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    Araby

    In the short story “Araby,” James Joyce utilizes the narrator’s loss of childhood innocence and naivety in order to reveal the sometimes disappointing outcomes of a search for change. The narrator grows tired of his dull and traditional lifestyle,...

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    Jane Eyre’s Influence on my Short Story

    The first chapter of the novel Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë depicts the family dynamics of Jane and her family. Jane is an orphan who is being raised by her upper-class aunt. After reading chapter one of Jane Eyre,...

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    The History of Pizza

    Many people, including myself, claim that pizza is one of their favorite foods. While most people believe it is common knowledge that this dish originated in Italy, many may not know the history of how it became so popular...

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  • In “To His Coy Mistress,” Marvell may have left the characters anonymous to make their identities uncertain, and therefore, unreliable, as well as to emphasize that the characters act as symbols of differing life perspectives in order to focus the readers’ attention on the poem’s theme of the troubling limitations of time, rather than persona…Read More

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    Why Do We Decorate Christmas Trees?

    Many people enjoy decorating a Christmas tree every year. This tradition is extremely valuable to so many people, but many may not realize that it has a long and interesting history. As we all prepare for Christmas this year,...

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    • I am fascinated by your writing “Why Do We Decorate Christmas Trees?” because I didn’t know that Christmas trees had to do with people’s beliefs. I also didn’t know that there was a history of decorating a Christmas tree. One sentence that stood out to me was ” There is a story that asserts that he found some native Germans performing sacrifices in front of an oak tree because the trees were sacred to the god Thor, so he chopped down the tree to stop them from worshipping a false idol.” I think this is interesting because I always thought that part of Christmas was decorating a tree. I never knew that at first Christmas trees were bloody. Thank you for your writing. I look forward to what you write next.

    • Nice, comprehensive history, Kaylee! What I find most interesting is the Christmas tree’s arc from pagan symbol, to its appropriation as a Christian symbol in Germany, to its popularization from British royalty. This history of the Christmas tree reminds me a bit of the history of Halloween. I wonder how many other traditions we carry on today follow this same trend of being passed from one culture to another.

      I think these cool historical tracings are right up your alley as a writer, and I also think that they’re insightful because we almost always take the complexity behind some of our most beloved traditions for granted. I’d love to read a similarly formatted follow up to this piece on a new subject.

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    How Language Affects Perception

    Some evidence has revealed that language can affect perception and thought. The “linguistic relativity hypothesis” from the 1930s states that language shapes ideas and greatly affects how people perceive the world. By the 1960s, many scholars rejected this idea...

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    • Speaking from experience– you are right, Kaylee! I do think of “ghalazio” and “ble” as two totally different things. In fact, when I was in Greek school, and I’d refer to the stripes on the Greek flag as “ble,” I’d get scolded! What I perceived as just a difference in semantics, my Greek school teacher perceived as a lack of respect/patriotism/decorum/attention to detail.

      Really cool topic for your blog!

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    The Importance of Pilgrimages

    In general, a pilgrimage is a journey to a sacred place in order to experience a personal transformation. There are countless reasons why people choose to go on pilgrimages. Some take the journey to demonstrate religious devotion, while others...

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