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

The Alchemist

Personal Legends serve as the only means by which an individual can live a satisfying life in The Alchemist. In fact, the universe can only achieve perfection if all natural things continuously undergo a cycle of achieving their Personal Legend, evolving into a higher being with a new Personal Legend, and then pursuing that new … Read more

The Book of Salt

The Book of Salt written by Monique Truong expresses a narrative of main character Binh from Vietnam who ventures into his identity and his ability and love to cook. Through living in Paris, he cooks for Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Tolkas while being reminded of his past life in French-colonial Vietnam. Throughout the novel, … Read more

The Glass Menagerie

In Tennessee Williams’ play, Glass Menagerie, William’s channels his family life through writing it about the Wingfield family. Tennessee Williams based his character, Tom Wingfield on himself. Both are considered to “traveling dreamers” (Falk 47). The Wingfields are a normal family just trying to get by. Instead of talking out their differences, they turn to … Read more

Post war novels

The form of Beckett’s second novel, within his trilogy, investigates the loss of time as the elderly protagonist Malone lies naked in a bed, unaware of his own location, he acknowledges his fragile state the moment the narrative begins stating that his death is imminent ‘at last’ (Beckett 1994: 179). Interestingly, Malone appears nonchalant towards … Read more

Glass Menagerie

In Tennessee Williams’ play, Glass Menagerie, William’s channels his family life through writing it about the Wingfield family. Tennessee Williams based his character, Tom Wingfield on himself. Both are considered “traveling dreamers” (Falk 47). The Wingfields are a normal family just trying to get by. Their problems, branch from their failure to adequately communicate with each … Read more

Stephen Dedalus

The growth of Stephen Dedalus’ artistic ability in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce is affected and mirrored by the language used around him, to describe him, and by him. Stephen’s development is hindered by the limitations of the English language, linking his development to the development of Irish … Read more

There is no happy ending

Whether I will be the hero of my own life or whether I will be the murderer of myself, these words should be acknowledged and known. She considered this while sitting in the bathtub holding two, 2 in 1 inches’ razor blades in her hands. The water was warm and it reflected the dim coffee-candles … Read more

Pursuing Dentistry

Personal Statement What do you do when you realize you have become extremely successful at living a comfortable life, but not the life you were created for? When you are in a position of leadership, coveted by many, occupied by few, and sustained by even less, yet still unfulfilled. Each day you feel the growing … Read more

Fathers and Sons (1862 novel)

As the story unfolded, all forms of the ideologies were presented. Younger generations conflicted with the older generations as ideologies between the two are different. Differing views on political and social classes also collided. The issues that were presented in the novel were also likely to be applicable to the rest of Europe. I do … Read more

Eroding Masculinity and Work in Elizabeth Gaskell’s Mary Barton and Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the D’Urbervilles

“There are very few women’s lives that are not—tremulous,” Tess Durbeyfield tells Angel Clare at Talbothays Dairy (Hardy 203). Indeed, no two characters exemplify this statement as well as Elizabeth Gaskell’s eponymous Mary Barton and Tess herself. As Mary and Tess navigate their positions as working women in Gaskell’s urban Manchester and Hardy’s rural Wessex, … Read more

My dangerous town

It was a cold and distressing morning just like every other morning, The past 6 years have shown me several such days, it ended only in disappointment. With a sigh, he scanned the room. A mix of city grime and smoke, which gave the walls a greyish hue. Which led to the paint below the … Read more

Obviously, there is a God.

[Aq] So, obviously, there is a God. At least, that’s how it seems to me. Everything requires a cause. You might say, you can’t have shoes without a shoemaker, or barrels without a cooper. It is so obvious to me that nothing in the natural world can be its own creator. Not even Jesus created … Read more