness” in most postcolonial criticism of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Loomba proposes as her the
Of all the characters in William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Fortinbras is perhaps the strangest. Oddly enough, though, Fortinbras is a stabilizing force in the action of the play, and he also functions as a framing device for the play itself.
In the ancient tale of Gilgamesh women represent not only great wisdom and power but also temptation and ruin.
Huckleberry Finn has numerous distinct dialects throughout. Were they just added for style, or is there a deeper meaning behind them? Huckleberry Finn is a literary masterpiece.
In The Real Thing, written by Henry James, artifice, regarding art, is a glorified representation of reality and, therefore, possesses a greater quality of realism to it than reality itself. James, here, alludes to the factor of malleability in many separate occasions throughout the piece. Perhaps this quality is more important than a certain graceful stagnancy which permeates this short story. It can be thought, also, that perhaps James uses his own writing to portray this view of artifice vers
How to Understand Shakespeare gives tips on getting to grips with the language, style and form of Shakespeare's plays and sonnets.
The Adventure of the Copper Beeches is a Sherlock Holmes story written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The story deals with a client taking up a new job at a house called the Copper Beeches.
This article explores the origin of drama. It also shows us the development of drama through various stages. The origin of drama is deeply rooted in the Church.
Virginia Woolf is well known for her stream of consciousness approach, which allows her to delve into the minds and feelings of her characters in an intimate way. The point of view shifts rapidly from one character to another.
Andromeda Chained to the Rocks A damsel in distress has been seen throughout history as a common archetype in myth. A damsel refers to a young woman, and a damsel in distress is almost always a woman who is physically attractive; this is of course...
The Winter of Our Discontent, by John Steinbeck, explores key components of American folklore. Are we godlike beings, or angry, feces-throwing monkeys? Mel considers.
Joseph Conrad was a famous novelist in the English literature. His famous novel “Heart of Darkness” (1902) is the exploration of complex human nature as well as the relevant matter of colonialism.
The Adventure of the Six Napoleons is a short Sherlock Holmes story dealing with what at seems as first a case of vandalism, but the destruction of busts of Napoleon soon leads to murder.
Shakespeare did not have much faith in traditional gender roles. His constant subversion of these roles in the submission of men to dominant women illustrates Shakespeare’s feelings that much was amiss in society’s typical dictation of the...
Society has a great influence on people and their way of life, and can either liberate or oppress them, depending on the accepted standards of the time. Societies which believe in total male superiority cause women to be oppressed and unsatisfied with their lives. The wives in Trifles and A Raisin in the Sun are alienated from their husbands as a result of societal beliefs which dictate complete female submission, male dominance in marriage, and the need for material goods to ensure a happy marr
Honor and chivalry, principle and kingship, servitude and courage: These are the foundations of the knights depicted throughout medieval literature. The essential difference among the knights however, is often spread throughout the medieval works as...
People can perceive Shakespeare’s Macbeth in different ways. This page discusses whether Macbeth’s character is a villain or a victim
Between the French Revolution and the Inquisition, there was an adverse attitude toward religious figures of Catholicism in English literature in the late 18th century.
The question never ceases to fascinate mankind. No matter how many answers are formulated, the meaning of life maintains a state of permanent elusiveness. Perhaps the quandary is mysterious because its answer is different for everyone. ...
Sherlock Holmes and Dr John Watson are two of the most famous characters from English Literature. The detective and his companion would feature is 60 stories written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
Did Shakespeare invent new words for the English language? Did he coin new phrases which lasted into modern English? Many estimates floating around the internet claim that Shakespeare created as many as 20000 new words, which seems highly improbable. Other estimates, like 1000 to 2000 words, may be closer to the truth but still an exaggeration even for the greatest writer of English . This page explores why these figures may be more legend than fact by using historical and literary analysis.
During the Elizabethan era, one’s destiny or fate was viewed by most as predetermined. “Most of the people in Shakespeare’s time believed in astrology, the philosophy that a person’s life was partly determined by the stars and the...
Divine inspiration, trip planning, and social advice are some of the gifts Athena gives to young Telemachus and his father. The first five books of the ancient epic poem, the Odyssey, includethe story of brave Telemachus, son of...
The tragedy of Hamlet delves on life, love and tyranny. All the major protagonists and antagonists in the play die in the end. In the process, they all redeemed themselves by dying...
