Feminism in Literature

Female Writers in the Romantic Era

Portrait of Mary Wollstonecraft

Male writers in the Romantic Period were very concerned with the effects of industrialization, commercialization, and urbanization on human life. Their works idealize nature, express emotions using all five senses, and reinforce the value of imagination. Their female peers were more interested in domestic and political issues, human rights, and gender equality. What follows are …

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English Literature

Are Hamlet and Lear Really Mad?

According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, madness can be “ a state of severe mental illness” or “rage” (“Madness”). Most mental illnesses can result from the exposure to extreme stress, which can make a person feel “isolated, frightened, unable to work, unable to function, at odds with friends, loved ones, and society, agitated, raw, despairing and suicidal” …

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American Literature

What Charlie Dalton and Ralph Waldo Emerson Have in Common

In the movie Dead Poets Society, Mr. Keating teaches his students to think for themselves, pursue their passions, and be intuitive and self-reliant—transcendentalist principles from writers Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, and Walt Whitman. Thanks to Keating’s unorthodox teaching methods, his students embrace his message and begin to act according to those principles. Student …

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