Title: Jackie Text type: Film Author: Pablo Larraín Pablo Larrain’s “Jackie” is a portfolio of the infamous Jackie Kennedy, wife of John F. Kennedy (JFK) and First Lady of the United States. Through Natalie Portman’s depiction of the notorious woman, viewers see rare glimpses of Jackie’s self-consciousness and formidability seeping through her elusive facade. The film […]

Title: In Arms Text type: Short Story Author: Monica Rana “In Arms” by Monica Rana is a short story about a young, widowed mother in the midst of a civil war in Nepal. Narrated by the mother, we understand that she is fighting two battles, one with herself and another alongside soldiers. She is constantly haunted […]

Title: Safe Haven Text type: Film Director: Lasse Hallstrom The film “Safe Haven,” directed by Lasse Hallstrom, is based on the Nicolas Spark’s novel of the same title. It is a romantic drama, revolving around the life of Erin Tierney who was on the run from her abusive, police officer, husband. Tierney escaped from Boston and […]

Title: Ozymandias Text type: Poem Author: Percy Shelley Percy Shelley’s “Ozymandias” illustrates hubris and the side-effects of possessing this trait through the political character of an ancient “king of kings.” Through this sonnet, Shelley describes a traveller who came across a statue in a desert. The poem is created as one metaphor, intending to portray […]

Title: Lord of the Flies Text Type: Extended (novel) Author: William Golding William Golding’s novel “Lord of the Flies,” follows a group of British schoolboys, aged approximately 6-12, who are stranded on a desert island, during the beginning of a world war, after their plane crashed. The text follows their time on the island, from start […]

The idea of “hubris,” apparent in Percy Shelley’s poem “Ozymandias,” forms a connection between “Ozymandias,” William Shakespeare’s play, “Macbeth,” the novel “Lord of the Flies” by William Golding and Bryce Courtenay’s “The Power of One.” All four texts incorporate a significant idea of hubris. In “Ozymandias,” Percy Shelley incorporates alliteration, personification, and an adjective to […]