Richard Wright’s “Black Boy”: Literary Analysis

The autobiography Black Boy, by Richard Wright, is a tale of hope and determination. It catalogs Wright’s life growing up as an African-American in Jim Crow South, depicting the economic and social struggles that were stereotypical for African-Americans at the time. It follows him through his youth, examining the hardships and obstacles faced by both…

Love in Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales

The Canterbury Tales, written by Geoffrey Chaucer around 1386, is a collection of tales told by pilgrims on a religious pilgrimage. Three of these tales; “The Knight’s Tale”, “The Wife of Bath’s Tale”, and “The Franklin’s Tale”, involve different kinds of love and different love relationships. Some of the loves are based on nobility, some…

Shakespeare’s Richard III: Theme of Isolation

“The tragedy of Richard III lies in the progressive isolation of its protagonist”. Discuss. From the very opening of the play when Richard III enters “solus”, the protagonist’s isolation is made clear. Richard’s isolation progresses as he separates himself from the other characters and breaks the natural bonds between Man and nature through his efforts…

Frankenstein & Dracula: Character Similarities and Differences

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Bram Stoker’s Dracula are stories of inhumane beings causing destruction and agony for the main characters until the time of their defeat. These two classic horror stories possess similar character types which contrast in key elements. Each story includes a protagonist, villain, and secondary character. The manner in which these characters…