In case you don’t want snippets of my thought, a sampling of the things I’ve written:
- Analysis of the Gettysburg Address - Jefferson says that “all men are created equal” is a truth “self-evident;” Lincoln calls it a “proposition.” What does that divergence reveal?
- Analysis of Lincoln’s “Second Inaugural” - How exactly is a democracy supposed to exist again, after its citizens have spent years trying to kill each other?
- On “Batman Begins” - A man dresses as a bat and fights ninjas as a result of his education: he’s learned what justice is, and yes, we can learn quite a lot from his story.
- On “Macbeth” - Duncan’s feudal rule is emphatically not an option for Malcolm, who gives everyone a promotion and seems to want a constitutional monarchy rather than absolute rule. The transition from Duncan to Malcolm involved the bloody reign of Macbeth: why?
- Emily Dickinson, “If I can stop one heart from breaking” - if only one could.