Androgyny: Will of Shakespeare’s Female Characters

Robert Kimbrough, in his 1982 essay: Androgyny Seen Through Shakespeare’s Disguise, provides several definitions of Androgyny. The definition most fitting to the contemporary time is, “Androgyny is the capacity of a single person of either sex to embody the full range of human character traits, despite cultural attempts to render some exclusively feminine and some Read More

The Monster in Frankenstein

The argument of who is more of a monster Victor Frankenstein or his monster, from Mary Shelly’s book Frankenstein or the Modern Prometheus, can be proven both ways. You could say that the monster was less of a human and was a wretch because he killed people and tormented Victor until his death. Victor could Read More

Loyalty in the Kite Runner

Loyalty is an attitude of devoted affection while betrayal is the disappoint of the hopes one has. In “The Kite Runner , some characters do not realize that loyalty and betrayal co-exist but some characters learn this as the novel develops. Hassan displays his blunt loyalty but his friend later betrays him. Amir conscience does Read More

The Aeneid by Virgil

Aeneas is a very virtuous and loyal character. In the Aeneid, Aeneas is off to fulfill his destiny of finding Rome in Italy after living past the fall of Troy. Aeneas goes about fulfilling his destiny by giving in to the fate that the gods have laid out for him, instead of fighting his fate Read More

Children’s Literature

E. B White’s, Charlotte’s Web, and Jerry Spinelli’s, Wringer, are two of the greatest novels in contemporary children’s literature. In Charlotte’s Web, White creates an anthropomorphic world, in which he presents the natural world with humanistic characteristics. The novel is divided in two realms: the “world of people and the “world of animals . In Read More

The Woods in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Titus Andronicus

The Shakespearean plays “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “Titus Andronicus,” can be seen as polar opposites of each other. One play is light-hearted and comical – indeed, it is one of Shakespeare’s comedies, while the other is a most gruesome tale that takes place in the Roman Empire. One thing both have in common, though, Read More

The Hypnotist by Lars Kepler

In Lars Kepler “The Hypnotist,” character Josef Ek the antagonist, is a round character. Josef is a serial killer who brutally killed four of his family members. When Josef’s history is revealed, it is obvious that learnt it can be seen that, he has mental problems because of what he endured during his childhood. Also, Read More

Uncovering the True Dracula

Dracula, the 19th Century gothic menace, and “Bram Stokers parasitic Boyar vampire”, is a well-known character in the mythological and legendary genre (Snodgrass). Dracula is a blood sucking vampire that lives in a castle in Transylvania. In Transylvania, Dracula goes after Lucy Westenra and Mina Murray to try and make them his vampire brides. This Read More

Comparative Essay – Desdemona and Miss Julie

In preparation for my two upcoming shows, “Othello” and “Miss Julie,” I wanted to compare two pivotal characters to gain deeper insight. The two being Miss Julie and Desdemona, as I find the similarities in these characters to highlight key aspects within each play. Miss Julie and Desdemona’s demographic information is a crucial aspect in Read More

Thematic Elements in Desiree’s Baby by Kate Chopin

Kate Chopin’s short story, “Desiree’s Baby,” is filled with strong characters and scenarios that describe how life was in the South before the Civil War. Chopin effectively describes this by using a family scandal on a plantation. Chopin utilizes symbolism, setting, and characterization to develop her themes of racial and gender differences. Symbols can be Read More

Puck in A Midsummer’s Night Dream

Through Puck’s mischievous, quick witted, pranks, and transformations, he triggers the most memorable moments in Shakespeare’s play “A Midsummer Night’s Dream. ” Puck is a minor character whose presence makes a difference in keeping one’s attention. This mischievous fairy complicates things with pranks that propel main plots of the play. Puck’s fun loving humor, and Read More