Romance Essays


Warriors into the Wild

would recommend it to anyone who likes the fantasy genre, as it has elements of war, romance, adventure and friendship in it. Don't be fooled by the cover -- it is more than just a story about cats! Works Cited Hunter, Erin. Warriors: Into the Wild. UK: Avon Books, 2003. Print. Continue Reading...

Chinese Cultural Revolution

the mobilization of emotions in revolutionary China. Modern China, 36.3 (2010): 329-362. Jing, Kaixuan. (2007). "Contemporary Chinese Fiction: Politics and romance." Macalester International, 18.1 (2007):11. Continue Reading...

Joseph Andrews Novel by Henry Fielding

is clear, though, that Fielding does not want this to be a love story or a romance, so much as a political satire. The author achieves this through tone, diction, and style, but also reading this book in its historical context shows that many of Fielding's contemporaries also used the medium of satire to make their political philosophies known. What do you make of Fielding's presentation of Joseph's virtue of chastity? For one, Joseph's virtue of chastity is humorous. He is too pure, too chaste, and too perfect. He is in love with a girl named "fanny," and running… Continue Reading...

Behn’s Oroonoko and Its Character Symbolization

transcontinental system, this tale draws on the popular literary themes of aristocratic romance, social censure and travel narrative. It indicates a few ways in which the British were starting to view cultural and racial disparities and their personal contribution to the slave business and colonialism. Behn's tale, somewhat broadly, is one text that demonstrates the way European literature on the subjects of slavery, colonization and race evolved in the course of the 17th and 18th centuries. Questioning Slavery Oroonoko's inspirational speech to fellow slaves clearly makes Behn's work the very first English-language fictional work speaking against slavery. The lead… Continue Reading...

Adolescent Development

and teaching of adolescents, sexual education is a very controversial and complicated topic. Indeed, the topics of love, sex, romance and so forth have huge implications and the proper approach to use is very much debated and discussed. One manifestation of this paradigm is the use and discussion of abstinence-only education. There are indeed religious and moral implications when it comes to sex. However, many hold that partitioning off talk about contraception and the reality that many teens have sex even when the adults around them try to keep them from doing so is less than wise in terms… Continue Reading...

Darwinism and Evolution in Woodlanders

knew that. This is why The Woodlanders focuses on the failed romance between the two lovers that should be together, as well as the failed opportunities for the nice guy, represented by Giles Hintock, to physically propagate the species and therefore turn humanity into a kinder, softer, gentler race. Nature is not about moving towards ethical integrity or social justice, as Hardy shows through his Darwinist social lens. On the contrary, nature is about moving towards power, strength, and violence, because it is the strong, powerful, virulent, and violent who win wars and win women. This is certainly the… Continue Reading...

Gothic Literature in 18th Century England

of reason and now wanted to remember what it meant to feel something. The gothic was giving rise to romance and attacking the ideology of Puritanism at the same time. In spite of Reeve's claim that the gothic genre should be more rooted in reality than Walpole made it seem in "Otronto," the text of "Vathek" begins with an almost exaggerated sense of the power of the main character (namely his wrath) -- to the point that the reader may feel compelled to think that the narrative is in line with a Tall Tale. For example, Vathek's angry eye… Continue Reading...

Representation and Reality Alexie on Film

with Natalie Wood to nuzzle for a bit like on the covers of the romance books. Alexie wishes he could be like those Indians on the romance book covers -- blue-eyed and nuzzling up against a beautiful white-skinned woman in throes of ecstasy (Alexie). Yet, Alexie also wants to be proud of being an Indian, which is ironic because he loathes the only real depiction of an actual Indian on screen he had every seen -- Tonto. What Alexie reveals is that there are actually competing narratives within his own heart and head about what it means to be… Continue Reading...

