Author Archives: Graham Piro

Jane Eyre Exhibit: Charlotte’s Marriage License

This is a photo of Charlotte’s marriage license with Arthur Bell Nicholls that was on display at the exhibit. It was issued on June 16, 1854,  just a year before Charlotte’s death. Charlotte died in 1855 in the early stages of … Continue reading

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What’s In A Name?

Names play a central role in the events of the first section of “Tess of the D’Ubervilles.” The first scene we are presented with is Jack being called “Sir John” by a parson, which serves as a catalyst for the … Continue reading

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Free Trade and Societal Criticism in “North and South”

The Communist Manifesto criticizes free trade heavily, writing that it is “veiled by religious and political illusions, it has substituted shameless, direct, brutal exploitation.” (Marx) Indeed, the specter of the concept of free trade looms over the entirety of “North … Continue reading

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Strikes: A Thorn in Thornton’s Side

The characterization of Thornton is best revealed through how he reacts to the news of the strike. The strike looms large over this section of the novel. The various characters react differently, but Thornton’s reaction is certainly the strongest. As … Continue reading

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Bertha’s Humanity (Or Lack Thereof)

The description of Rochester’s wife, Bertha Mason, is easily my favorite part of the novel so far. Bronte describes her in visceral, animalistic terms: the first part of the sentence states “What it was, whether beast or human being, one … Continue reading

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“‘I wish it need not have happened in my time,’” said Frodo. ‘So do I,’ said Gandalf, ‘and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide … Continue reading

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