William Faulkner’s short story, “Golden Land,” is about a man who has become successful in Hollywood at the expense of morality. The main character, Ira, is an alcoholic that moved from Nebraska to Los Angeles. Like Faulkner, Ira is disgusted by the Los Angeles lifestyle and consumerism, yet has become a product of this culture.
The Adventure of the Solitary Cyclist is a story that sees Sherlock Holmes investigate what appears to be a case of stalking by an unknown cyclist, but develops into a case of abduction.
Why is Beowulf an epic hero? Hubris is not the heroic qualities of an epic hero. A summary and character analysis reveals that his hubris makes him a tragic hero.
'How all occasions do inform against me' [Act 4 Scene 4 Audiences can access Hamlet's thoughts, emotions and feelings via a soliloquy. Here, Hamlet feels lost; defeated; a failure, and he cannot understand why. He has tried to do the right thing; yet nothing has gone right for him. He is disgusted with himself; contemptous of his own weak inadequacy and fearful failings. We learn about Hamlet's confused emotional state; his depression and guilt.
Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein examines the pursuit of knowledge within the industrial age, shining a spotlight on the ethical, moral, and religious implications of science. Did the scientist go too far in his creation of the monster, or was he only indulging natural human curiosity?
Peter Pan, or Peter and Wendy, published in 1911, is an iconic example of surprisingly dark turn-of-the-century children’s literature. This novelization was published several years after the play.
The Adventure of the Gloria Scott is a short Sherlock Holmes story from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. In the Adventure of the Gloria Scott, Holmes tells Watson of an early case when Holmes was at university
The Mary Poppins books were written by Pamela Lyndon Travers. The magical nanny is very popular, but her character is very different in the books than in the famous movie.
This hub takes a look into the symbolism of Lorraine Hansberry's classic play A Raisin in the Sun. There is a lot of symbolism in the play, which is a testament to Lorraine Hansberry's skill as a playwright.
Shakespeare as a master of depicting the subtleties of human nature, provides an unsimplified portrayal of Cleopatra the exquisite Queen of the Nile both as a passionate woman and cunning manipulator.
Robert Louis Stevenson's classic "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekykll and Mr. Hyde" presents the theme of divided self while offering insight into Victorian England. Jekyll’s personal battle with his inner demons creates a literal division of self that would have been empathized by society of the period. There were many contributing factors to this division of society and personality. The rise of the Industrial age provided both economic wealth and poverty. The battle between the social classes
The solo Elf in the Fellowship of the Ring is an unusual chap, but not for the reasons you might think. Learn the fascinating story of Legolas of Mirkwood, hidden in the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien.
What's the difference between the literary movements of realism and naturalism? How are realism and naturalism alike?
Begun as a short story in answer to a competition suggested by Lord Byron in 1816, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s Frankenstein has reached from the Romantic era into our own 21st century, and remains as relevant today as when originally written....
Thomas Hobbes defines the natural ‘state of man’ as one in which man desires ‘Felicity,' i.e., happiness.
The Adventure of the Greek Interpreter is a short Sherlock Holmes story written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. In this adventure the Sherlock Holmes reader is introduced to Mycroft, Sherlock's brother.
Hamlet; The Prince of Denmark is a play consumed with images and symbols of death and over the course of the play Hamlet considers death from many perspectives pondering the spiritual and physical aspects.
Sherlock Holmes is one of the greatest fictional detectives ever created, and arguably the most famous. He isn't just a detective; he's also a chemist, a violinist, and a master swordsman. He's famous for his keen observation and deductive reasoning.
William Shakespeare contributed many phrases to common English, from the famous "To be, or not to be" to a few lesser known, but still commonly used, phrases in everyday English.
An analysis of Aphra Behn's Oroonoko: The Royal Slave and the anti-slavery narrative within the novel. Aphra Behn (1640-1689) wrote the novel Oroonoko in 1688 and based it on her trip to what many researchers believe is Surinam...
A short summary and analysis "Hamlet," and a list of all seven of Hamlet's soliloquies with original text and interpretation.
The Adventure of the Reigate Squire is a short Sherlock Holmes story that sees the detective recuperating in Surrey. Soon though Holmes is investigating a burglary and a murder.
Hamlet's soliloquy in Act four scene four, of William Shakespeare's epic masterpiece, is one of the most thrilling speeches of the entire work. This article breaks the entire speech down by sentece, anylising each point individually, and explaining the deep character arcs which happen of ther course of this single speech.
