Hai Guys!


My name is Emily Alvarez.
I am a high school senior in my last semester, and this blog is for my personal reflections on assignments in my dual-credit British Literature class.

I game, I watch anime, my favorite color is purple, and I love lasagna.
My zodiac sign is Cancer the Crab, and I drink a lot of tea.
I also love dachshunds, and bun buns.
My favorite game right now is: Rainbow Six Siege
My favorite anime right now is: Hellsing Ultimate

This is a real image of me 24/7

This is a ACTUAL image of me (in le black hoodie holding THE TEA <3)

 And Snape is my main bae.

And that’s all I’ve got for now.
Stay as long as you’d like. Grab a nice cup of coffee, a blanket, maybe some cookies, and enjoy my blog!


Jane Austen’s Tartuffe

So before I reveal the comparison, let’s review Tartuffe.

Basically, in the shortest way that I can explain, Tartuffe is a “holy” beggar that was taken in by a wealthy man named Orgon. Tartuffe then lives with Orgon, his wife Elmire, his daughter Mariane, and his son Damis. Elmire’s brother Cleante, a vocal maid named Dorine, and Orgon’s mother Madame Pernelle also reside in the mansion. Orgon and Madame Pernelle worship the very ground Tartuffe walks on, and claim that he is the ideal holy man. Everyone else in the house doesn’t see him that way. So, when Orgon decides to bring Tartuffe into the family by marrying him to his daughter Mariane, everyone loses their shit.
They decide to set up Tartuffe, by allowing him to be alone with Elmire (while Orgon is hidden). Tartuffe tries to seduce Elmire, and his true character is revealed. Orgon decides to kick Tartuffe out, BUT dumb Orgon had already passed the estate onto Tartuffe.
Suddenly, when things aren’t looking too good, Tartuffe is arrested on the account of being a well-known criminal. Everyone lives happily ever after.

While I was sitting here trying to think of who Tartuffe reminded me of, it hit me.
Tartuffe is really the French 17th century version of Jane Austen’s John Willoughby.

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[This is John Willoughby played by Greg Wise in 1995, my preferred version]

John Willoughby is a character from Jane Austen’s novel Sense and Sensibility, published in 1811.

Now, let me explain Sense and Sensibility.

The Dashwood sisters, Elinor, Marianne, and Margret, along with their mother, are forced to move out from their luxurious home after the death of Mr. Dashwood.

[From left to right: Mrs. Dashwood, Marianne, Margret, and Elinor]

Marianne is very passionate, and believes that love conquers all. One day she decides to go out into a field on a rainy day with Margret, when she slips and sprains her ankle.
And of course, a young handsome man comes to save her.
And his name is John Willoughby.


The two end up falling madly in love. He believes in the same things Marianne does, and he is nearly as passionate as her. The whole family is practically in love with him as well. Every time Willoughby is around, they squabble over his attention.
Since Willoughby and Marianne are very passionate about each other, they do things that weren’t normal back then for unmarried couples, such as sneaking off unaccompanied, or holding hands, or anything similar. Although her family is fine with this, because they all love Willoughby.

As the weeks pass, Willoughby becomes more distant with Marianne, until finally telling her that his aunt requires him to move to London forever.
Marianne is heart broken, and so is her family.
In short, Marianne ends up also travelling to London.
She runs into Willoughby at a party, and it is revealed that he’s marrying a VERY wealthy women.

Later on in the story, it is revealed that Willoughby had in fact had a child with another women, and had squandered his money. The only inheritance he’d have was what his aunt would give him when she died.
Willoughby’s true intentions were wealth, not love.

It is in this way that Willoughby is very similar to Tartuffe.
Both men weaseled their way into a family, and both were loved and admired.
Tartuffe’s act was the “ideal man” in Orgon’s eyes, just like Willoughby’s act was to Marianne.
Both Tartuffe and Willoughby were after money, and estate. They both lied, or simply did not reveal their origins, in order to create their image in the way they wanted it viewed.
There’s Tartuffe’s and Willoughby’s every where in our lives.
I think the lesson that both stories tell is to not always believe what you see, or even what you feel. There are deceptions everywhere.

Work Cited:

Moliere. Tartuffe. Edited by John Berseth, Dover Publications, 2000.

“Sense and Sensibility. 1995.”


SPOILER: Iago is…a scarlet macaw?

