Antigone’s Greatest Enemy: Ismene

Another sampling of my academic writing. ____________________________________________________ Antigone’s Greatest Enemy: Ismene A common interpretation of Sophocles’ play, Antigone, is that Creon is the greatest adversary to Antigone’s will, and ultimately his obstinacy led to her suicide [and the tragic end to his lineage]. While I agree Creon’s initial decision to deny Antigone’s brother, Polyneices, a…

The Great Homeric Misconception: Misogyny

I’ve been rather silent lately, but not without good cause: my classes this semester are incredibly challenging and time consuming. I’m not complaining; in fact, it’s the opposite – I’m loving every minute of it. Since I haven’t shared any academic writing in a while, I decided to share my position paper on The Iliad…

On Hemingway’s “Big Two-Hearted River: Part I”

Sharing another close reading I prepared for my “Short Stories of Hemingway” class at Rollins College. ___________________________________________   “Nick was happy as he crawled inside the tent. He had not been unhappy all day. This was different though. Now things were done. There had been this to do. Now it was done. It had been…

On Hemingway’s “The Cat in the Rain”

I am currently taking a course in my MLS program focused on the short stories of Ernest Hemingway. While much is known about his novels (For Whom the Bell Tolls, A Moveable Feast, etc), most people are not as familiar with the incredible focus and dedication Hemingway extended toward the craft of word economy. I’m…

Statement of Purpose

As many of you may know, I applied for the MLS (Master of Liberal Studies) at Rollins College for the Spring 2014 term. In addition to submitting writing samples, transcripts, and multiple letters of recommendation, I also had to prepare a “Statement of Quality,” their version of the traditional Statement of Purpose required for most…