Category Archives: Essays

Singers Song for Sentience

A hundred years ago, it was racial equality that needed to be recognised, and we, as a society are getting better all the time. So, when we, as human beings, are all equal, and another century comes to pass, who will be next in line for equality? At first consideration, almost all changes can seem crazy. Many however, are warranted. Continue reading

Staring Death in the Face: An Analysis of Epicurus’s “Letter to the Menoeceus”

And Epicurus said:

“You should accustom yourself to believing that death means nothing to us, since every good and every evil lies in sensation; but death is the privation of sensation. Hence a correct comprehension of the fact that death means nothing to us makes the mortal aspect of life pleasurable, not be conferring on us a boundless period of time but by removing the yearning for deathlessness. Continue reading

Umberto Eco: Intertextuality in the Name of the Rose

At first consideration, Umberto Eco’s novel The Name of the Rose is a book that that speaks of other books. This much is obvious, even to a closed reader who chooses not to broaden their knowledge through exploration of the texts described and referred to. Upon closer analysis however, it becomes clear, that The Name of the Rose is also a study in irony. Continue reading

Women in Arthurian Literature; Examination of Alfred Tennyson and Zimmer Bradley

The position of women in society has often been a point of focus for Arthurian writers. Marion Zimmer Bradley and Alfred Tennyson are two such authors who have utilised the Arthurian legend to depict the position of women, as they existed in their respective socioeconomic climates. Continue reading

Critical Comparison in Religion: O’Casey and Synge

The theme of religion in Sean O’Casey’s Juno and the Paycock and John Synge’s Riders to the Sea is represented very differently despite the similar storylines that the plays follow. Continue reading