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Critical Theory Analysis of Morrison’s Beloved

In a modern world constructed of equality, democracy, and freedoms, history is lost unless the authors remind the world of it. Toni Morrison’s Beloved serves such a purpose as it captures the most realistic moments in slave history and tells a tale of racial powers that bind people and societies to their wills. For Morrison,… Continue reading Critical Theory Analysis of Morrison’s Beloved

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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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Psychopathological Analysis of Things Fall Apart

The lens of literary theory in which readers assess literature will have a significant effect on the underlying understanding of themes. Each one of them will lead a reader in new and exciting directions that often change the dynamics of a story or its characters. When reading Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart, such dynamics as… Continue reading Psychopathological Analysis of Things Fall Apart

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What Is Subaltern?

The subaltern is defined as, "...someone with a low ranking in a social, political, or other hierarchy" (Vocabulary.com).  Subaltern may identify a race, gender, or socio-economic class because of oppression and social subordination based on social beliefs, policy, or caste system. Throughout history, there have been many groups who were subordinately classified as inferior because of… Continue reading What Is Subaltern?

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America’s Philosophy Of War And Societal Order

Why is war so momentous in America's history? According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, between 1776 and 1991, a total of 41,892,128 American soldiers died during U.S. wars (America’s Wars).  From the Revolutionary War all the way to intervention in Syria today, it is ingrained in the American identity that war is constitutionally… Continue reading America’s Philosophy Of War And Societal Order

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Comparison of the Modern Romantic Age

As the world shifted from the individual to the Romantic Heart period, mankind became aware of emotional characteristics; especially that of the heart.  Humanity embraced romance while romanticists memorialized it.  Analyzing the works of Jonathan Swift, Johann Wolfgang Goethe, and Leo Tolstoy will help readers envision how romanticists influenced not only the modern era but… Continue reading Comparison of the Modern Romantic Age

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Literary Masterpieces Expectations

What exactly transcends a book into a literary masterpiece?  Some might say it is the historical value while others might argue the imagination in the story.  I say it is a little of both.  “History is what we make out of memory.  Fiction flees libraries and loves lies” (Ozick, 2006).  While some books shape history,… Continue reading Literary Masterpieces Expectations

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Montaigne’s Perspective on Individualism

was one of the most influential authors of the French Renaissance and early modern periods in literature because of his beliefs in individualism.  The earliest period, “emphasized that early modern persons were subjects indelibly shaped by cultural forces” (Heller, 1986).   Montaigne, known as a Renaissance Pyrrhonists, believed that several forms of philosophy used by scholars… Continue reading Montaigne’s Perspective on Individualism