Quick Note

Hi y'all! We're done with high school! So, I have a quick moment of shameless self-promotion. I'm going to keep my blog going as part of my, hopefully, future writing career. Heaven knows I need the discipline and the experience. I would really appreciate it if all y'all would keep following it and read it... Continue Reading →

Ironic Tension

Although familial relationships are supposed to be ones of love and respect, Alice Walker, in her novel┬áThe Color Purple, portrays an ironic relationship of defiance and trust between Celie and Harpo. Harpo seems to regard himself as superior to Celie, even though she is his stepmother. He specifically asks her "How come you stubborn?" as... Continue Reading →

Ode to a Grecian Urn

Y'all, I gotta get this procrastination thing under control. Senior project presentations are in less than one week (I know you didn't need that reminder) and guess what I'm doing instead of finishing our website. Yay. But I really like this poem from John Keats, and I feel like it kind of fits in with... Continue Reading →

The Fall

Ophelia's death is fascinatingly symbolic from a multitude of different angles, including Biblical allusions, archetypes, and the lens of both feminism and psychoanalysis. However, the most prominent of these aspects in determining whether her death was accident or suicide is the allusion. While arguments can be made that her death was an accident enacted by... Continue Reading →

Too Sullied Flesh

O, that this too, too sullied flesh would melt, Thaw, and resolve itself into a dew, Or that the Everlasting had not fixed His canon 'gainst self slaughter! O God, God, How weary, stale, flat, and unprofitable Seem to me all the uses of this world! Fie on 't, ah fie! 'Tis an unweeded garden... Continue Reading →

Mirror, Mirror

One of my favorite things about literature, and there are many, is that it serves as a mirror for us as humans. After all, "we read to know we are not alone" ~ C.S. Lewis. We are not alone in the human condition. Unfortunately, while that elysian mirror can show us our strengths, our power,... Continue Reading →

Grief

Okay Hamlet dear. This advice isn't universal, and parts of it will probably hurt you more than help you, because grief isn't universal. We all share the human condition, similar experiences, similar emotions, similar perceptions at times, but we all react differently, and regardless of how parallel our conditions may be, we ourselves are not... Continue Reading →

The Cruciality of One’s Physical Appearance

(I had to use a picture of Colin Firth because he's just wonderful. And I mean, physical appearances, he obviously fits the bill. Plus, bow ties.) In his play,┬áThe Importance of Being Earnest, Oscar Wilde mocks the superficial, ultimately empty qualities Victorian society held in such high esteem. One superficiality he addresses is the undue... Continue Reading →

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