Author Archives: Rachel Coleman

Charlotte Bronte Exhibit – Childhood Works

Above is a picture of one of Charlotte Bronte’s early works that she created with her siblings when they were young. There were a couple of these early works, which are so much smaller than you would guess – about … Continue reading

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Who’s to Blame? Fate and Guilt in Tess of the D’Urbervilles

“This incident had turned the scale for her. They were simple and innocent girls on whom the unhappiness of unrequited love had fallen; they had deserved better at the hands of Fate. She had deserved worse – yet she was … Continue reading

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Understanding: A Revolutionary Idea?

It is not hard to notice the looming class struggle in North and South, a novel that includes a violent strike that sees the bloody injury of its young protagonist and the eventual suicide of an agitator. In the earlier, explosive chapters of … Continue reading

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Industry, Class, and Prejudice in Gaskell’s North and South

The opening chapters of Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South begin to present the thorny issue of class prejudice – in North and South, however, there is not a simple distinction between the upper and lower classes, as the issue of new industrial wealth … Continue reading

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Jane Eyre, Jamaica, and the Language of Rebellion

Why was Bertha Mason “a fine woman, in the style of Blanche Ingram” in Jamaica and why did “all the men in her circle. . . admire her and envy [Rochester],” her suitor (Brontë 352)? How did her family have enough money (thirty … Continue reading

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Albert Camus, The Stranger

“And I can say that at the end of the eleven months that this investigation lasted, I was almost surprised that I had ever enjoyed anything other than those rare moments when the judge would lead me to the door … Continue reading

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