Femininity Lost

Eve is the primary representation of femininity in John Milton’s Paradise Lost. There are other feminine characters, such as Sin, as well as concepts or objects given feminine characterization, such as light and the earth. Given the Biblical account of creation and Milton’s historical and cultural context, there is little reason, literary or otherwise, for… Continue reading Femininity Lost

Two Stories of Oppression in “Our Nig”

As the first African-American woman novelist, Harriet Wilson wrote in the shadow of two intersecting oppressions: racism and sexism. In the title page of her roman à clef Our Nig, she offers an alternative title: “Sketches from the Life of a Free Black, in a Two-Story White House, North. Showing that Slavery’s Shadows Fall Even… Continue reading Two Stories of Oppression in “Our Nig”

Colonial Subjectivism in Death and the King’s Horseman

In his play, Death and the King’s Horseman, Wole Soyinka explores the clash of modern Western and traditional African cultures and values through a real-life incident that happened among the Yoruba people of Nigeria in 1946. The village king has recently died, and in the tradition of Yoruba customs, his horseman, Elesin Oba, is expected… Continue reading Colonial Subjectivism in Death and the King’s Horseman

Death and the King’s Horseman

The play Death and the King’s Horseman by Wole Soyinka examines colonialism by depicting the clashing of cultures and exposing the dangers of ethnocentrism. The story takes place in Nigeria, following several main characters: an Englishman named Pilkings and his wife, Jane, and Elesin Oba. As the late King’s horseman, Elesin Oba must commit suicide… Continue reading Death and the King’s Horseman

In Defense of Fairy Tales

My fairy-tale obsession started with Disney, but it didn’t end there. When I “outgrew” princesses, I found myself immersed in fantasy worlds, including those of Harry Potter and Percy Jackson. I made a full circle in high school when I read original fairy tales such as “Through the Looking Glass” and Grimm’s Fairy Tales. In… Continue reading In Defense of Fairy Tales

Shakespeare’s Timeless Tragedy

You probably read Hamlet, either the play or its Sparknotes, in English class. Maybe you wrote an essay about “to be or not to be” or captioned an Instagram post “To thine own self be true.” However, you most likely didn’t think Hamlet was relevant to your life. My experience reading Hamlet was cathartic because… Continue reading Shakespeare’s Timeless Tragedy

“Were I the Moor” Part 2

Continued from “Were I the Moor” Part 1 Recognizing the relationship between Othello and Iago as that of a General and Ensign is crucial to understanding their relationship as one of a protagonist and his ego. Although it is Iago who gains control over Othello, the general Othello is the “master” of Iago the ensign. Othello holds a superior position to Iago; hence he should… Continue reading “Were I the Moor” Part 2