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  • "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,...

    Frankenstein: The True Monster

    Frankenstein: The True Monster

    by Anna Marie13

  • 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...

    Edgar Allen Poe: "The Oblong Box"

    Edgar Allen Poe: "The Oblong Box"

    by bethbriskey2

  • 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.

    Alice Walker's The Color Purple

    Alice Walker's The Color Purple

    by Dr Harris' Perspective2

  • 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.

    Plot Summary of A Scandal in Bohemia

    Plot Summary of A Scandal in Bohemia

    by Colin Quartermain3

  • 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...

    Forgotten Fairies of Irish Folklore

    Forgotten Fairies of Irish Folklore

    by Marie McKeown29

  • 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

    Early American Literature: European Settlers and Native American Storytelling

    Early American Literature: European Settlers and Native American Storytelling

    by Nancy Snyder13

  • Goldilocks (often with three bears) seems like a simple story for children, but it has pretty interesting history and many surprising variations.

    The History Behind the Story of Goldilocks

    The History Behind the Story of Goldilocks

    by Tolovaj Publishing House61

  • 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.

    Middle English Life Depicted in 14th and 15th Century Literature

    Middle English Life Depicted in 14th and 15th Century Literature

    by Nancy Snyder0

  • 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?

    Identity Crisis in Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night"

    Identity Crisis in Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night"

    by morningstar180

  • Discusses the element of estates satire in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. Provides information and examples for each of the three estates.

    Canterbury Tales as an Estates Satire

    Canterbury Tales as an Estates Satire

    by Anaya M. Baker3

  • 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!

    Ibong Adarna: Summary English and Tagalog Versions

    Ibong Adarna: Summary English and Tagalog Versions

    by twentyfive89

  • 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.

    Celtic Mythology: Myths of the Ancient World

    Celtic Mythology: Myths of the Ancient World

    by Marie McKeown9

  • 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.

    The Era of Romanticism - Coleridge, Wordsworth & Blake

    The Era of Romanticism - Coleridge, Wordsworth & Blake

    by Cathy7

  • 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.

    Norse Mythology: The Fenris-Wolf

    Norse Mythology: The Fenris-Wolf

    by Jackie S2

  • 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.

    Jane Eyre Sequels, Prequels, Spin-Offs, and Retellings

    Jane Eyre Sequels, Prequels, Spin-Offs, and Retellings

    by Brittany Rowland29

  • 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..

    Miyamoto Musashi's Dokkōdō - A Ronin's 21 Laws Of Life

    Miyamoto Musashi's Dokkōdō - A Ronin's 21 Laws Of Life

    by Morgue8

  • 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?

    The Death of Beowulf: Why and How Did Beowulf Die

    The Death of Beowulf: Why and How Did Beowulf Die

    by Ryan Buda2

  • 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...

    "The Rich Boy," a Short Story by F. Scott Fitzgerald

    "The Rich Boy," a Short Story by F. Scott Fitzgerald

    by Tracy6

  • 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...

    Why Women Love Mr. Darcy

    Why Women Love Mr. Darcy

    by Winsome40

  • 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.

    Plot Summary of Silver Blaze

    Plot Summary of Silver Blaze

    by Colin Quartermain0

  • 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.

    Henry James and His Novels

    Henry James and His Novels

    by Prabhat Parimal0

  • "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...

    A Sense of Mystery: The Writing and Style of Flannery O'Connor

    A Sense of Mystery: The Writing and Style of Flannery O'Connor

    by collegatariat9

  • Descriptions of the Canterbury Tales characters, provided by a retired British Literature teacher.

    Canterbury Tales Characters

    Canterbury Tales Characters

    by Holle Abee28

  • 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.

    Plot Summary of the Adventure of the Final Problem

    Plot Summary of the Adventure of the Final Problem

    by Colin Quartermain2

  • 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.

