Love Stinks

  When you study the Western conception of Love throughout the ages, you quickly realize that the loving feeling is usually depicted as painful. Consider Cupid: he causes people to fall in love by piercing them with arrows. The Greeks used this explanation to account for the "piercing" feeling one feels when falling in love: … Continue reading Love Stinks

On Ahab: “Canst Thou Draw out Leviathan with an Hook? Thou Should’st Bet I Might!”

Canst thou draw out leviathan with an hook? or his tongue with a cord which thou lettest down? Canst thou put an hook into his nose? or bore his jaw through with a thorn? Will he make many supplications unto thee? will he speak soft words unto thee? Will he make a covenant with thee? … Continue reading On Ahab: “Canst Thou Draw out Leviathan with an Hook? Thou Should’st Bet I Might!”

Q & A: “What is the difference between a ’round character’ and a ‘dynamic character’?”

Q: "What is the difference between a 'round character' and a 'dynamic character'?" A: The terms "round character" and "flat character," first coined by British novelist E.M. Forster in his lecture, Aspects of the Novel (1927), refer to characters with multiple, often contradictory personality traits and those with a single character trait. Forster points out that … Continue reading Q & A: “What is the difference between a ’round character’ and a ‘dynamic character’?”