Humyra Anjum Maliha
Waiting for Godot
Samuel Beckett's "Waiting for Godot" is a theatrical masterpiece that, on the surface, might appear to be a perplexing puzzle with no apparent solution. Yet, beneath its enigmatic exterior, it serves as a striking reflection of the post-war world and the profound existential dilemmas that haunted its characters. While some might argue that the play lacks substance, it is, in fact, a captivating journey through the human psyche, offering both an exploration of despair and a glimmer of hope.
A Study of Human Complexity
What makes us human? This is a question that has fascinated philosophers, poets, and artists for centuries. One of the most brilliant and insightful answers to this question can be found in William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet”, a masterpiece of literature that transcends time and culture. In this tragedy, we follow the journey of Hamlet, a prince who faces a series of challenges that test his character, morality, and sanity. Through various literary devices such as metaphors, similes, irony, sarcasm, characterization, soliloquies, and moments of madness and humor, Shakespeare reveals the complexity of human nature in all its glory and misery.
From Faulkner to Morrison
As I Lay Dying by William Falkner and The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison are two renowned novels of the 20th century. While As I Lay Dying depicts the physical and mental struggles of the Bundren family, The Bluest Eye represents the struggle of a young black girl.
The Power of Poetry
Philip Sidney’s “An Apology for Poetry” reveals the power of poetry to inspire virtue. He sees learning as a way to improve both mind and character. Poetry, for Sidney, connects feelings and will to this improvement, healing music for the soul.
The Story of Change and Continuity
The Anglo-Saxon era was a time of great change and innovation for England. It was in this period that England emerged as a unified nation with a distinct identity and culture. The Anglo-Saxon era spanned from 449 to 1066 AD, and it witnessed the development of the English language, literature, and law.
In Defense of Shakespeare
Dr. Samuel Johnson's critique of William Shakespeare's works has undeniably sparked thought-provoking discussions over the years. However, it is essential to address and challenge some of the assertions Johnson made in his analysis. While Johnson identified certain faults within Shakespeare's writings, it is equally important to consider the larger context of Shakespeare's contributions and the complexities of his craft.
Redefining Joan of Arc
In the grand tapestry of human history, few figures shine as brightly, yet remain as mysterious, as Joan of Arc. A heroic legend, a faith-driven warrior, she has captivated hearts and minds for centuries, transcending time's barriers. Bernard Shaw's play "Saint Joan," set in 1929 and the transformative year of 1431, invites us to rethink our view of this iconic historical figure. By putting aside common narratives, Shaw weaves a complex and nuanced story that encourages us to see Joan in a new light.