Vathek Stories

Beckford combines the two aspects and in turn generating a fantasy story tale that has magic, horror, and romance in it (Al-Alwan 48). 2. Orientalism was quite prevalent in the 18th Century, the time when Beckford was writing "Vathek". The Middle East was represented in a typecast manner that personified a colonialist outlook. Beckford, largely in the disposition of Orientalism as he is, utilizes Orientalist metaphors in characterization. For instance, the author has characterized the Orientals not as personalized subjects. Instead, Beckford has fallen back on stereotypical imagery in creating an Asian womanizing dictator as Vathek (Al-Alwan 45). He… Continue Reading...

John Stuart Mill’s on Liberty

use Mill's example, making less-than-ideal choices in regards to romance, reading, and other acts of personal volition and leisure). But the harm principle is still extremely limiting upon the state in terms of its ability to engage in basic protections of its citizens. Taken to its extreme, Mill's harm principle would also prohibit the state taking actions such as taxing unhealthy foods and cigarettes, incentivizing positive behaviors such as buying energy efficient-appliances, or being prohibited from driving highly unsafe cars or otherwise undertaking extremely risking activities with no apparent benefit. While certain risky activities such as, for example, climbing… Continue Reading...

Clara Reeve's the Old English Baron

Finally, an analysis concerning whether the plot resolution can be regarded as comedy or a heroic romance is followed by a summary of the research and salient findings concerning these issues in the conclusion. Q1. How did you react to The Old English Baron, on its own? Answer No. 1: Overall, I enjoyed reading this story despite its excessive verbosity and flowery verbiage, which of course would go on to become fundamental attributes of the Gothic genre. There was an abundance of detailed descriptions and colorful character development that helps motivate readers to not only continue reading, but to… Continue Reading...

Main Themes in the Film Yentl

interspersed with several songs on unrequited lust (Maslin, 1983). Gender Roles and Interactions Yentl's middle sequences with Avigdor and Yentl's romance are the best, with the lead actors doing a very fine job indeed of enacting a few beautiful affecting moments. The movie blurs the gender line with characters developing almost-homosexual attractions despite the movie essentially maintaining a conventional heterosexual sensibility. Yentl yearns only for Avigdor, although being wed to another woman. This unconsummated marriage is actually comic. As Yentl reveals her true self to Avigdor, hoping to gain his love, she clearly proves herself as heterosexual (Rigney, 2003). Although Yentl's… Continue Reading...

Neo Noir and Genre in Blade Runner

a gritty tone, a noir tone, a feeling of romance, a whiff of fatality, yet a longing for hope. Woven throughout all this is an element of social consciousness and the "concern about genetic engineering and the world genetic engineering might create" (Kerman 2). The limits or boundaries of life -- the responsibility that those in positions of power should take care to respect -- these issues are interconnected with the greater themes of life, love, purpose and humanity in the film. Even the line between good and evil is erased by Batty's final monologue: "I've seen things you… Continue Reading...

Woodrings Floral Gardens

the company retails floral gifts for customers wishing to express love and romance, gratitude, and sympathy. In addition to flowers, the company offers greeting cards, candles, gift baskets, fruit baskets, home plants, floral decorations, and floral arrangements. Committed to quality and service excellence, Woodrings is one of the most popular floral shops in State College. Operations Located in Allen Street, Woodrings offers floral gifts from as low as $45 to as high as $150. The store is open on Mondays through Saturdays from 9.00 am to 6.00 pm. The store is closed on Sundays as well as major holidays… Continue Reading...

Hegel, Heidegger, and Nietzsche on Philosophy

the Age of Science, the Enlightenment, the Revolution, and the Age of romance, the West had renounced its heritage and was determined to define itself anew. Hegel had already rationalized this by describing a continuously renewing and regenerating cycle of historical perspective and understanding. Nietzsche sped up that cycle and pushed it further from the remnants of old world sentiment. Nietzsche's view of the progress of history was decidedly anti-Christian, and this sentiment is evident all through Beyond Good and Reason, as he rejects the philosophers from Plato to the Christian theologians. He excoriates the former by saying that… Continue Reading...

