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Interactive Emotions: Empathy in the Bioshock Series 2013 1589 Video games are a multi-billion dollar industry, embraced by a large majority of U.S. households. People of all ages and from all backgrounds participate in the stories and experiences offered by these games. Unfortunately, most ofthe research done o...
Murderous Mother: Historical Context and Madame Villefort of "The Count of Monte Cristo" 2018 702 Alexandre Dumas' "The Count of Mote Cristo" is rooted in the historical, political, and social moments of the Victorian era, particularly those pertaining to gender, race, and class, with characters struggling with their identities in a changing soci...
Fractured Feminism: Racism, Classism, and Sexism in Herland 2019 501 Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s novel, Herland, is often praised as a feminist utopian story that was ahead of its time. In it, Gilman includes several elements that may be read as feminist: a pro-woman attitude, the omission of men from the utopian socie...
Doing It: Sexuality and Repression in Stephen King's It 2019 618 Stephen King’s 1985 novel It pits seven children against a shape-shifting monster that takes the form of whatever its victims fear the most. This creature, referred to only as “It,” returns to the characters’ hometown every twenty-seven years to feed...