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Using Critical Theories To Read Into Literature

Joseph Conrad’s The Heart of Darkness was written during a time of colonization by the British Empire. Psychoanalysis and Marxism theory analysis is vital as it is Conrad’s words that separate the themes or race and class into two concurrent storylines. Sarvan writes, “Conrad's setting, themes, and his triumph in writing major literature in his… Continue reading Using Critical Theories To Read Into Literature

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Can the subaltern speak? Analyzing Feminist Movements

Feminism. It is a single word in the English language that manages to revolutionize the masses yet causes great angst among those who anticipate the change. It is also a word that has divided women throughout history. As one group fought to bring about the first wave of change, the post-colonial descendants of such women… Continue reading Can the subaltern speak? Analyzing Feminist Movements

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Cultivating America And The American Identity

We often see two things present in American literature in the beginning: farming and religious quotes. We then see a shift from religious freedom to personal ones, but the importance of nature remained a significant part of the American identity. Even as I was growing up, my mom always taught me the lesson that if… Continue reading Cultivating America And The American Identity

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War! What Is It Good For? Comparing Whitman To Dickinson

What I have learned from literature was that there were no winners in the Civil War, and many authors used poetry to validate the need for war as well as document for future societies that it comes with high prices from both sides who choose to engage. Authors documented lost lives, lost limbs, and lost… Continue reading War! What Is It Good For? Comparing Whitman To Dickinson

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Why Walt Whitman Is My Favorite Author

One of the most exciting things I love about Whitman was his use of poetry to define his existence as just another part of nature's creation. With all the amazing things he accomplished before the Civil War, he was also very private in never tooting his own horn. Gray writes, "Whitman identifies himself, in these… Continue reading Why Walt Whitman Is My Favorite Author

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Living Gendered Lives In Hemingway And Chopin

The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway I immediately notice the first line that read, "Robert Cohn was once middleweight boxing champion of Princeton" (Hemingway). The male character is defined as a manly man. Then we read that he does not even like it but does it to prove himself to others which speaks to… Continue reading Living Gendered Lives In Hemingway And Chopin

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Captivity, Conflict, and Connections in Native Guard and Daisy Miller

What is interesting about Native Guard is that it seems to take into account the Black soldiers who joined after New Orleans fell to the Union soldiers in May of 1862.  At that times, tens of thousands of former slaves joined the Union Army. What I found interesting is that a modern writer took modern… Continue reading Captivity, Conflict, and Connections in Native Guard and Daisy Miller

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Working Class Heroes In Literature

I recently read Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye. What a masterpiece! I wanted to take the time to talk about themes that I feel made this book exceptional. If you have not read it, I highly recommend it. I also compare these themes to Thoreau's Walden, and the Duty of Civil Disobedience as he also critiques… Continue reading Working Class Heroes In Literature

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The State Of Literature Today

Have you ever compared dated writers to modern ones? I  decided to do just that by choosing a random recent story that I found in Narrative Magazine by Stacy Wakefield entitled "A Place Of Our Own."  The first thing I noticed about the story was her capture of common social and familial dysfunction. She speaks… Continue reading The State Of Literature Today

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Setting and Mood: A Rose for Emily

Authors often use a setting to define a mood which helps to interpret a theme. Charters writes, “The author’s choice of setting, the place and time in which the action occurs, helps to give the story verisimilitude” (2). Faulkner begins the first scene in the home that sets the mood as mysterious by using language… Continue reading Setting and Mood: A Rose for Emily