The Scribe Review is a quarterly online journal dedicated to publishing the academic English essays of high school students. Our first edition was published in August 2020, and the second was published in November 2020. Our next edition will be published in February 2021.

To submit your essay for consideration for the February issue, email it to submit@scribereview.org by February 12, 2021. It must meet all of our guidelines.

Volume 3 (February 2021)

Armed, Held: Black Motherhood in Toni Morrison’s Jazz

By Cora LeCates

The separation of Black mothers from their children in the United States began with slavery and continues in its wake; the traumatic financial, emotional, and...

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The Double-Edged Fog of Heart of Darkness

By Reece Yang

In Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness , fog and mist on the River Congo represent the incomprehensibility of the rainforest’s “darkness”; they obscure the truth that Marlow seeks through his journey...

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Girl, Girl, GirlGirlGirl

By Kimberly Dutta

In 1972, when Toni Morrison wrote Sula , the civil rights movement was still a recent memory. One of the most powerful images from that time – African Americans marching with locked arms against the oppression that sought to...

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Under the Red, White, and Blue: Color Symbolism and the American Dream in The Great Gatsby

By Noelle Hill

One topic that literary critics have long debated is whether or not the title is part of a work. Is the title something separate, only useful for labeling and organization, or is the title crucial to the interpretation of the work? Critic S.J...

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With a Side of Social Status

By Elizabeth “Libby” Warren

Food transcends physical sustenance. It feeds a social construct that places men above women, white above Black, and rich above poor. Ultimately, it announces social status and wealth. Does a plate hold rainbows of veggies alongside clean-cut lamb? Or bits of days old rice? Just as how a few...

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Volume 2 (November 2020)

Eddie Carbone as Tragic Hero: A View from the Bridge

By Stephan Vorreiter

Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge attempts to incorporate themes and traditions that reflect the era in which it was written in to create a modern and relevant Greek tragedy of an everyday man.

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Land of the Unfree: How A Mercy Exposes America Through its Portrayal of Jacob Vaark

By Estelle Anderson

In Toni Morrison’s novel A Mercy, a vivid, evocative account of colonial America in the late seventeenth century, Jacob Vaark...

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Macbeth, Macduff, Macdeath: Sickness and Health in Shakespeare’s Macbeth

By Mahbuba Afreen

In both the fictional realm and the real world, the atmosphere of a country mirrors the characteristics and mentality of its ruler. In William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, after Macbeth kills Duncan,

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The Afterlives of Ovid’s Metamorphoses and Virgil’s Aeneid

By Lian Wang

T.S. Eliot once said: “Dante and Shakespeare divide the world between them. There is no third.” Virgil and Ovid, however, divide the world of these two.

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What Riot is Afoot: The Revolution of Youth in Billy Collins’ “Snow Day”

By Naya Jorgensen

This poem by Billy Collins is both outwardly and inwardly playful; at first glance, it is a celebration of being briefly carefree, almost sing-song at times,

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Volume 1 (August 2020)

The Celebration of Life and Solitude: A Glance at Sappho and Sophocles

By Ethan McNary

In Sophocles’ Oedipus the King, Oedipus is warned of a plague summoned by the wrath of the gods. With the loving support of the people, Oedipus is implored to act as the city of Thebes’ “greatest man” (Sophocles, l.54).

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The Curse of Control: Titania’s Relationship with Mortals in A Midsummer Night’s Dream

By Ayla Sumer

How do one’s limitations define their experience of the world around them? How can one meaningfully make choices, despite their own powerlessness? In Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, he explores these ideas…

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Edna St. Vincent Millay’s “If I should learn, in some quite casual way:” A Poem of Concealment and Denial

By Luka Willett

Born near the cusp of the 20th century, Millay was a fiercely independent, feminist poet who refused to yield to the societal norms pressed upon her. After her parents separated in 1904, Millay’s…

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The Mechanics of Origin, Trauma, and Loneliness “Re”-revealed: The Sinful Merriment of Nature & Color “in Motion” in Beloved and The Scarlet Letter

By Alexa Theofanidis

In their piece “Nativity,” poet Xandria Phillips writes: “I haven’t yet begun to unweld the framework, invent new trauma, whip the stitch arching each bosom...where have I gone, and who have I built to take my place?...I am every man I manufactured my distance from” (2019).

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The Orgastic Future": Parallel Stories of Materialism and Greed in Donald Trump's America and F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby

By Isadore Axinn

We are living in a time of transition. We observe the impact of inequality and greed on a daily basis. Our politics are more divided, inequalities based on income, race and gender persist, environmental degradation continues and we are now living with the disparate impacts of a global pandemic.

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