Author Archives: Emma Piliponis

Alec D’Urberville and strawberries

Throughout the interactions between Tess and Alec D’Urberville, Tess’s lack of consent and Alec’s disregard for her desires are strongly emphasized, placing all of the fault on Alec. This pattern starts off at their first introduction with Alec insisting on placing … Continue reading

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The Brief Return to Helstone

Similar to the return of Jane Eyre to Gateshead, Gaskell uses the device of a return to home in North and South when Mr. Bell offers the newly orphaned Margaret the chance to see her old home of Helstone. Margaret at first … Continue reading

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Bessy Higgins and Mr. Thornton as the hands vs. the owners

In moving to Milton, Margaret has spent considerable amounts of time with two main residents- Bessy, the ailing daughter of a worker at one of the mills, and Mr. Thornton, an owner of an important mill that employs a significant … Continue reading

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Jane’s comparisons with Grace Poole and Bertha Mason

Much of Jane’s descriptions of other characters act to reveal her own insecurities and beliefs. On page 182, Jane finds herself wondering why Mr. Rochester would keep a woman who seemed to blame for the burning bed incident employed in … Continue reading

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“The world isn’t just the way it is. It is how we understand it, no? And in understanding something, we bring something to it, no? Doesn’t that make life a story?” – Yann Martel, Life of Pi

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