Month: April 2017

“Portrait of a Lady”-Old vs. New

“Portrait of a Lady”-Old vs. New

One of the primary themes of “The Portrait of a Lady” is the comparison of old world vs the new world. There is a constant struggle for which one will win out, and the struggle primarily revolves around our heroine, Isabel Archer. 1. The fight for […]

The Portrait of a Lady-Masterpiece or Disaster?

The Portrait of a Lady-Masterpiece or Disaster?

“The Portrait of a Lady” has been raved about as Henry James’s best work and Isabel Archer as a true heroine. There are things that I really liked about the novel, but there are several aspects that I found incredibly problematic. Readers, be forewarned there […]

“Carpe Diem”-A False Sense of Security

“Carpe Diem”-A False Sense of Security

I’ll be the first to admit that I place a large value on feeling safe, and one way that I try to maintain my safety is by controlling my environment. In a similar way, Vassar controls her environment through consistent routine. There is never variation […]

“Carpe Diem”-The Downfall to Being a Planner

“Carpe Diem”-The Downfall to Being a Planner

My Problem I’m a planner. It is my complete and utter downfall. Now I know you must be looking at me and exclaiming, “Being a planner isn’t a bad thing!” And my little control-freak heart would be happy to agree with you. However, I think […]

“Carpe Diem”-The Most Under Rated YA Novel

“Carpe Diem”-The Most Under Rated YA Novel

Have you ever received a book and thought that it didn’t really look that great. After all I’d never heard of this book before and I’ve read quite a few YA novels, but in true never-judging-a-book-by-it’s-cover spirit, I decided to give “Carpe Diem” a chance. […]