Sociology of Joyce’s Women in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and the Irish Parallel

James Joyce traces the traditional roles of women as mothers and sexually objectified beings. Particular evaluation of the Christmas dinner party scene and the Ballyhoura Hills woman encounter provides evidence of women continuously fighting their conventional, subordinate positions to men. Yet, there seems to be apparent confusion between the expectations of silence and self-expression, as demonstrated by the dual nature that women take on in the novel. Joyce further exemplifies the estrangement of his female characters from social norms by paralleling their behavior to his own sentiments toward Mother Ireland, which he and his novel’s protagonist Stephen both come to resent and leave. With the subtlety of biblical references and the characters’ duplicitous behaviors, Portrait paints a confounded dynamic between the desire for personal liberation and institutional incarceration within both the novel’s women and Joyce himself. … More Sociology of Joyce’s Women in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and the Irish Parallel

The African Slaveries: Distinction of Trade

For millenniums slavery has infected cultures and civilization around the world, seeping its way into the histories of Babylon, Rome, and the Americas. Yet perhaps no slavery compares to that within the African continent, from which hundreds of millions of humans have been enslaved and trans-continentally exported for centuries. … More The African Slaveries: Distinction of Trade

Shifting the Frontier

Our new frontier manifests itself not through the conquering of land but through the enhancement of tech-facilitations that fundamentally lead to faster innovation and quicker results. Our manifest destiny, has undergone an idealistic change: what once referred to as our God-given necessity to spread Americanism throughout our nation’s continent, now expands its limits globally. … More Shifting the Frontier

Playing into the Myths: The American Dream and the Reality

While the success myth remains a mere illusion of hope for those of lower socioeconomic status, the frontier and city on a hill myths couple the perception of American superiority; on the other hand, the agrarian and foreign devil myths eye preservation rather than prospect with their core centralized upon defending the established national identity. … More Playing into the Myths: The American Dream and the Reality

From Dr. Dre to J. Cole: The Art of Sample-Based Hip-Hop

Travel back 16 years to 1999 when one of the most influential figures in the American hip-hop scene released The Aftermath, a groundbreaking album that sold over 6.6 million units in four years. Number 23 on Billboard’s Hot 100 at the time, “The Next Episode” featured on Andrew ‘Dr. Dre’ Young’s album sunk itself so … More From Dr. Dre to J. Cole: The Art of Sample-Based Hip-Hop