The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth; Then took the other, as just as fair, And having perhaps the better claim, Because it was grassy... Continue Reading →

The Mad Woman in the Attic: Allegories of Empire

The incident of “the mad women in the attic” is about Jane Eyre discovering Mr. Rochester’s mad wife, Bertha, in a hidden room on the day of their wedding. This scene features Jane’s encounter with Bertha which embodies the slavery of marriage, gender and class and the oppression of colonialism. In Jane Eyre by Charlotte... Continue Reading →

Sick of Swimming and Ready to Stand: Voice and Access in the Patriarchal System of “The Little Mermaid”

Disney’s The Little Mermaid(1989) introduces Ariel, a young woman with an anthem of independence. The film is derived from the classic fairy tale Den lille havfrue written by Hans Christian Anderson in 1837. Although The Little Mermaid has been criticised as being a “feminist nightmare”, Ariel continues to fascinate her audience. Disney uses fairy tales... Continue Reading →

The Two Sides of Honour in Shakespeare’s “Much Ado about Nothing”

In the patriarchal society of Much Ado about Nothing honour forms an integral part of the lives of men and women. The establishment and defence of honour is however gendered. The different standards and codes of honour for men and women will be analysed by looking at chastity, duelling, courage and the way society forms... Continue Reading →

Annie Hall: Changing the Framework of Hollywood Love

The film Annie Hall released in 1977 by Woody Allen complicated the initial structure and expectations of the romantic comedy genre by defying the norm of the genre and glamourized love. Annie Hall subverts genre expectations by abandoning the perceived fundamental rules and qualities of the romantic comedy of happy endings and uncontrollable laughter. Woody... Continue Reading →

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