Discuss the Character of Prospero and Briefly his Island in The Tempest

Prospero is the central character in the play The Tempest. Indeed, he dominates the play from the beginning to the end. The entire action of the play, barring some of the deeds of Antonio, Sebastian, Alonso, Gonzalo, Caliban, Stephano and Trinculo is manipulated by Prospero. Prospero is not an ordinary human being. Indeed he is […]

Swift’s Satirical Technique in the Book IV of Gulliver’s Travels

The Book IV of Gulliver’s Travels is one of the most savage and terrible indictments of mankind. The clarity and force of Swift’s style are everywhere apparent. In Gulliver, he exposes intense hatred of mankind, such hatred is nothing but the reverse side of love. The degradation, the vileness which Swift ascribes to man could […]

Discuss the Major Themes in Shakespeare’s The Tempest

Shakespeare’s The Tempest has been variously interpreted as a romantic comedy, a comedy concerned with such serious themes as justice and mercy, and as an autobiographical play. Many critics think that Shakespeare bid farewell to his dramatic career through writing the play The Tempest. Other critics have tried to find a colonial theme where Prospero […]

Consider William Blake as a Revolutionary Poet

Blake has often been described to be the “Precursor of Romanticism.” The Romantic poets of the nineteenth century struck a note of protest against the conventional literature as well as the social injustices. Blake, having written immediately preceding the Age of Romanticism, paved the way for them, at least for Wordsworth, Shelley, and Byron. Although […]

Compare and Contrast the Lilliputians and the Emperor with the King of Brobdingnag

“A dark picture of political institutions and manners” has been presented in Gulliver’s Travels by the supreme satirist of English literature, Jonathan Swift. He had practical experience in politics and politicians. This experience had shown him the hidden springs of power and the part played by corruption and intrigue. Gulliver’s Travels throws the light of […]

Comment on the Sources of Humor in As You Like It

One of the most prominent and interesting features of As You Like It is the three-fold manner in which humor is presented by Shakespeare. It is observed in this connection that the word “humor” is employed by Shakespeare in a different sense. Humor, as used by Shakespeare and his contemporaries, is a certain individual trait of […]

Significance of Jane Austen’s Use of Letters in “Pride and Prejudice”

A novel in the form of letters was particularly popular in the eighteenth century. Some of the most famous novels were written in letter forms. Of them, Richardson’s Pamela and Clarissa Harlowe, Smollet’s Humphy Clinscer and Ronssean’s La Nouvelle Helloise deserve a mention. Even in modern times, novels are written in letters. Of course, the […]