Literary Commentary

The Backbone of “Blue Bouquet”: An Analysis of Literary Style

We read "Blue Bouquet" by Octavio Paz a while ago in my English class, and I wrote a response to the following assignment: Respond to any specific aspect of the story that you feel is an important part of the story (Character, setting, symbol, central metaphor, conflict) or a central idea (theme) in the text. Identify and explain examples in your paper to help develop your ideas. Use a structured, paragraphed approach to your discussion. I decided to tackle a more unconventional topic: the stylistic components of the text and how they develop the story from a story-engineering perspective. [Click to read more]

History

Differences in Political Responses to the Great Depression and the Recession of 2008 in Canada

In the early 1900s, many governments believed in the classical theory that the economic system was self-balancing. As a result, when the Great Depression began in 1929, it was expected that the crisis would eventually end by itself and that there was little to be done by the government. Although the Provincial and Municipal governments were already in debt due to the many development projects undertaken during the 1920s, the federal government offered them minimal aid. Bennett’s conservative government also ignored a lot of the struggles that were going on in western Canada, instead focusing their political and diplomatic agendas towards satisfying its largest voter base, which was situated in eastern Canada and was primarily urban. There was a serious imbalance in conditions throughout Canada, with a shocking 2/3 of the rural and prairie farming population dependent on the meagre government assistance they were receiving, compared to the 1/5 of the population that was struggling in other areas of Canada. The government’s initial support for these issues was minimal, costing them valuable years at the onset of the Great Depression. [Click to read more]

Literary Commentary

“Vicious” and Morality

This book was packed with some pretty heavy moral questions, as its main underlying theme was the fight between evil and "less-evil". We've got Victor on the one hand, who's clearly an introvert with no "good intentions" to look out for others or help others, but incredibly smart and ambitious. Then there's Eli, the popular but smart and (also) ambitious one. At first, they're both united by a shared intelligence and passion in college. But what happens when their situation changes, and they both obtain supernatural powers really shows their true colours in ways that makes you question who is truly, morally right. [Click to read more]

Blogging

Hey there

Hey there! I’m so glad you’ve decided to pop by! Whether you’re visiting because you were a reader of my eight-year-old blog or just happened to find the name "Silver Tome" around the interwebs, it’s great to have you here! I’ve been blogging since 2009, and I love sharing writing that others will read and benefit from. As my first post on this new blog, I'd like to welcome you and tell you a little bit about this blog and how it came about. [Click to read more]