Religious Victimization of Skylock in The Merchant of Venice

William Shakespeare is often referred as the greatest Scriptwriter ever. He truly has a skill, of creating unique characters that, create controversy, and give reasons for people to discuss and debate. Back in the Elizabethan times, Shylock, a character, from the famous Shakespearean play, The Merchant of Venice, would have immediately been seen as a…

Ambition in Macbeth: Theme & Examples

The undeniable power of unbridled ambition and its ramifications are extensively portrayed within William Shakespeare’s tragedy; Macbeth. Within this play, ambition is portrayed as a corrupting and unquenchable force through the main concepts of mental imbalance, supernatural behaviors and betrayal. The consuming desires of Macbeth and their repercussions are vividly enhanced through the use of…

Great Expectations: Pip’s Character Development & Analysis

In Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations, Pip goes through an initiation consisting of a series of ordeals that force him to mature or suffer the consequences. As Pip experiences the different standards of living, his expectations increase. Pip’s inclination to act like a gentlemen causes him to spend prodigiously, forget the value of true friendship, and…

Things Fall Apart: Cultural Changes after African Colonization

African culture in the mid-1900s was very unique and different from any other country. African natives were very secluded and therefore had a chance to develop their own culture. It all changed when the Europeans began colonizing Africa. They built churches, schools, and converted many Africans to Christianity. The Africans could not fight the Europeans,…

Class Conflict in A Streetcar Named Desire

Class conflict is represented throughout the play, A Streetcar Named Desire in various ways through characters, symbols, ideas and language. Characters such as Blanche, Stella, Mitch and Stanley are used to represent the aristocracy and working class. The Dubois clan, embodied by Blanche, represents the genteel society of the Southern plantation owners that presided through…

Presence of Evil in Beowulf & Geoffrey Chaucer’s “The Pardoner’s Tale”

The antagonistic force of evil has been a common theme in society and literature, it can be manifested into various forms, functions, and interpretations. Evil follows the law of relativity and thus differentiates from each point at view and situation. Although evil is not truly existent, necessarily, classical literature manages to portray evil in supernatural…