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 […]

Swift’s Satire on Science as Depicted in Gulliver’s Travels

Jonathan Swift, the author of Gulliver’s Travels, believed that the attribute of man which make him distinct and elevated from lower animals are his rationality and reason. Therefore his perspective made him skeptical about the newfound scientific theories that brought a radical change in man’s notion about his place in the cosmos. As the revolutionary […]

Swift’s Political Satire in Book I and II of Gulliver’s Travels

Gulliver’s Travels has been described to be a great satiric masterpiece. The book was not written to entertain but to indict politicians, scientists, philosophers and Englishmen in general. In Book I and II, Swift’s satire is more toward individual targets rather than firing a broadside at abstract concepts. In Book I, he is primarily concerned […]

Discuss the Theme of Marriage in the Novel, Pride and Prejudice

Marriage is undoubtedly a great factor in human life so far as happiness and success in life are concerned. In the novel, Pride and Prejudice it happens to be one of the major themes. Because of its importance in human life, Jane Austen has given its due importance and consideration in her novel and she […]

Consider William Blake as a Social Critic

Blake was a pioneer of romantic revival in English literature. He wrote lyrics and then prophetic poems but they were not to the taste of his time. He was the first to introduce the romantic note of mysticism in English poetry. He is a man of the age of transition. The French revolution had a […]

Discuss the Satire on English Politics as Portrayed in Gulliver’s Travels

Gulliver’s Travels can be read and appreciated on more than one levels. On one level, it is an engaging story of sea-voyage in which Gulliver meets with fantastic people in strange lands. In the first book, for example, Gulliver finds himself in an unknown country where the inhabitants are tiny creatures of only six inches. […]