Austen Vs. Edgeworth

Jane Austen and Maria Edgeworth, two of the most beloved and influential novelists of their time, exist in the same writing genre, one that deals with classism, wealth, and marriage. Although the two writers grapple with similar ideals, they differ in their approach. One such difference is Edgeworth’s distinct interaction with concepts such as racism…

Independence in Belinda

“‘Why my dear,’ said her ladyship, after having listened to all Miss Portman could say about her love of independence, and the necessity of economy to preserve that independence…” –Belinda The idea of independence in Belinda exists in stark contrast to the common beliefs surrounding marriage at the time in which the novel was published. In fact,…

The Idea of Autonomy in Jane Austen’s Novels

The idea of autonomy over one’s actions exists in a peculiar spot within the minds of the characters in Jane Austen’s novels. It exists in a position where characters believe to lack the control over their actions, most properly exemplified by “what could we have done but what we did?” (Love and Friendship 86), a…

An Exchange of Information: Pride and Prejudice

Dialogue in Jane Austen’s novels typically delivers a sense of entitlement by focusing on the materialistic aspects of society. This exchange of information often times inform characters, and the reader, about money, dramatic feelings, and most importantly relationship status/love. This idea is largely present in one of Austen’s most famous novels, Pride and Prejudice, a novel that…

The Top Hat: A Staple of Victorian Era England

When I think of the top hat, I tend to think of Abraham Lincoln or the ringmaster of a circus. As depicted in today’s pop culture, the top hat is typically a part of a costume or getup, something not to be taken seriously. However, quite the contrary to today’s ironic connotation of the top…

Physical Signs in Sense and Sensibility

First impressions are often misleading. In fact, passing judgment on people the first time you meet them is toxic. I’m guilty of it. I’m sure you’re guilty of it. And the characters in Jane Austen’s novels are CERTAINLY guilty of it. Identifying physical signs and analyzing them is one of the ways that society reaches…

What I Learned in NYC

Guess who’s back and better than ever?! ME! Wow! It’s been a long while since I’ve posted and I’m so sorry about that. I know all of you have been DYING to hear about my not so exciting life;) A few weeks ago, I wrapped up my time in New York City after a 3.5-month…

Up Next: Duke in New York

Two and half years ago I fell in love with the bright lights, towering skyscrapers, and endless possibilities present in the artistic capital of the world, New York City. During my senior spring break, I spent two weeks in the hustle and bustle of New York City. My decision to spend two weeks in the…

Why I Read and Why You Should Too

Wrapped in a blue fleece blanket, my infant arms and legs swayed in my mother’s lap as she read me a bedtime story. This illustration was my life during my first few months on this planet. Beginning before I could even talk, my parents read to me every night. They read me stories crafted by…

‘Good Burger’ Snubbed Emmy Nomination

On July 9th the 2018 Emmy nominations were released, headlined by a select few television masterpieces. Shows such as The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu), Game of Thrones (HBO), Westworld (HBO), and Saturday Night Live (NBC) led the pack with more than twenty nominations a piece. Having dominated the ratings over the past twelve months, these series’ astronomical number of nominations came as no surprise to…