“Sophie Scholl and the White Rose” by Annette Dumbach and Jud Newborn

The book, “Sophie Scholl and the White Rose” by Annette Dumbach and Jud Newborn, is built around the struggle for freedom and call for moral uprightness. Therefore, the main theme hinges on humanity consciousness where Sophie Scholl and her brother, Hans Scholl, wrote pamphlets to enlighten the Germans of the...

Intellectual Trouble in the USA

Introduction The level of rationalism and intellectuality of the people of the United States has become questionable as a result of the rapid technological advancements that we are currently experiencing. There has been a steady decline in the utilization of print media over the years. Students used to read poems,...

Does Hamlet Really Love Ophelia?

Readers of the play Hamlet by William Shakespeare have always wondered if Hamlet genuinely loved Ophelia. This is primarily based on the fact that the play depicts several instances where Hamlet appears to be using her. However, the play has more solid evidence that demonstrates Hamlet’s love for Ophelia. His...

Review of “The Other Shore” by Xingjian Gao

Xingjian Gao wrote a book called The Other Shore and it is play that emphasizes the everyday contest of humans intended to reach a spiritual state of nirvana. These intentions can only be realized when people cross the river of life to the other shore where paradise is. Even though...

American Dream in ‘Death of a Salesman’ by A. Miller

Introduction The Death of a Salesman is a 1949 play written by screenwriter, playwright, children’s book, and short story writer Arthur Miller. The play is based on a tragic event that occurs to Willy Loman and his family. Willy’s family consists of his wife Linda and two sons Biff and...

American Family in Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller

Arthur Miller in his masterpiece, Death of a Salesman, divulges diverse issues running from American culture, values, and heritage among other pertinent issues in the society. Nevertheless, the definition of an American family stands out clearly through the development of characters like Willy, the father, Linda the mother, and their...

“The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down” by Anne Fadiman

One of the most disturbing scenes in chapter eleven in the entire book The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down is the description of one of the characters, Leah, getting to the hospital. The author gives a detailed account of the elements of the environment, the hero’s well-being, and...

“Emma” Novel by Jane Austen Review

Jane Austin has always been viewed by many literary critics as one of the most prominent English novelists. Among her most famous works, we can single out the following ones: “Sense and Sensibility”, “Pride and Prejudice”, “Persuasion”, “”Emma” etc. The author’s novels can be interpreted from several perspectives. First, it...

Sexuality in “Frankenstein” Novel by Mary Shelley

The Victorian period is characterized by the paradox of a great opening in society as well as a tremendous constraint. It is known as the age of change and social advances as well as the age of strict social structure and a severe regard for the customs of the past....

“The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald: Plot Analysis

The Great Gatsby The Great Gatsby has been presented in the sense of the storyteller, Nick Carraway, who has of late traveled to Manhattan to pursue the profession of a bond seller. Nick becomes progressively fascinated by his rich neighbor by the name Gatsby who prepares numerous wild, spendthrift festivities...

Nick Carraway as an Unreliable Narrator

Introduction The concept of an unreliable narrator is an odd one since everyone can be deemed untrustworthy. People often become delusional because they start to believe the lies they tell themselves. These self-told stories demonstrate that reliability does not really exist, which is why every story is just a matter...

“Metamorphosis” by Franz Kafka

Introduction It is worth noting that Franz Kafka and his work “Metamorphosis” is an example of expressionism in literature. It was written at a time when, in parallel with political and economic changes in the world, changes in the worldview of people were occurring (Rhodes & Westwood, 2014). The essence...

“Kindred” by Octavia Butler

Introduction The subject of slavery has always been a complex one to discuss, whether a hundred years ago or now. The most significant impact that the tragedy remains relevant today and the negative emotions associated with slavery have been embedded into the psyche of the global society. Literature has long...

