Noelle McNeill

Noelle McNeill

Studying English literature & nonprofit leadership. Intrigued by people, past and present.

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Female Masculinity in Faulkner

The women in Faulkner’s novels are volatile characters (as most characters in his books are), but in a different way. The women are often stronger, more brusque, and generally independent, traits that the men in the novel wish they had. Specifically looking at The Sound and the Fury and As I Lay Dying, how do the women appear more "masculine" than the men they interact with? How does their masculinity positively and negatively affect their relationships with others?

  • 1. Please, define "stronger," "brusque," and "independent." Examples will be greatly appreciated. – T. Palomino 2 years ago
  • 2. Please, elaborate the following: "traits that the men in the novel wish they had." Do these men actually say that or is it implied? Or is it something you, as a reader, perceive? – T. Palomino 2 years ago
  • 3. Please explain the following: "Women in Faulkner's novels are volatile characters, but in a different way." Different from what? From men? – T. Palomino 2 years ago

The Impact of Fitzgerald's Personal Life on His Writing

F. Scott Fitzgerald lived a relatively hard life plagued by alcoholism and depression, yet was a powerful writer. Characters in his novels, such as Jay Gatsby from "The Great Gatsby" and Dick Diver from "Tender is the Night" seem to experience similar troubles. We know what Fitzgerald struggled with throughout his life; to what extent did he give his characters the same struggles? Was it a conscious decision, or a way of coping? In many cases the characters don’t find peace, just as Fitzgerald didn’t. How did Fitzgerald use his personal life, whether willingly or not, to influence his writing?

  • I think it is undeniable that Fitzgerald largely reflects upon his own life through the trials and tribulations of his fictional characters. Some of the parallels he draws are uncanny, however whether this was a conscious decision, or merely a demonstration of the artist's tendency to draw upon his own experiences, is difficult to ascertain. It would be interesting to look at essays written by Fitzgerald and critiques written about his works, as well as taking a closer look at his characters in order to craft a more solid perspective on the matter. – arhaydu 7 years ago
  • I would love to read an article like this. To piggy-back off arhaydu a bit, looking at the wealth of Fitzgerald's different works, from the best-known novels to essays, as well as his short stories, is a must. Additionally, there is actually a slim volume out there titled On Booze. Relevant, and it is a quick, enjoyable read--shouldn't put too much more stress time-wise on the writing process for this article. – KatharineBooth 7 years ago
  • That's quite interesting. In Stephen King's book "On Writing" he mentions having a connection with Jack Torrance form "The shining". Both Stephen King and Jack Torrance were struggling writers who had sunk into alcoholism. Writing characters similar to yourself is something that comes naturally. without having the intention of creating yourself on the page your are drawn to writing what you know. We can find many examples of this and it can easily be applied to Fitzgerald and his works. – ReidaBookman 7 years ago

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Latest Comments

Noelle McNeill

I would have never thought of the connection between those on YouTube and those who publish. It’s a neat example of how one artist can support and elevate another (even if they are seeking something for their own gain), and I think these book deals are a testament to YouTube (the company itself) and its popularity.

How Necessary is it for YouTubers to Write Books?
Noelle McNeill

I think it’s intriguing to note how Adam and Eve’s physical relationship changes after the fall as well. They’re extremely loving before Eve eats the apple, then almost immediately after her original sin Adam is much colder towards her, and at one point is described to be “seizing her hand.” Milton does provide resolution, however, as Adam and Eve walk out of Eden hand in hand after being cast out.

Paradise Lost: A Shift in Narrative Language After the Fall
Noelle McNeill

I find myself rereading classic literature often. It’s a chance not only to go over a good story again, but I find the more I read by authors such as Fitzgerald and Austen, the more I realize subtle nuances and dialogue in unique ways.

Why Reread Books? The Pros and Cons of Rereading