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.”…

Importance of Hamlet’s Soliloquies in Shakespeare’s Hamlet

Shakespeare often has his characters speak in soliloquies during the course of his plays. Soliloquies are essential to the presentation of a story through the medium of a play because they provide the opportunity the chance to tell the audience specific pieces of information which cannot be disclosed through normal conversation. In his work, Hamlet,…

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…

T.S. Eliot’s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”: Poem & Analysis

T.S. Eliot’s  “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,” is a melancholy poem of one man’s frustrated search to find the meaning of his existence.  The speaker’s strong use of imagery contributes to the poem’s theme of communion and loneliness. The Poem begins with an invitation from Prufrock to follow him through his self-examination. The…