A look at a few cases of deformity in works of fiction. Namely in E.T.A. Hoffmann’s “The Sandman” and in De Maupassant’s account of Ivan Turgenev's horrifying experience.
Learn about Shakespeare's use of the oxymoron in his works. From Romeo and Juliet, to Hamlet, to Macbeth and more, The Bard used a lot of oxymora!
The journey to our inner world of thought and emotion is a paradigm of a dangerous adventure. In this article we will observe how a writer of fiction can help the reader safely self-reflect.
Regarding the paradigmatic loners in his stories and also his own past as a recluse.
In this article we will attempt to establish just why Gregor Samsa failed to help himself, following his dreadful metamorphosis...
In The Masque of the Red Death, Poe uses elements of the fantastic such as the story’s ambiguous setting and narrator, the bizarre seven rooms where the masque is held, and the appearance of the spectral figure of the “Red Death” to communicate the horror and inevitability of death. Through...
To those familiar with the Chronicles of Narnia, C.S. Lewis' novel Till We Have Faces A Myth Retold may come as a pleasant or even shocking surprise. This novel written for adults explores the dark side of love and fidelity.
Denise Levertov's protest poem is in two parts. The first stanza asks six questions, the second stanza answers them. The theme is war and the loss of a people and culture. When the USA became involved in the Vietnam war many challenged the tactics and the loss of life. A poem to prick the conscience
Shakespeare takes on a deeply personal tone in his sonnets. By adding themes from his 26th sonnet into a summation speech in A Midsummer Night's Dream Shakespeare gives the work a deeper meaning and ties it to elements of his own life.He describes using his imagination to create the worlds depicted...
Some notes on this Russian novella which has both historic and artistic importance.