It is widely asserted that Eastern culture began with poetry with the Mahabharata and the Ramayana. So one is quite well supported in claiming that all world culture began with poetry.
An overview of the comparative differences and similarities between Thucydides' Pericles Funeral Oration and his Melian Dialogue
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.
The mission of The Library of America is rescuing American literature from oblivion after long remaining out of print.
A literary analysis of the notion of lovers in William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and Henrik Ibsen's "A Doll House."
The Old English epic poem Beowulf has been analyzed in multiple ways. In this essay, I argue that Beowulf and Grendel were mirror images of each other.
Gilman's novella - which helped to reform medical practice and the medical profession's attitude to women - explored in conjunction with Jacques Derrida's concept of différance.
Dystopian literature & films like Divergent & The Hunger games were created under the influence of George Orwell and Fritz Lang. This article analyses their most profound texts '1984' and 'Metropolis'
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.
Both Zora Neale Hurston and Kate Chopin speak to the woman’s struggle to have their desires for love and respect heard against the male-centrist views of relationships.
Many ancient Greek comedians, and even some poets and tragedians, injected a sardonic, satirical attitude that the modern era sees in its own work.
This paper summarizes the exclusion women faced in Viking law, and details the negative consequences of such exclusion by examining Hallgerd's behaviour in Njal's Saga.
A reflection on the role of marriage in society during the 1800s as seen in the book Pride and Prejudice
What is it about medieval literature that presents itself to allow readers to know it is medieval in nature? It is more than just the date in which these works were written.
Jack Kerouac challenged the commonly held view of time post WWII through the character of Dean Moriarty, who escaped the constraints of capitalism by living within the moment...
This is a comparative analysis of The Odyssey and the film O Brother, Where Art thou? This includes an analysis of how the context influenced the gender portrayal in both texts.
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...
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?
As is the case with most self-expression, F. Scott Fitzgerald used his writing in an attempt to make sense of the world and to share that understanding with his audience. However, most of the conclusions that Fitzgerald reached dismiss meaning...
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...
An analysis of Jane Eyre, the most famous of Bronte's novels and heroines, as well as the other protagonists of her lesser-known works.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Stepping into Anne's world through the pages of a special commemorative volume. Go back in time and experience life as Anne would have lived it.
The Count of Monte Cristo is one of the most interesting and well-written books I have ever read, written by the author Alexander Dumas. This article is about some of my thoughts on this book.
The Adventure of the Resident Patient is a Sherlock Holmes story that sees the detective deal with an extremely nervous patient; a patient who it turns out doesn't want Holmes' help.
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.
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.
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.
Hamlet's tragedy stems from a number of origins. The obvious one is the death of his father. Hamlet is a tragic figure from the moment the audience encounters him, dressed in 'solemn black'. The second cause of Hamlet's tragedy is his mother's behaviour. Instead of sharing her son's grief, and supporting him through it, she has remarried with indecent haste.
Overview and explanation of some specific features of Old English literature that are not generally found in later works.
"The name is Bill Burroughs. I am a writer. Let me tell you a few things about my job, what an assignment is like." William S. Burrough from The Adding Machine.
This essay delves into the reasons why Eve cannot be seen as a "femme fatale" and puts an uncommon twist on a popular story that encourages readers to think past their preconceived notions.
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...
Adult ignorance of a child's literal mind often causes children to lose self-esteem. Adults become entangled in their metaphors and do not realize that those metaphors need to be interpreted.
The Adventure of the Cardboard Box is a short story penned by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle featuring Sherlock Holmes. A tale of murder, the story in its day was one of the most controversial.
Willy Loman is a complex character in Death of a Salesman whose victimhood is made universal by Arthur Miller. Is Willy Loman a tragic figure or simply a fool who deserves his eventual consequences?
How to Understand Shakespeare gives tips on getting to grips with the language, style and form of Shakespeare's plays and sonnets.
These are some notes on the way different political, economic, and social theories manifest themselves in Jack London's Call of the Wild.
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.
Discusses the element of estates satire in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. Provides information and examples for each of the three estates.
How could a reclusive person like Emily Bronte have created the complicated novel Wuthering Heights, a tale of twisted personal dynamics, passionate romance, and dysfunctional relationships.
Is the musical "Les Miserables" wrong for being too beautiful? Does it make misery into something that's too comfortable for the audience? Some wine and say what's going on!
A reckless lad taunts the evil spirit Osschaert, gets punished for his mockery, and is saved by a brave horse - a Dutch legend of the Veluwe
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.
Stephen King & Shirley Jackson are considered masters in horror and Gothic fiction. There are striking similarities in their work, specifically King's 'Salem's Lot & Jackon's Haunting of Hill House.
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.
In this essay, three different examples of different defense mechanisms from Toni Morrison's novel, Sula, are pointed out and analyzed through the use of psychoanalytic criticism.
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...
This is possibly Tom Stoppard's best known play. It offers an amusing and thought-provoking twist on Shakespeare's "Hamlet".
Idun was a very valued goddess in Norse Mythology, for she had the magic the Gods most desperately wanted. And it was contained in special golden apples that contained the power of youth.
The canines in this story reflect their masters innate characteristics and also foreshadow events about to unfold.
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...
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...
Examines and explains the ubi sunt form of poetic verse in Old English poetry using the Lament of the Last Survivor from Beowulf and The Wanderer. Analyzes the form and function of this verse form, as well as its historic implications.
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.
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.
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...
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".
Two giants of ancient literature went on separate journeys, yet both of them learn the same lesson. And what did Beowulf and Gilgamesh learn? Something about themselves.
There is much less factual knowledge about William Shakespeare (1564-1616), the greatest playwright in the English language, than one would expect of such an important figure (Craig et al, pg.521). He apparently worked as a schoolteacher for a time...
The composition of Voltaire’s ‘Candide’ is a picaresque narrative. Voltaire recounts a tale of an adventure hero. He uses many characters to build the story such as Candide; the optimist, Pangloss; the philosopher and Cunégonde; the object...
Only the very brave or the spirits of the ones very much in love, like Catherine and Heathcliff, who know every inch of the land that offers so many surprises, dare traverse these moorlands when the sun sets.
A short look at JRR Tolkien's "The Monsters and The Critics" and an analysis of the defence of Beowulf presented therein.
Everyone knows about the Vikings – however, how many people know about how incredibly varied and entertaining their writing was?
Love may be a scary, daunting word and, at other times, it may be an exciting, amazing feeling. Shakespeare explored the varying concepts of love in "Midsummer Night's Dream." Here is an analysis.
An analysis of Flannery O'Connor's novel "The Violent Bear It Away" and the symbolism found throughout the darkly comedic tale.
The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet sees Sherlock Holmes recovering missing precious stones, and proving the innocence of the chief suspect in the theft; the obvious answer is not necessary the right o
Sigmund Freud divided the human psyche into three parts: the id, the ego, and the super ego. If one were to view each division of the Freudian psyche, in correlation with each of the monsters in the poem, they might notice the id represented by Grendel, the ego, represented by Grendel’s mother and lastly, the super ego, represented by the dragon.
This free term paper argues that Shakespeare's theme of Love in 'Romeo and Juliet' is highly relevant today. Love’s obstacles, 'True love never does run smooth' is true as ever.
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.
The Adventure of Black Peter is a Sherlock Holmes case that sees the detective investigate the murder of the former sea captain, a murder committed with the unusual weapon of a harpoon.
Summary of and commentary on The Pelican by Edith Wharton, a short story from the collection The Greater Inclination.
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.
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...
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.
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.