Swift’s Attitude to Mankind as Portrayed in Gulliver’s Travels

Jonathan Swift had a mysterious character. He was a disappointed, frustrated and embittered man. Cursed with excessive pride and arrogance, he became like a suppressed volcano. So, various interpretations of his life and work have been offered. Critics differ widely on his attitude towards mankind and his society. Macaulay, Jeffrey, and Jeffrey produced unsympathetic studies […]

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner as a Tale of Crime and Punishment

The Ancient Mariner is Coleridge’s masterpiece in which the story is presented in the supernatural atmosphere but it appears to be real and convincing. The Ancient Mariner is essentially a story of crime and punishment. The poem is divided into seven sections and each section describes a new stage in the development of the story. […]

Critically Comment on the Use of Symbols in The Tempest by Shakespeare

Through the use of symbols, an artist can express much more than would otherwise be possible. The symbols enable the artist to express the great by the use of the small, the infinite by the finite, the spiritual by the physical and the abstract by the concrete. Symbols increase the richness and deep of meaning, […]

The Role and Function of Gulliver as a Narrator and an Observer

Jonathan Swift has presented Lemuel Gulliver as a narrator and an observer in his satirical masterpiece Gulliver’s Travels. The account of the different voyages narrated by this fictitious character adds an element of realism to the incidents described, for we have the feeling that Gulliver really experienced those incidents in different voyages. A careful analysis […]

A Critical Note on Medievalism in Christabel by Coleridge

Christabel is one of the remarkable supernatural poems of Coleridge, revealing medievalism features. The poem is medieval as far as its setting, background, theme, and atmosphere are concerned. The setting of the poem is essentially medieval in outlook. It deals with the story of a snake-like woman, an incarnation of evil, who casts an evil […]

Comment on the Fusion of Fact and Fantasy in Gulliver’s Travels

Swift’s satirical masterpiece Gulliver’s Travels is essentially a product of his complicated psychology and highly imaginative mind. Swift was one of the most controversial personalities of his age who revolted against the adoration of reason and scientific speculations. He bitterly criticised them in his writings, particularly in Gulliver’s Travels which is a wonderful fusion of fact […]

Discuss the Use of Irony and Humor in Austen’s Pride and Prejudice

Irony presupposes a contrast between appearance and reality. A writer who uses irony is conscious of the incongruity of life. The contrast between illusion and reality, the ideal and the real, the serious of the comic virtue and vice become a writer’s immediate concern he seeks to communicate it to the readers. Jane Austen has […]