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Pseudo-Psychics and Knitting Yarns: On Fate in Joseph Conrad’s “Heart of Darkness”

Despite narrating a personal experience, Charles Marlow fails to “throw a kind of light” on the inciting incident of his story. Rather, he resolves “not to disclose” the specifics of the “ominous something” which pervaded the “atmosphere” of the “waiting room”, despite now knowing exactly that which would later manifest from it. Such foreboding allusions…… Continue reading Pseudo-Psychics and Knitting Yarns: On Fate in Joseph Conrad’s “Heart of Darkness”

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Familial Flaws in Tennessee Williams’s “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof”

Amidst the “mendacity” and fragility of his life, Brick, deuteragonist of Tennessee Williams’s Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, faces immurement by the figurative hands of his marriage. This is not out of a lack of love for Margaret, however, but for a discontent with the way in which she treats him. For Margaret sees…… Continue reading Familial Flaws in Tennessee Williams’s “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof”

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Penalty Irate: A Study on Persuasive Language Techniques as used by Australian Journalists

Penalty rates, first implemented in Australia in 1947, have long comprised monetary compensation for business workers undertaking shifts on Saturdays and Sundays. Only recently, however, prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has proposed a legislation that would cut these weekend-specific wages – as a result, Australian journalists have scrambled to their keyboards in the race to assault…… Continue reading Penalty Irate: A Study on Persuasive Language Techniques as used by Australian Journalists

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Post-Colonial Colloquialisms: On Annie Proulx’s “The Half-Skinned Steer”

It is the uneducated utterance of “them Indan drawrings” that first suggests a cultural divide within the otherwise idyllic “stony landscape” and “stiff-branched mountain mahogany” of Annie Proulx’s Wyoming ranges. That the “old man” – Mero’s father – cannot be less concerned with learning the correct pronunciation of the word ‘Indian’ implies a possible apathy,…… Continue reading Post-Colonial Colloquialisms: On Annie Proulx’s “The Half-Skinned Steer”

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A Brief Summary of the Creature’s Motivations in Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein”

The ostensible antagonist of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein – the Creature whose life Victor initiates – is compelled into committing violent acts under the false belief that doing so will allow him to assimilate into humankind. Rejected as he was by Victor from the moment of his ‘birth’, the Creature seeks, with humility, a society which…… Continue reading A Brief Summary of the Creature’s Motivations in Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein”