Literature · Novels and Novellas

Geek Love by Katherine Dunn | Book Review

Geek Love is a novel about a carnival family named the Binewskis. Wanting to make their own human oddities parents, Al and Crystal, use poisons and radioactive material to hopefully produce children with abnormalities. The results are Arturo (Arty) a boy with flipper-like limbs, a pair of Siamese twins named Iphy and Elly, the bald… Continue reading Geek Love by Katherine Dunn | Book Review

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Literature · Novels and Novellas

Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt | Review and Analysis

Tuck Everlasting is the story of a girl named Winnie Foster who finds out about a magic spring that grants immortality when she meets the Tuck family, who have drank from it. She must help them keep the magic of the spring secret. Tuck Everlasting is an old favorite of mine that I felt like… Continue reading Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt | Review and Analysis

Literature · Short Stories

Where are you going, Where have you been by Joyce Carol Oates | Short Story Analysis

Connie is your typical attractive teenage girl – she likes going out with friends and flirting with boys. She’s annoyed with her family, especially her mother who’s constantly criticizing her. Her flirting is mostly innocent fun until she’s confronted by a strange older man named Arnold Friend at her home. Some may view this story… Continue reading Where are you going, Where have you been by Joyce Carol Oates | Short Story Analysis

Literature · Poetry

A Work of Artifice by Marge Piercy | Poetry Analysis

The meaning of Piercy’s poem is simple. It uses metaphor to show how the female gender role can confine women and stop them from reaching their full potential. “The bonsai tree / in the attractive pot / could have grown eighty feet tall” A bonsai tree can grow to be quite large. But when it’s in the… Continue reading A Work of Artifice by Marge Piercy | Poetry Analysis

Literature · Poetry

Eve’s Apology in Defense of Women by Aemilia Lanyer | Poetry Analysis

Eve’s Apology in Defense of Women is a poem by Aemilia Lanyer (1569-1645) that comes from her work Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum and when I first read it I was fascinated – the poem basically makes an argument that blaming all women for Eve’s sin is silly, and that if she is to be blamed… Continue reading Eve’s Apology in Defense of Women by Aemilia Lanyer | Poetry Analysis

Literature · Poetry

“The fight aloud is very brave…” (138) by Emily Dickinson | Poetry Analysis

This poem is about inner struggle. It’s compared to the struggle of a soldier fighting for one’s country – this is admirable but a person overcoming conflict within themselves can be just as great. “To charge within the bosom” this line indicates an internal battle – one that the individual must fight by themselves. There… Continue reading “The fight aloud is very brave…” (138) by Emily Dickinson | Poetry Analysis

Literature · Poetry

The Rights of Women by Anna Barbauld (Poetry Analysis)

Now, upon first glance Barbauld's poem might seem like she's empowering women and cheering them on. Well, she's not. Anna Laetitia Barbauld (1743-1825) didn't support women's rights activism and this poem is a response to Mary Wollstonecraft's Vindication of the Rights of Woman. Most can probably sense the sarcastic tone by the end of the… Continue reading The Rights of Women by Anna Barbauld (Poetry Analysis)

Literature · Short Stories

The Ransom of Red Chief by O. Henry (Short Story Analysis)

  It's a long thought about dilemma – what if a kidnapped child was so bratty and obnoxious that his/her abductors returned them. Well, O. Henry's short story brings this scenario into play. In the story, the kidnappers are two desperate men named Sam and Bill. Sam is the narrator of the story. They are… Continue reading The Ransom of Red Chief by O. Henry (Short Story Analysis)