Why Indigenous Literatures Matter by Daniel Justice: Summary and Analysis

Why Indigenous Literatures Matter by Daniel Justice is a piece of literature that highlights how Indigenous people create honest and truthful stories about themselves that include their faults, but on the contrary, colonized stories about them make them seem out of place. In particular, the author shines a light on how stories made about Indigenous…

The Theme of Bildungsroman in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

A bildungsroman is a novel that focuses on a protagonist’s moral, intellectual, and spiritual growth. In contemporary literature, the coming-of-age stories can be equated with the bildungsroman theme as they often deal with the challenging transition to adulthood from childhood. Shelley’s is a nineteenth-century novel that depicts the theme of bildungsroman by tracing the outcome…

The Theme of Bildungsroman in Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre

 A bildungsroman is a novel that focuses on a protagonist’s moral, intellectual, and spiritual growth. In contemporary literature, the coming-of-age stories can be equated with the bildungsroman theme as they often deal with the challenging transition to adulthood from childhood. In Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte traces the intellectual, moral, and psychological development of a young woman…

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe: Summary and Analysis

Chinua Achebe’s novel Things Fall Apart was published in 1958 and influenced Nigeria’s literary renaissance in the 1960s. As the title suggests, Things Fall Apart is about the tragic downfall of a community and culture as an indigenous way of life crumbles from being assailed by foreign forces they do not understand and are unprepared for. The novel’s first…

Cultural Conflict in Chinua Achebe’s Dead Men’s Path

Chinua Achebe’s Dead Men’s Path is a short story published in 1953. Like Achebe’s other novel, Things Fall Apart, Dead Men’s Path confronts the clash between indigenous communities and colonialism. Michael Obi and his wife, Nancy, are enthusiastic about his posting as the new headmaster of Ndume Central School, a local school known for cultural backwardness and lack of progress.…

Mama Character Analysis in Alice Walker’s Everyday Use

Mrs. Johnson, or Mama, the African American woman in Everyday Use, is the story’s narrator. The story revolves around Mama and her two daughters, Dee and Maggie, as well as how differently she relates to each daughter. The difference in her relationship with her daughters results from conflicting perspectives about the family’s heritage, which depicts Mama…

Gender Inequality in Charlotte Perkins’ The Yellow Wallpaper

The introduction of Charlotte Perkin’s short story The Yellow Wallpaper presents John (the antagonist) as a caring spouse and well-respected physician who strives to improve his wife’s mental health condition. The wife, who is an unnamed character, is diagnosed with a temporary nervous illness and John applies professional treatment and various medications among others the…

Settings in Literature: Barn Burning and The Tempest

Stories and poems are enshrined in different environments, culture, place and time. Additionally, the character and relationship with others are closely linked to the setting to help the audience understand the atmosphere and the context of place and time. Specific actions and behaviour are likely to unfold in certain environments, which is essential for the…

Use of Literary Devices in Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening

Robert Frost’s poem Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening is a mysteriously impactful piece that goes beyond the literary meaning. Although written in simple language, Frost’s creative use of literary devices, including symbolism, personification, imagery, and foreshadowing throughout the poem, offers a deep meaning. Moreover, through these devices, Frost communicates significant themes such as…

The Impact of War in “The Sun Also Rises” by Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises is critically acclaimed and confronts various themes. One prominent theme is the impact of war on individuals, and having lived near war, Hemingway can be considered an authentic and credible source of information on this topic. In this novel, events linked to the war shape characters differently. Precisely, The…