Women’s literature presents a unique view into the female American experience. America experienced many changes following the Civil War. The country was in a period of transformation, including political, economic, social, and literary shifts. As the country emerged into the Industrial Revolution female authors were forging a place for themselves in literary cannon. The feminist movement called into question the role of women in society and female authors responded by creating works presenting
Read the original text of the second soliloquy from Hamlet, by William Shakespeare, with a summary and analysis.
The works of modern and post-modern authors, such as Alice Munro and Anne Carson, may share common themes with Victorian and Romantic authors, such as Emily Bronte and Mary Wollstonecraft, but the language of the pieces are quite different. As time passes literature reflects this phenomenon in many ways. Themes and characters shift to reflect the period. Attitudes and literary devices provide perspective on writer’s emotional state often as a result of outside influences. Format may move from
Does the play Antony and Cleopatra have a subtext that undermines James’s regime, offering a warning about the iniquity of state absolutism? If so, Shakespeare was treading dangerous ground.
We've all heard quotes from Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, but have you ever stopped to wonder what they mean? Here are 10 life lessons from Alice in Wonderland.
A Christmas Carol is a timeless classic created by Charles Dickens. He wished to strike a blow on behalf of the children abused in factories. The story will forever haunt our homes.
Some Greek leaders of the Trojan War come to mind immediately, such as Achilles and Agamemnon. Others may take longer to think of, such as Nestor and the two Ajaxes. Read on for a comprehensive listing of all the Achaean forces and their leaders, as well as short bios of the most important leaders.
In this essay, I review Plato's "Republic", and analyze the three-tiered class system within the society as defined based of the "myth of the metals".
An overview of the comparative differences and similarities between Thucydides' Pericles Funeral Oration and his Melian Dialogue
In this episode of the curious origins of nursery rhymes we tackle the loveable but doomed egg that is Humpty Dumpty. Just what does it really mean?
Mark Twain's "The Story of the Good Little Boy Who Did Not Prosper" satirically portrays the failure of the American dream. His short story is a window into post-Industrial Revolution American culture, seen through the eyes of a "good little boy" who becomes a martyr to the Puritan work ethic.
The Blue Carbuncle is a short story from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle featuring Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson. Dealing initially with a lost goose and hat, the case evolves into a more serious adventure.
An analysis of Flannery O'Connor's novel "The Violent Bear It Away" and the symbolism found throughout the darkly comedic tale.
The concept of escapism is a strong theme in Tennessee Williams’s play The Glass Menagerie. Amanda, Laura, and Tom Wingfield all seek to escape the dull and depressing reality of their situation. They engage in escapism by retreating into their own fantasies which push them farther apart. The play uses their desire to escape reality to emphasize the role of the 1940s as an exciting escape from the 1930s.
A look at two of fiction's greatest wizards. Gandalf and Saruman were central characters to Tolkien's Lord of the Rings saga.
Read the original text, a summary, modern translation, and interpretations of the seventh and last soliloquy of William Shakespeare's Hamlet here.
Explores and analyzes how Laura Wingfield's nature is reflected in objects that are as unique as she is.
An analysis of "Safe in their alabaster chambers" poem by Emily Dickinson and a quick look at it's imagery and themes.
Could Alice Walker be using Dee as a way to look back at her own transformation and education? Summary and analysis of "Everyday Use."
Josef K, an up and coming banker, wakes up one day to find himself under arrest for no apparent reason. The Trial is the story of his frustrating quest for justice.
Bluebeard, which came out in 1987, was one of Vonnegut's last proper novels. Though it is different in style than his earlier works, it is a very rewarding novel. Kurt Vonnegut, one of the most prolific if not best American writers of the second...
Bernard Shaw should be a required reading in any British Literature course. He was an interesting individual with messages that are still pertinent today. Shaw was obsessed with the inequalities of society which led to his interest in socialism,...
King Hrothgar foresees Beowulf`s death. Beowulf and Hrothgar are very much alike, but Hrothgar's speech in the Hall of Heorot warns him of his excessive pride, or hubris, something Hrothgar recognizes as Beowulf`s fatal flaw.