“The Watsons Go to Birmingham” by Christopher Paul Curtis

Introduction The book The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis is an example of literature that, being addressed to the youth, discusses complex issues from the adult world. The story is a first-person account narrated by an intelligent and self-reflective ten-year-old boy, Kenneth, whose comments sometimes...

The Analysis of “Sonny’s Blues” by James Baldwin

Sonny’s Blues is a story written by James Baldwin that focuses on the life of one family from Harlem. The story centers on the experiences of two brothers; in particular, the youngest one, Sonny, as he gets addicted to heroin and eventually goes to prison for it (Baldwin, 1957). However,...

Realism and Non-Realism in “By the Way, Meet Vera Stark” by Nottage

«Meet Vera Stark» is a play taking the reader on a journey to Hollywood of the 1930s. Although critics praised the play for its bubbling humor, it did raise an array of social issues in 1930s America. Vera Stark is a maid to Gloria Mitchell, an actress, whose fame is...

The Tragic Life of Edgar Allan Poe

Literature is one form of entertainment greatly adored by the majority of the people in the world. Most of the literature work is a product of writers’ inspiration. However, inspiration work does not come naturally; writers drill their ideas from somewhere. Most of the writers’ ideas do come from their...

Narrative Elements in the Short Story “Hills Like White Elephants” by Hemingway

Just like most of Hemingway’s stories, “Hills Like White Elephants” describes an experience from the author’s real life, and thus, offers a moral lesson for his readers as no one is guaranteed against similar problems. In his short story, “Hills Like White Elephants”, Ernest Hemingway discusses the theme of the...

“Rip Van Winkle” by Washington Irving

“Poor Rip was at last reduced almost to despair; and his only alternative, to escape from the labor of the farm and clamor of his wife, was to take gun in hand and stroll away into the woods. Here he would sometimes seat himself at the foot of a tree,...

“Heart of Darkness” by Joseph Conrad

“Heart of Darkness” by Joseph Conrad is considered to be the most famous work by this author. It was first published in 1899 in a popular literature journal of his day (Bloom 17). In this novel, Conrad shares his experience as a mariner received during his visit to the West...

Literature. “The Scarlet Letter” by N. Hawthorne

Introduction “The Scarlet Letter” by Nathaniel Hawthorne is an excellent piece of literature enabling us to examine the way symbolism may be applied in order to reveal the most appealing ideas and address the most complicated issues of human life. This romantic work discusses a row of important problems existing...

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

Introduction The Glass Castle is a book written by a contemporary American writer, Jeannette Walls. In this book, Jeannette tells the story of her life. Her family has “no steady income” (Walls, 2005) and frequently changes the locations. The first part of the book tells a story about Jeannette and...

Hamlet and Macbeth: Contrast and Comparison

Introduction Being written with only seven years in between, Hamlet and Macbeth reflect the writer’s artistry at its pinnacle. For the centuries to come, Hamlet and Macbeth gained international recognition and were adapted for TV, theater, cinematography, and even comic novels an uncountable number of times. In Hamlet, the young...

“The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas” by Ursula Le Guin

The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas written by Ursula Le Guin is a story about a utopian society. This story does not explain us how to achieve utopia, but it describes in details what utopia means. As the author puts it: “happiness is based on a just discrimination of...

“The Perils of Prosperity 1914-32” by W. E. Leuchtenburg

The theme/ thesis of the book “The perils of prosperity 1914-32” is the critical examination of the US in the period between 1914 and 1932. The book’s thesis is how the economic extremes of this period brought about problems. The writer argues that it was due to problems that caused...

Mark Twains’ Life: Views and Main Works

Samuel Langhorne Clemens was best known as Mark Twain. He was born in Florida, Missouri, on November 30th, 1835. He lived in Hannibal from ages 4-18. The death of his father, John Marshall Clemens, provided the basis for his opening a career in writing. To sustain his family, he got...

William Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily” Review

Introduction “A Rose for Emily” is a short story that was written by William Faulkner in the year 1931. This is among this author’s short stories that are anthologized the most. There is the use of grotesque imagery and “we” or “first-person plural” narration in the story to survey a...

