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Essay on Geoffrey Chaucer

February 25th, 2011 No comments

Geoffrey Chaucer was a narrative poet and one of the greatest English writers. The differences in society are important in understanding the actions and attitudes of Chaucer’s pilgrims in The Canterbury Tales. The social structure of Europe in the 14th century was feudal. Society was organized in a hierarchical form, one’s wealth and power determined the position one occupied. Each level of society had its rights and privileges, and each had its duties and obligations, as do the pilgrims Using the “General Prologue” as an example, Chaucer’s skill as a teller of tales, his precision of characterization, comic tone, use of symbols, language, and metrical techniques all contribute to his unique style of writing.

The Canterbury Tales is a series of tales within a uniting framework, although it was never finished. In the “General Prologue,” Chaucer uses the device of seven members of the feudal order, thirteen people associated with religious life, and fourteen townspeople telling one another stories while travelling on a pilgrimage. There is a significant difference between Chaucer’s framework and other writers. The structure of visualizing the pilgrims telling one another stories is artificial. It is impossible for all thirty-four pilgrims to hear each other’s stories while traveling along a narrow road. Read more…

Parallel Themes in The Iliad and The Odyssey

March 24th, 2010 No comments

The Iliad is an epic about the rage of Achilles. Achilles is a warrior on the Greek side of the Trojan war. The Iliad starts with Achilles’s excessive anger towards Agamemnon and ends with Achilles killing Nestor. Although Achilles does not do much fighting within the epic he plays a large role in one of the main themes within the epic; the theme that nothing is good in excess. Achilles has excessive rage and his friend Patroclus has excessive pride while fighting in Achilles’s armor. This theme can also be seen in The Odyssey . The excess of the suitors’s stay in Ithaca leads them to death upon the return of Odysseus. The theme of excess in anything leading to trouble is seen in both The Iliad and The Odyssey. Read more…

Pygmalion Essay

September 25th, 2009 No comments

Stunning, fascinating, brilliantly modernized story of an ancient sculptor who falls in love with his artistic creation and breathes a life into her is all about Pygmalion. Nobel PirceGeorge Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion written in 1912 brought a light into many issues that were ignored and not paid attention to. Shaw successfully addressed many important issues, where some of them were prototypic and enlightening. Nevertheless Shaw is perceived as a proto-feminist with an excellent skill of mastering satire which is greatly used in Pygmalion.

For development of this paper I took a closer look at four available materials made on Pygmalion, such as the original George Bernard Shaw’s play Pygmalion (1912), Lerner’s and Lowe’s play My Fair Lady (1959), Anthony Asquith’s drama Pygmalion (1938) and finally the George Cukor’s musical version My Fair Lady (1964).

One of the major themes of Pygmalion is the one of superficial social requirements for determining one’s social status. Shaw greatly examines the possibility of taking one’s life into his hands and transforming this poor and miserable human being into something beautiful and valuable, simply achieved by short-termed process of modifying one’s language. This puts an emphasis on the importance of language for society and its perpetual effect on our lives. In this paper I would like to discuss the importance of language and manners codex in society and its conceptual value throughout the play of Pygmalion in respect to social class system. Read more…

Fahrenheit 451 Essay

September 14th, 2009 No comments

As time in society goes on, less and less people think. Just like in Fahrenheit 451, people have more things done for them and stray further and further from their imagination. Today technology, mass media and education show some points of how people think less. Technology can be life giving and yet disrupting to all. That is not the only thing this essay is about however. Another point is very few students really question how accurate the textbooks are, how some governments might have tainted historic books to sensor their wrongdoings or failures. Anther thing is how mass media can be corrupting. Their have been occurrences where mass media only will tell only half-truth or do things just things to catch the reader’s eye. There have even been times were mass media can go as far is to tell a complete lie, just for ratings. If society continues in this path with mass media, technology and much further in education, life could end up just how it is in the novel Fahrenheit 451. Read more…

Romantic Poetry Essay

September 10th, 2009 No comments

During the romantic period poets had elements to help write their material. Such as strong emotion, common man, daily life, super natural, and nature. Lord Bryon wrote “Grecian Urn”, it is about a lover who lost his most prized possession his significant other. “Come What May” was used in the movie “Moulin Rouge” to represent that love between two people could never die. Both written materials use romantic elements including nature, strong emotion, and super natural.

The romantic element nature is used a great deal in poems, movies, stories, and songs.

Nature is used to help show and describe feelings, thoughts, and settings. “Seasons may change, winter to spring, But I love you until the end of time?” (Christian) he is saying no matter what season it is or what happens he will love her. “Your leaves, nor bid the spring adieu”(22) Bryon uses nature in the same way but he is saying that it wasn’t her time to go because she didn’t say good-bye, but he will still love her. Read more…

A Raisin in the Sun Essay

September 9th, 2009 No comments

In A Raisin in the Sun most of the main characters have a dream that they each try to work towards. Walter’s dream was to open a liquor store with the insurance money that his mother got from her husband’s death. Beneatha’s dream was to become a doctor, and she was secretly hoping for some of the money to help pay her way through. Mamma wanted to use this money to buy a house for the family. Each of these dreams revolved around the insurance check that was a total of ten thousand dollars. However, out of these three different dreams, only one became a reality.

