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Surprise Stoning: Attacking Gender Norms in “The Lottery”

November 17, 2020

Transcript: Shirley Jackson’s short story “The Lottery” explores gender norms and the conforming values of tradition through the suspenseful nature of a dystopian society. The story was published in 1940s America, when the United States was recovering from the events … Read more

The Normalization of Violence in “The Lottery”

November 17, 2020

  Within “The Lottery,” there are many different twists and turns that the story takes to lead its readers down a disturbing path. With a title like “The Lottery,” one might think that the characters within this short story are … Read more

Where Are You Going? Where Have You Been?

November 17, 2020

Nov. 17, 2020 Caroline Cochrane “Where Are You Going? Where Have You Been?” by Joyce Carol Oates was first published in 1966 in the Epoch Magazine. In this story, A young girl named Connie strives to be nothing like her … Read more

The Eve of Modern Men and Women

November 17, 2020

The main character of “Eve’s Diary” by Mark Twain, written in 1905, is about the first woman ever brought into existence. When she arrives, she knows she is there to fulfill a specific purpose, and she begins to explore the … Read more

The Great Storm Before the Great Depression

November 17, 2020

The Great Storm Before the Great Depression Selfishness, greed, and narcissism. These are the adjectives describing a late 1920s story about a nameless man living in the Florida Keys, who, after a huge storm at sea, takes his small boat … Read more

The Dangers of Blindly Following Traditions

November 17, 2020

    Traditions are important and very current in our society today. They create a predictable, dynamic flow that people can follow while embracing all of the cultures that came before them. Traditions have been important to the flow of … Read more

Living to Die: “The Wall” by Jean-Paul Sartre

November 17, 2020

Early twentieth century Europe was defined by suppression, dictatorial power, and ultra-nationalism; otherwise known as fascism. Benito Mussolini was the first leader under this ideology, paving the way for future dictators such as Adolf Hitler. Their systemic murder of millions … Read more

Escaping Unjust Gender Stereotypes in “The Yellow Wallpaper”

November 16, 2020

    Escaping Unjust Gender Stereotypes in “The Yellow Wallpaper” Charlotte Perkins Gilman once stated, “In a sick society, women who have difficulty fitting in are not ill, but demonstrating a healthy and positive response.” “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte … Read more