“To Build a Fire” by Jack London: Theme of Nature and Man

Introduction Environmentalists have long theorized and contemplated many different methods to determine the effects of humanity’s innovative nature on the natural environment. Many have asked questions as to how natural resources and natural capital are able to enable resources to the point of sustainability. Productivity, and determining both primary gross...

“The Scarlet Letter” by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Nathaniel Hawthorne lived and worked during the middle period of the nineteenth century, but his family background and interest was focused upon the ideals of the early colonists of the strongly Puritan-influence New England, to which he was an heir. In depicting his stories, Hawthorne wrote using a style and...

“Frankenstein”, “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”: Gothic Fiction

The gothic genre definition The tradition of the Gothic was a small sub-genre in literary circles emerging during the 18th century. It is widely thought to have been started by Horace Walpole’s novel The Castle of Otranto published in 1764 (Hume, 1969: 282). Within this tradition, imagination and emotion take...

“To Build a Fire” by Jack London

‘To Build a Fire,’ recognized as one of the most powerful short stories by Jack London, narrates the tale of an unnamed man who undertakes the task of negotiating nine miles through Yukon in Alaska. This happens on a fiercely cold winter morning when there is no sun, and he...

“Trying to Find Chinatown” and “The Glass Menagerie” Plays

Modern plays reveal the themes of social and political relations, but some of them try to comment on human relations and values. Thus we have two plays to argue about. Not even plays but main characters of these plays, which are the objects for our detailed look. Both plays are...

“The Romantic Impulse” Individual Project

Outline Introduction The Analysis of “The Garden of Love” by William Blake: The choice of the poem, The symbol of “Chapel”, The symbol of “priests”, “The Garden of Love” in human soul The Analysis of “The Rocking-Horse Winner” by D.H. Lawrence: The conflict of the mother, The conflict of the son Conclusion Introduction...

The Elements of a Literary Work

Statement  The use of the first-person narration sets the tone of the story and enables the author to describe the development of the character in a more engaging manner and to convey the major idea of the text more convincingly. The choice of story-telling mode significantly depends on the goals...

Charles Dickens-Great Expectation

Outline “Great Expectations” could rightly be said to be Dickens’s magnum opus. By deeply exploring the love-hate relationships between different characters in the medieval Victorian era, Dickens has conjured a tale that is as humorous as it is realistic, as seen through the eyes of a young boy. At one...

“The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” by TS Eliot

Introduction The “Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” is a confused monologue of a lonely middle-aged man, filled with self-doubt and social paralysis as he contemplates proposing to his lady love. This is a poem about all the lost opportunities in Prufrock’s life. The poem depicts the various thought processes...

Granville N Toogood on Articulate Executive

The book by Granville N Toogood The Articulate Executive – Learn to Look, Act and Sound Like a Leader is a great manifestation of wisdom so needful for public speeches and simple habits for communicating on a very high level. The manner of representation is quite comprehensive for an ordinary...

A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare

A Midsummer’s Night Dream by William Shakespeare is a romantic comedy that depicts the exciting activities of four young romantics from Athens and how they, along with some other amateur actors interact with Theseus, the Duke of Athens, the stately queen of the Amazon, and with fairies that live in...

“Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats” by Thomas Stearns Eliot

Introduction “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats” was written by Thomas Stearns Eliot during the 1930s; it was first published in 1939 and further re-published in 1940. The initial edition contains illustrations made by the writer himself. The re-published version contains illustrations made by Nicholas Bentley; a later, 1982 edition,...

Argument about “Our Town” by Thornton Wilder

Our Town is a three-act play written by Thornton Wilder. The play is an account of the changes in the fictional town of Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire in the early 20th century. The overall message of the play as put forth by Wilder is how little we heed on life...

