For Even in Death is Beauty

For even in Death is Beauty, A macabre sight worth study. Caving flesh and rotting innards,  Pull back to show the eternal Ivory.  Man isn’t made to last, or so they say. For we fade from here, and decay. But Insects leave behind a hard shell, Molting away to leave earthly hell. Darkness grows in … Continue reading For Even in Death is Beauty

Reflection on Educated

Tara Westover’s Educated represents, in my mind, the story of a person raised in a particular environment, and her experiences and choices that helped to lead her on her own path. Westover seems passive at first, as many children are, but steadily forms her own stronger persona and a desire to move forward. I believe her reason … Continue reading Reflection on Educated

An Analysis of Workplace Writing

For my chosen career, I have decided to author both articles and novels as a writer. Because I have chosen to write for a career, essentially all of my career will involve writing in the workplace. I do not want to limit myself by suggesting I will only write novels or articles. In fact, some … Continue reading An Analysis of Workplace Writing

Patient 17

Patient 17: Hermann (Last Name Unknown)  Patient History:               Hermann, hereby referred to as Patient 17, has a complex history from what can be  ascertained by those acquainted with him. Patient 17 is German, and appears to be in normal physical health of a man his age. Patient 17 was involved with a card game, and … Continue reading Patient 17

Walking with Austen in Pride and Prejudice

Walking within Pride and Prejudice represents both a physical distance between characters, and also an emotional one in the way characters deal with interpersonal drama and the transmission of information. The connection between the dramatic tension between characters and physical distance is highlighted in this quote, "We live in so different a part of town, all our connections … Continue reading Walking with Austen in Pride and Prejudice

The Most Curious Case of the Vessel His Majesty’s Ship Shewsbury

The sea ravaged the ship as the crew of the HMS Shrewsbury as they manned the vessel. Wind howled as it caught the sails, and rain pelted the wooden deck with a thousand tiny needles. The Shrewsbury herself remained undaunted, barreling forward into prospects unknown rocking back and forth in the foreboding surf. Her rich wooden exterior and copper … Continue reading The Most Curious Case of the Vessel His Majesty’s Ship Shewsbury

Air Travel: Wonder and Utility

For this post, I wish to discuss the inherent disconnect between both the great sense of wonder and discovery Air Balloon travel presented, and the utility and “value” of traversing in this manner. The four readings about Air Balloons all represent different viewpoints into this issue and help shine a new light on the burgeoning … Continue reading Air Travel: Wonder and Utility

The Sanitary Conditions of Ships in the 18th Century

            The culturally shared image of the filthy rum-soaked pirate, a man with discolored teeth, long greasy hair, and dirt covered from head to toe, often smelling afoul to the highest degree, is certainly the one most well-known to the masses. Years of seeing a certain filthy booze-soaked Johnny Depp on the silver screen has strengthened … Continue reading The Sanitary Conditions of Ships in the 18th Century

Thoreau’s Satirical “Sounds”

Thoreau’s sections dealing with “Sounds”certainly reads as being a satirical damning of the railroad ruining his own otherwise peaceful existence. He makes mention to the disruption of his own existence sure, but Thoreau also makes sure the sections are tonally distinct, and I will highlight the ones I found most interesting tonally. I also specifically … Continue reading Thoreau’s Satirical “Sounds”

Pandemic Panic: Examining Thom Gunn’s Relationship with Gay Identity and Existentialism within his Selected Poems

            Forging identity and discovering a sense of community with which one belongs are inherently intertwined within the medium of poetry. To put it plainly, people like to find their niche and discuss themes important to them. The work of Thom Gunn is no exception. Throughout his Selected Poems, and specifically from his work in the sections pulled … Continue reading Pandemic Panic: Examining Thom Gunn’s Relationship with Gay Identity and Existentialism within his Selected Poems

Breaking Down “I taste a liquor never brewed”

