I feel I should apologize for going so long without a new addition to my website. One of the many reasons (aside from overtime on the job) is that I was occupied with doing a lot of homework for night school. One of the classes was Literature, and of course we had to write numerous papers. I got a bit burned-out regarding writing anything new, which feeling is only starting to pass in this spring of 2004.
However, the better to acquaint you with some of my other interests (because it WAS an interesting class, all in all) , to fill up some of the web space for which I'm paying good money, and possibly, to inspire anyone else who might be studying the same works, I present some of my various essays on several plays, poems, and prose.
Be forewarned, however, if you decide to plagiarize any of this: Not that I can prosecute you, and not that these papers didn't pass muster (in fact it was straight A's all the way, baby!) but that was, I suspect, more due to the entertainment value of some of my viewpoints to my instructor. Most of these papers are NOT written in the strict format even my lenient professor would have wished for. (And for learning which methods, I HAD paid good money for a special book about preparing college papers!)
I've left out some of the bibliographies and sources for some of the questions, though all the works were featured in LITERATURE (Eighth Edition), edited by X. J. Kennedy and Dana Gioia, published 2002 by Longman (New York, San Francisco, Boston, London, Toronto, etc.etc.etc.) Most of my other sources were other internet sites, which one can easily Google or Yahoo or whip their trusty MSN Butterfly to locate. However, you can also access the publisher's site, Longman.com
And now, the essays:
The mystery of the poem "Luke Havergal" by Edward Arlington Robinson, quite a troubled fellow himself.
An illustration of the mental gymnastics necessary to defend Iago from Shakespeare's "Othello"
The hot-handed handkerchief conspiracy--- DID Desdemona drop the goods on purpose, or what?
Was Browning's Duke of Ferrara shrewd or just crude, confessing to offing "His Last Duchess"?
John Updike's fictionalized adventure as a hot-blooded "A&P" cashier
My lengthy dissection of the marriages in Bobbie Ann Mason's "Shiloh" and John Steinbeck's "The Chrysanthemums". The instructor was SORELY tempted to give me a bad grade because it was over twice as long as he'd requested.
"Wild" Walt Whitman and Emily "Demure" Dickinson--- the way they felt about trains, these two should have gotten together !
Why did we have to analyze Faulkner's "Barn Burning" when "A Rose For Miss Emily" was more fun and interesting ? A tribute to the sociopathic father figure.
Building up the drama in one of Frost's most tragic poems, "Out, Out---"
The miserable lives of the Samsa family in Kafka's "Metamorphosis". Poor Gregor!!! Exoskeletons DON'T have more fun.
What Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery" and a mummy from the Andes have in common
More and more, it appears Freud just didn't read "Oedipus Rex" right. IMHO, he didn't get a whole lot right, period
Another writer--- Hemingway,and his over-analyzed a 4 page story, "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place". As Seinfield would probably say, "Nada, nada, nada."
Deconstructing another essayist's spirited defense of I. B. Singer's "Gimpel the Fool"
The melancholy Dane and how he learned to be a typical Tudor-era prince, alas. Freud might have been interested in this.
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