The Mysterious Ending

As I read the ending of The Awakening, I felt oddly calm and relaxed, almost like I was happy that Edna had ended her life. Edna’s suicide is not abrupt nor intense, she ends her life moving towards the ocean, as she becomes tired and finally drowns to her death. The tone of her departure …

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Benevolence in Protest

After reading King's Letter, there was a part that reminded me of his clash in ideology with people like Malcolm X, who was mentored by Elijah Muhammad (who is mentioned). In his letter, MLK addresses many sources of criticism for the black community and their protests in Birmingham. He rebuttals every claim perfectly, tying the …

Boundaries

In the last paragraph or so of Baldwin's letter to his nephew, he touches on the themes of love and identity. Like MLK, Baldwin seems to be a person who thinks that love and benevolence is vital to ending segregation and discrimination in the black community. But, unlike MLK's letter, Baldwin's suggests a different perspective …

Commander and Offred

After reading Chapters 14-24 in The Handmaid's Tale, my attention inevitably turned towards the relationship between Offred and her Commander. Offred is not like her friend Moira, who is basically the symbol of resistance in the tale, but also Offred realizes that Gilead's society has major flaws. Though Offred could easily hate and very justifyingly …

Inevitable Identity

After reading Leguin's She Unnames Them, I thought of a conversation that happened in my English 1510 class a semester ago. The professor brought to our attention a modern debate of labeling and differentiating groups of people. She asked us if labeling and grouping people is too much, or is the act necessary. I think …