While audiences and scholars may be tempted to view the women of "Richard III" as secondary characters taking passive roles, a challenging point of view is that they are in fact outspoken and active in doing as much as they can within their given circumstances.
How can we imagine the notion of justice both in the historical context of Euripides's "Medea" and in modern society?
There was a time when our relationship with our world felt more harmonious. Our parents flourished in those days.
How do humans confront their own suffering? Nietzsche's "On Truth and Lie in A Nonmoral Sense" and Dostoevsky’s "Notes from Underground" provide two models.
A villain, or at the very least an antagonist, is integral to most narratives. In Othello, Iago drives the struggle toward catharsis.
In "Jane Eyre" and "Middlemarch," secrets are kept from the female protagonists in order to diminish them into the Victorian ideal of femininity.
“In Memory of W.B. Yeats,” W.H. Auden constructs a multifaceted modern elegy, switching between different poetic forms to examine his subject from different angles.
The term and label of “human” is used to discern what receives moral consideration and what can be seen as simply a resource.