‘Rebecca’ was published in 1938 and is Daphne Du Maurier’s most influential novel. Throughout the novel, the unnamed narrator describes her life with her new husband, Mr de Winter, and begins to realise that he, and her marital home, are haunted by Mr de Winter’s previous wife. The novel opens with the iconic line: ‘lastContinue reading “‘Rebecca’ Chapter One: An Analysis”
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Was the influence of Thomas Cromwell the main reason for reforms to the English Church from 1529-1540?
The Henrician reformation of the early fifteen hundreds was brought about by a culmination of people and factors. Before this period, Henry VIII struggled to produce an heir and the religious dominance of Rome was greatly felt by England. Factors such as these can be considered as reasons for the reformation, but they appear toContinue reading “Was the influence of Thomas Cromwell the main reason for reforms to the English Church from 1529-1540?”
‘Wholeness’ in ‘Lady Chatterley’s Lover’
‘Lady Chatterley’s Lover’ is mostly remembered for its vivid depictions of sex. It was these that caused quite the stir when it was first published in 1928, and led to Penguin Books being put on trial for violating the Obscene Publications Act of 1959. Since then, the novel has been recognised as D. H. Lawrence’sContinue reading “‘Wholeness’ in ‘Lady Chatterley’s Lover’”
‘Spencer’ 2021: An Analysis
This post contains spoilers for the 2021 film ‘Spencer.’ Pablo Larraín’s latest biopic, which focuses on the late Princess of Wales, has been lauded by critics and caused quite a stir. Those who would be expecting something similar to ‘The Crown’ will be in for a surprise. The film does not just follow the Princess,Continue reading “‘Spencer’ 2021: An Analysis”
Diwali: A Brief History
Diwali is the ‘festival of lights,’ and is celebrated by Sikhs, Hindus and Jains. Although the date of the festival changes every year, it usually falls in October or November and lasts for five days. Many celebrate the festival in honour of the goddess Lakshmi, the wife of Vishnu and the goddess of wealth. ItContinue reading “Diwali: A Brief History”
Halloween: A Brief History
Everybody knows that Halloween falls on the 31st of October every year… but not everyone knows how the modern traditions surrounding the spooky day came about. Historians believe that Halloween’s prequel came in the form of the Celtic festival Samhain. During this festival, Celts would light bonfires and wear frightening costumes to ward off spirits.Continue reading “Halloween: A Brief History”
‘In what ways is the world of ‘1984’ a totalitarian state? How does Big Brother organise society?’
A totalitarian state is one that has a centralised government. The dictator leading the state requires all those within it to be subservient to the state. This dictator can also be seen to be an autocratic figure, as they are a ruler who has absolute power. An example in our history of a totalitarian stateContinue reading “‘In what ways is the world of ‘1984’ a totalitarian state? How does Big Brother organise society?’”
Was the growth of towns the main cause of poverty in the Tudor period, 1558 – 1588?
Throughout the reign of Elizabeth I, the issue of poverty and vagrancy was a prescient one. The social situation of the country led to a great deal of government action and laws being implemented, in an attempt to reduce the number of vagrants within England. The growth of population within towns can be seen toContinue reading “Was the growth of towns the main cause of poverty in the Tudor period, 1558 – 1588?”
Is ‘Legally Blonde’ a Feminist Film?
‘Legally Blonde’ is one of the popular teen flicks, and tells the story of Elle Woods’ journey to Harvard and beyond. While many young women appreciate the feminist qualities of the film, does it stand up to scrutiny? When situating the film in a broader feminist context, the film seems to comment on first waveContinue reading “Is ‘Legally Blonde’ a Feminist Film?”
The Pencil Case: A Brief History
One of my favourite parts of going back to school was buying some brand new stationary… I’m a humanities graduate, what can I say? Pencils Back in ancient Rome, the equivalent of a pencil was called a stylus, which was a thin metal rod. This was used to leave marks on papyrus, or wax tablets.Continue reading “The Pencil Case: A Brief History”