To what extent is Thomas Middleton’s A Game at Chess a play for the audience of its time and space?

Thomas Middleton’s A Game at Chess as a critique on the contemporary socio-political events of Early Modern history. Middleton’s revolutionary English History play, A Game at Chess, was the greatest box-office hit in Early Modern London, filling the Globe Theatre for 9 consecutive days in August 1624 before having its license revoked and Middleton and … Read more

The literature of Metamorphosis

The literature of Metamorphosis is one of the frequently analyzed works. This impalpable story, which chronicles the transformation of Gregor Samsa into an enormous insect from a human being, is well known for its ability to inspire diverse mutually exclusive interpretations. Metamorphosis has, for this reason, come to be considered one of the central enigmas … Read more

The theme of disillusionment in Hamlet and Death of a Naturalist

The theme of disillusionment is apparent in ‘Hamlet’ Act 3 Scene 4 where Hamlet realises his mother has her own sexual needs and he struggles to comprehend the truth, as he once believed her to be pure and innocent. Similarly in Heaney’s poem, ‘Death of a Naturalist’, disillusionment is presented through Heaney exploring his childhood … Read more

Shakespeare and Heaney – semantic fields, figurative language and vivid imagery to represent disillusionment

Shakespeare and Heaney both use semantic fields, figurative language and vivid imagery to present the theme of disillusionment. Hamlet appears to be disgusted at the light he now sees his mother in and Shakespeare creates a semantic field of repulsive words to express this. “takes off the rose / From the fair forehead of an … Read more

Henrik Isben’s A Doll’s House

Henrik Isben’s A Doll’s House is set against the framework of an evolving Norwegian society during the late nineteenth century as it shifts the focus from the template that consisted of writing about forces that were larger than the ordinary man towards the problems of the middle class. Due to the rising middle class, he … Read more

How did Shakespeare influence modern English culture?

Sub-questions: How did Shakespeare influence modern theatre? What influence did Shakespeare have on modern literature? What are the relations between Shakespeare’s works and modern film adaptations? Shakespeare is one of the most popular dramatists and poets the Western world has ever produced. One could argue that Shakespeare was not of an age, but for all … Read more

Masculinity in literature

Masculinity is still a new and fresh field to be ploughed specially in the field of literature. Many researchers have done abundant researches on femininity. Yet, masculinity has never been studied fully neither as a concept nor as a movement. Terms like masculinist or Masculinism are still rarely to be found in daily used dictionaries. … Read more

She and I – the female self

Margaret Atwood (Lady Oracle, The Edible Woman) and Virginia Woolf (Mrs Dalloway), both twentieth-century female novelists widely acclaimed for their exploration of the creation of the female mind and self, employ the construction of central female protagonists in their novels through which they explore the confines of male-dominated environments. The Male Gaze primarily guards female … Read more

To the Lighthouse – Virginia Woolf

ABSTRACT In twentieth century To the Lighthouse, which are external indicators of inner realities, evoking various experiences and sensations, is representative of modern novel. To the Lighthouse is masterpiece of Virginia Woolf who has significant place in modern period and changes the traditional novel radically. To the Lighthouse helps to understand reality and Woolf’s aspect … Read more

Women in literature

The Edwardian period is often seen as a period of pleasure, peace and prosperity sandwiched between the enormous achievements in invention, culture and industry of the Victorian Age and followed by the devastating human catastrophe of World War 1. In 1908 Britain’s status was firmly established; it led the world in trade, its Empire covered … Read more

Virginia Woolf

Choose a character.  What is the significance of that particular character? Septimus Warren Smith is a World War I veteran who suffers from post traumatic stress disorder. His story is written alongside the story of the other main character, Clarissa Dolloway. His character is very significant as he shows the horror that occurs after the … Read more

Angela’s Ashes

Frank McCourt- author, narrator and protagonist of Angela’s Ashes- tells the story of his life and the hardships he faces in a lower class family. He talks of his mother and her alcoholic husband, Malachy, and his failure to provide for the family. In search of a better life, The McCourts move back to Ireland … Read more