I chose Emily Dickinson’s lyrical poem “I taste a liquor never brewed” to look at for this particular breakdown. I was unfamiliar with this particular poem before writing this. I found it very unusual for Dickinson. I believe poem is about living the fullest life possible, even when it is difficult. The best thing one can do is … Continue reading Breaking Down “I taste a liquor never brewed”

Blossoming Sexuality in Rosetti’s Goblin Market

Rosetti’s Goblin Market is a masterpiece of allegory that oozes budding sexuality and in turn showcases the change over from the innocence of childhood into the passage of adulthood. Lines 348-349 “Hugged her and kissed her, squeezed and caressed her” and line 403 “Tore her gown and soiled her stocking” have pretty explicit sexual imagery. … Continue reading Blossoming Sexuality in Rosetti’s Goblin Market

Gender Roles in Browning’s My Last Duchess

Browning’s My Last Duchess is a dark monologue that uses gender roles of the time to show how little women’s rights were of concern to even their husbands. The Duke explains that he became jealous of how his wife, the Duchess, was just as generous with her smile and blush to others as she was to the … Continue reading Gender Roles in Browning’s My Last Duchess

House of Usher and Edgar Allen Poe

Poe’s “The Fall of the House of Usher” is a cornerstone of Gothic literature. The work itself is a spectacularly bizarre and camp marriage of brooding and forbidden love. Most Gothic literature at its core is about love after all, even if it is surrounded by grotesque imagery. “The Fall of the House of Usher” is no different, … Continue reading House of Usher and Edgar Allen Poe

Thicker than Water: Kubla Khan & Ulysses

            It is important to explore the complex relationship between the Romantic and Victorian eras of British Literature. Many of the similarities and differences between the two periods are surprisingly razor thin. This is no better showcased than in the following poems that shall be examined. For the Romantic era, Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s Kubla Khan will be looked … Continue reading Thicker than Water: Kubla Khan & Ulysses

Jekyll & Hyde: an Introduction

Interconnected Motifs Religion: Religion and Christianity are an integral part of Stevenson’s Tale of Jekyll and Hyde. The novel opens with this quote from Mr. Utterson, “I incline to Cain’s heresy…I let my brother go to the devil in his own way.” This quote is very telling for the overall plot of the story, as … Continue reading Jekyll & Hyde: an Introduction

Postcolonial Writers

Postcolonial writers struggle to balance what has come before with what must come after. In the link titled About Postcolonial Studies it is stated that “In a literal sense, “postcolonial” is that which has been preceded by colonization.” When a group of individuals seek independence, they seek the opportunity to start anew, to craft and re-discover the … Continue reading Postcolonial Writers

Wordsworth & Lyrical Ballads: A Discussion

I have included the two direct quotes from the Preface to Lyrical Ballads that I will be using as the characteristics of Wordsworth’s point in crafting poetry. I have included them separate from my paragraph to help me craft a concise and well-developed paragraph that does not include giant chunks of direct quotation.  “The principal object, then, … Continue reading Wordsworth & Lyrical Ballads: A Discussion

Sex Humor in Wycherley’s The Country Wife

Lady Fidget: And I have been toiling and moiling for the prettiest piece of China, my Dear. Horner: Nay, she has been too hard for me, do what I could. Squeamish: Oh Lord I'll have some China too, good Mr. Horner. Don't think to give other people China and me none. Come in with me too. Horner: Upon my … Continue reading Sex Humor in Wycherley’s The Country Wife

Strange Perspective: A Jim Jarmusch Essay

Jim Jarmusch is oft quoted as an influence on many well-known modern-day filmmakers. He still remains one of the most influential filmmakers to the indie film scene of recent memory, and to that end Jim Jarmusch’s work fundamentally represents a reliance on mundanity, emotionally stunted themes, and the human space between dialogue. Why is a … Continue reading Strange Perspective: A Jim Jarmusch Essay

A Gothic Interpretation of Modern Popular Culture.

