Today's Free Essay
by Susan Vaughton The Chronicles of Narnia
Permit me to remind you that a very small size has been bestowed on us Mice, and if we did not guard our dignity, some (who weigh worth by inches) would allow themselves very unsuitable pleasantries at our expense.
Reepicheep the High Mouse offers these words to Aslan in Prince Caspian.
Stop picking on him and his fellow soldier-mice just because they’re little guys. If you judge their worth by inches alone, you’ll pay a wicked price.
As one of the fiercest and most influential warriors of Old Nar-nia–and okay, okay, one of the tiniest–Reepicheep knows that mice and children must always guard their dignity because older, bigger creatures use age and size as an excuse to dismiss the intelligence, skill, and usefulness of smaller creatures. Villains and heroes alike make that error all through the Chronicles of Narnia, especially in Prince Caspian, and it’s–excuse the pun–a big … read more»
Recent Free Essays (Still Available!)
by David Harrison Alias
Any good television drama is driven by its characters, but the universe in which they live has a huge impact on the show as well. More than most current programs, Alias is dependent on science and technology for its plot elements, surprises, gimmicks and even characters.
Basing a series on such … read more»
by Lee Pfeifferon James Bond
In Goldeneye, Judi Dench’s M tells Bond he’s a misogynist, sexist pig–a relic of the Cold War. Despite probably disqualifying Bond from being awarded the Employee of the Month parking space, the criticism was taken by 007 in characteristic stride. Bond had always had a prickly relationship with his previous … read more»
by Kay Steigeron The Walking Dead
The Walking Dead comic, created by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie Adlard, and the television adaptation, produced by Frank Darabont, have been critically acclaimed, and the show set a record as “the most watched drama series in basic cable history,” according to the New York Times. But some feminist … read more»
by Tanya Huffon Star Wars
Way back in late August of 1980, five of us were driving from Toronto down to the World Science Fiction Convention in Boston. For reasons I can no longer remember but I’m sure made sense at the time, we left home at one a.m. and arrived at the Canada/U.S. Thousand … read more»