I looked into the history of the word meat, and this led me to wonder about other edible animals, so I researched the words meat, pork, beef and mutton. … More Etymology: The Origin of the Word “Meat”
The Art Deco Movement of 1925 – 1940 marks a time of exuberant excess, and is characterized by bright and linear ornamentation in visual art, geometric elegance in fashion, and hard-edged decoration in architecture. Artists, architects and designers of the time sought to embellish all things tangible, from the largest skyscraper facades to the smallest … More Art Deco: An Artistic Response to Industrialization
Section 1: The Work and its Historical/Cultural Context Arguably the most famous piece by painter and drafter John William Waterhouse, The Lady of Shallot depicts an emotionally evocative scene on an ancient theme: the fabled medieval city of Camelot. The work’s creation in 1888 was inspired by a poem by the same name which … More Analysis of William Waterhouse’s Various Renditions of the Lady of Shallot
In searching for themes among William Shakespeare’s plays, I observed numerous parallels between the views that the poet chose to assert regarding love and romance in Midsummer Night’s Dream and Twelfth Night. It’s confusing, really, to try to determine exactly what his position on the love actually was. The story Shakespeare tells in the plays … More Shakespeare: A Jaded Poet?
In an unprecedented treatise on the fallacies of conventional religious belief and the limitations of certain types of logic in understanding the nature of God, 18th Century philosopher David Hume introduced an innovative, skeptical view on religious thought. … More On Hume’s “Dialogues” and Argument from Design
Some scholars assert that ideas were the main force for the progress achieved in the Enlightenment efforts, while others view certain social and economic forces as being the primary reasons for transformation. … More Enlightenment and Progress
“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” – Abraham Lincoln This quote by our nation’s most influential historical executor gave me more than a moment’s pause. I couldn’t help but compose some reactionary thoughts. First: Positivity. This quote by President Abraham … More Abraham Lincoln Predicted U.S. Downfall by Avarice