Significance of the Aeneas – Turnus Conflict

The conflict between Aeneas, the Trojan hero and leader and Turnus, the Rutulian Prince and the leader of all Italian forces against the invaders is given towards the conclusion of the epic. It is, therefore, very much significant in the total scheme of the epic. The Aeneid is not a personal epic about Aeneas but […]

Aeneas’ Visit to the Underworld

Virgil has described Aeneas’ visit to the underworld in Book VI of The Aeneid. It has been considered as the greatest achievement of Virgil’s imaginative and poetic powers. The episode is the keystone of the whole of The Aeneid and without this episode, the poem would break apart into the two separate incomplete and unconnected […]

Art of Narration in the Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

Heart of Darkness is based on Conrad’s own experiences in the dark country known as the Congo which is itself at the heart of a dark continent. Although the novel has an autobiographical character, it is not just a straightforward narrative of his own voyage upon the Congo River. The main story of the book […]

Conrad’s Moral Vision in the Heart of Darkness

Conrad’s Heart of Darkness has all the trappings of the conventional adventure tale-mystery, exotic setting, and suspense. But as judged from an allegorical point of view, it is a journey within a journey into the darkness of the human heart. Marlow, Conrad’s representative in the novel, makes a double journey – one on the surface […]

What are the Desires in “Desire Under the Elms?”

Desire Under the Elms is a highly realistic drama of O’Neill, the action of which takes place in the Cabot-farm-house in the New England. The main theme of the play is the variations of the word ‘Desire’. Every character in the play desires something. In the broader sense ‘desire’ signifies possessive instinct or passion. As […]

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