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Shakespeare’s Othello: an ‘outlet for feminist anger’

Shakespeare’s Othello: an ‘outlet for feminist anger’

Feminist critics of Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Othello the Moor of Venice commonly argue that the play’s central theme is conflict of love between the men and women, and that women are presented as weak and incapable like the “maiden never bold,” Desdemona (Shakespeare, 1604 1.3:94). Although the female characters are not weak when analyzed critically, Othello has spurred some conflict with femi...

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Scotland Trip: Edinburgh and the Highlands

Scotland Trip: Edinburgh and the Highlands

I knew when I came to Europe that I wanted to visit all the most perfect sounding tourist destinations that I possibly could while I was here. From America, travel to other countries is so much more expensive than here in the UK. The idea of getting to Paris in only a couple hours still blows my mind! That being said, Scotland was not the first place on my list. Yes, I was sure that it was beautif...

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Re-maturity: The Second Bildungsroman of Edna Pontellier

Re-maturity: The Second Bildungsroman of Edna Pontellier

The character Edna in Kate Chopin’s The Awakening has been interpreted primarily as a character who succumbs to the pressure of her responsibilities due to her lack of maturity, or as a woman who develops to a point of understanding where she can no longer happily live in her world.  These competing readers leave Edna as a victim of the world around her.  However, I believe The Awakening...

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UK vs US: things you might not know are different

UK vs US: things you might not know are different

When I came to the UK, I had done some research into things that were different from home in the US. However, most of these were very basic like the money exchange rate, the outlet differences, etc. This list gives more detailed (and possibly less useful) differences between the United States and the United Kingdom. Note that I am based on London,UK, so most of the differences will be based on how...

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