    Characteristics of Romanticism in English Literature

    Characteristics of Romanticism in English Literature

    by Lisa McKnight10

  • 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.

    Fortinbras as a Foil for Hamlet

    Fortinbras as a Foil for Hamlet

    by Seth Tomko25

  • 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.

    The Different Dialects Within Huckleberry Finn

    The Different Dialects Within Huckleberry Finn

    by Graham Townson1

  • 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

    Book Discussion: The Real Thing by Henry James

    Book Discussion: The Real Thing by Henry James

    by Epsilon51

  • How to Understand Shakespeare gives tips on getting to grips with the language, style and form of Shakespeare's plays and sonnets.

    How To Understand Shakespeare

    How To Understand Shakespeare

    by alliemacb17

  • 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.

    Plot Summary of the Adventure of the Copper Beeches

    Plot Summary of the Adventure of the Copper Beeches

    by Colin Quartermain0

  • 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.

    Origin of Drama in English Literature

    Origin of Drama in English Literature

    by Muhammad Rafiq39

  • 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...

    Mythology and Archetypes: "A Damsel in Distress"

    Mythology and Archetypes: "A Damsel in Distress"

    by dsegal9004

  • 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.

    Plot Summary of the Adventure of the Six Napoleons

    Plot Summary of the Adventure of the Six Napoleons

    by Colin Quartermain0

  • 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...

    Gender Roles in Macbeth and What It Means to Be a Man

    Gender Roles in Macbeth and What It Means to Be a Man

    by mikesweetwater3

  • 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

    Murder and Death in "Trifles" by Susan Glaspell and "A Raisin in the Sun" by Lorraine Hansberry

    Murder and Death in "Trifles" by Susan Glaspell and "A Raisin in the Sun" by Lorraine Hansberry

    by Schatzie Speaks1

  • People can perceive Shakespeare’s Macbeth in different ways. This page discusses whether Macbeth’s character is a villain or a victim

    Is Macbeth a Villain or a Victim?

    Is Macbeth a Villain or a Victim?

    by flighty029

  • 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.

    Plot Summary of A Study in Scarlet

    Plot Summary of A Study in Scarlet

    by Colin Quartermain0

  • 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.

    Did Shakespeare Invent and Make up English Words and Phrases?

    Did Shakespeare Invent and Make up English Words and Phrases?

    by Ryan Buda6

  •             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 Odyssey: Athena's Assistance

    The Odyssey: Athena's Assistance

    by dsegal9001

  • 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...

    Hamlet's Death Analysis

    Hamlet's Death Analysis

    by Gwendolyn Sheys10

  • 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.

    William Faulkner's "Golden Land" Analysis

    William Faulkner's "Golden Land" Analysis

    by Brittany Kennedy2

  • '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.

    Hamlet's Last Long Soliloquy (How all occasions do inform against me) - Shakespeare Analysis and Commentary

    Hamlet's Last Long Soliloquy (How all occasions do inform against me) - Shakespeare Analysis and Commentary

    by Tricia Mason4

  • 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?

    The Role of Science in Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

    The Role of Science in Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

    by Anaya M. Baker13

  • 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

    Plot Summary of the Adventure of the Gloria Scott

    Plot Summary of the Adventure of the Gloria Scott

    by Colin Quartermain0

  • 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.

    Symbolism in A Raisin in the Sun

    Symbolism in A Raisin in the Sun

    by professorcoban3

  • 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

    Divided Self Theme in Stevenson's "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde"

    Divided Self Theme in Stevenson's "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde"

    by Nancy Snyder2

  • 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.

    Legolas of Mirkwood: Prince Among Equals

    Legolas of Mirkwood: Prince Among Equals

    by tinw14

  • 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....

    Frankenstein’s Monster: Revolutionary and Relevant

    Frankenstein’s Monster: Revolutionary and Relevant

    by E. Nicolson11

  • 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.

