Horatio Alger

Horatio Alger made his living on “rags-to-riches” stories in the 1800s. Almost every story followed some poor boy who through a series of events would end up successful (or at least associate with the middle class). There seemed to be a handful of reoccurring “staples” of Alger’s stories: the honest youth the stranger the upper […]

The Creepiness of Merricat

In 1962 Shirley Jackson wrote and published the mystery novel,¬†We Have Always Lived in the Castle. It revolves around the wonderfully creepy Mary Katherine Blackwood, or Merricat. With a strange tendency for sympathetic magic and lack of a coherent conscience, Merricat is without a doubt a very interesting character to follow. With that in mind, […]

Annotations Regarding Herman Melville’s “Bartleby, the Scrivener”

Besides being a scathing review of American capitalism in the mid 1800s, “Bartleby” is a protest story and an ode to the necessity to make your way in an absurd world. Two annotation sites, ‘Slate’ and ‘Genius,’ took the time to outline and take a deeper look into Melville’s story of “Bartleby.” ‘Slate’– One method […]