19th Century

Metzengerstein Analysis

Metzengerstein Analysis and Review

Edgar Allen Poe published Metzengerstein, his first short story, in 1832. It was a Gothic tale of the supernatural which both used and satirized traditional German Gothic horror elements. It’s a story of prophecy, overcoming death, and pride. Two houses in Hungary have been pitted against each other – the Metzengersteins and the Berlifitzings. A …

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The Red and the Black Analysis

The Red and the Black Analysis

Julien Sorel grows up in Verrieres – a small fictional town in early 19th-century France. He is a lower-class young adult with a gifted intellect and a love for literature. Through a series of misunderstandings and anxieties, the mayor of the town, M. de Renal, hires Julien to tutor his children. As Julien begins to …

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Anyuta Chekhov Analysis

Stories Of Chekhov – Pt. 1: Early Stories (2/3)

Introduction: As I said in Pt.1 (1/3), the first nine stories in my collection are shorter comic/commentary pieces written early in his career. I decided to split these first nine stories up into three parts, each part focusing on three stories. This second part will focus on The Malefactor (1885), Panikhida (1886), and Anyuta (1886). Due …

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The Death of a Government Clerk Analysis

Stories of Chekhov – Pt. 1: Early Stories (1/3)

Introduction: As I wait for an ever so slow book to arrive in the mail, I decided to pick up some of Chekhov’s stories. The first nine of the stories in my copy are some of his very brief social commentary/comic pieces written before 1890 (when he really got his groove in the short story …

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Far From the Madding Crowd

Far From the Madding Crowd Symbolism/Review

Note: This is an early post where I was still developing my writing style and analysis skills. I think and hope there is something to be gained from my early posts, but I don’t hold them at the same standard as my newer ones. I am of course keeping them up because I still enjoy …

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