Comparing and Contrasting “The Lottery” and “The Rocking-Horse Winner”

This is a fiction essay I wrote comparing and contrasting “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson and “The Rocking-Horse Winner” by D. H. Lawrence. These are two of my favorite short stories.


Essay Thesis Statement: Both stories show the greed that can be in a family and the thirst for money and luck over love. Unfortunate death is the end result.Read More »


Renaissance Art Evaluation

The Moneylender and His Wife by Quentin Matsys


This image shows a man who is a moneylender who appears to be counting coins at a table. In one hand he holds a balance to weigh his coins. Beside him is his wife who is looking on with a book open in front of her. They seem to be people of middle class stature because of their simple dress. Behind them stands a shelf which holds some books, an apple, a plate, an oil jar, and some other items. Beside the shelf is a door which is open slightly.

This image demonstrates these characteristics of Renaissance art: (1) Renaissance Art stresses proportion, balance, and harmony. In The Moneylender and His Wife, Massys made sure all of his lines were balanced and in equal proportion with one another. The shelves in the background are straight and match evenly with the door to the right. Everything blends in harmoniously. (2) Renaissance Art figures began to look 2-dimensional and alive. The figures used in The Moneylender and His Wife look very much alive. Instead of looking like flat drawings against their background, the figures look as if they have depth and thickness to them. (3) Renaissance Art depicted scenes from everyday life. Most likely, counting coins was a common thing for a moneylender to do, and this image captures a depiction of how a moneylender would count and weigh his coins.

I think this image was very well done. Massys gave his figures color and expression in their faces. They are both sitting equally at the table and the entire image has a 2-dimensional effect. The clothes that the figures are wearing and the wall space behind them both accurately give a shadow effect.

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Review of Aristotle’s ‘The Polis,’ from “Politics”


In his article, Aristotle challenged the belief of why some believe Democracy is the best form of government. For most countries, I do not believe that Democracy is the best form of government and most major Greek philosophers, including Aristotle, thought the same. I favor more of a Republic government (The Rule of Law). I do, however, like some aspects of Democracy rule which is supposed to give more power and voice to the people.Read More »

“Inklings” Newsletter

Here is another design project created using Adobe InDesign that I completed for an introductory course to graphic design. The focus was to create a short newsletter on any subject you wanted to. My newsletter was called “Inklings” – after the literary group associated with Oxford during the 1930s and 1940s of which my favorite author, J. R. R. Tolkien, was a part. As you will see, he had a heavy influence in the newsletter which was supposedly “for fans of mystery, superhero comics, adventure stories, science­-fiction and fantasy.” This was done in 2015, a rather melancholy year for said fans due to the deaths of author Terry Pratchett and actor Christopher Lee. Respect.



Design Concepts In Scripture

Here are two typography poster-type designs created using Adobe InDesign that I completed for an introductory course to graphic design. The focus was on design concepts in Scripture.


In the Scripture passage used above, repetition is the design principle that is used in a literary fashion. “Blessed are the/those” and “for theirs/they” is used eight times. I used a thick font (Enge Holzschrift) for the title and reference and a thin, easier-to-read font (DaunPenh) for the main text. The B’s are set off with a different font (Alex Brush). The white color shows up well on the blue background and I added a bit of design with the (White Diamond) line.


In the Scripture passage used above, repetition is the design principle that is used in a literary fashion. The word “love” is repeated six times. I used a thin, script font (Herr Von Muellerhoff) for the title and reference and a old-style serif font (Garamond-Normal) for the main text. Four of the “love” words are spotlighted with a different font (Cinzel Decorative). I used the colors red and white and added a ribbon heart and border to complete the design.