“Night Mother” Play by Marsha Norman

Introduction The play “Night Mother” by Marsha Norman relates what happens during a ninety minute period of time during which a mother and daughter are finally able to break through their protective barriers in order to achieve real communication. The catch of it is that these ninety minutes are the...

Reaction to “The Medea” by Euripides

One of the earliest plays to deal directly with a woman is the ancient Greek play “The Medea” by Euripides. In this play, the main character is Medea. She is a princess in her own lands and a descendent of the sun god Helios. Although she is relatively happy in...

“The Problem of Pain” by Clive Staples Lewis

In “The Problem of Pain” by Clive Staples Lewis, the author attempts to answer the question which many people from different religions might ask themselves, “If God is good, why do people suffer”. Although, the book reflects that such questions might be asked from an atheist’s perspective, it can be...

“The Thousand and One Nights”: Scheherazade’s Role

“The Thousand and One Nights” is a collection of Arabic folk stories that originated from ancient Arabic and Indian folklore and literature. All the stories are framed in a single tale performed by the king’s wife, Scheherazade. The stories are incorporated by the initial story that tells about the fate...

Psychoanalysis Literary Theory

Literature is not only what we read and admire, literature contains in itself a complex and interconnected base, which should be studied to consider the literature better. Literary theories have been developed and analyzed many times and by different scholars, but there is no one universal scope of knowledge about...

Aspects of Racism and Dehumanization in Works of Africa

Outline The African continent also referred to as the ‘Dark Continent’ has intrigued travelers since the dawn of seafaring civilization. These books under review – ‘Things fall apart by the Nigerian firebrand writer Chinua Achebe and ‘Heart of Darkness’ by Joseph Conrad are of the same genre, in that they...

Poetry and Lyrics in Middle Ages

Introduction Medieval lyrics and poetry gives room for various interpretations and standpoints, thus, we cannot claim that our approach is the most objective. In this paper, we have tried to base the argument mostly on the impressions, which these works produce, because perception of art is always subjective and there...

Rosa Lee by Leon Dash Review

Introduction Leon Dash is a professor of journalism at the University of Illinois, who has described the story of Rosa Lee in the eight-part Washington post series. The story describes the life of Rosa Lee, her eight children, and partly follows the lives of her five grandchildren. Originally, the life...

“Bright Star” by John Keats. Close Reading

In literature, a sonnet has always been considered to be the most romantic poetic form. The majority of outstanding poets, William Shakespeare among them, have resorted to the sonnets to express their romantic feelings and inspiration. John Keats is not an exception to the rule. His marvelous and well-known sonnet...

Rachel Zolf, Contemporary Poetry

Contemporary poetry is often misunderstood by the general public because it doesn’t necessarily follow the same forms and patterns of more established poetic traditions, such as the sonnet or the haiku. For many readers, contemporary poetry doesn’t even seem to be real poetry because they cannot find the sense of...

Analysis of Kate Chopin’s “The Story Of An Hour”

As a modern-day woman living with all the benefits and freedoms accorded every citizen in the 21st century, it was very hard for me to imagine that the curtailment of women’s rights, more specifically, a woman’s right to personal happiness and development, once existed in the 19th century. Not all...

Baldwin’s, O’Connor’s, and Ozick’s Short Stories

Introduction The most peculiar feature of the short stories that we are going to analyze in this essay is the extensive use of symbols through which the authors render their message. Overall, this genre sets certain standards for writers because their have to express their ideas in a very succinct...

Feminism in “Trifles” by Susan Glaspell

Susan Glaspell’s “Trifles” is a short play depicting gender inequalities. As a belief, feminism seeks social, political, and economic equality of the sexes. As a movement, it strives not only for equality but also attempts to establish opportunities and freedom for women to grow through intellectual, social, political, cultural, and...

Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Writings

Introduction While in the contemporary American society women can be seen working in careers and giving a stiff competition on men, the same was not exhibited some decades before. Women were only reserved for domestic duties. This could be attributed to the high connotation of child caring, cooking, house cleaning,...