Beneatha was the “intellectual” of the family. She considered herself to be above the rest of her family and was always seeking her heritage: “Well, do me a favor and don’t ask him a whole lot of ignorant questions about Africans. I mean, do they wear clothes and all that” (57). Beneatha was a major nonconformist and always preached against assimilation. However, she became so concerned to being a nonconformist that she conformed her life around being against anything that was not of Africa or her heritage: “Enough of this assimilationist junk!” (76). Beneatha’s dream was to become a doctor and then return back to Africa and practice her medicine there. Beneatha was being hopeful towards the fact that Mamma would give her some of the check to help pay for her medical school. Unfortunately, this aid was lost to Walter in his attempt at his dream of being rich. While it is not known for sure if Beneatha becomes a doctor, the reader or audience is aware that it will be difficult.
Walter was the most aggressive character in the play. Read more…

David Copperfield Essay

September 3rd, 2009 No comments

Throughout David Copperfield, the majority of the characters are not described in great depth. David appears to be the only character that Dickens truly makes dimensional. The changes that I see as evident among characters are their personalities and the way they interact with others. For example, Dickens made Clara Copperfield’s change in behavior quite pronounced, especially after she married Mr. Murdstone. Her usual loving and energetic behavior towards David was forced to an end. She could no longer show emotion towards David or much else for that matter. Clara must begin to act as a “lady” and not as a child. Mr. Murdstone couldn’t comprehend how she ever ran an efficient household before he and his sister came into the picture. Clara and David were not equipped to run a house of their own, and someone looking as beautiful as Clara was not supposed to do chores around the house, as she was accustom, so the Murdstone’s thought. Read more…

Essay on Lord of the Flies

September 1st, 2009 No comments

William Golding wrote his acclaimed novel, the Lord of the Flies as a religious allegory. This is made clear and evident by means of the numerous parallels to the New and Old Testaments of the Bible. The significance of Golding’s work is buried deep in his allegorical symbolism. The central focus of Golding’s allegory is the conflict between good and evil. Through his work, Golding attempts to define the nature of evil. He demonstrates the overwhelming presence of evil in every aspect of human life. He depicts evil in his story in many ways. Golding elaborates on the problems of moral choice as well as the inevitability of original sin and human fault. The blindness of self deception, as expressed by the boys, further aids in the development of Lord of the Flies as a religious allegory. During the time in which William Golding devised his allegory, the typical writing style of his contemporaries was centered about an uncertainty of human values. The writers of the 1950’s exhibited a fundamental doubt whether life has any importance whatsoever (Cox 49). Golding contrasted this typical point of view by describing friendship, guilt, pain, and horror with a full sense of how deeply meaningful these can be for the individual. Golding used young boys to show how religion and the teachings of the Bible remain present in every man’s life. Thus, Golding’s novel, Lord of the Flies, is a religious allegory with ties to both the new and Old Testament of the Bible. Read more…

Brave New World Essay

August 25th, 2009 No comments

The theme of Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World is community, identity, and stability. Each of these three themes represents what a Brave New World society needs to have in order to survive. According to the new world controllers, community is a result of identity and stability, identity is a part of genetic engineering, and stability is what everyone desires to achieve. These themes are represented in the book by the symbolic meaning of the phrase “Children are from bottles” and the hypnotic phrase “Everybody belongs to everybody else” (43). In this society, freedom and individualism is replaced by scientific control and mindless happiness at an unknown cost.

Community refers to the thought of one whole unit. Everyone is connected, by their actions toward each other in every day life, sexual desires, and what they do to remove the feeling of horrible emotions. This false connectedness and its effects can be seen in Bernard, a person who hates what society has become. Bernard is disgusted by the thought of “having anyone” he says, referring to sexual relations with women. Bernard is longing for a sense of individuality which he cannot posses in Brave New World. “He emerged with a self-consciousness intensified to the pitch of agony. He is utterly miserable, and perhaps it is his own fault” (86). Thereby jeopardizing the stability of the community as a whole, near the end, it was decided that he be banished to the Falkland Islands, so that he could not tell anyone else of his individuality. In Brave New World community is upheld and reinforced at any and all costs. Read more…

Beowulf Essay

August 20th, 2009 No comments

Characters in fiction and drama are characterized into different categories according to their influence on the plot and their personality. Every character in a poem is unique in their own way. In the poem Beowulf, Beowulf endures many challenges that make his character stand out from the rest. Beowulf is a major character with a dynamic, yet flat personality.

Beowulf is considered the major character because he has the most influence on the plot. He receives the call to Heorot while at home in Geatland when he hears that Grendel is attacking Heorot. Beowulf is considered a hero when he rushes to help the people of Heorot. He sets society for revenge when he tells Hrothgar “It is better for a man to avenge his friend than much mourn.” (1081) When Grendel enters Hrothgar’s home and begins to attack the kinsman of Hygelac. Beowulf shows his heroism when he draws his sword and wounds Grendel in his shoulder making his sinews spring apart and his bone-locks brake. After the killing Beowulf leaves Grendel’s arm in Heorot to represent his victory.

After Beowulf defeats Grendel, Grendel’s mother comes to seek revenge. Grendel’s mother comes into Hrothgar’s home and kills a noble shield warrior named Aeschere. She is able to escape since Beowulf is not there. She cuts off Aeschere’s head and leaves it by the lake just as they did with Grendel’s arm. When Beowulf finds out what happened, he goes to Grendel’s mother’s hall to defend Heorot from her. Before Beowulf left he says, “Think now, renowned son of Healfdene, wise king, now that I am ready for the venture, gold-friend of warriors… Read more…