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Analysis on the Conflict of Death as Presented in Shakespeare’s Hamlet

Shakespeare’s Hamlet is an extensive and tragic play exploring the complexity of monarchy, murder and mortality. Its main characters undergo horrific and cathartic breakdowns and revelations, and they expand upon their personal philosophies of their actions and their humanity. The play is set in 16th century Denmark, which acts as an important element as one …

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The fragility of democracy in Lord of the Flies

Up until the 1950s, the mold for the Island adventure genre had already been set. With classics such as Treasure Island by Robert Stevenson and Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe, promising a fun, lighthearted, and thrilling reading experience, many novels of the same genre followed in their footsteps. However, a novel that stands out from …

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How the Transitional Period of Japan, From a Traditional to Modernized Country, Mirrored the Japanese Literature in the 20th century

Reading time: 13 minutes When talking about modern Japanese literature, no discussion will be had without mentioning Haruki Murakami. His novels, all of which have been translated to English, have sold tens of millions of copies outside of Japan alone . His works deal almost exclusively with themes of anxiety, depression, sexual desire and, most …

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