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

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

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

Anti-semitism – Dracula

The term scapegoat originates in the Bible, and was originally an animal that is burdened with the sins and wrongdoings of others and then banished. This has evolved into a psychological term used to describe an individual or a group of people that are blamed for external issues. Throughout history, minority groups are used as … 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

Blink – Gladwell

In addition to experiencing segregation publicly, minorities were not given the same educational opportunities as privileged individuals were. In the book Blink, Gladwell discusses the impact of race while it effects minorities and how they view themselves. In this case, African Americans were discriminated against and became hopeless in receiving a proper education; discrimination kept … Read more

The White Tiger – Aravind Adiga

INTRODUCTION ‘The White Tiger’ is the debut novel of Aravind Adiga, which grabbed him his first man booker prize award. He is an Indo-Australian writer who graduated from Columbia university in 1997. Adiga began his writing career as a financial journalist for The Financial Times. He worked on stock market and investment , he even … Read more

Beowulf – Heaney

It’s a miracle that Beowulf survived to see the light of day. Through a few rewritings, the Cottonian Fires, and its HORRENDOUS 2007 motion picture adaptation, it is safe to say that the Anglo-Saxon opus has seen a couple of battles in its day. While a portion of the emphases best catch the feeling of … Read more

Adam’s Curse – Yeats

‘Adam’s Curse’ centres itself around William Butler Yeats’s frustration at those who undermine the hard work and dedication required to compose poetry. A narrator, assumed to be Yeats, speaks under the moon to two women, discussing the laborious ‘stitching and unstitching’ required for poetics, female beauty and for love itself, lamenting at how all three … Read more

The Pearl – Steven Steinbeck

‘A plan once made and visualized becomes a reality along with other realities – never to be destroyed but easily to be attacked.’ Despite the fundamental dichotomy between reality and dreams, they are often perceived as indistinguishable by humanity. Dreams fuel humanity’s intense desires for the seemingly unobtainable whilst reality encourages reason, logic and moral … Read more

Mark Twain

Mark Twain was an American author that became well known around the world for his satirical and humorous writing. The piece that launched the beginning of his successful career was written in 1865 and is titled “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County”. This story centers on a Western man recounting a tall tale about … Read more