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  • Catherine’s Identity in Wuthering Heights

    In Wuthering Heights, the question of identity is intrinsically tied to the conception of romantic love, as seen in the character of Catherine Earnshaw. Catherine’s impassioned declaration of “Nelly, I AM Heathcliff!” suggests that her identity is grounded in her… Read More ›

  • Fairness and Darkness in Jane Eyre

    In Jane Eyre, adjectives denoting fairness and darkness permeate Bronte’s descriptions of the characters’ physical appearances. Thus, characters such as Rochester, Blanche Ingram, Bertha Mason, Mrs. Reed and John Reed are noted for their “olive” or “dark” complexions (p. 125,… Read More ›

  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs Internship Interview

    Edit: This interview took place a few years ago. Please look elsewhere on the internet for more updated ones.  This is a series of transcripts from scholarship and university interviews alike because I may or may not be trying to… Read More ›

  • A pessimist’s perspective: why M Ravi’s constitutional challenge is unlikely to succeed

    Source of image: Straits Times  Although the Government never fails to remind Singaporeans of the Elected President’s (EP) role as the “second key” to the financial reserves, and one semester of constitutional law has attempted to teach me otherwise, I still… Read More ›

  • Fire and ice

    When I ask you what you want, our faces inches from each other on a shared pillow, heat radiating from your body to mine, your reply is something out of my control. You want me to purge my memory, to scrub… Read More ›

  • Service in King Lear and The Winter’s Tale

    Master-servant relationships figure heavily in The Winter’s Tale and King Lear, with masters King Lear and Leontes, and servants Kent, Camillo and Paulina. This essay will compare how such relationships are portrayed and what true service means. In both plays,… Read More ›

  • Space in King Lear

    In Scene 1, Goneril declares that her love for Lear is “dearer than eyesight, space, or liberty” (Shakespeare 1.50). This moment foreshadows the tragedy that subsequently unfolds, where Lear loses all three things that are held to be of immense… Read More ›

  • Applying Aristotle’s Politics to the Singaporean regime

      Aristotle classifies the political structure of a polis into three broad categories: monarchy, aristocracy and polity. He asserts that a regime aspires to autárkeia, or “self-sufficiency” (p. 3), and the city exists “for the sake of living well” (p…. Read More ›

  • Why did Plato write The Republic as a dialogue?

     The Republic is a work of remarkable philosophical complexity, and Plato’s choice of the dialogue form allows him to explore these concepts persuasively. The dialogue form places an added emphasis on the characters as individuals fulfilling certain roles. Thus, Plato… Read More ›

  • Morality and Modernity

     In Hind Swaraj and “A Manifesto for a Re-appraisal and Reconstruction of Chinese Culture”, Mohandas K. Gandhi and Mao Zong San examine the relationship between traditional values and progress through the hallmark of modernity: scientific and technological advancement. However, their… Read More ›