Author Archives: Robert Frants

Charlotte and Jane: A Hypothetical Diversion from Reality

Charlotte Brontë’s letters to her good friend, Ellen Nussey, are revealing of some of the life events that directly influenced the construction of Jane Eyre. Comically similar to the advertisement posted by Jane in Jane Eyre seeking employment, the advertisement … Continue reading

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Probably being overly optimistic here

On her way to a new farm in search of work, Tess is spotted and confronted by the man from Trantridge who Angel had punched in the face. Tess “suddenly” flees into a “plantation” where, desperate for shelter she “scrape[s] … Continue reading

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Why Everyone had to die and why mo’ Money Means Less Problems for Margaret

Edith perfectly expressed the patriarchal societal pressures acting against Margaret when she pleads Margaret not to be “strong-minded.” (417) Margaret ultimately defies these pressures and breaks the mold of what women are supposed to do. Although Margaret’s defiant and independent character is … Continue reading

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Relevant Questions for Contemporary Corporate America

North and South is one of the most relevant pieces of literature with regards to the Labor Movement today and I am frankly surprised that my first exposure to it was in this class. Many contemporary questions of morality in … Continue reading

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The Roast of Mr. Rivers

St. John resembles the stoic, reserved Beowulf-esque hero of old, exhibiting unparalleled restraint and an impassioned desire to carry out an epic mission of God. However, he is ill placed in the novel, Jane Eyre, because the novel portrays complex … Continue reading

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The Brothers Karamazov, Dostoevsky

“The more stupid one is, the closer one is to reality.”

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