Ip Man the Grandmaster and Women in Kung Fu

takes away all things in the end -- even love, honor and romance. The slowing down of the rain drops in the opening fight sequence -- the near black-and-white colors that are used to make the scene pop -- the way in which the robes twirl and water dances through the air -- all of it brings to mind the nature of time and how it ultimately has the final word -- a point that Wai does not fail to make as he closes his poetic biopic out with the death of Ip Man. Still, one of the main… Continue Reading...

Gun Fu and Hong Kong Cinema

able to so naturally twine about so many threads in his film. Juggling romance, rivalry, betrayal, morality, revenge, justice, forgiveness and violence is all part of what goes into making A Better Tomorrow a new kind of action film. Such a film could not have come from any other place than Hong Kong, which is situated so uniquely on the world's stage, both receiving and giving cultural ideas in artistic forms. While Woo has identified as a Christian (Pierce), Better Tomorrow cannot exactly be interpreted as having an overtly Christian message. Instead, its climax leads to a yin-yang type… Continue Reading...

Hawthorne Vs Poe Story Comparison

employing words for developing a vibrant world for their readers. Via the genres of gothic and romance fiction, Poe and Hawthorne have effectively widened the horizons of readers, replacing unexciting, old stories with intriguing ones that deal with an enigmatic human reality as well as the inevitable realities underlying human nature. The novels and short tales of fiction teem with symbolism, attempting at offering deeper understandings of story plots. Typically, symbolism forms a component of the context’s natural backdrop or is integrated into the characters’ development. The aforementioned two elements of writing prove central to the styles of Hawthorne… Continue Reading...

The Influence Of William Shakespeare and Robert Burns

and Macbeth (Fernandez, 2016). His works captured the entire spectrum of human emotion – love, romance, beauty, reconciliation, forgiveness, betrayal, tragedy, politics, and so forth. For example, most of Shakespeare’s earliest plays, especially Henry V, Henry VI, and Richard II, depicted the destruction associated with corrupt rulers. Further, In Hamlet, Shakespeare portrays human temperament, betrayal, revenge, and moral collapse. As a playwright, Shakespeare has a reputation for a distinctive style of writing. He is well known for his outstanding utilisation of metaphors, lyrical techniques, rhetorical devices, and reflective soliloquies in his work (Ellis, 2012). Shakespeare is also honoured for… Continue Reading...

How European Views Of the Ottomans Changed

the Ottomans in a more positive image. Entertaining stories (like Don Quixote) brought humor, romance and excitement to the subject, and illustrations helped Europeans to visualize the people too. Protestantism, however, played an enormous role in the transformation of the relationship between Europe and the Near East, and the opening of trade helped create a new culture that was far more in tune with what these people had to offer in terms of goods and services. De-Emphasizing the “Turks” as Militant by Reproducing Images of Their Culture Another important reason why Europeans began to adopt a less threatening view… Continue Reading...

Vice Principals on Hbo Advertisement Analysis

that showcases the main “selling” points of the comedy series—conflict, romance, “bromance,” action, and racial tension. The two main sources of conflict in the series, as represented in the ad, are between the two rivaling vice principals played by McBride and Goggins, both of whom vie for the Principal’s job, and between the two of them and the new principal played by Gregory, against whom McBride and Goggins unite to overthrow). The characters represent various types: McBride plays a middle-class, middle-aged white male with a traditional though pudgy bearing (he sports a sweater vest to school and has a… Continue Reading...

Movie Review Of Elf

( Daniel Tay) ; Buddy’s new little brother. Buddy has an awkward but rather deep and genuine little romance with a store girl (Deschanel). And then, there is the unfinished business at the North Pole (Ebert para5). Buddy, was moved to the North Pole by accident when he was still a toddler. He was raised to become an adult among the elves of Santa. Since he cannot get over the feeling that he really doesn’t belong there, he decides to travel to New York, clad in elf uniform, looking for his father. The father happens to be the cynical… Continue Reading...

