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  • 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

  • Unlike the Shakespearean speaker who is obsessed with his own talent and writing ability, the Spenserian speaker is obsessed with his sorrow over the loss of a beloved.

    Edmund Spenser's Sonnet 89

    Edmund Spenser's Sonnet 89

    by Linda Sue Grimes0

  • 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 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

  • 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

  • Milton's 'Paradise Lost' is one of the greatest creations of writing.The invocation comprising the first twenty six lines of Book one is of excellent making as the Poet invokes God to illuminate him.

    Milton's Invocation in "Paradise Lost"

    Milton's Invocation in "Paradise Lost"

    by Rajib Chakrabarty2

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 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

    by Nancy Snyder9

  • 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

  • Those who are not able to express themselves any other way have used symbolism in literature throughout time as a way of voicing hidden meanings and undeveloped feelings. It is used to compel a reader to think beyond the boundaries of normal thought...

    Symbolism and Poe

    Symbolism and Poe

    by Suzanne Phillips6

  • The Adventure of the Yellow Face is a case for Sherlock Holmes in short story form. The story is memorable as it displays the fallibility of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's creation.

    Plot Summary of the Adventure of the Yellow Face

    Plot Summary of the Adventure of the Yellow Face

    by Colin Quartermain0

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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

    Who Wrote Beowulf?

    Who Wrote Beowulf?

    by Josh Wilmoth0

  • "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

  • 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

  • How Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's 'Sherlock Holmes' stories formed some of the most successful modern television structures and character archetypes in our age.

    Sherlock Holmes: The Archetype of an Age

    Sherlock Holmes: The Archetype of an Age

    by Mitchell Charman3

  • According to the Shakespeare character, Jaques, in the play, As You Like It, Act II, Scene VII, a man's lifetime undergoes seven distinct ages.

    Shakespeare's "All the world's a stage"

    Shakespeare's "All the world's a stage"

    by Linda Sue Grimes0

  • 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 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

  • What is Gothic Literature? The gothic novel is a genre with a rich history that still manifests itself today through the works of famous authors such as Stephen King.

    The Gothic Novel: What is Gothic Literature?

    The Gothic Novel: What is Gothic Literature?

    by LisaKoski5

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • The Adventure of the Naval Treaty is a short Sherlock Holmes story from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Watson brings a case to Holmes for a friend's reputation is being tarnished by the theft of a treaty.

    Plot Summary of the Adventure of the Naval Treaty

    Plot Summary of the Adventure of the Naval Treaty

    by Colin Quartermain0

  • 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

  • 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

  • '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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • "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 Kullman6

  • 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

    Psychoanalytical Critique of The Yellow Wallpaper

    by AnastasiaO1

  • 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 Glass Menagerie": How Tom Wingfield Uses Poetry and the Movies

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

    by Adam Kullman2

  • 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

  • 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 twentyfive88

  • 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

  • "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

  • Heathcliff may be painted as a black villain but Bronte, through genius storytelling, shows up the real villains in a Gothic tale teaming with thoughtless and cruel characters.

    Lockwood's Cruelty in Wuthering Heights

    Lockwood's Cruelty in Wuthering Heights

    by Athlyn Green0

  •             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

  • Shylock, in Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice, embodies emotion unfettered by moral or intellectual constraints. Shylocks' speech at the beginning of act four, scene one distances him from the rest of society and perpetuates his ostracism as his actions validate Antonio's attacks upon his character and depict him as a creature without morals but only emotion, and as an entity of pure evil when, despite the fact he realizes his own flaws in logic and all appeal to his compassion and mercy, he

    Analysis of the Villain Shylock in "The Merchant of Venice"

    Analysis of the Villain Shylock in "The Merchant of Venice"

    by Schatzie Speaks6

  • 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

  • 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

  • In accordance with the poem’s stated purpose, to “assert Eternal Providence, / And justifie the wayes of God to men” (25-6), the God of Milton’s Paradise Lost spends a lot of time explaining in detail the workings of his own “Mercy and...

    "Justifying the Ways of God to Man" in Milton's Paradise Lost

    "Justifying the Ways of God to Man" in Milton's Paradise Lost

    by Kathryn Lamoreux1

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 ChemKnitsBlog24

  • 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

  • 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 gtownson11

  • 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 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

  • The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor is a short Sherlock Holmes story from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The case deals with the missing bride of Lord St Simon, one of England's most prominent nobles.

    Plot Summary of the Adventure of the Noble Bachelor

    Plot Summary of the Adventure of the Noble Bachelor

    by Colin Quartermain0

  • 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

  • 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 Rafiq35

  • 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.

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

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

    by Ryan Buda3

  • "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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 Rafiq25

  • 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

  • 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 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 "Mrs. Warren's Profession"

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

    by Drea DeFoe4

  • 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

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

    Canterbury Tales Characters

    Canterbury Tales Characters

    by Holle Abee28

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte is a classical work of fiction which everyone should read. If you enjoy a conflict between conscience and passion, you will certainly enjoy my Jane Eyre book review.

    Jane Eyre Book Review

    Jane Eyre Book Review

    by Paul Richard Kuehn24

  • 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

    by Colin Quartermain0

  • 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

  • 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 Buda5

  • 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

  • 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"

    by Nancy Snyder5

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 S1

  • 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

  • William Shakespeare wrote 'The Tempest' in around 1610. I interpret this play as a metaphor on colonisation. The story, which tells of a usurped duke and the shipwreck he arranges in order to to exact retribution, includes a number of themes: conflict and resolution; love and romance; nature and nurture; illusion and reality; vengeance and repentance; power and the abuse of power; colonisation and ‘otherness‘. Colonisation and otherness are a particularly interesting aspect of this Shakespeare p

    Shakespeare's Presentation of Colonialism in ‘The Tempest' - Theme Analysis

    Shakespeare's Presentation of Colonialism in ‘The Tempest' - Theme Analysis

    by Tricia Mason9

  • Charles Bukowski was a prolific writer who produced a lot of poetry books in his lifetime (there are over sixty books currently in publication at the last count). It wasn't easy to choose, but here are what I believe to be the 5 best Charles Bukowski poetry books.

    The 5 Best Charles Bukowski Poetry Books

    The 5 Best Charles Bukowski Poetry Books

    by Paul Goodman13

  • There are at least three sonnets in Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet. The prologue to act one, the lovers' first kiss, and the prologue to act two are all sonnets.

    Three Sonnets in Romeo and Juliet

    Three Sonnets in Romeo and Juliet

    by Jule Romans1

  • 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

  • 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

    by annerie hernandez4

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