• Narratees — Narratees act as the ‘listener’ opposite of the narrator. A good example of narratees can be found in the frame narrative of Heart of Darkness. Marlow acts as the narrator and the other crew members aboard the Nellie are the narratees. Phenomenology — Phenomenology is the philosophical investigation of our conscious experience: It […]

  • You have more than enough detail in your paper and it seems like a really good summary of the novel. The only thing left for you to do now is to expand on the analysis portion. I believe you’re using the psychoanalytic approach. You might want to take a look back at the questions on […]

  • I think both drafts take interested approaches. That being said, I think Victoriane needs to shift her focus a bit more onto the specific women that are being represented in her ‘text’. There is a preconceived notion about divas and celebrities which needs to be acknowledged. Victoriane should also keep in mind who these commercials […]

  • jgoirn commented on the blog post For Tuesday, November 15th 6 years ago

    I agree when Emina points out how the Marxist, Feminist and Psychoanalytic criticisms all look through a passage as opposed to looking at it. These criticisms apply the reading within a context, be it psychology or sociology. The way I see the Marxist approach is sort of like a New Historian with a particular focus […]

  • In no particular order of preference as I’m struggling to decide. 1984 – Novel by George Orwell about a dystopian society that demands conformity and inhibits individual expression/identity. It is considered a crime to think for oneself which ultimately destroys the essence of a person. I’ll most likely compare this with how corporations of today […]

  • “I was in these days literally able to find a joy in the extraordinary flight of heroism the occasion demanded of me…I could succeed where many another girl might have failed” (Conrad 53). The Governess’ views on gender relations are implied in this passage. It seems as if she still holds on to the traditional […]

  • ‘The camps of these people surrounded the place, and the chiefs came every day to see him. They would crawl… Curious, this feeling that came over me that such details would be more tolerable than those heads drying on the stakes under Mr. Kurtz’s windows.’ This quote is extremely similar to the Panopticon type of […]

  • The group I was in focused on the passage on pages 40-42, where Marlow is speaking with the brickmaster of the Central Station. There are a two binary oppositions that are shown in this particular passage, savagery vs. civility and dreaming vs. reality. The passage starts out with Marlow noticing a painting on the wall […]

  • I like the point Terry makes about the ‘savages’ having rebellious thoughts. The example he uses showing the native killing Marlow’s predecessor allows us to see these inhabitants as human. The line between savagery and civility embedded in this story is barely discernible. At times, it seems like the Europeans coming to this African Congo […]

  • I think taking a reader-oriented approach in analyzing Richard Wright’s story, ‘The Man Who Was Almost a Man’ worked nicely. Unlike New Criticism, the reader-response approach allowed me to interject some of my own outside knowledge to interpret this story. Some notable horizons of expectation include when Dave’s mother gave him the money to purchase […]

  • Overall, I appreciate the position Cleanth Brooks takes on new criticism in his essay “The Formalist Critics”, despite disagreeing with some of what he stated. One thing that I do agree on is his view on the relationship between readers and the text. Brooks writes: “…to emphasize the work seems to involve severing it from […]

  • Both Gordon and Steven performed great analyses on this poem. I like how they both observed the key tension of ‘snowman’ versus ‘Snow Man’. Wallace Stevens paints this image of a typical snowy expanse that a snowman might experience if it were capable. Without ever mentioning an actual snowman, Stevens manages to put the reader […]

  • When viewing the Salvador Dali painting shown in the text, I see a load of symbolism. My personal interpretation is that this painting represents how fluid and flexible time can feel to an observer. The old saying ‘Time flies when you’re having fun’ comes to mind. The background of the piece can possibly represent how […]