    Plot Summary of the Adventure of the Greek Interpreter

    Plot Summary of the Adventure of the Greek Interpreter

    by Colin Quartermain0

  • 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.

    Hamlet and The Mystery of Death

    Hamlet and The Mystery of Death

    by belleart0

  • 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.

    Sherlock Holmes: The Best Detective Ever

    Sherlock Holmes: The Best Detective Ever

    by VictoriaNeely18

  • 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.

    Supernatural Shakespeare Quotes

    Supernatural Shakespeare Quotes

    by Denise M Alvarado22

  • 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...

    Aphra Behn's Oroonoko: The Royal Slave Analysis and Summary

    Aphra Behn's Oroonoko: The Royal Slave Analysis and Summary

    by Brittany Kennedy4

  • 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.

    Hamlet Soliloquy Act 4 Scene 4 (How all occasions do inform against me...) Analysis

    Hamlet Soliloquy Act 4 Scene 4 (How all occasions do inform against me...) Analysis

    by witnessing1011

  • 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

    Women's Contribution to Early American Literature

    Women's Contribution to Early American Literature

    by Nancy Snyder10

  • Beowulf is one of Western literature's greatest heroic epics. But who wrote Beowulf?

    Who Wrote Beowulf?

    Who Wrote Beowulf?

    by Josh Wilmoth0

  • 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

    Evolution of English Literature by Female Authors

    Evolution of English Literature by Female Authors

    by Nancy Snyder9

  • 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.

    10 Life Lessons From Alice in Wonderland

    10 Life Lessons From Alice in Wonderland

    by Tawnya12

  • 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.

    Inspiration for A Christmas Carol

    Inspiration for A Christmas Carol

    by Deborah Minter0

  • 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.

    Greek Leaders in the Trojan War

    Greek Leaders in the Trojan War

    by Brainy Bunny9

  • 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.

    Plot Summary of the Blue Carbuncle

    Plot Summary of the Blue Carbuncle

    by Colin Quartermain0

  • 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.

    The Theme of Escapism in

    The Theme of Escapism in "The Glass Menagerie": How Tom Wingfield Uses Poetry and the Movies

    by Adam Kullman2

  • 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.

    Short Review of The Trial by Franz Kafka

    Short Review of The Trial by Franz Kafka

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • 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,...

    An Analysis of Bernard Shaw's

    An Analysis of Bernard Shaw's "Mrs. Warren's Profession"

    by Drea DeFoe4

  • 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.

    Sherlock Holmes: Things to Know About Doctor John Watson

    Sherlock Holmes: Things to Know About Doctor John Watson

    by Christopher Peruzzi7

  • 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...

    Horatio Alger: The Myth of the American Dream

    Horatio Alger: The Myth of the American Dream

    by ChemKnitsBlog25

  • 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...

    Sympathy for the Devil: An Analysis of Satan in Paradise Lost

    Sympathy for the Devil: An Analysis of Satan in Paradise Lost

    by Charles Reis1

  • 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.

    Plot Summary of The Adventure of the Empty House

    Plot Summary of The Adventure of the Empty House

    by Colin Quartermain4

  • Looking at the main traditions in Irish folk tales - warrior myths, romantic tragedies, ghost stories and local fairy stories.

    A Guide to Irish Folk Tales

    A Guide to Irish Folk Tales

    by Marie McKeown11

  • 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

    Religion in Colonial American Literature

    Religion in Colonial American Literature

    by Nancy Snyder7

  • 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.

    The Epic: Definition, Types & Characteristics

    The Epic: Definition, Types & Characteristics

    by Muhammad Rafiq26

  • 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.

    Shakespeare and the Seven Deadly Sins

    Shakespeare and the Seven Deadly Sins

    by Chanin Storm0

  • 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.

    Margaret Hale, The Heroine of "North and South"

    Margaret Hale, The Heroine of "North and South"

    by Rose West12

  • 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...