“Do you like scary movies?” That somewhat cliché and oversimplified inquiry is nigh guaranteed to draw a varied response out of everyone who partakes in some form of popular culture. Society is built on the shared connections and experiences that constitutes popular culture, which could be why so many people shy away from the horror … Continue reading A Gothic Interpretation of Modern Popular Culture.

Comparing Spike Lee and Jim Jarmusch

As products of the French New Wave Style, Spike Lee and Jim Jarmusch represent two sides of the same coin. Each director expresses their specific vision for their work through   similar artistic lenses, however when examining specific details in the works of each that we have discussed up through this point of the course, a clear … Continue reading Comparing Spike Lee and Jim Jarmusch

The New View: A Jim Jarmusch & Spike Lee Essay

1. How do Jim Jarmusch or Spike Lee borrow and/or transcend Hollywood genres to explore their unique vision? To respond to this question, choose one or two of their films as examples and be sure to (1) define what “genre” is and discuss (2) how genre is used in Hollywood versus (3) how it is … Continue reading The New View: A Jim Jarmusch & Spike Lee Essay

Sleight of Hand: A Character Analysis of the 2006 Film The Prestige

This film begins and ends with a character explaining the three intricate steps of a magic trick, allowing the journey that occurs between those points to give that specific monologue a different connotation. Much like the feats of magic portrayed in The Prestige, one must pay close attention to the thoughts and actions of the characters within … Continue reading Sleight of Hand: A Character Analysis of the 2006 Film The Prestige

Thoughts on Spike’s Malcom X

Spike Lee’s Malcolm X utilizes a vast array of filmmaking masterclass elements in one of his strongest outings as an auteur. When crafting this biographical film, which has strong personal resonance for the black community and Lee, the choices of filmmaking hallmarks that Lee is known for are front and center. His use of editing, and the … Continue reading Thoughts on Spike’s Malcom X

Peeking through Jarmusch’s Down By Law

From the very beginning of Down By Law, it is apparent that music is extremely important to Jarmusch and who he is as a filmmaker. To even the novice ear, something unique and very different from mainstream film soundtracks permeates this film. When studying Jarmusch’s films, it is of the utmost importance to keep Jarmusch’s … Continue reading Peeking through Jarmusch’s Down By Law

A product of the time?

Harriet Beecher Stowe’s seminal anti-slavery classic, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, is a masterwork in the horrors that faced those that bore the brunt of that particular disgusting institution. It first allowed a generation of people who were ignorant or insensitive a brief glimpse into the trials and tribulations that faced a population ignored by many. Further, the continued … Continue reading A product of the time?

David Lynch’s Blue Velvet thoughts

I’ve never really put much stock into the term “Lynchian.” I often see the word, and it seems overused. It’s thrown around a lot, and I believe undeservedly so. While viewing Blue Velvet, I began to believe I have a better overall understanding of the word, as well as the film and its hallmarks, as well as … Continue reading David Lynch’s Blue Velvet thoughts

A Blade Runner by any other name.

Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner is a personal favorite of mine. From the themes, to the score, to the production design and performances, everything is firing on all cylinders. I truly believe this film is a generational defining film, and Scott’s best film, regardless of the cut. Because I own the Four-Disc Collector’s Edition, I’ve seen all the … Continue reading A Blade Runner by any other name.

Thoughts on Kasdan’s Body Heat

I should preface my entire response to Body Heat by stating that I am a massive fan of Kasdan’s blockbuster work, with even the forgettable but serviceable Solo. His film outings with Lucas and Spielberg are influential on a tremendous scale to so many people. I was extremely excited to see his name pop up in this course. … Continue reading Thoughts on Kasdan’s Body Heat

Polanski’s Chinatown

Polanski’s Chinatown was quite the enjoyable watch, overall the picture represents exactly what a noir film should in my mind. Once again, many noir characteristics are rightfully on display, a dutiful detective brought to life wonderfully by Jack Nicholson in a performance that is somewhat subdued as compared to his usual type, his usual manic energy and … Continue reading Polanski’s Chinatown

