Integrity & Nobility Crowning the End for The Duchess Of Malfi (Literary Analysis)

‘Integrity of life is fame’s best friend, Which nobly, beyond death, shall crown the end.’ Webster concludes the play with this couplet.  Where, if at all, are integrity and nobility to be found in The Duchess of Malfi? The given quote that concludes the play is a reference to the Duchess's virtuosity, which helps her [...]

Literary Analysis of Corruption in The Duchess Of Malfi (by John Webster)

‘... a prince’s court Is like a common fountain, whence should flow Pure silver drops in general, but if’t chance Some cursed example poison’t near the head, Death and diseases through the whole land spread.’ In the light of this comment, discuss the presentation of corruption in The Duchess of Malfi. Corruption in The Duchess [...]

Literary Analysis of Ambition in The Duchess Of Malfi (by John Webster)

“Ambition, Madam, is a great man’s madness.” (Act I) In the light of this comment, discuss the presentation of worldly ambition in Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi. Webster implies through The Duchess Of Malfi (TDOM) that worldly ambitions in the form of monetary desires is a type of evil and madness, in the form of [...]

John Webster Designed The Duchess Of Malfi as a Tragic Heroine Before Her Time in the Jacobean Period

The traits that Webster uses the Duchess to exemplify feminine strength of greatness and virtuosity, do indeed make her a heroine in the modern audience's eyes, instilling in the audience respect and empathy for the Duchess. Webster, however, makes these very same traits contribute to the Duchess’s eventual downfall, which paints the Duchess as a [...]

Cats Are Just A Little Different… Or Maybe A Lot

How different are our domesticated cats from us humans? Read on to understand your feline friends more! This post is a continuation of my previous post: Do you Humanise your Pets? Save some Paw Sweat! Have your cats ever brought dead rodents to you or left the carcasses in your homes? Do your cats just get [...]

Stop Unsatisfactory Pet Dog Behaviour Ethically & Efficiently to Coexist Peacefully!

Ever heard of lawsuits being filed against dog owners for condoning their dogs' incessant barking? How about the fines being imposed on pet owners who refused to clear their dogs' poop from a public area, or getting into fights with others in the case of dogs pee-ing? Or have you yourself encountered situations where your [...]

Do you Humanise your Pets? Save some Paw Sweat!

Pet animals are often humanised in today’s society, especially the dog and cat species. If you treat your pets like you would do any other human being, please read on to save some paw sweat (just a fun fact: dogs really do sweat only from their paws), in other words, make your loved ones feel [...]

Literary & Analytical Comparison of Symbols in Silas Marner & Mrs Warren’s Profession (Victorian Classics)

By comparing the work of two writers of the period that you have studied, discuss their use of symbolism in telling stories in prose/poetry/drama. (A Level 2016)           Both Silas Marner (SM) and Mrs Warren’s Profession (MWP) are similar and different in a few ways in their use of symbolism and [...]

Book Review / Summary: Silas Marner (Author: George Eliot)

George Eliot's her pen name. Her real Christian name was Mary Anne Evans. Eliot's choice to use a male's pen name instead of a female is an indication in itself, of the rigidity of the Victorian Society in accepting females as authors but to only accept females as feminine and domesticated. This post is specially [...]

Book Review / Summary: Great Expectations (Author: Charles Dickens)

Great Expectation was written in the 19th century / during the Victorian Era by Charles Dickens, who published it as a weekly series from year 1860 - 1861. It is a Bildungsroman novel, where Pip's (the protagonist's) journey through his childhood, teenage years, and adulthood are recorded, dealing especially with Pip's spiritual development in his [...]

Literary & Analytical Comparison of Class Relations in Silas Marner & Mrs Warren’s Profession (Victorian Classics)

Compare and contrast the issue of class relations in any two Victorian novels.           Silas Marner (“SM”) by George Eliot and Mrs Warren’s Profession (“MWP”) by George Bernard Shaw can be compared in terms of their presentation of the morality of different characters, the happiness they eventually obtain and the interdependence [...]

Literary Analysis of Role and Characterisation of Eppie in Silas Marner by George Eliot (A Victorian Classic)

“A child, more than all other gifts that earth can offer to declining man, brings hope with it, and forward looking thoughts.” Discuss the role and characterisation of Eppie.           Eppie is portrayed as a fable-like character who is a wordsworthian child, replaces materialism in Silas’s life, and is the perfect [...]

Charles Dickens Posits that Morals are Far More Important than Gentility through Great Expectations in the Victorian Era

Dear Readers, Do take a look at my post on the summary and book review of Great Expectations if you have not read this before 😀 Book Review / Summary: Great Expectations (Author: Charles Dickens) If not, here goes... Dickens uses Pip’s journey as a gentleman to show how morals are far more important than [...]

Does Charles Dickens Challenge the Notion of Social Mobility in Great Expectations in the Victorian Era?

