Pearl Jam’s Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town: Setting, Characters, Literary Devices

Theme Statement: Seniors generally struggle with their declining abilities and senses. They deserve respect, understanding and companionship for having lived through so many challenges and experiences, but people often ignore them, look down on them, or treat them as a burden. Narrative Elements Setting: The “woman” likely works in a shop “in a small town.”…

Medieval Minstrels: History & Traveling Thespians

Minstrels, or traveling thespians, thrived throughout Europe in medieval times. The term minstrel referred to a professional entertainer of any kind from the 12th century to the 17th century. Minstrels were instrumentalist, but were also often jugglers, acrobats, and storytellers. Although minstrels no longer exist, they played an important role in medieval history and, at…