Author Archives: parkerhilley

Dracula 20-end

The part in this last section that is the most striking is when Mina drinks the count’s blood. Not only is it a powerful and shocking scene, it’s weird and uncomfortable, but not because of the actual events. It’s unsettling because gender roles are being reversed in this scene. Instead of a male being the […]

Dracula 8-12

I’ll speak to the idea of “othering” in this post. But the kind of othering that I’m witnessing in these chapters isn’t a cultural othering, more like a… spiritual othering, for lack of a better term. By warding the vampire off with various religious artifacts (crucifixes, communion wafers, etc.) it clearly marks him as something […]

Dracula 1-12

I know Deborah wanted to talk about the sexy bits, and I’ll get to that, but Dr. McLeod also wanted us to focus a bit on the narrative technique Stoker uses. By writing Dracula in journal form, we as readers are experiencing these events as they’re happening. With a first person narration, we would assume that Johnathan […]

British Museum

Firstly, let me just say that the British Museum is impressive. I didn’t have time to see it all, so I saw what interests me the most: mummies! But how did the museum get all of this Egyptian stuff and why isn’t it in Egypt? To answer my question, I did a little research on […]

Dorian Gray 11-20

After talking about aestheticism in class, I did some more research to better my understanding of the idea.” Aestheticism (or the Aesthetic Movement) is an art movement supporting the emphasis of aesthetic values more than socio-political themes for literature, fine art, music and other arts.” Thanks, Wikipedia! In reading about it, I noticed how Dorian is not only a participant of the movement, but he is the […]

The Picture of Dorian Gray 1-10

The turning point in Dorian’s life, as well as the turning point in the novel, is the death of Sybil Vane. This is when Dorian chooses to accept Lord Henry’s hedonistic and selfish lifestyle and is what ultimately corrupts him completely. Something noteworthy happens here as well that ties into the preface and seems to […]

The Final Problem

To add to what I said for yesterday’s post: After going on the Jack the Ripper tour, I can see now why people started to get really into detective and crime novels. The case kind of sensationalized the events and, I don’t know, made the genre seem more realistic? (I’m tired.) I particularly liked this […]