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The Novel “Sula” by Toni Morrison

Racism is defined as the discrimination, prejudice, or negative view of an individual, society, or a given group of people against an individual or a given group based on their ethnic or racial differences. Toni Morrisons Sula’s argument is evident in her writing about the African American life in the...

Oscar Wilde’s “The Picture of Dorian Gray”: Basil’s Character Analysis

Introduction The novel written by Oscar Wilde under the title The Picture of Dorian Gray displays several strong and well-written characters, one of which, Basil Hallward, requires an in-depth analysis. Basil’s character is central to the plot of the novel since his advocacy for values and virtues, as well as...

Dee in “Everyday Use” by Alice Walker

In her short story entitled “Everyday Use,” Alice Walker has created a powerful character named Dee, who is at the center of the plot. When reading the story, I was interested in analyzing behavior and the way of self-expression of Dee. Being a so-called preferred daughter in the family, she...

Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby”: The Concept of the American Dream

Primary Source Fitzgerald, F. S. The Great Gatsby. Penguin Classics, 2021. Secondary Source Churchwell, Sarah. “The Great Gatsby and the American Dream.” The Guardian, Web. Sarah Churchwell’s article discusses Scott Fitzgerald’s ideas of the American dream. The article explains how modern economists have developed the concept of “The Great Gatsby...

The Fate of Emily Grierson in “A Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner

In his work “A Rose for Emily”, William Faulkner writes a picture of a highly structured society in which a young girl tries to find herself. Faced with her father’s inhibitions, stereotypes, and coldness, Emily longs for love and hopes for a happy family. Society and her father make claims...

“The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin

The story of an hour by Kate Chopin shows an episode from the life of a heart-sick Mrs. Mallard, who suddenly discovers her husband’s death. Heartbroken initially, the woman soon experiences sincere delight from realizing her freedom and eventually dies, seeing her husband alive again. In the story, the author...

Little Red Riding Hood: Three Fairy Tales Differences

These three fairy tales about Little Red Riding Hood are very similar in plot. However, each author tried to add something different to the familiar story. I was most impressed by the fairy tale from the Brothers Grimm. It was the longest and had more plot changes than the other...

“The Importance of Being Earnest” Play by Oscar Wilde

Introduction On the one hand, The Importance of Being Earnest is a light farce that plays up absurd situations with name substitutions and successfully combines elements of a comedy of morals, a witty mirror of social problems. In this play, Oscar Wilde tries to convey to the reader the idea...

The Antagonist in “Everyday Use” by Alice Walker

“Everyday Use” by Alice Walker is a personal narration of a mother who has two daughters. The first daughter, Dee, is obsessed with her African heritage, and she has even changed her name to Wangero, an African name. She is educated, and she lives in the city with her boyfriend....

Analysis of “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” Story

An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge is one of the most famous short stories written by Ambrose Bierce. The tale tells about a southern farmer Peyton Farquhar who has attempted to destroy the railroad bridge at Owl Creek and was sentenced to a hanging by the Union Army. When Farquhar...

Arthur Miller’s Play “Death of a Salesman”

Introduction Arthur Miller’s father made women coats so Miller knew how it was discouraging to have high expectations in a business and not meet them. This gave him the idea of this play about a man who expected so much to become a prominent salesman. The plot The travelling salesman-Willy...

Analysis of “A Good Man is Hard to Find” by Flannery O’Connor

A Good Man is Hard to Find is one of the best-known short stories by the Georgia writer Flannery O’Connor, first issued in 1953. O’Connor was a staunch Catholic, and like most of her narratives, “A Good Man is Hard to Find” struggles with questions of good and evil. Moreover,...

“Trifles” by Glaspell and “A Doll’s House” by Ibsen

The patriarchal society of the 19th and early 20th centuries was characterized by quite an arrogant and humiliating attitude towards women, who were condemned to their eternal roles of mothers, wives, and housekeepers. Two plays depicting the blossom of androcentrism, “ Trifles” by Susan Glaspell and “A Doll’s House” by...

Nature in Wagamese’s Novel Indian Horse

Beyond the surface implications of literature as a teaching tool, stories can sometimes uncover several attributes about the author and his background. Wagamese’s novel uniquely explores nature and presents some of the pertinent aspects of societies. The author states that “all of us have an intuitive connection to the planet,”...

The Use of Dramatic Tension in “Dead Man’s Cell Phone”

Admittedly, modern society has a significant issue with the lack of direct human contact between people, as online lives have their full attention. The play Dead Man’s Cell Phone by Sarah Ruhl depicts a gruesome reality that people can find themselves in due to their disconnectedness from direct interactions with...

“Macbeth” by Shakespeare: Visions and Hallucinations

In the tragic story of Macbeth, written by Shakespeare, the development of the main character and the change to evil were accompanied by a series of visions. These hallucinations were essential for the narrative, and they started with the dagger, which he saw before murdering King Duncan (Shakespeare 139). In...

“The Gift of the Magi” by Henry

Henry’s “The gift of the magi” has several significant symbols such as a comb, a golden watch, and Della’s hair. Jim sells his watch to make a nice present for his beloved woman and gives away the most valuable thing he has. In this story, the watch symbolizes Jim’s connection...

An Analysis of Two Chapters From the Second Sex

Introduction Simone de Beauvoir in The Second Sex outlines her idea of woman as Other, an object at males’ disposal, the role allocated to women in a patriarchal society. In the second volume of the book, the author describes the conventional experiences of women and shows how their submissive position...

Dual Nature of Man-Made Monsters in Dr. Moreau’s Island

The concept of the monstrous has been known throughout the history of culture. Modern cultural and artistic tradition leads to the fact that mental experiences when meeting with the Other, monstrous, reflect a feeling of horror of greatness and power in front of a once mysterious and unknown object of...