Today's Free Essay
by Jacqueline Lichtenbergon Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Buffy the Vampire Slayer is not “just” a television show. It is part of the process whereby television as an artistic medium is finally coming into its own in the world of Great Literature.
So what is Great Literature? As we learn in our first high-school literature courses, to qualify as Great Literature the events of the story must cause the main character to change inwardly, emotionally, either to be shattered or strengthened by the events. The characters learn lessons and become different people.
Great Literature is also identified by the effect on the reader–that the reader feels the characters’ emotions and understands the impact of the lessons on the character–understands inwardly how it comes about that this kind of person becomes that kind of person because of the events in the story. Thus the work is memorable. The characters’ journeys of becoming are indelibly stamped upon the reader’s mind.
Beyond that, to … read more»
Recent Free Essays (Still Available!)
by Jen Chaneyon Friday Night Lights
Coach Eric Taylor is a real man.
Yes, he can be called that for a lot of the traditional reasons.
He is fiercely protective of his women, both his wife, Tami, and, especially, his two daughters. He is also occasionally flummoxed by them.
He can be stubborn and unforgiving, especially when he thinks … read more»
by Jon Skovronon The Vampire Diaries
The Vampire Diaries is a perfect example of an age-old battle between opposites. Not Good and Evil, of course. Neither the book nor the show is so didactic as to portray any character as purely Good or purely Evil. No, I’m talking about that other age-old conflict: Boy … read more»
by Gregory Stevensonon Gilmore Girls
I am a most unlikely fan of Gilmore Girls: A thirty-something, testosterone-fueled male whose ideal recreation involves bruising football matches and obscure martial arts; a person who any day would choose a horrible Steven Seagal movie over anything starring Meryl Streep. And yet I find myself enamored of this family … read more»