Deepak Chopra Book Path Of Love

are true love,” (Chopra 2). The book is about different types of love, including self-love, but also romance and familial love. Although the book comes across as being new age fluff, it is nevertheless useful in engaging the reader and inspiring a positive mindset. The author does a good job of linking together various types of love, starting with the fundamental features of universal and self-love, progressing through the more mundane forms of love between people including romance. In the process of covering the different types of love, Chopra talks about how to cultivate a deeper and more meaningful… Continue Reading...

The Great Gatsby Essay

fate. There’s a very telling conversation expressly about driving that occurs between Jay and Jordan during their casual romance. “‘You’re a rotten driver,’ I protested. ‘Either you ought to be more careful or you oughtn’t to drive at all.’ ‘I am careful.’ ‘No, you’re not.’ ‘Well, other people are,’ she said lightly. ‘What’s that got to do with it?’ ‘They’ll keep out of my way,’ she insisted. ‘It takes two to make an accident.’ ‘Suppose you met somebody just as careless as yourself.’ ‘I hope I never will,’ she answered. ‘I hate careless people. That’s why I like you’”… Continue Reading...

Theseus and Hippolyta in a Midsummer Night’s Dream

youths into so much trouble as they seek to engage in wooing and romance. Theseus and Hippolyta may not be very active in the play, but they certainly do provide the comedy with sufficient backdrop to give it a playful, mythological, fun-filled dynamism that brings the action full-circle and caps it off with a few pleasant reminders for newlyweds (which is what Theseus and Hippolyta are at the end of the play). Though they are not central characters, their characters are central to the ideas expressed in the play—i.e., the need for balance, proportion, respect and appreciation in all… Continue Reading...

Shakespeare in Love Gender Communication

in regards to gender, there were also clearly more conventional ways to represent romance, such as the highly regulated form of the Shakespearean sonnets. But these once again stress the very constructed nature of love and gendered roles in earlier eras; one occupied positions but not necessarily embodied particular characters (Cunningham, 1980). In fact, it many dramas before the establishment of more fixed sexual conventions, there was a deliberate irony to happy endings, and deliberate irony about the happy ending of marriage in general. Just as in Butler, “to be a woman is to have become a woman, to… Continue Reading...

William Gibson's Neuromancer on Technology and Humans

Science fiction frequently portrays a dystopian reality to demonstrate the faults and failings in human nature or in human societies. Technology becomes an extension of human nature, enabling people to abuse or exploit. In William Gibson's novel Neuromancer, the author offers a bleak portrayal of the ways human beings use technology. Humans interface with technology in a way that obliterates their ability to relate to one another or experience emotions like compassion and empathy. The protagonist Henry Case is an exception, which is why the audience can relate to the ways he tries to subvert the system. A matrix supersedes… Continue Reading...

Robin Thicke Song Versus Porgy and Bess Song

pure simple joy of being alive. “Oh, I Can’t Sit Down” refers in part to the romance central to the Porgy and Bess story, whereas “Blurred Lines” is about more impersonal sexual encounters. Whereas “Oh, I Can’t Sit Down” is one song from a cohesive musical story, and cannot be rightfully taken out of its context, the Thicke song can stand on its own and does not play a role in any larger narrative. Also, the song from Porgy and Bess is choral in nature, with no solo singer. “Blurred Lines” has a few instances of vocal layering but… Continue Reading...

The Role Media Plays in Relation to Gender Stereotypes

values in the private life sphere. Thus, issues of family, romance, love, parenthood, and domestic occupation are portrayed as more significant to women than they are to women. In addition, while the frequency of portraying women in professional roles has been on the rise, as it has also diversified in recent years, advertising and TV series programs continue want to push women into what is regarded as pink-collar occupations. They present more men in professions that are regarded traditionally as more prestigious and serious (Giomi, Sansonetti & Tota, 2015). The report by UNECE produced in 2009 highlights the representation… Continue Reading...

