C. Wright Mills "promise" is the promise of sociological imagination, which he saw as the ability to view individual experience, history and currently unfolding events as a synergistic whole. He believed that ordinary pe... More »

Conflict theory refers to a group of perspectives within sociology that explain society in terms of the discordance between social groups. These perspectives run contrary to structural functionalism, which defines societ... More »

Shakespeare's works deliver short insults such as beef-witted, hell-hated, fly-bitten, milk-livered and reeky, and more complex insults such as "A most notable coward, an infinite and endless liar, an hourly promise brea... More »

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"In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens" by Alice Walker is a collection of autobiographical short stories that focus on Walker's understanding of womanist theory and her experience during the Civil Rights Movement. The short... More »

In Shakespeare's tragedy, "Romeo and Juliet," Mercutio says, "A plague o' both your houses" because the feud between the Capulet and Montague families has led to the events that resulted in his death. He speaks these wor... More »

The main theme of “A Sound of Thunder” by Ray Bradbury is the speculative influence of seemingly unimportant events from the past to the present time. The first to introduce the scientific foundations of such influence w... More »

"Beowulf" is a poem that describes events that happen to Danish King Hrothgar and his great hall, Heorot. King Hrothgar and his people are plagued by Grendel, a monster who attacks Heorot every night to pillage and kill ... More »