The Awakening: the faults of idealism

In one part of the novel The Awakening, Chopin writes down the classic line—“the bird that would soar about the level plain of tradition and prejudice must have strong wings.” Like the bird, the protagonist in the novel Edna Pontellier holds “an ideal view of the world”; and like the bird, the character aspires toContinue reading “The Awakening: the faults of idealism”

A tale of the past, present, and future— The Handmaid’s Tale

Book introduction The book is set in the future where the United States is taken over by the Republic of Gilead. Under the regime, women and men live under horror and bizarre consequences, and women are especially demoralized to birth-giving machines. The book is fascinating and written brilliantly. The unique point of view and narrationContinue reading “A tale of the past, present, and future— The Handmaid’s Tale”

The Simplicity of Life- Walden

Book Introduction Written by Thoreau, Walden is the reflection of the two-year experiences living at the Walden pond by himself. Thoreau lived a life of simplicity and self-reliance, and he learned a great deal and about the individual and nature. Book Recommendation The book will take you away to the beautiful world of Thoreau’s. There,Continue reading “The Simplicity of Life- Walden”

Unity and Conflicts- Animal Farm

“All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others” — George Orwell Book Intro Animal Farm is about a farm being taken over by overworked and mistreated animals and ended up being ruled under totalitarianism. Stalinist Russia was considered the target when the book was first published. However, this masterpiece could apply toContinue reading “Unity and Conflicts- Animal Farm”

Social Change by Colonialism- Things Fall Apart

“Turning and turning in the widening gyre, the falcon cannnot hear the falconer; things fall apart, the center cannot hold; mere anarchy is loosed upon the world.” — W.B Yeats, “The Second Coming” Book Intro Things Fall Apart is the first of three novels in Chinua Achebe’s critically acclaimed African Trilogy. It described Africa’s encounter withContinue reading “Social Change by Colonialism- Things Fall Apart”

Social Norm and Social Constraint on Gender Roles- The Awakening

“The bird that would soar above the level plain of tradition and prejudice must have strong wings. It is a sad spectacle to see the weaklings bruised, exhausted, fluttering back to earth.”  Book Introduction The Awakening is written by Kate Chopin in 1899 and deals with the issue of solitude and gender inequality in theContinue reading “Social Norm and Social Constraint on Gender Roles- The Awakening”

Creon’s Big Mistake- Antigone

” Never to grant traitors and subversives equal footing with loyal citizens, but to honour patriots in life and death.” Play intro The play is written by Sophocles and is a tragedy. The story happens after the death of Oedipus, and it is about Antigone’s decision to act against Creon’s orders and to bury her brotherContinue reading “Creon’s Big Mistake- Antigone”

Experiences are the Best Teachers- Siddhartha

“Words do not express thoughts very well. They always become a little different immediately after they are expressed, a little distorted, a little foolish.” Book Intro Siddhartha is a novel by Hermann Hesse, and it deals with the spiritual journey of self-discovery of a man named Siddhartha during the time of the Gautama Buddha. It is written in German andContinue reading “Experiences are the Best Teachers- Siddhartha”

The character development of Julien–The Red and the Black

  “This was a look that desired revenge upon the higher class; such moments inspire people like Robespieree and his Jacobins, who led the French Revolutions.” Book Introduction In the book, a young man from a peasant family tries to rise himself beyond his upbringing, and developes romantic relationships with two ladies from the upperContinue reading “The character development of Julien–The Red and the Black”

Two Dark Times- Tender is The Night/ Rickshaw Boy

Two Dark Times –A literary comparison between the characters in Tender is The Night and Rickshaw Boy The book Rickshaw Boy (also known as Camel Xiangzi) is considered to be a classic of the Chinese author Lao She and a great representation of the era after the establishment of the Republic of China in theContinue reading “Two Dark Times- Tender is The Night/ Rickshaw Boy”

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