Writing

Emily Drouillard

Lucky Peach

we are on the jolty CTA being stretched across the red line.

the metal is cold, very cold, matching the grey sky

as foggy as my vision but you can still see me

even though you are looking down at your

cooking magazine Lucky Peach with the psychedelic green cover.

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Freud’s Super-Ego and Nolan’s The Dark Knight

Sigmund Freud, the famed Austrian considered to be the father of psychoanalysis, has certainly left his mark on the world of psychology through a variety of different theories, studies, and new forms of treatment. Freud was born in 1856 and died in 1939, just four months after the character of Batman was first introduced, in Detective Comics #27, published by DC Comics. Freud had most likely never heard of Batman, but the caped crusader’s escapades and adventures can actually lead us to a deeper understanding of the concepts and ideas about the mechanisms and mannerisms of the human mind and psyche the Freud introduced to the world. More specifically, the ways in which the film The Dark Knight help us to understand Freud’s concepts of the super-ego, ego, and id will be explored. The dramatically different central characters of the film provide actualization and representation of the three codependent concepts and their various influences and effects.

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Ethical Veganism: An Evaluation Through Societal Moral Expectations

The purpose of this paper is to argue that the consumption of animals and their by-products is unethical. The morality (to be used in the same sense as the word ethics in this argument) of these practices will be examined in the contexts of their effects on the animals involved as well as on the environment. Consuming animals and animal by-products in a first world country in 2015 condones and promoters the torture and abuse of beings capable of feeling distress and pain. The products are also the result of a system that has had the single largest human-made impact on the planet (Robbins 58) yet is consistently overlooked by the public, especially the American public, in terms of contributors to and causes of environmental crises. Ethical veganism is the consumption of a vegan diet – one devoid and any animals or animal by-products – for primarily moral purposes. This definition is not standardized and often is expanded to other parts of life outside of sustenance. The current focus will be solely on diet.

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Les Citoyennes: The Dichotomy of Women in The French Revolution

The French Revolution began in 1789 with the storming of the Bastille on July 14. Three months later, women of Paris marched on the palace of Versailles and began a revolution of their own. It marked the beginning of modern feminism, which would last long after Napoléon’s coup ended the revolution in 1799. The significance of the contributions and advancements of women in the French Revolution, most notably the March on Versailles, is juxtaposed by their struggle to rid their status as secondary citizens in the face of evolving legislation. Their involvements mark both a birth of modern feminism and a reaffirmation of the need for said feminism.

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Tim Burton’s Gothic Corpse Bride

Tim Burton, an eccentric looking American with wayward hair and mismatched wardrobe, is renowned for the gothic influence found in nearly all of his art, especially his movies. His 2005 stop-motion animated film Corpse Bride embodies Gothicism so very well that aspects of it seem to be tongue-in-cheek odes to the style. Through his use of visuals including setting and color scheme, as well as the inclusion of archetypal characters and heavy Romanticism, Burton has turned an old story into an incontrovertibly Gothic film. Read the rest of this entry »

The Great Juvenile Gothic: A Series of Unfortunate Events and its Relation to Children’s Gothic Fiction

The tridecalogy A Series of Unfortunate Events is one of the most gothic children’s’ book series in print and was a part of the growth of the genre of gothic literature for children. The first novel in the series, The Bad Beginning, was published in 1999, when the movement toward more macabre children’s works was gaining strength. The book is full of both gothic plot and reference, making it a prime example of the ways in which the usually adult-driven literary thirst crossed over to become one also felt by the young. The novels, thanks to their popularity, are in part responsible for the domination of the current children’s literature market by gothic tales.

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