The 2019 issue of the Dawson English Journal is here!  Enjoy essays on fascinating topics, including personal anecdote, literary analysis of poetry, horror, fantasy, and contemporary fiction -- even an account of the work of an inspiring present-day environmental hero.  This is the tenth issue of the journal -- a special milestone! Thank you for sharing it with us.

Issue no. 10: winter 2019

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Environmentalist Marino Morikawa: A Dreamer in Action By Rosa Alicia Castillo

Environmentalist Marino Morikawa: A Dreamer in Action By Rosa Alicia Castillo

My name is Rosa Castillo. I am in my last semester of Environmental Science at Dawson, studies that I plan to continue at Concordia University as an honors student starting next fall. I like to spend time reading, writing or enjoying the company of my family wherever nature predominates. I want to help in the conservation of our planet’s biodiversity, restore affected ecosystems and promote environmental awareness. My son is my first receiver, but I hope to convince more people…

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Progress and Destruction: “Tears Seven Times Salt” and “The Ash of Memory, the Dust of Desire” By Marie Bilodeau

Progress and Destruction: “Tears Seven Times Salt” and “The Ash of Memory, the Dust of Desire” By Marie Bilodeau

My Name is Marie Bilodeau. I am currently in my fourth semester, studying Visual Art. I plan on going to University in Architecture next fall. I wrote this essay in my third semester at Dawson in my English Class. I was particularly interested in urban gothic themes in 20th Century American literature and how it depicted some of the fundamental issues of our time as individuals and society.   Progress and Destruction: “Tears Seven Times Salt” and “The Ash of…

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Sirens and Suicides: The Ghosts of Pernicious Memes in The Drowning Girl By Nia Pietrobruno

Sirens and Suicides: The Ghosts of Pernicious Memes in The Drowning Girl By Nia Pietrobruno

My name is Nia Pietrobruno. For as long as I can remember, I have had a passion for the arts. However, as a Dawson Pure and Applied Science student, I found it difficult to pursue the things that I love: literature, languages and fine arts. In my first semester of CEGEP, I rediscovered these passions through the Reflections course for which this essay was written: The American Gothic, taught by Dr. Kristopher Woofter and Dr. Jay Shea. Since then, I…

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An Absurd Essay By Talia Kliot

An Absurd Essay By Talia Kliot

My name is Talia Kliot and I am in the Literature Profile of the ALC Program. I wrote this essay for a class called Literary Movements that explores the impact of current events on literature, allowing us to read novels and poetry through a more specialized lens. While literature tends to be specific to its era, certain elements, like the absurd in this essay, tend to be used by the skilled authors regardless of when it is written. In the…

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My Truth By Nathan Kabuya

My Truth By Nathan Kabuya

My name is Nathan Kabuya.  I am a second-year student in the psychology profile at Dawson. I have always been known by my peers as a strong advocate against issues of discrimination and racism. As a person of colour myself, facing such issues yet learning how to be proud about my cultural heritage made me a very resilient person. This reality inspired my writing for my personal essay “My Truth” and allowed me to share a reality that is, in…

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 The Subversion of Traditional French Poetry in Arthur Rimbaud’s “Morning of Drunkenness” By Yu Shi Wang

 The Subversion of Traditional French Poetry in Arthur Rimbaud’s “Morning of Drunkenness” By Yu Shi Wang

My name is Yu Shi Wang. I am studying in Enriched Health Science. I would like to thank Sarah Burgoyne, the teacher for whom I wrote this essay, for having encouraged me to publish it. In her class, we learnt, among other things, to blur the border between what makes sense and what does not. In the future, I wish to become a surgical oncologist as much as I want to delve into the wonders and mysteries of Traditional Chinese…

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“Leaves were whispering”: The Personification of Nature in The Fellowship of the Ring By Paola B. López Sauri

“Leaves were whispering”: The Personification of Nature in The Fellowship of the Ring By Paola B. López Sauri

My name is Paola Beatriz López Sauri. I am in the Literature profile of the ALC program. Although I usually prefer to write creative works, I also enjoy writing analytical essays, for they give me an opportunity to focus on details that I might have initially overlooked in a particular work. When interpreting a film or a novel, I tend to keep an eye out for female characters, interesting metaphors and instances of symbolism; I believe these types of details…

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“Dropping the euphemism” or Killing a Man in Six Words By Mara Dupas

“Dropping the euphemism” or Killing a Man in Six Words By Mara Dupas

My name is Mara Dupas. I am currently a Languages profile student in Dawson’s ALC program. My ambition to be able to read and write in multiple new languages is what motivates me most every day. I discovered the poem “Dropping the euphemism” during my first semester. Its emotional and literary complexity immediately fascinated me. As I move towards adulthood, I aspire to keep exploring and loving the mysterious world of poetry.    “Dropping the euphemism” or Killing a Man…

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Satirizing the Impulsivity of the Ignorant Mob in Yann Martel’s “We Ate the Children Last” By Celeste Groux

Satirizing the Impulsivity of the Ignorant Mob in Yann Martel’s “We Ate the Children Last” By Celeste Groux

My Name is Celeste Groux. This year I will be graduating from Dawson from the Enriched Pure and Applied Science Program. I took Short Fiction as my second English class and enjoyed it very much; I was able to learn about multiple trends in writing through this medium. Some of my other favourite classes during my studies at CEGEP were Business Ethics and Spanish. In the future, I plan on attending McGill University to continue my studies in the sciences….

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“How old do you think I am?”: The Characterization of Female Characters in Warren Beatty’s Bulworth By Paola B. López Sauri

“How old do you think I am?”: The Characterization of Female Characters in Warren Beatty’s Bulworth By Paola B. López Sauri

My name is Paola Beatriz López Sauri. I am in the Literature profile of the ALC program. Although I usually prefer to write creative works, I also enjoy writing analytical essays, for they give me an opportunity to focus on details that I might have initially overlooked in a particular work. When interpreting a film or a novel, I tend to keep an eye out for female characters, interesting metaphors and instances of symbolism; I believe these types of details…

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 The Womb’s Influence in the Novel Carrie By Briahna McTigue

 The Womb’s Influence in the Novel Carrie By Briahna McTigue

My name is Briahna McTigue. I am in my second semester of the Literature profile in the ALC program. During my first semester, when this essay was written, I was enrolled in the paired Reflections seminar, The American Gothic – Homesick Horror. During this time, I discovered my passion for the Gothic genre and its gory intricacies. Having studied the Monstrous Feminine as a side interest, I decided to explore this motif and its effects in the novel, “Carrie”. I hope to continue dissecting…

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One Ring to Corrupt Them All: Power, Perversion, and Evil in Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings By Maïmouna Diallo

One Ring to Corrupt Them All: Power, Perversion, and Evil in Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings By Maïmouna Diallo

My name is Maïmouna Diallo I am currently studying in the Law, Society and Justice profile. I am an avid reader and chronic over-thinker, and my interests range from topics such as international issues to movie fan-theories. Although I’m considering a career in law, I hope I also will be able to pursue writing in my free time. In writing this essay, I hoped to demonstrate the depth of Tolkien’s portrayal of good and evil. This prominent theme can, unfortunately,…

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