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The Role of Women in Homer’s The Odyssey

Epic poems reflect a culture’s values.  The female characters in Homer’s poem, The Odyssey, reflect the ancient Greek values of helpfulness, loyalty and cleverness. Athena is a character who represents helpfulness.  In the beginning of the story, she offers advice to help Telemachus persuade the suitors to leave Odysseus’s palace.  Athena advises, “At daybreak call…

Dominican Republic: The Era of Trujillo

The Vásquez administration shines in Dominican history like a star amid a gathering storm. After the country’s eight years of subjugation, Vásquez took care to respect the political and civil rights of the population. An upswing in the price of export commodities, combined with increased government borrowing, marks the economy. Public works projects proliferated. Santo…

Tito-Stalin Dispute (1948): Timeline, Analysis, Significance

On June 28th, 1948 the Cominform, the principle symbol of Stalin’s control over Eastern Europe, issued a resolution that formally expelled Yugoslavia from the assembly, citing that Yugoslavia’s ruler, Josep Broz-Tito, had deviated from the correct communist line of governance.  Stalin contended that Tito was guilty of flouting the “unified communist front against imperialism”[1] and…

Deepa Mehta’s Earth: Summary & Analysis

India is a strong example of a developing nation where, because of resentment and resistance to the social impact of economic change, fundamentalism has been strongly fed as entire cultural and religious groups have become marginalized.  Patterns of resentment and resistance among these marginalized groups have led to a situation where, paradoxically, the national government…

Teenagers in Society: J.D Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye

It is evident that most if not all teenagers face challenges through the transformation of becoming an adult. J.D Salinger describes teenage behavior such as phoniness and confusion, teenage depression and their need for attention, and their desire to protection innocents in our society. I personally agree that Salinger delivers an accurate depiction of teenagers…

Edna’s Relationships in Kate Chopin’s The Awakening

The society of Grand Isle places many expectations on its women to belong to men and be subordinate to their children. Edna Pontellier’s society, therefore, abounds with “mother-women,” who “idolized their children, worshipped their husbands, and esteemed it to a holy privilege to efface themselves as individuals”.  The characters of Adele Ratignolle and Mademoiselle Reisz…