    Themes of Honour in Shakespeare's Hamlet

    Themes of Honour in Shakespeare's Hamlet

    by Jake Brannen0

  • 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.

    Plot Summary of The Man with the Twisted Lip

    Plot Summary of The Man with the Twisted Lip

    by Colin Quartermain0

  • 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.

    Plot Summary of A Case of Identity

    Plot Summary of A Case of Identity

    by Colin Quartermain0

  • 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...

    The Evolution of King Arthur

    The Evolution of King Arthur

    by Carolyn Emerick27

  • 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.

    Plot Summary of the Five Orange Pips

    Plot Summary of the Five Orange Pips

    by Colin Quartermain3

  • 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...

    Life Lessons From the Novel, Siddhartha

    Life Lessons From the Novel, Siddhartha

    by sarahperkins4

  • 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.

    12 Facts About William Shakespeare

    12 Facts About William Shakespeare

    by Artois5213

  • "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.

    Puss in Boots: A Story With a Questionable Moral

    Puss in Boots: A Story With a Questionable Moral

    by Tolovaj Publishing House52

  • 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.

    Plot Summary of The Boscombe Valley Mystery

    Plot Summary of The Boscombe Valley Mystery

    by Colin Quartermain0

  • 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

    Emotion in Romantic Modern Literature

    Emotion in Romantic Modern Literature

    by Nancy Snyder2

  • 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...

    Summary of "Jane Austen and Empire" by Edward Said

    Summary of "Jane Austen and Empire" by Edward Said

    by Kathryn Lamoreux2

  • "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.

    What Is the Meaning of "To be or not to be," Hamlet's Famous Quote?

    What Is the Meaning of "To be or not to be," Hamlet's Famous Quote?

    by Adam Kullman7

  • 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.

    Plot Summary of the Red Headed League

    Plot Summary of the Red Headed League

    by Colin Quartermain0

  • 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".

    Plot Summary of The Sign of Four

    Plot Summary of The Sign of Four

    by Colin Quartermain0

  • 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.

    Analysis of Technology and Attitudes in Bram Stoker's

    Analysis of Technology and Attitudes in Bram Stoker's "Dracula"

    by Joe Friedman2

  • 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.

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    What Is the Oldest Story Ever Written?

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  • 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.

    Plot Summary of the Adventure of the Crooked Man

    Plot Summary of the Adventure of the Crooked Man

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  • 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.

    Plot Summary of the Adventure of the Priory School

    Plot Summary of the Adventure of the Priory School

    by Colin Quartermain1

  • 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 Concept of Femininity in Shakespeare's Macbeth

    The Concept of Femininity in Shakespeare's Macbeth

    by Barbara Hendershott2

  • 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

    English Literature's Reflection of 17th Century Society

    English Literature's Reflection of 17th Century Society

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  • 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...

    Critical Analysis for Sula by Toni Morrison

    Critical Analysis for Sula by Toni Morrison

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  • 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...

    The Theme of Order in Shakespeare

    The Theme of Order in Shakespeare

    by E. Nicolson6

  • 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.

    Hair Symbolism in Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

    Hair Symbolism in Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

    by Schatzie Speaks3

  • 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...

    Psychoanalytical Critique of The Yellow Wallpaper

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  • 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.

    Theme of Desire in Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night"

    Theme of Desire in Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night"

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  • 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.

    Men and Monsters: Masculinity in Beowulf

    Men and Monsters: Masculinity in Beowulf

    by Wendy Coleman1

  • 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.

    Curious Origins of Nursery Rhymes: Jack and Jill

    Curious Origins of Nursery Rhymes: Jack and Jill

    by Mohan Kumar24

  • Choosing a Beowulf essay topic can be hard! Here are some sample topics to help you get started writing an essay on Beowulf.

    Beowulf: Essay Topics

    Beowulf: Essay Topics

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  • 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.

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    Anglo-Saxon and Germanic Culture: The Historical Setting in Beowulf

    by Ryan Buda4

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