We are all capable of being a hero: Wiglaf as the hero in Beowulf

Traditionally, Wiglaf is not the hero in Beowulf; the poem is not titled Wiglaf. Yet, he is the only warrior willing to fulfill his devotion to the leader, Beowulf, and fight boldly, even to death if necessary. The warriors, along with Wiglaf, are to follow the Anglo-Saxon heroic code and defend Beowulf, favoring death over … Continue reading We are all capable of being a hero: Wiglaf as the hero in Beowulf

Faulkner’s Influence on Southern Contemporary Works

This semester, I took two English classes both focused on the South, but each concentrated on two seemingly different versions. The first being the Jim Crow, early twentieth-century South in Major American Authors: William Faulkner with Dr. McKelly, and the second being the modern-day South, specifically works created in the last eight years, in Southern … Continue reading Faulkner’s Influence on Southern Contemporary Works

The Deliberate Choice of “Classic Man” in Moonlight

In the third and final part of Moonlight, Chiron introduces the audience to Black, his new, present-day persona. Unlike his timid, insecure school days when he was nicknamed Little, Black is now a burly, masculine drug-dealer residing in Atlanta. In this part of the film, Black drives home to Miami to meet Kevin, his former … Continue reading The Deliberate Choice of “Classic Man” in Moonlight

Quentin’s Impulsiveness – The Sound and the Fury

Response assignment for my fall Major American Authors: Faulkner (ENGL4460) course. 2017. If someone is driving and hydroplanes, his or her first impulse is to slam the breaks—which increases the severity of the hydroplane. Quentin Compson’s character would attempt to slam the breaks, or yank the steering wheel, in order to feel in control of … Continue reading Quentin’s Impulsiveness – The Sound and the Fury