The Story of Edgar Sawtelle: A Kinda Sorta Hamlet Retelling

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle is undeniably a Hamlet retelling, but it is also unique. This mixture keeps the reader on the edge of his seat, unsure of what will happen next. I mean, we know what’s going to happen… but only kind of. The characters are Hamlet allusions, but the setting is in Central... Continue Reading →

A Quiet Hero Will Have the Loudest Actions: Mariam in A Thousand Splendid Suns

Heroes should be perfect and inspire us to be better than we currently are. When the reader looks back, it is easy to see that, yes, Mariam is inspirational; she is loving, sacrificial, patient, enduring, faithful, and courageous. But, what I love most about how her character is written is that she is so entirely... Continue Reading →

A Moral Dilemma in Ender’s Game

Ender’s Game is one of my favorite novels because it’s written for middle schoolers/young adults, but it treats them like adults, just like the characters in the book, because it deals with such a tough topic: moral dilemma. Ender gets forced into situations where he battles enemies, friends, and—in what I feel is the most... Continue Reading →

Good Will Hunting

Good Will Hunting is one of my favorite movies for many reasons. It has some of my favorite actors, feel-good themes of love, forgiveness, hope, etc., and it allowed my teenage self to go, “See? School is a waste of time! Look how smart he is, and he doesn’t go to school.” However, my favorite... Continue Reading →

Good Omens

by Ashley Yarbrough Crowley (aka Crawly, a dig at losing his legs in the Garden of Eden) and Aziraphale were both created as angels during the beginning of time. However, Crowley “did not so much as fall as saunter vaguely downwards,” leading him to become a fallen angel but hinting to the reader his lack... Continue Reading →

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