Classical Imagery in Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing

The play is staged in the rural district of Messina in Italy. Messina appears as a small village which has awakened with the arrival of the forces of Don Pedro, Prince of Aragon. Accompanying the charming nobleman are Benedick, a lord native to Padua and Lord Claudio of Florence. Shakespeare immediately establishes an atmosphere of Read More

The Swimmer by John Cheever

“The Swimmer ,” by John Cheever, is a short story about a man of the name Neddy Merrill. In this piece by Cheever, we are introduced to a man who is spontaneous, impulsive, and young at heart. Being such a man, he decides to swim through a string of various swimming pools – many of Read More

The Pianist – Book Review

In his book The Pianist (Wladyslaw Szipilman) Szipilman is a well known pianist who shows off his talent at the local radio station in Warsaw. He comes from a Jewish family. In the beginning of the war he lived with his family in their flat. They decided not to move away from warsaw, but that Read More

Analysis of The Boat by Robert Lecker

“The Boat,” by Alistair MacLeod, is a short story that takes place in the Maritimes provinces of Canada. It is about a boy and his family and how tradition affects himself and his entire family’s way of life and future. “The Boat” focuses its story around the idea of traditions. How these ideas are perceived Read More

Humbert and Lolita

Is it possible for a middle-aged man to be in love with a twelve-year-old child? In Vladimir Nabokov’s controversial novel, “Lolita,” the author leads his readers to question whether or not the protagonist Humbert Humbert’s love for Lolita was genuine. The fact that love is defined as an affectionate concern for the well being of Read More

Tragic Flaws in Romeo and Juliet

In William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” multiple characters demonstrate recklessness and make hasty decisions, ultimately causing the deaths of the two protagonists, resulting in the play’s final tragedy. Such actions and decisions were shown on three accounts throughout the play for example at the Capulet’s party, on Juliet’s balcony and Tybalt’s death. In Act I, Read More

Jane Eyre and the Negative Perception of Marriage

In her novel, “Jane Eyre,” Charlotte Bronte presents marriage as a largely negative experience in order to emphasize the protagonists struggle from childhood to womanhood and her ongoing battle for independence, with contributing factors such as sacrifice, duty and religion. Although, there are certain elements which are required for a successful marriage introduced in the Read More