• The CNN special “Race in America” identifies the issues of stereotypes in American society and the ways in which young children determine which skin color is “better”. Interestingly, even after many years the root of stereotypes start from quick judgments based on a person’s physical appearances such as the color of their skin. Often, these […]

  • Formalism/New Criticism: (Bressler) Organic unity- All parts in a text are interrelated with one another. The parts help to construct the main idea of the text. Each of the parts contributes to enhance the content of the entire text. As such, the parts make up the whole. (Bressler 59) An objective theory of art- The […]

  • This was a good start to her essay. She had a good summary and seemed to have a grasp of what the psychoanalytical lens is especially for the character Raskolnikovs and his conscience weakening. There were many characters in her essay in which she gave a good description of them. The analysis in her essay […]

  • Both Victoriane and Enes’ and drafts were informative. In Victoriane’s draft, I thought her choice for the cultural artifact was interesting. I have seen the commercials she had selected but never through a feminist lens. After reading her draft, I now understand how a feminist lens could be applied to it. I liked how she […]

  • The Occupy Wall Street movement was started by activists who believe that the source of corruption and greed are from the one percent who are the wealthy corporations such as banks and insurance companies. The rest of the people who are affected by this are the ninety nine percent. This has indeed become a clash […]

  • nadiab commented on the blog post For Tuesday, November 15th 7 years ago

    Both bloggers identified the role of social class and status in “The Turn of the Screw” in relation to Marxism. The dialogue between Mrs. Grose and the governess indicated the status of both Peter Quint and Miss. Jessel at Bly. Mrs. Grose’s view on Peter Quint was that he was much below than Miss Jessel. […]

  • Cultural Artifacts: “The Tell Tale Heart”- by Edgar Allen Poe. It is a short story in which the narrator tells the reader that he has murdered a man. After murdering the man, the narrator has a guilty conscience. The effects of the narrator’s guilty conscience overwhelms him. He starts to hear sounds. Are the sounds […]

  • In “The Turn of The Screw “, it is evident that there were certain gender roles of the female characters. These roles were considered feminine and appropriate for the era in which this novel was written. The governess’s profession was considered feminine and suitable for a woman. For that matter, the employer hired a female […]

  • Response to question 3: The interaction between both the governess and Mrs. Grose are friendly. Mrs. Grose listened attentively to the governess thorough out the text. Mrs. Grose also followed the instructions of the governess. Some of the dialogue in the text indicated the governess’s frustration in conversing to Mrs. Grose. The governess felt that […]

  • In “The Turn of the Screw” by Henry James, desires weren’t easily recognized. It was hidden in certain dialogue and behaviors of the characters in the story. In the first paragraph of the prologue, the reader was given a scene in which a group of people are sitting around a fire listening to a ghost […]

  • In “Heart of Darkness”, there a few scenes that demonstrate Foucault’s ideas in “Panopticism”. One scene starts in the last paragraph on page 31, “They were dying slowly….”Here, Marlow refers to the slaves he encountered. This scene portrays the control and power that the colonist had over the slaves. The slaves had become more like […]

  • During last Thursday class, I was assigned to group two where we had to analyze pages 40-42 in Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad. One of the binaries that were evident in these assigned pages was dreaming/reality. In one of the passages Marlow says, “He was just a word for me. I did not see […]

  • The Heart of Darkness is a story that delves deep into the unexplored territory of Africa seen through the eyes of a man named Marlow. While on a ship, Marlow retells his story of his voyage up the Congo River. While on his voyage, Marlow witnesses the cost of European intrusion on the foreign land. […]

  • Edgar Allan Poe’s, “The Spectacles” gives an amusing approach to the phrase “love at first sight”. One can believe that Poe is trying to make fun at the phrase and to show that it isn’t all what it seems. Usually, “love at first sight” sets a sort of positive tone for the rest of a […]

  • “The Man Who was Almost a Man” by Richard Wright, is a short story about a young boy named Dave. Dave believes that by purchasing a gun, he will become a man. In Dave’s eyes, a man with a gun has certain attributes such as authority. Once he purchases the gun. Dave believes that he […]

  • In the essay, “The Formalist Critics” by Cleanth Brooks, he discusses the uses of New Criticism in literature. Brooks first introduces us to articles about literary criticism that a reader may look into. He then writes about the misunderstandings that individuals have about New Criticism. The first misunderstanding is that in order to critique any […]

  • Using the New Critic approach, the reader has to treat the content given to them as an “object” and focus merely on the text. The reader also has to determine what the central tension is through analyzing the text structure. The poem, “The Snow Man” by Wallace Stevens is a good example of the use […]

  • Nadia Bhagwandin I think that Salvador Dali’s painting is a dream like state of the unconscious mind. It depicts that time is diminishing and disintegrated. There’s also no boundary, limitations or control to time in this scene. Reality is not an option and this may lead viewers to believe that time does not matter. The […]