According to the Britannica, the noble savage is an “idealized concept of uncivilized man, who symbolizes the innate goodness of one not exposed to the corrupting influences of civilization.” Does Hope Leslie’s Magawisca fit this archetype? This notion can be felt at Magawisca’s first introduction in the novel, when she is brought to the Fletchers’ home… Continue reading Free as Nature First Made Men
Since Hope Leslie was written before the Indian Removal Act (1830), do you think the novel was written in support of removal or against it? Honestly, I’m far too biased with the knowledge of the 21st century Hindsight 20/20 TM Jaded Frames and Non-Transitional Frames to answer this without sounding bitter. In some lines I… Continue reading Nope Leslie
In my own personal life, I learned about this thing called “radical acceptance” which is where someone does just that–they accept a thing for what it is and through there own process come to terms with the thing they are faced with. But what I didn’t ask was for how long had people been doing… Continue reading Noble–what now?
Titles are the first thing we see when we pick up a piece of literature. It can make us wonder, it can baffle us, and it can make us put the book back down and continue on with our day. Titles are meant to grab our attention. Titles can be one of the hardest things… Continue reading Hope Lesl…I mean…Magawisca or, Early Times in the Massachusetts
In her novel, Hope Leslie, Catharine Maria Sedgwick tells the story of the “savages” in a way that we as twenty-first century readers can appreciate. Despite being an entertaining read, the novel is very powerful in its presentation of female and male characters as human beings with strengths, weaknesses and feelings, rather than puppets to… Continue reading The Illusion of Love and Hope
When I first started to attend school here in America, I was forced to take a different English class than all the other kids in my class. The kids in this class were a bit different, and each had some peculiar quality about them that made them stand out, perhaps in a less socially accepted… Continue reading Hopeless – lie
The title of a book is so much more than a collection of words, or a witty reference to a plot point. In one word, or a few words, a title must manage to encompass some of the meaning of a work— some of the underlying themes, or at least catch your attention. Choosing a… Continue reading Title: Work in Progress