Category Archives: Literature

Analysis, summary, criticism, and interpretation of various literary works including poetry, short stories, and novels.

Female Sexuality in Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus: Lavinia and Tamora

  There is an irony to the fact that Lavinia and Tamora are the only women in the Shakespearian tragedy Titus Andronicus.  These two women are the complete opposites of one another in almost every aspect, representing two spectrums of … Continue reading

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Love and Courtship in Classic Literature

Courtship is a popular topic among writers of the 16th and 17th century Europe as seen through the poetry and plays of this era. From this, readers can distinguish how men and women court one another. This includes how couples … Continue reading

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The Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison: An Analysis on Race and Race Relations before Civil Rights

SUMMARY Invisible Man is an American literary classic. It tells the story of a nameless man who is invisible. His invisibility is both literal and physical. Invisibility is literal because he is ignored by main stream society. The invisibility is … Continue reading

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Female Identity and Empowerment: Gender Roles and Relationships in The Color Purple

The Color Purple is a 1982 novel written by Alice Walker. Just one year later, the novel achieved a Pulitzer Prize for fiction (PBS). By 1985, The Color Purple debuted as a motion picture and hit the American box office. … Continue reading

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Du Bois “Of Our Spiritual Strivings”: Reflection of Racial Inequality in America Today

William Edward Burghardt Du Bois wrote his American literary classic, The Souls of Black Folk; Essays and Sketches, in 1903. More than a century later the testaments of his work can be applied today. Throughout his book, Du Bois shapes … Continue reading

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