Were the Bronte sisters on the spectrum? Obviously, it is impossible to answer this question with certainty since they are long dead, but it can still be speculated on. It can be argued with valid evidence as a possibility. The novel Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte, is, in part, an autobiography, which leaves a lot… Read more Signs of Autism in Jane Eyre; Bronte Sisters Autistic?
There are a few instances in this poem where I was unsure if the author was speaking to and referring to either a personified despair, a carrion crow, his God, life itself, or all at once. Maybe God is despair, represented in the form of a carrion crow? Is there even a crow present in… Read more Analysis of “Carrion Comfort”
“My home, then, when I at last find a home,—is a cottage; a little room with whitewashed walls and a sanded floor, containing four painted chairs and a table, a clock, a cupboard, with two or three plates and dishes, and a set of tea-things in delf. Above, a chamber of the same dimensions as… Read more Something About Jane
“I grieve to leave Thornfield: I love Thornfield:—I love it, because I have lived in it a full and delightful life,—momentarily at least. I have not been trampled on. I have not been petrified. I have not been buried with inferior minds, and excluded from every glimpse of communion with what is bright and energetic… Read more Autism in Jane Eyre
“-I only know that this blizzard was sent from hell, its purpose, to slay me.” This sentence is from your first paragraph which introduces the landscape where the creature is to spend his final moments. This sentence really caught my attention, it gave me a lot to think about regarding the ways it can be… Read more Review of Erik’s Essay
One could argue that the creature from Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel, Frankenstein, is a character suffering from psychosocial impairments. Developmentally, psychosocial skills are gained in childhood, and some issues can be worked out with therapy, preventing further problems in adulthood. The creature in this novel had no childhood to develop through. The creature was thrown… Read more Was The Creature Developmentally Disabled?
“Urged thus far, I had no choice but to adapt my nature to an element which I had willingly chosen. The completion of my demoniacal design became an insatiable passion. And now it is ended; there is my last victim!” (Chapter 24) This quote, specifically the italicized portion, allows the reader to see how the… Read more The Creature’s Self Image
Blind Man: “I am poor and an exile, but it will afford me true pleasure to be in any way serviceable to a human creature.” Creature: “Excellent man! I thank you and accept your generous offer. You raise me from the dust by this kindness; and I trust that, by your aid, I shall not… Read more A Human “Monster”
Polonius: “What do you read, my lord?” Hamlet: “Words, words, words.” (a bit further down in the play) Hamlet: You cannot, sir, take from me anything that I will more willingly part withal—except my life, except my life, except my life. Does Prince Hamlet have a stutter/speech impediment? If so, is it that possible he… Read more Does Prince Hamlet Stutter?
Back when I lived on campus, pre-covid-19 era, I was staying in the dorms with my therapy cat. Her name is Rosa. She became part of my life in high school, and I absolutely could not leave her behind, so she quickly became my college buddy. Without her by my side, I would have dropped… Read more Animals and Disabilities