Tag Archive: Society

Textual Analysis of Christina Rossetti’s “Goblin Market”

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Christina Rossetti’s Victorian-era poem, “Goblin Market”, is mired in allegorical representations of biblical proportions. Specifically, allusions to Eve’s temptation in the Garden of Eden in the book of Genesis as well as Christ’s… Continue reading

People as a Commodity in “A Modest Proposal”

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“A Modest Proposal” by Jonathan Swift is often regarded as one of the most powerful political essays in literature, and yet, not one word of the piece was written as explicit political advice.… Continue reading

Slavery: More Than Forced Labor

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Enslavement in Visions of the Daughters of Albion is depicted in William Blake’s progressive text. Oothoon, the female protagonist, is bound by society’s standpoint on purity. She is further bound when raped by… Continue reading

Some Reflections Upon “Happily Ever After”

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Disney’s line of princess-themed films have come a long way in terms of the portrayal of their leading female characters. Early films like Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty feature damsels in distress who simply… Continue reading

The Ignorance involved in Praising Aesthetics- As seen in Jonathan Swift’s “The Lady’s Dressing Room”

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“John, you should go and play with Sally. She is pretty cute.” “Why don’t you like her? I think she is adorable.” “Sally is pretty hot man, I’d hang out with her.” “Who… Continue reading

Comparing Houyhnhnms & Vulcans: How Swift’s Critique of Society is Still Used Today

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Gulliver’s Travels, anonymously published by Jonathan Swift in 1726, satirizes the travel narrative, an immensely popular genre at this time due to the vast number of explorers who published their own adventures and experiences in… Continue reading

Without Education–There is no “Happily Ever After”

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Mary Astell is a firm believer that women’s rights are just as important as a man’s. In her essay Some Reflections Upon Marriage, she argues these positions. Mary Astell grew up in Newcastle… Continue reading

Mary Shelley & Tim Burton : The Frankenstein Effect

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Literary monsters have made huge impacts on our society through their influence on books, television and most importantly films. Some of these literary monsters include Dracula and the bogeyman, but thereis one other… Continue reading

The Mask of Love

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Eliza Haywood’s “Fantomina; Or, Love in a Maze” is a satirical piece on gender and society in the 18th Century. Haywood’s unnamed heroine is “a young lady of distinguished birth, beauty, wit and… Continue reading

Not Ceasing From Mental Fight — William Blake’s Mystic Vision

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William Blake’s strange collection of poetry and polemic is a striking juxtaposition of form and function. Many of his poems, seen on their own, appear much like the didactic and socially-minded religious pop-poetry… Continue reading

The Disguise of Love

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Eliza Haywood’s Fantomina: Or, Love in a Maze, deals with the shenanigans of our female heroine’s (if one believes this the correct term for such a character) attempts to gain the love and… Continue reading

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