What are good pieces of literature to reference in writing essays?
1984, Animal Farm, Catcher in the Rye, any script or poem from Shakespeare, the Odyssey, etc
How did the typical European family change and stay the same from the 1700's to the 1900's?
The European family was traditionally compromised of multiple children with the father acting as the leader in the 1700's. Often, due to the lack of medicine and general understanding of germs, diseases, etc, children were expected to die young; therefore, the wife normally birthed a great number of children in hopes of maintaining her husband's generation through the select few that would live past their childhood. The wife was generally expected to only act as a housewife who maintained the cooking, cleaning, caring, etc, in order to support her husband who would act as the source of income. However, in the 1900's, while many of these aspects remained due to tradition, there were noticeable differences in how families were viewed in Europe. There were less deaths among children as the standard of living and scientific thought grew; thus, the birth rate in western Europe decreased. In addition, the husband and wife married for the sake of love rather than income, class, or expectations alone. Therefore, families were based on more care and affection rather than status alone, minus the inclusions of royal and noble families.
What changes in France brought about the imagery depicted in Claude Monet's, The Saint-Lazare Station? How did he present these changes through his imagery?
The Industrial Revolution began to impact Western Europe through significant means, introducing steam and smoke powered technology into France and Monet's personal life. He suggested that it wasn't entirely considered a positive change through his use of painting blue and purple smoke, that seem to arise from the trains, as they cloud up the sky of Paris entirely. While the trains served convenient and effective for the working class who were able to transport faster between places, it also acts as a foil to the beauty of France and its people by covering up the sky with all the smoke coming out.