Satire in Knox's Chicken Bucket

the Chicken Bucket be OK”: A Bucketful of Social Satire in Jennifer Knox’s “Chicken Bucket” romance and familial life, at first glance, do not appear to be of much importance in Jennifer Knox’s “Chicken Bucket”—but upon closer inspection, romance and family life are really what the poem is all about, albeit these themes are perceived through the eyes of a thoroughly debauched thirteen year old girl transitioning from childhood to adulthood in a cascading fit of booze, schedule 1 narcotics, underage sex, and fried fast food. One could be excused for calling Knox an ironic poet, because if romance and… Continue Reading...

Clint Eastwood

Clint Eastwood’s career spans more than six decades, and is one of Hollywood’s few luminaries that is equally as renowned for his acting as his directing. Born in 1930 in San Francisco, Eastwood’s formative years were spent during the Great Depression, during which his family moved around in search of work. Eastwood has one younger sister (“Biography: Clint Eastwood” 1). Eastwood worked a series of odd jobs, mainly manual labor, until he was drafted into the army in 1950. During his time in the Army, Eastwood proudly recalls how he managed to skillfully avoid combat in the Korean War by… Continue Reading...

Social Class Status in America Hierarchies

is critical for preserving existing power hierarchies. Class background does not necessarily preclude class mobility, but it can. Despite the romance of “rags to riches” stories that abound in the American psyche, dramatic upward social mobility is extremely rare: “Hardly anyone starts at the bottom of the ladder and ends up at the top,” and upward mobility opportunities are “limited” at best (“Social Class in the United States,” p. 1). Current class position will influence individual actions, and individual actions can also be constrained by class background. For example, a person from a particular class background learns values, beliefs, behaviors,… Continue Reading...

The Initiation Process in the Hero S Journey

with J. J. King’s daughter—and both fathers forbid the romance when they discover evidence of it. Bill specifically forbids Willie from seeing the girl. When Willie sneaks out later to meet her and is discovered, Bill buys Willie a one-way ticket back to his college town. The next morning, however, Bill is arrested and sent to jail after getting in an altercation with King. Willie, who is on his way to the train station, sees his father being locked up, tears up his train ticket and determines to make things up with his father by busting him out of… Continue Reading...

Romantic Love in Hamlet

shown when she openly weeps for him following his epic rant against love, marriage and romance. She cries, “O, what a noble mind is here o’erthrown! / The courtier’s, soldier’s, scholar’s, eye, tongue, sword, / Th’ expectancy and rose of the fair state, / The glass of fashion and the mold of form, / Th’ observed of all observers, quite, quite down!” (3.1.163-168). Her grief exposes her love, which, of course, she has just denied to Hamlet’s face—which further erodes his confidence in romantic love. In fact, her obedience to her father at a time when Hamlet has needed… Continue Reading...

The Great Gatsby and Jazz

and Gatsby, she returns to her husband. Gatsby is crushed: his dream of romance with Daisy going on uninterruptedly is dashed—just like the market crash dashed the good times that everyone was enjoying. Thus, the Jazz Age serves as the perfect backdrop for the shallowness and superficiality of The Great Gatsby. It represents a moment in time when America was flush with cash and careless about the rules, the laws, or morality—none of it mattered because America had won the war and the party was on. That mentality is what helped push Gatsby towards his tragic fate. It is… Continue Reading...

Game Of Thrones

towards Stannis’s old home.  Melisandre encourages her to start a romance with Jon Snow.  They become a couple.  Cersei also seeks an alliance, and considers marrying Euron Greyjoy.   Daenerys’s army fights with the Lannister army, led by Jaime.  Daenerys’s dragon is injured.  Jon and Daenerys call a truce with Cersei in order to capture a White Walker.  Jon is captured, and, while Daenerys saves him, she loses a dragon in the process.  They take the captured White Walker to negotiate with Cersei.  Arya and Sansa reunite with Bran.  They discover Littlefinger’s duplicity and Sansa has him executed.  Bran… Continue Reading...