Category Literary Analysis

Contemporary Literary Dystopias as a Reaction to Post-Modern Existentialism

For a generation unmoved by the revelation the government monitors our every online interaction, the warnings against unheeded technological advancement in past dystopias fall flat. Young adults fantasize about the possibility of self-driving cars, not the threat of a communist scanning the horizon with a satellite. The atomic threat has faded into the deep crevices […]

Čapek’s Robots: Inspiration and Reflection

The term “robot”, ubiquitous today, exploded onto the European theater in 1921, creating an undying trope. Coined by Czech playwright Karel Čapek, the term first appeared in Rossum’s Universal Robots (R.U.R) and would later be introduced into thirty languages as the play gained popularity throughout post-war Europe. As a journalist holding a degree in philosophy, […]

Ozu’s Fading Simplicity

Ozu’s camera always remains motionless in his film Floating Weeds from 1959. The camera acts as a passive observer – its angle stimulating an individual sitting in the traditional seiza-style. Much like his camera, Ozu was a traditional and passive observer to the immense changes undergoing Japanese society following the accession of Japan’s first independent […]

Welcome to the Monkey House: Vonnegut’s Allegory of Rape

The year 1968 saw the publication of Kurt Vonnegut’s short story “Welcome to the Monkey House” and a world well within the clutches of the Cold War. Vonnegut’s malthusian construction found a public preoccupied with the prospect of nuclear annihilation — a far cry from an Earth struggling under the pressure of 17 billion human […]

The Humorist

A few months ago, a man was arrested in Turkey for posting a picture online comparing their president to the Lord of the Ring’s character named Gollum- he faces five years in jail. Why would this harmless joke receive such grand punishment? Alain de Botton contends humor, such as this, does not merely entertain but […]

We Exalt Laziness

We abhor writing rhetorical essays which have helped embellish our acquired Laziness. We intend to transfix our thoughts on the happy man. Only the true happy man benefits the world and the quintessence of this man is neglect.  Neglect doesn’t battle the inevitable fashioning of the cosmos. Writing on this amiable topic has irradiated a […]

Brave New World

The landscape passed by in a blur of green and blue. As my thoughts wandered, cows grazed in fields and gas burned in our engine. The serenity of nature beguiled those silent car rides. My window represented a view into a world unknown which I could fascinate over and create. Yet today, the bliss of […]

No Damn Cat, No Damn Cradle

In today’s world dominated by science, empirical truth holds an unprecedented amount of value. Facts and figures define our lives. This insurgence of knowledge has led to a divination of truth. Every movie follows the hero’s journey to find themselves and the meaning in all this chaos. Religion seeks to give meaning to our lives […]

Ebb and Flow of Duty

You are perusing the menu of a cafe lining one of Santiago’s many colorful street corners. Without warning, you hear a huge boom. You quickly try to remember if Chile has earthquakes or not but already you can hear the cries of children and observe a stampede running towards you. You look into the distance […]