“The Problem”

.::. April 2011 .::. American Lit. II .::. Abigail Morris .::.

The “Problem”

            In the 1920s the fight for women’s rights made the journey from England to America. The women of both nations had begun raising their voices in determined, resentful, and angry tones. They had suffered more than enough through their place near the bottom of “civilized” society.  A male child held a higher value than his oppressed mother because he could at least become something in life. Women had to fight tradition, narrow-mindedness, and even religion to gain the vote, a right to higher education, any sense of gender equality, and enough freedom to finally discover who they were rather than being stuck with what they were—mother, wife, daughter. The onset of World War II eased the pain of daily life for many women who found themselves having to pick up the pieces of a nation suddenly emptied of its male workforce. The women were finally able to pursue non-domestic occupations without fear or regret. However, once the war had ended and the remaining men returned stateside the women were forced back into the homes they had only just escaped from. Continue reading

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Screaming in Ink

.::. 1-27-11 .::. Women’s Literature Eng. 241 .::. Abigail Morris .::.

Screaming In Ink: The Evolution of Literature by Women

            Virginia Woolf wrote “A Room of One’s Own” in England 1929, and bell hooks wrote “Talking Back” sixty years later (1989) in America; though separated by generations and the Atlantic, both women shared not only the need to write in general, but also the opportunity to share their insights on the plight of their sex as workers, writers, and individuals with a world of other women brimming with potential and sympathetic men eager for change. Each woman, in her own way, offers her audience the tragic tale of beings, noble and brilliant as any male members of their species, suffering the indignities of coerced silence and the imposition of the “right speech of womanhood” (hooks 73). The women of both periods had been bred to be obedient and keep out of men’s affairs—including, but not limited to, writing Continue reading

From Mercedonius to Keats

I find it beyond fascinating that one thing can so easily lead to another even if those things have precious little in common. I have chosen to share the journey which reminded me of this with you in hopes that you too may find it equally interesting.

This entry (Mercedonius) was listed on the main page of Dictionary.com; from there I followed the highlighted links to the dear Mr. John Keats.

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Meet “Mercedonius,” the annoying month that used to exist (sometimes) Continue reading

As Though Burke Saw It Coming

.::. 2-3-2011 .::. written for British Literature II .::. Abigail Morris .::.

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          Richard Price offered praise for the “glorious” revolution of the French. While there are chunks missing from the selection, I feel that it was his misunderstanding and misrepresentation of the civil strife that France was suffering that brought about the angry retaliation of Edmund Burke. It was less than a month after the monarchy had been overthrown when Price wrote his address, but when Burke began working on his response, more than two months of the French drama had been played out and Burke had a deeper understanding of the facts of the revolution. There was no glory of which to speak. Burke had received a full account of the storming of Versailles by the mob of fishmonger wives bent on the utter destruction of Continue reading

Spell Bound

.::. 2-22-2011 .::. written for British Lit. II .::. Abigail Morris .::.

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          We, as individuals, are like to fall upon different interpretations, emotional responses, and strengths of imagination when reading and offering a response to any book, poem, story, article, essay, etc. This being so, I can only speak for myself in the matter of what effect Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” has on a person reading its full measure for the first time. My experience seems similar to that mentioned in the introduction of the young Mary Shelly in that I find myself happily haunted with the memory of it. The poem is put together in what Continue reading

Seven Souls-Five Breathing Still

.::. 1-11-2011 .::. written for British Literature II .::. Abigail Morris .::.

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            “We Are Seven” (p.249), by William Wordsworth, is a poem which seems to tell of an episode experienced by the narrator when he engages in a short conversation asking after the family of an eight-year-old girl he has happened upon near a church. It is a short exploration of the innocence and almost blissful ignorance which accompanies the early years of childhood. Continue reading

The Old Fox and Goods

.::. 12-15-2010 .::. written as pt. 3 of my British Lit. final .::. Abigail Morris .::.

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            Two other exciting and hilarious tales which deal with the ideas of greed and trickery are Everyman and Volpone. Both are presented as plays with Everyman having apparently been written anonymously in the fifteenth century and Volpone by Ben Jonson in the early seventeenth century. The characters in Everyman are representations of the aspects common to everyman’s life—God, Death, Fellowship, Cousin, Beauty, Knowledge, Strength, Goods, Good Deeds, etc. In Everyman, after Death has been sent to retrieve Everyman, Everyman is granted an opportunity to Continue reading