‘How Far I’ll Go’ (….To Over-Analyse Disney)

Every road leads back to the place I know Where I cannot go Where I long to be… At first glance, ‘How Far I’ll Go’ is just another cheap rip-off of the ‘I Want’ trope, the ‘Let it Go’ song to make more money and cheat you into buying yet more Frozen-esque merchandise. But, like…

The First Exam

Waking up is a terrible experience, unparalleled by any method of torture, comparable to being given an acid bath by a manic robot. Of course, some days waking up is tolerable- Christmas day as a wealthy white male, for example, one can imagine is quite enjoyable, almost. Being hurled out of the peaceful embrace of…

COCONUTS ARE THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL, and Other Lessons I Learned from Moana

Consider the coconuts The trunks and the leaves, ha! The island gives us what we need- And no one leaves… I can’t be the only one still geeking out about Disney’s latest flick, Moana. The animation, design, and writing is absolutely gorgeous, while having Moana as a strong independent female archetype seems set to make…

A2 PHILOSOPHY: THE ‘JUST WAR’ THEORY

THE JUSTIFICATION OF PUNISHMENT  Punishment requires justification because it requires the calculated infliction of pain on an individual. Normally when people are kidnapped or killed this is wrong and illegal, but the state does this to people through the punishment it inflicts. The simplest way to explain why this is necessary is simply the fact…

The Life of Charlotte

On the 21st o April, 1816, a miracle was born. Miracles seldom have adequate names, so the gods decided to call this one, ‘Charlotte Brontë’. It was a fitting name, for that was also her birth name. Her father was an Irish Anglican Clergyman, and so her family was reasonably well-off; they’d have had to…

The Beauty and the Brontë

‘Do you think, because I am poor, obscure, plain and little, I am soulless and heartless? You think wrong! – I have as much soul as you, – and full as much heart! And if God had gifted me with some beauty and much wealth, I should have made it as hard for you to…

The Victorian Gothic

So, in honour of Charlotte Bronte’s unbirthday (shut up, they’re totally a thing and it’s not just an excuse to better understand Jane Eyre), we’re having a look at the conventions of the Victorian Gothic this week. But before we can look specifically at the Victorian Gothic genre, let’s get some things straight about the…