A reflection on the role of marriage in society during the 1800s as seen in the book Pride and Prejudice
Many people believe that the character of Sherlock Holmes was based on one of Doyle's medical teacher's Doctor Joseph Bell. Bell was a lecturer at the University of Edinburgh and was a student of observation and deduction. To illustrate this, he would often pick a stranger and, by observing him, deduce his occupation and recent activities. Doctor Watson was based on Doyle, himself.
Lady Brett Ashley, the main female character in The Sun Also Rises, by Ernest Hemingway, is often accused of being a bitch. Upon closer reading though, one can argue against these accusations. She is a mixed up, lost, lonely woman caught in a downward spiral towards destruction.
The "rags to riches" stories that Horatio Alger Jr. wrote in the late nineteenth century helped the population of the United States believe the myth that anyone could work hard and become rich, a "self made man". His readers ignored the moral...
Everyone knows about the Vikings – however, how many people know about how incredibly varied and entertaining their writing was?
A look will be taken into the actions of Iago and Othello, with comparisons to Shakespeare’s other tragedies, to define the psychological perspectives highlighted by this dark tale.
In John Milton’s Paradise Lost, Satan is a major figure of the narrative. The poem’s intense focus on his temperament presents a psychological profile of someone with a conflictive personality. Among his fellow fallen angels, he is a...
The Adventure of the Empty House was effectively the return of Sherlock Holmes. Ten years after the Final Problem, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle would resurrect Holmes, enabling the solving of more cases.
Looking at the main traditions in Irish folk tales - warrior myths, romantic tragedies, ghost stories and local fairy stories.
James Joyce changed the face of modern fiction with his stream of consciousness writing style but did you know he was directly influenced by a little known French writer, Edouard Dujardin?
Get to know The Wife of Bath, one of the pilgrims in the Canterbury Tales. She is a strong willed woman, married five times and on the look out for number six! Never dull, she wants equality with men.
Nature had an extreme effect on the early settlers, both positive and negative. Many of them were drawn to America because of the tails of abundance and beauty to behold in America.
Colonial literature, written in simple and expressive style, presents history of colonial times, rules to live by according to pilgrim and Puritan ideals, and the punishment that goes along with violating those ideals. As people immigrated to America from England, they brought their religious ideals with them. These strong religious beliefs are evident in the writings of colonial American literature. Religion affected all aspects of life, and literature serves to provide evidence of the bond
The word epic has been derived a Greek word epikos, which means a word, song or speech. An epic is well-defined as a long story in verse dwelling upon an important theme in a most elegant style and language.
Did you ever think Shakespeare used the 7 deadly sins as a basis for his plays? He could have. This article gives in depth analysis of the way he portrayed these sins without saying them directly.
Discusses how Toni Morrison uses point of view to address the complexities of alienation and madness in the novel Beloved.
Margaret Hale is one of the strongest fictional heroines ever written. The main character in Elizabeth Gaskell's North and South, Margaret is a picture of bravery, endurance, and selflessness.
Honour is a pervasive theme in the tragedy Hamlet by William Shakespeare. The obvious contrast between the characters Hamlet and Laertes is well established in much scholarly work on the play. Hamlet is uncertain and slow to action, while Laertes is...
The Man with the Twisted Lip is a short story from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle that sees another case taken on by Sherlock Holmes. The case deals with something that on the surface looks like murder.
Analysis of the Old English poem "The Dream of the Rood," which examines the pre-Christian German Heroic elements present in the poem, as well as providing a speculative hypothesis as to the intended purpose or message of the poem.
A Case of Identity is one of the least known Sherlock Holmes stories, and is often overlooked in the original Sir Arthur Conan Doyle canon. Ultimately the case is one of a missing fiance.
Shylock has been considered one of Shakespeare's most memorable villains; however, the real evil is in his portrayal. Whether it was intentional or not, antisemitism is not easy to miss in this play.
The Sleep of King Arthur in Avalon, 1898 King Arthur is perhaps the most well-known subject in Anglophone literature. Not many other legends that originated over a millennium ago are still told as frequently and with such gusto today. But, what...
In Shakespeare’s Macbeth, several characters have a certain degree of responsibility for the assassination of King Duncan and the murders that follow. Macbeth, being a soldier, knows how to kill and is familiar with this act. This may be damning...
The Five Orange Pips is a Sherlock Holmes case that sees the consulting detective dealing with the seemingly innocuous problem of orange pips being delivered in the mail.
