Written for my “Typologies of the Novel I: 18th and 19th Centuries” class, in 28.02.2017. We were asked to analyze Prince Myshkin, the protagonist of Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s novel The Idiot, through the lens of the quixotic ideal. In order to fully and coherently answer this question we must first discuss the implications of the term […]

  Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov is, above all, a novel which re-imagines the consequences of oppressive thought patterns and their actualization in wider organizations such as the national states or religious doctrines. I believe the key idea that unlocks many doors in the text is that trying to oppress religion, art and creativity […]

During World War I (WWI), the armies had a serious problem: they did not have a system  for classifying their recruits by assessing their intelligence and capabilities, and they therefore could not assign the best fitting tasks for them. Although there were some tests that aimed to measure personality characteristics, none could meet the demands […]

British empiricists are first and foremost concerned with how our minds acquire knowledge and they try to come up with specific terms and definitions about the combination of that knowledge. Furthermore, they aim to understand the specific processes that are in effect during this acquisition period, and, influenced by the mechanical spirit of the era, […]

The Red and The Black by Stendhal is novel that is situated right in the middle of a turbulent and uneasy political atmosphere. The events of the 19th century and especially those of 1830, leaves France in political instability; as people are divided into two sides: Royalists and Republicans. This dichotomy, however, is not shown […]