Tess of the d’Urbervilles: Part 3 – The Sepulchral Persephone

When we left off, Tess was done struggling away at the turnip patch, had shacked up with Alec Stoke-d’Urberville, Angel was, as far as we know, still in Brazil and that’s where we left it. Part 3 begins with the inevitable return of Angel Clare – now a much changed man. But lets stop andContinue reading “Tess of the d’Urbervilles: Part 3 – The Sepulchral Persephone”

Tess of the d’Urbervilles: Part 2 – The Wessex Artemis

CONTENT WARNING: Contains discussion on sexual violence, sexual assault, infant mortality and cruelty to animals. When we left our Tess she had returned home from the serpentine clutches of Alec ‘the twat’ Stoke-d’Urberville, basically had her rape dismissed by everybody as her own fault, had a baby, had it die, undergone a process approaching deification,Continue reading “Tess of the d’Urbervilles: Part 2 – The Wessex Artemis”

We Need to Talk About Love

Probably an article more suited to release a few weeks ago, around Valentine’s Day and all. I am writing this because I am currently doing an analysis of “Tess of the d’Urbervilles” and I have realised that despite the fact that it is supposedly a romantic tale, despite the fact that it is supposedly aboutContinue reading “We Need to Talk About Love”

Tess of the d’Urbervilles: Part 1 – The Virgin Eve

CONTENT WARNING: Contains discussions of sexualisation of children, rape, sexual assualt and infant mortality. The first theme presented to us is one of the most important to the whole novel. A simple, humble, some could argue lazy, countryside peddler, John Durbeyfield, is lounging about minding his own when the local Parson informs him he actuallyContinue reading “Tess of the d’Urbervilles: Part 1 – The Virgin Eve”

Tess of the d’Urbervilles – An Introduction

CONTENT WARNING: Contains discussions about sexual assault, rape and infant mortality. I am still finding trouble processing my thoughts on Tess, but let me begin with a brief summary of the plot of the book the full title of which was once “Tess of the d’Urbervilles: A Pure Woman Faithfully Presented” which…we’ll likely discuss atContinue reading “Tess of the d’Urbervilles – An Introduction”

The Unintentional Innuendoes of Tess of the d’Urbervilles

Before moving on to a more serious analysis of this 19th Century version of ‘I Spit on Your Grave’ except with more gratuitous suffering and less satisfaction I figured why not have some fun. For sure the book’s a serious one and requires serious thought. Whether it be directly related to the book itself withinContinue reading “The Unintentional Innuendoes of Tess of the d’Urbervilles”

King Lear: Finale – Exeunt, with a Dead March

Previously on King Lear – Edmund had begun to get in trouble for his fucking, the King had gone so mad he had regained some reason, met up with Cordelia again but likely to be captured and Edgar, though no longer a fop, is still a sweetheart. We re-enter the fray with Edgar leaving GloucesterContinue reading “King Lear: Finale – Exeunt, with a Dead March”

King Lear: Part 4 – “It smells of mortality.”

Previously on King Lear – Daughters are bitches, man loses eye, Poor Tom’s-a-cold, Edmund has fucked, may be fucking and will fuck again, Lear went mad, shouted at the weather that’s how Shakespeare lets us know it’s set in England and how we have any of this without Shakespeare having stained his pages with hisContinue reading “King Lear: Part 4 – “It smells of mortality.””

King Lear: Part 3 – Gimme Your Best Shot!

We left, of course, on ‘Reason not the need…’ which I think is as apt a subtitle for King Lear as anything else. In my opinion the entire play is a group of savage apes playing at civilisation in a desperate attempt to stave off acknowledging the fact that they are all the ‘basest beggar’.Continue reading “King Lear: Part 3 – Gimme Your Best Shot!”

King Lear: Part 2 – Reason Not the Need

Previously on King Lear – A man decided to cut a crown into three pieces and divide it amongst two people, because that made sense at the time. The King of France is a baller who managed to pick up a free woman, and Burgundy is a tosser. Kent disagreed with Lear being disagreeable soContinue reading “King Lear: Part 2 – Reason Not the Need”