It is human nature to not only function on, but also to thrive off of the approval of others. So often our population plans their whole lives around what others have planned out for them to do. Functioning in this way is neither right nor wrong, but...
Franz Kafka's Metamorphosis, what is Gregor's metamorphosis? How is the metamorphosis linked to depression? #depression #franzkafka #metamorphosis
William Shakespeare. Called the greatest writer of the English language that there has ever been, but slated by critics in his own time. Twelve facts that you might not have known about Shakespeare.
Many ancient Greek comedians, and even some poets and tragedians, injected a sardonic, satirical attitude that the modern era sees in its own work.
"Puss in Boots" is a famous fairytale, but its moral is pretty questionable. The title character achieves everything through trickery and his masters become rich doing nothing.
The Boscombe Valley Mystery is one of the early stories about Sherlock Holmes written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. It is a tale of murder where the police arrest the wrong person.
The poetry of the early modern period into the age of enlightenment forged the way for romantic literature. William Shakespeare’s sonnets of the 17th century as well as William Blake’s and William Wordsworth’s poetry of 18th century follow the romantic formula of expressing emotion through the delightful language, rhythm, and meter of the written word. An emotional tie that these three writers of romanticism have is the idea of memories, and the wistful, happy, and sometimes sorrowful connecti
Overview and explanation of some specific features of Old English literature that are not generally found in later works.
Many fairy tales share basic elements with classical myths. Beauty and Beast can be interpreted as Cupid and Psyche retold, but it shares basic elements with many other myths too.
In this essay, I analyze William Shakespeare's play, Hamlet, and analyze how religious connotations hinder Hamlet's action and ability to avenge his father's death.
There are several dozen translations of Victor Hugo's classic novel Les Miserables. Here's a simple guide to use when finding the best translation to read.
In this chapter from Culture and Imperialism, Said explores a previously disregarded perspective on Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park, illuminating the relationships depicted between manor home and plantation, country and city (1118-20). In the...
"To be or not to be" is one of the most famous lines in all of English literature. It marks the beginning of Hamlet's "To be or not to be" speech which is a soliloquy. The speech and the line reflect some of the existential questions that Hamlet the play and Hamlet the character are interested in.
The case of the Red Headed League is the second short story to feature Sherlock Holmes. In this case Holmes investigates when Jebez Wilson loses his part-time job.
What is Literary Nationalism? It is the voice of history through language. It is a movement in history stirred by literature. Walt Whitman and Washington Irvin were important contributors to the formation of American literature through the very use of language.
The world was introduced to Sherlock Holmes in "A Study in Scarlet", three years later Sir Arthur Conan Doyle would reprise the character with "The Sign of Four".
While Dracula, himself, represents the familiar dark foreboding imagery of the classic Gothic tale, it is the new attitudes and technologies the novel presents that represent the new modern Gothic, more complex, and, in the wrong hands, capable of being more dangerous then any old world transgressive device.
Cry, the Peacock is the first published novel of Anita Desai. It reveals the story of a married woman named Maya. The novel picturises the neurotic condition of Maya.
Analysis of Henrik Ibsen's play "A Doll's House" and how it displays 3 viewpoints of marriage; fantasy, security, and a model of a true marriage.
The curious history behind the popular nursery rhyme sing a song of sixpence takes us to Tudor times of Henry VIII to the Pirates of the Caribbean via the splendours of gastronomy.
What is the oldest story ever written? - The Epic of Gilgamesh was written over 4,000 years ago on cuneiform clay tablets. It recounts a king's quest to overcome death, and the original story of the Great Flood.
The Adventure of the Crooked Man is a short Sherlock Holmes story written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. In the Adventure of the Crooked Man, Holmes departs from Baker St to Aldershot taking Watson along.
The Capitalist Monster: What can be more morally invalidating than enslavement? Some say death. Others say torture. But what if enslavement is a combination of the two; an ultimate death spiral that captures the soul, debasing the heart and...
Herein lies a detailed analysis of Edgar Allen Poe's famous short story "The Cask of Amontillado." This story of a vengeful murder is still popular today, even 150 years after it was published.
The Adventure of the Priory School is a Sherlock Holmes story that sees the detective investigating the disappearance of the young Lord Saltire, a disappearance that is soon linked to a murder.
Many Shakespearean scholars have differing opinions of Lady Macbeth. These opinions range from viewing Lady Macbeth as evil and malicious to others who see her as a victim of her devotion to her husband. Any of these opinions must be closely...
