Hello! I am one semester away from graduating with my English BA. I work as an informal STEM Educator and Writing Tutor. I like to write and get my thoughts out in my essays and short stories. Stay tuned :)
The Academic Versus the Apprentice
Erasmus defends the idea that society and parents should invest in the child's education through various metaphors and congeries to drive his then-controversial point into the hearts of the families he is targeting. He relates to his audience, making his argument more appealing than if he were to lecture with facts, a tactic used in today's classrooms to entice students into engaging in the curriculum. His defense of education appeals to parts of life that his targeted audience already experiences and compares those points' necessity to that of education while playing on Catholic guilt.
A Woman Scorned
Wrongly attributed to Shakespeare, the idiom "hell hath no fury like a woman scorned was adapted from the lines of a 1697 play by William Congreve, The Mourning Bride. The actual quote is, "Heav'n has no Rage, like Love to Hatred turn'd,/ Nor Hell a Fury, like a Woman scorn'd" (Congreve 3.2). Gaspara Stampa is a scorned woman with a rocky relationship with her lover.
Macbeth takes the politics of the Henriad and adds Supernatural themes to create a one-of-a-kind play that is entertaining the whole way through. While Shakespeare did not initially put in the witches at the beginning of the play, they created an iconic scene that has been referenced throughout centuries of pop culture. Witches, of course, have a negative connotation as well as ghosts previously seen in Hamlet.
A Weapon Disguised in Poetry
Poetry to the Romantics was exploring the complexities of life, death, music, society, and everything else they found intriguing, only using the words and resources they had at the time. The Romantic would focus on lasting and temporary, searching for the sublime feeling of being small in a vast world. The Romantic era was a response to the Industrial Revolution and how that was affecting Nature and society. Nature and society are connected through poetry when they usually are separated into two different categories. Romantic Poetry was meant to take the reader into what the world should be or what it could become. Poetry sheds light on the aspects of life and Nature that make life worth living, while also criticizing the evilness of humans that corrupt the good.
A Good Woman is Hard to Find
In “A Good Man is Hard to Find” by Flannery O’Connor, the grandmother is the second villain of the short story, being the sole reason her family dies horrific deaths. The obvious villain is the murderer, but the grandmother is a product of her old values and norms, causing a rift in her family. Eventually, her lies and manipulation get the whole family murdered. Her selfishness caused an already somewhat dysfunctional family to face the ultimate doom. The grandmother is disillusioned with her position in life. Her own family does not want to spend time with her, so she has to impose on them. Although the grandmother is the main character, her characterization and the plot’s driving made her the villain. As her old values made her do as she did, the old values and norms died. The other females in the book were way less represented, dying with her, as the old values dragged down the newer generations.
The Woman in the Attic
Dear Richard, I am so filled with joy! I am finally a married woman. I am a wife! There is so much to look forward to. One day we will be a more prominent family, and I will raise children with Edward. He will make a good father. I think I will be delighted here with Edward. He dresses me in the finest clothes and jewelry. He says that a Rochester should be seen in the best clothes. The house is lovely, albeit cold. It is not what I am used to, but the land holds a certain beauty. The soil keeps secrets from thousands of years and generations of Rochester. Now, I will be remembered in the echoes of the property as Mrs. Bertha Rochester. How Exciting! A new start and a new life, what a joy to have. Come and visit sometime. I would love to show you around and share parts of my new life. Please let me know how life is like back at home.
My toxic trait
My most toxic trait is that I am a White woman. I only live because of the crimes of my ancestors. My entire education has been Functionalist, to turn me into the perfect member of society. I can claim the Mexican side of my family, but then we have to break down how that is more of ethnicity than race. Then, we have to go through whether I am Chicana, Mexican, or both. I am approximately eighty percent colonizer and twenty percent Indigenous. My Indigenous/ Mexican heritage is not something I can genuinely claim because my father was raised to blend in and get a good job here in the United States. I have tried to learn more about my culture by looking for external sources, but it is hard to have an authentic connection with articles and videos instead of people you know and love. My father does not know or participate in many Mexican cultural practices that my neighbors and school peers have exposed me to. My aunt says that he wants to be White. My father is just light-skinned enough that he is not perceived as a threat by old White men. He did okay. He has been unemployed since 2017, but at least he married a woman that could support him begrudgingly.
Illness and Isolation
Kafka's "The Metamorphosis" and Lu Xun's "Diary of a Madman" both follow the plight of illness and disability as the main character suffers from a sort of illness, alienating themselves from their families both directly and indirectly. These short stories delve into isolation caused by mental illness and disability, how that affects the main characters, and how their friends and family see them.
damn it damn it damn it James paced and paced back and forth, swearing and cursing the entire time, much to his daughter's dismay. She could not escape her father's ramblings in the confined space they shared, so she settled for backing herself as far into the wall as she could, making herself small in the process.
Greif Hidden in the Margins
Hai-Dang Phan's poem, My Father's "Norton Introduction to Literature," Third Edition (1981), travels into his father's past world that had become long forgotten. The speaker writes about his Vietnamese father, who went to college to get a job upon coming to America. Through imagery, tone, and diction, Phan paints the picture of a loving father with a disconnect from his father then versus the speaker's life now.
Something Lurks Beneath
She spread her toes in the white sand, feeling the heat run up her legs. She loved to just lay there in the sun, soaking up the heat as a lizard would. She remembered laying in the sun with her little brother in the backyard in the summer. He would always burn no matter how much sunscreen they would put on him.