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Act 5 as a Meditation on Intelligence

Soyinka’s Death and the King’s Horseman is, in essence, a contemplation of the nature of intelligence and maturity, and its lack of connection to the idea of a classical education. Soyinka uses characters from Europe and Africa to draw a … Continue reading

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The Plight of Amusa

Amusa serves as Soyinka’s opportunity to display the damage and confusion caused in Africa by European Imperialism and the merging of religions. Amusa is an African who has converted from paganism to Christianity; thereby cutting ties with the members of … Continue reading

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The Cause of Abuse

Matt Pura Blog Post Waiting for the Barbarians, pages 56-107   In class last Wednesday, Professor Gruner proposed the following question: “Are the barbarians in this story treated like animals because they act like animals, or do they act like … Continue reading

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Browning’s focus on the culture of Defeatism

In his two poems “Fra Lippo Lippi” and “Andrea Del Sarto,” Browning meditates on the nature of defeat. Each poem contains an intelligent and talented speaker, who finds himself oppressed by either his external circumstances or his intrinsic shortcomings. The … Continue reading

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The Duality of Violence and Sexuality

Browning’s “My Last Duchess” and “Porphyria’s Lover” are both monologues that seek to explore the complex relationship between violence and sexuality. The Victorian Era was dominated by mantra of sexual oppression, and Browning, in an attempt to analyze sexuality in … Continue reading

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Response to Jane Eyre Vol. II

Matt Pura Response to Jane Eyre vol. II   Pages 224 – 225, Involving the encounter between Blanche Ingram and the gypsy fortune teller.   “ Would she laugh? Would she take it as a joke? All eyes met her … Continue reading

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