‘... one man’s a blacksmith, and one’s a whitesmith, and one’s a goldsmith, and one’s a coppersmith. Diwisions among such much come…” To what extent does Dickens challenge this notion of social mobility in Great Expectations? Dear Readers, Do take a look at my post on the summary and book review of Great Expectations if [...]

Is Modern Art Significant, or Merely the Expression of One’s Imagination?

‘Modern art is merely the expression of one’s imagination, and is of little significance.’ Do you agree?           As Aristotle once said, “The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.” Indeed, the purpose of art is more than just the mere expression [...]

Modern Green Technology Now Possible in Cities to Solve Environmental Issues

Is green technology the most effective solution to the environmental problems in cities? Green technology is widely known for its ability to not leave environmental footprints, albeit unrealistically in most occasions. It is the most effective solution since the environmental problems in cities are fundamentally caused by pollution, environmental degradation, and global warming. Nonetheless, green [...]

“Education brings about progress,” is this really the case all the time?

Discuss the claim that education guarantees progress.           As Nelson Mandela posited, education is the key to success. Education, whether formal or informal education, is the passing on of knowledge and wisdom from the more knowledgeable and wise, namely a teacher, mentor, or tutor, to the less knowledgeable, in the form [...]

Do All Laws Serve Justice?

To what extent does the law ensure justice is served? Immanuel Kant once posited, “in law a man is guilty when he violates the rights of others”. Laws today, including any legislative policy with intention to deter wrongdoings or encourage moral actions with the ultimate punishment of jail term or fines for not abiding by [...]

Should Foreign Aid Continue?

“Foreign aid is ineffective and wasteful.” Is this true? Foreign aid can be seen as the direct funding given by the more well-to-do countries to the less developed or developing countries, in the form of food and medical supplies, and most often, monetary loans in the name of charity. Nonetheless, charity in itself in the [...]

Poetry in Modern Times

         “The purpose of poetry is to make life complete in itself”. This is very true as our world modernises through industrialisation and globalisation. Poetry, as the source for the unknown, bestows us inspiration; as a form of connection and humanity, grants us empathy and solace. Nonetheless, the significance of poetry is likely to be diminished [...]

The Good and Bad of Foreign Talent

Foreign talents in Singapore can be considered the epitope of a complete society, particularly for a country with small demographics and limited talent scopes. Specifically, they include any non-Singaporeans who work white collar occupations within our geographical boundaries. On the other hand, they pose threats to the chances of employment for Singaporeans, may cause culture [...]

Is breaking the law ever acceptable?

         According to Ayn Rand, a Russian American Philosopher in the twentieth century, “One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws.” Indeed, the government passes an inordinate number of laws such that it is grinding to avoid committing crimes at all. Some may argue [...]

Is Murder Really Immoral All The Time?

Consider the view that killing in any form can never be justified. According to Aemilius Papinianus, “It is easier to commit murder than to justify it.” Unsurprisingly, modern-day humans are still committing homicides that may be irrational or unforgivable, due to negative emotions or psychological defects. In cases as such, murderers must always be culpable [...]

Are Medical Advances Really That Ideal?

How far do you support medical interference in human procreation? As stated by Hippocrates – the Greek scientist who founded rational science, “Wherever the art of medicine is loved, there is also a love for humanity.” Indeed, the application of medical knowledge can be seen as the salvation of human lives, as it provides people [...]

We Need Religion… A Proper One

Is there a more urgent need for religion in today’s world? In view of the rise of globalisation, countless studies have shown the increasing worldwide trends of criminality against oneself, against the community, and against the world. Self-harm and suicide rates have risen over the years, mass acts of immorality have been intensified in the [...]

We Need The Arts

‘The mark of a vibrant society is measured by its investment in the arts.’ Do you agree?         Imagine a world where all sectors are science-based, where everyone are learning the same knowledge, where humans are expected to not harbour any emotions in daily life but solely logic. How would that feel? [...]

Forget or Not to Forget Crimes?

 Should crimes that were committed many years ago simply be forgotten?          According to Jane Addams, a famous public philosopher in the early 20th century, “True peace is not the absence of war, but the presence of justice.” To many, the presence of peace would be a sign of the existence of [...]

Through the eyes of Singaporeans…

What changes, if any, would you like to see in the people of your country? In view of the current stagnation of the Singapore economy, people’s flawed discernment of life expectations, deterioration of cultures, and the disunity of individuals in the society, it is inevitable that a group of people living in this country who [...]

History to Male Dominance

The history leading up to male dominating workforce and society. Pros and cons of a male dominated environment. At the first glance of a male and a female, be it people from the same family and generation or people from totally different bloodlines, it is likely that we are able to spot differences between the [...]

A Guide To Europe For A Singaporean

Write about the difference between living in Singapore and European countries based on your travel experience. Ever wondered how it would be like to travel thousands of miles away from home for a vacation? To many of us Asians, not to mention the Singaporeans, who mostly have habits of travelling out of the small and [...]