Marvel and DC’s noir roots

I would take this position that nothing except specific characters distinguish Marvel and DC from sharing noir threads. I think certain characters just have noir elements engrained within their respective story fibers. Batman is obviously a noir driven character, even from the onset in Detective Comic 27 in 1939, he was always more akin to … Continue reading Marvel and DC’s noir roots

L.A. Confidential thoughts

Curtis Hanson’s L.A. Confidential was an interesting film to say the least. It is well cast by today’s standards and shot in a way that helps convey tone and emotion well. It does continue many noir tropes including, L.A. as a character, the detective characters, sexualized females, murder or mystery, lurid subject matter, and overall storytelling structure.    … Continue reading L.A. Confidential thoughts

Thoughts on Penn’s Night Moves

Penn’s Night Moves is another well rounded entry in the repertoire of neo-noir films. Again, I noticed how easy it was to slip into this film and not dwell on it being nearly forty years old. So far, these films have all been fun and enjoyable, and I appreciate the modern sensibilities and storytelling structures/altering styles.  Gene … Continue reading Thoughts on Penn’s Night Moves

An Introduction to Neo-Noir Film

Definitions: Neo-Noir- Neo-noir films relate to a re-exploration of noir themes and stories in a post 1960’s world. The term “neo-noir” is complex to say the least however, by ascertaining several key themes, motifs, and genre-defining aspects, it is then possible to begin to define the term itself with a greater sense of accuracy.  Like the “noir” … Continue reading An Introduction to Neo-Noir Film

Watching Frear’s The Grifters

Frears’ The Grifters was an immensely enjoyable ride that really forges its own dramatic path and both subverts and steers directly into the genre. This might be my favorite film we’ve studied so far. I appreciate and really enjoy the romanticized notion of the grifter, pickpocket, and those trying to pull one over on others, by utilizing … Continue reading Watching Frear’s The Grifters

Racial Identity in Franklin’s One False Move

Race and racial undertones have thus far been a topic that has, thus far, really been untouched on a grand scale in the plethora of noir films we have studied. Polanski’s Chinatown touched on the exoticism that was ripe and preyed upon by the white majority in the first half of the 20th century, while Kasdan’s Body Heat gave a … Continue reading Racial Identity in Franklin’s One False Move

Cooper’s Phallic Prose “After the Bomb Tests”

Jane Cooper’s “After the Bomb Tests” represents a varied well-spring of strong imagery, argumentation, and morality relating to mankind’s meddling with forces well beyond the natural world. This force, which is obvious from the onset as nuclear weaponry, is lampooned and tackled by Cooper in a variety of ways. Cooper mocks the usage of nuclear … Continue reading Cooper’s Phallic Prose “After the Bomb Tests”

Dracula Retold: A Legend Never Dies

Dracula is a tale still taught, revered, and, most of all, adapted. It represents themes, characters, and storytelling that captivates both the audiences of old, and even still today. Something about this gothic tale resonates on a primal level to many different people and cultures. Why is that? This essay argues that Stoker’s Dracula remains frequently adapted thanks … Continue reading Dracula Retold: A Legend Never Dies

Rian Johnson & Quentin Tarantino’s Noir Background

It is inevitable. Everyone is a product of what has come before. Communal and societal shared experiences bind cliques of youngsters and, in many cases, foster a growing community of like-minded individuals who hold reverence for specific films, television programs, toys, and the like from a fondly remembered bygone era. That notion forms the basis … Continue reading Rian Johnson & Quentin Tarantino’s Noir Background

History, Realism, & Game of Thrones

What makes the medieval period of Europe such a fascinating subject? Perhaps it could be the age old legend of the chivalrous knight, maybe it is just the thought of a time so different from our own. For whatever reason, it is a staple of the pop culture zeitgeist. The most extravagant example of our … Continue reading History, Realism, & Game of Thrones