The Great Gatsby:The Function of the First Person & Narrator

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby presents a complex network of plot twists, ambiguous characters, and uncertain motives, combined in a novel which requires a deep analysis of its content and the development of unsure opinions from frequently strange facts. The complexity and ambiguity of the plot is such that, without proper guidance, its fluctuations…

Maryse Condé’s The Last of the African Kings: Summary & Analysis

In Maryse Condé’s The Last of the African Kings, the main characters have been dispersed throughout the Caribbean and United States due to years of oppression and colonialism.  In the preface to the novel, Richard Philcox writes: “African American music influences not only the atmosphere of the novel but also its structure.”  He continues by…

How to Cite MLA: Works Cited and Embedded Citations

How to reference a lecture in Works Cited Lecturer’s last name and first initial. “Title of lecture.” Course code. Name of school/institution. Location of lecture, date. i.e. Gill,R. “Genocide”. CGC 1D0. Stephen Lewis Secondary School. Room 306. Monday Sept 24th, 2010. How to reference a lecture as an Embedded Citation. (Lecturer’s last name, date) i.e.…

Formalism: Literary Perspective

What is Formalism? Formalists focus on literary elements such as plot, character, setting, diction, imagery, structure, and point of view Literary works are studied as independent systems with interdependent parts Biographical information and historical data are subordinate/not as vital to the formalist perspective What is Formalism? For Formalists, the proper concern is with the work…

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.”…