The Adventure of the Stockbroker's Clerk is a short Sherlock Holmes story from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The case sees Holmes out of his normal London surroundings and in Birmingham instead.
The main themes of Hate v Love, Nature v Nurture and Good v Evil in the novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.
The 17th century marked a shift from an age of faith to an age of reason. Literature represents the turbulence in society, religion, and the monarchy of this period. Life for the English people changed as religious controversy and civil war shook the nation. These issues reformulated the role of individuals in society, perspectives of faith, and social structures in England. Writers of this period offer their own philosophies as proof of the issues and influenced the masses. Specific examples of
NOTE: I'm new to this kind of writing. I haven't read much critical essays/analyses in my existence. This is the first time that I penned a critical analysis for a book, and a critically-acclaimed book at that time for that matter, so please bear...
There has been a long-standing debate over the true definition of tragedy in dramatic literature. Read this discussion of Aristotle's definition weighed against three tragedies written in different centuries.
In Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, the images of light and dark are one of the most constant visual motifs throughout the play. Characters, such as Benvolio, Juliet, and Romeo, who exhibit goodness, innocence, and love are often seen either giving...
A discussion of Shakespeare's Hamlet. The question of who is at fault for the tragedy is one that is often debated. In this article, and argument is made that it is Gertrude's fault.
The Adventure of the Speckled Band is a Sherlock Holmes short story written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The Speckled Band tells of murder most foul, undertaken by an evil villain.
Shakespeare wrote some of the most famous tragedies of all time. Each of his tragic characters were responsible for their own downfall due to their fatal flaws.
Universal order imbued all aspects of the Elizabethan period. Taken from the second century astronomer Ptolemy, this system of order reassured the Renaissance era that despite the often-chaotic appearances of plagues and wars, order did exist if...
In Jane Austen's novel Sense and Sensibility, engagements and consequent marriages occur contrary to expectations. This is because all the clues and evidence held important by society and seen as indicative of engagement are ambiguous at best, if not entirely baseless and reliant on mere supposition. An example of such evidence is the exchange of hair; an act that is believed to be evidence of a mutual sentiment, often when it is not.
Charlotte Perkins Gilman immerses us into the psyche of a young wife and mother who is powerless in her peril in which no one understands. The Yellow Wallpaper is a first person view of what insanity and disconnection can look like. From...
William Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” was written as a fictional play, but the characters and situations of the play offer keen observations of 16th century life. Desire is an emotion experienced by all people. Shakespeare presents the desires of the multiple characters in “Twelfth Night” to emphasize the societal limitations of the characters according to gender, social class, and birthright.
Pasternak follows his characters through their experiences during the Russian Revolutions, World War I, and the Russian Civil War.
The epic poem Beowulf demonstrates in many ways what the ideal traits of a man should be: through Beowulf himself, through his allies, and through his enemies.
Character, thematic, and social analysis of A Streetcar Named Desire, by Tennessee Williams. This play has several intriguing themes, which I will discuss. Thank you for reading!
Revisions to classic fairy tales often hide a rich past of instructive, though morbid, lessons taught through the prominent use of cannibalism.
Jack and Jill is an evergreen delight for children. The rhyme dates back many centuries. There is so much speculation on it's origins and history. These range from the sublime to the ridiculous.
Explores the symbolism of the pentangle in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, including discussion of the chivalric code and religious aspects of the Arthurian legend.
A fairly concise guide to the significance of female identity within a selection narrative poetry of John Keats, Angela Carters 'The Bloody Chamber' and Bram Stoker's 'Dracula'.
Choosing a Beowulf essay topic can be hard! Here are some sample topics to help you get started writing an essay on Beowulf.
Shakespeare is the ultimate god of insults. Here are my 50 favorite Shakespearean insults from a broad collection of plays. Enjoy, you whoreson!
The pagan tribes who authored the epic Beowulf and the characters within the story have a unique culture. There are four major parts of Anglo Saxon and Germanic culture that is vital to understanding Beowulf. Anyone looking to analyze the epic must first understand Bards, paganism, the warrior king culture and Anglo Saxon Christianization to form a complete analysis of Beowulf.
The Jungle Book represents the ways in which the British nation took control and colonized the Indian nation. This story also represents how nations view the "other" according to their society.