Othello, written by William Shakespeare, is a play written in 1603. It tells the story of a Moorish Venetian Army General named Othello living in Venice, Italy (of course). Othello marries his love, the gorgeous Desdemona, who is the daughter of politician Brabantio, without permission.
Meanwhile, a fellow named Rodrigo had been pursuing Desdemona with the help of a man named Iago.
Now…Iago HATES Othello, AND wants his position in the army, so he pretends to go along with the act of “helping Rodrigo.”
So, they alert Brabantio and the Duke of Venice of the elopement, in the hopes that Othello will be taken away. Othello and Desdemona manage to leave happily.
Iago now formulates a new plan:
1) Tell Rodrigo that the only way is to sell everything and make money to seduce Desdemona, except the money will be for Iago’s benefit.
2) Get a trusted army friend of Othello (Cassio) framed for having an affair with Desdemona by getting Cassio kicked out of the army, in which he’d HAVE to talk Desdemona to convince Othello to let him back in.
3) Tell Othello that he’s seen Cassio and Desdemona sneaking off together (planting the seed of jealously).
4) And by using his wife to steal a handkerchief from Desdemona to plant in Cassio’s hands to confirm Othello’s suspicions.
SO that in the big finale, Othello suffocates Desdemona out of jealousy, while Rodrigo (still after Desdemona) is killed by Cassio in a battle, and Cassio is injured. Othello also kills himself. No surprise there Shakespeare. Iago survives, and is cast away to torture. The end.

The name Iago might sound familiar to any fan of Disney Princess movies, because this animated scarlet macaw shares the same name-


YES. THAT’S RIGHT. THE BIRD FROM ALADDIN IS NAMED IAGO. And he fit’s Shakespeare’s Iago perfectly. Actually most of Disney’s 1992 Aladdin adaptation fits Othello.
Basically in Disney’s Aladdin (ignoring the subplot about the lamp), Jafar (the dude with the beard) is the Sultan’s right hand man. Iago is Jafar’s talking macaw. Iago advises Jafar to marry Jasmine (the Sultan’s daughter) so that he may become the new Sultan.
Of course, by this point, Jasmine’s heart is already stolen by the poor flying-carpet boy named Aladdin (including monkey side-kick named Abu).
So to solve this problem, Jafar attempts to drown Aladdin.
While Aladdin is gone, Jafar tries hypnotizing the Sultan into agreeing to the marriage, but Aladdin intervenes.
Jafar then sends Aladdin to a frozen waste-land, and wishes that Jasmine would fall in love with him.
His plans fall apart, and he is wished away into a lamp. Thus, Aladdin marries Jasmine.

So let’s sit back and compare.
Aladdin- Othello
Abu- Cassio
Jasmine- Desdemona
The Sultan- Brabantio
Jaffar- Rodrigo

Do you see the similarities?

Aladdin is basically a much happier version of Othello. Iago still uses his manipulation on Rodrigo/Jaffar. The Sultan/Brabantio is against both marriages at first. Rodrigo/Jaffar is still after The Sultan/Branbantio’s daughter, only to lose her to Aladdin/Othello. Only in this Disney musical, the couple Jasmine/Desdemona and Aladdin/Othello live happily ever after while the evil one is trapped in a lamp.

Who knew a 1992 Disney film based on an 18th century addition to The Book Of One Thousand And One Nights could have so much in common with 17th a century play written by William Shakespeare.

Dr. Faustus meets…BLACK BUTLER?!

In short, Doctor Faustus is a play written by Christopher Marlowe. It was first performed in 1592. The play is basically about a doctor living in the 16th century that wishes for ultimate knowledge…which he obtains by selling his soul to Lucifer. For 24 years, Faustus is provided services by Lucifer’s main demon, Mephistopheles. On several occasions, Faustus is confronted by “Good Angels” to repent, but he’s too far down his hellish past to fix his actions. After his 24 years are up, Faustus’s soul is taken by Lucifer (a gory version involves Faustus being torn apart into several pieces).

Now, onto Black Butler!
Black Butler (Kuroshitsuji) is a Japanese manga series released in 2006, written and illustrated by Yana Toboso. It was adapted into a two-season anime of the same name, along with an extra season (Black Butler: Book of Circus), and a movie (Black Butler: Book of the Atlantic). It even has a live-action adaptation.

Black Butler is pretty much about a boy named Ciel Phantomhive.
(This guy)
Ciel is a young boy who is in charge of his family toy factory. When he was just a boy, his family was murdered, and his mansion was burned to the ground. He summons a demon, whom he names Sebastian Michaelis, to do everything he asks.
(This is Sebby)
Sebastian takes on the form of a butler (hence black butler) to hide his real form. The anime consists of crime mysteries the two solve together in Victorian England (Did I mention Ciel works for the Queen of England?).
Their contract is that once Sebastian helps Ciel find who murdered his family, and exact revenge, he may take his soul.

Is this sounding familiar?

Perhaps it is because Ciel signed what is referred to as a Faustian Contract.
A Faustian Contract is “a link and bargain between a human and a demon whereas the latter offers specific services and fulfills the human’s wish, and is rewarded the human’s soul after the contract is complete.”

There is even more evidence of a Faustian Contract being in use because the Faustian symbol is LITERALLY in Ciel’s eye.
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And on Sebastian’s hand.

There is a clear connection between the two, although they are both very different. One is about an old man wanting black magic and knowledge, while the other is about a boy wanting revenge for the murder of his family. They both involve a demon servant submitting to their will for a taste of their master’s soul.
This connection further supports the idea that old tales weave their ways into today’s modern stories. Although, instead of saying stories never change, the old has instead inspired the new!
If you took a particular interest in the story of Faustus, Black Butler might be the next best thing that you could look into!