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In Virgil’s Aeneid, the strongest and most admirable characters like Aeneas and Turnus are seen as ideals of patriotism and courage. At times though, their stories are momentarily superseded by interactions with a minor character. These subplots often serve to deepen our understanding of the main characters, but in turn bring a new character into the spotlight. Could a minor…

Using the framework of a subjective narrator, F. Scott Fitzgerald created an unconventional protagonist in the form of Jay Gatsby in The Great Gatsby. To Nick Carraway, our narrator, he was a man who appeared enviable at first: If personality is an unbroken series of successful gestures, then there was something gorgeous about him, some heightened sensitivity to the promises…

Imagine a smoking cauldron rising from the trapdoor of the Globe’s center stage as you hear echoes of thunder from the attics. Three bearded men cloaked in black rags and tattered capes slink onto the stage as they chant. It might be the middle of the afternoon, but Shakespeare has  created an atmosphere of mystery and foreboding that is only…