William Shakespeare has always intrigued me to start studying English literature, and to become a writer myself, in a sense. Moreover, his adaptation of words usage is certainly very interesting, yet sophisticated in its own way. So, for today’s post, I thought that it’d be fun to share some fun facts about this man! His […]
If you’ve ever analysed a novel in school, you probably know that reading a novel for analysis is different from reading a novel for pleasure. Especially as a literature student, you quickly have to get used to the fact that reading a novel isn’t the same as reading a novel well. The latter requires much more time and practice.
When analyzing a work of fiction, you should consider the following three steps:
1. First Reading: Comprehension
Read the full novel without dwelling for too long on single passages. Pay attention to things you notice about the text (e.g. reoccurring themes and motifs). Most importantly, block out distractions while you’re reading. If you want to understand the full meaning of a novel, you need to give your full attention to it.
It’s also helpful to write down a short summary of the main events of each chapter or part once you finish…
When I consider how my light is spent, Ere half my days, in this dark world and wide, And that one Talent which is death to hide Lodged with me useless, though my Soul more bent To serve therewith my Maker, and present My true account, lest he returning chide; “Doth God exact day-labour, light denied?” I fondly ask. But patience, to prevent That murmur, soon replies, “God doth not need Either man’s work or his own gifts; who best Bear his mild yoke, they serve him best. His state Is Kingly. Thousands at his bidding speed And post o’er Land and Ocean without rest: They also serve who only stand and wait.” [By – John Milton]
Notes: When I Consider How my Light Is Spent, also known as ‘On His Blindness’, is a Miltonic sonnet. John Milton has been best known for his epic poem Paradise Lost, considered…
It was a hot day and the ants were happy to be working in maintaining their colony. The colony had two queen ants, who were caring and responsible. The colony wasn’t big at all. In fact the colony lived under a terracotta pot which bloomed lilies only during summer. The entire year went by for the lily plant, without much activity except for making food and storing them in the bulbs which had the roots of the plant. So when the Queen ants asked for permission to build a colony under the pot; the kind lily plant and all the small insects and earthworms in the pot readily agreed. The pot was kept on a marble slab which was a part of the balcony.
The little black ants liked the clean white floor and soon the place under the pot had a happy colony of ants with lots of white eggs on the white marble slab. The place was cool and comfortable because of the moist terracotta pot. The ants cared for the plant by loosening the clay and helping the roots breathe.
One day, Khuku, a little girl who lived in that apartment, decided to clean the marble slab with water and soap to make it shine like new. As she removed the pot, the little black ants ran helter-skelter in frenzy as the scorching rays of the sun fell on the tiny white eggs on the white marble slab.
It amused Khuku to see the ants running around in panic unable to decide what to do. The queen ants spotted the pot which Khuku had kept a little away from its erstwhile place, and ordered all the ants to carry the eggs to the shade underneath the pot. Each ant hurried with an egg to keep it under the cool shade of the pot, and came back for more. One by one each of the eggs were removed from the scorching heat, though a few of the eggs sadly perished before they could be saved.
Khuku had been placing various obstacles on the way of the ants as they tried to save their little ones. They had huffed and puffed as they went about their work wondering why God was testing their endurance. But once they shifted the eggs, they thanked God and rested after the tiring work.
The amused girl simply picked up the pot once more and shifted it to a place a little further away. Again, Khuku saw some of the black ants, stunned under the sudden brightness of the sun, run around in every direction; but to her surprise, there were no eggs beneath the pot nor did she find the presence of the queen ants. The little ants soon found out the pot and scurried underneath the pot.
Khuku tilted the pot and saw the ants making a bee line towards the tiny hole under the pot. The queen ants had learnt from their experience and had instructed the ants to keep the eggs in a secure place inside the pot. The girl smiled at the intelligence of the ants and kept the pot in its original place after cleaning the slab.
Good leaders save those under them from recurrent troubles. It is important to learn from the first experience and take wise decisions to avoid further misfortunes.
Everyone has to write an essay at least once in their lives. Whether it’s for an exam, for extra points or a regular grade, writing an essay isn’t the easiest to write. So, I’m here to provide some tips for you on how to write any essay!
Pick a topic
You may be assigned your topic, or you may be given a free hand to write on the topic of your choice. When you get the subject, you need to think about the kind of paper you want to produce. Should it be a general overview of the topic or a specific analysis? Limit your focus if necessary. If you haven’t been given a topic, you have some more work to do. However, this option also gives you the advantage of choosing a topic that’s interesting or relevant to you. First, determine your goal. Is your essay intended to inform…
Robinson Crusoe, often called the first English novel, was written by Daniel Defoe and published in 1719. The novel is the tale of one man’s survival on a desert island following a shipwreck. Published in 1719, the book didn’t carry Defoe’s name, and it was offered to the public as a true account of real […]