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  • 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.

    Homer's Epics: Culture Began with Poetry

    Homer's Epics: Culture Began with Poetry

    by Linda Sue Grimes0

  • 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.

    To Be or Not to Be.....Medieval?

    To Be or Not to Be.....Medieval?

    by Ali0

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

    The Heroines of Charlotte Bronte

    The Heroines of Charlotte Bronte

    by collegatariat6

  • 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

  • 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 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 Count of Monte Cristo - Some Thoughts

    The Count of Monte Cristo - Some Thoughts

    by Christine0

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

    Hamlet: The Sources of His Tragedy

    Hamlet: The Sources of His Tragedy

    by Tricia Mason0

  • 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.

    Can Eve Be Considered a Femme Fatale?

    Can Eve Be Considered a Femme Fatale?

    by Ellei Kay0

  • 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.

    Langston Hughes' Essay, "Salvation"

    Langston Hughes' Essay, "Salvation"

    by Linda Sue Grimes0

  • 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.

    Plot Summary of the Adventure of the Cardboard Box

    Plot Summary of the Adventure of the Cardboard Box

    by Colin Quartermain1

  • 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

  • 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 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

  • 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.

    Defense Mechanisms in Sula by Toni Morrison

    Defense Mechanisms in Sula by Toni Morrison

    by RykerH0

  • 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

  • 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.

    Idun: Goddess of Youth and Protector of…Apples?

    Idun: Goddess of Youth and Protector of…Apples?

    by Dean Traylor0

  • 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

  • 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.

    Ubi-Sunt Poetic Verse in Beowulf and The Wanderer

    Ubi-Sunt Poetic Verse in Beowulf and The Wanderer

    by Anaya M. Baker1

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

    Plot Summary of the Adventure of the Beryl Coronet

    Plot Summary of the Adventure of the Beryl Coronet

    by Colin Quartermain0

  • 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.

    A Freudian Take on "Beowulf"

    A Freudian Take on "Beowulf"

    by Joe Friedman4

  • 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.

    Plot Summary of the Adventure of Black Peter

    Plot Summary of the Adventure of Black Peter

    by Colin Quartermain1

  • 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

  • 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 McKeown28

  • 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 "Dracula"

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

    by Joe Friedman2