Author Archives: Meghan McDonnell

Parental Shortcomings

Tess’s opinion of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Durbeyfield, is not very positive. She repeatedly points out their faults and even compares the intelligence of her mother and father to that of “a happy child” (p. 37). It is true … Continue reading

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Simplicity of the South

There is an obvious parallel between the class conditions described by Marx in The Communist Manifesto and those that are present among the characters in North and South. The North as depicted by Gaskell is a perfect representation of a … Continue reading

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The Importance of a Handshake

There are a lot of misunderstandings that take place between Margaret Hale and the Mr. Thornton. Most of this is due to the pride of both parties, but the lack of friendship is instigated by Margaret’s unknowing coldness on the … Continue reading

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Equality of Mind in Jane Eyre

In Chapter XXVII, the roles of Rochester as master and Jane as a subservient figure are flipped. Rochester is very distressed by having his dreaded secret revealed and is desperate for Jane to understand his motivations of deceiving her. Meanwhile, despite … Continue reading

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“The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.” – Atticus Finch, To Kill a Mockingbird 

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