Literary Critique

C. S. Lewis
C. S. Lewis
C. S. Lewis C. S. Lewis, a well-known author and apologist, is best known by people of all ages for his seven volume series entitled The Chronicles of Narnia. As Lewis wrote about the land of Narnia, an imaginary world visited by children of this world, he had two obvious purposes: to entertain the readers and to suggest analogies of the Christian faith. Although some feel that his stories are violent, Lewis is successful at using fiction to open peoples? hearts to accepting Christ as their Savi
The Different Conceptions Of The Veil In The Souls Of Black Folk
The Different Conceptions Of The Veil In The Souls Of Black Folk
The Different Conceptions of the Veil in The Souls of Black Folk For now we see through a glass, darkly -Isiah 25:7 W.E.B. Du Bois's Souls of Black Folk, a collection of autobiographical and historical essays contains many themes. There is the theme of souls and their attainment of consciousness, the theme of double consciousness and the duality and bifurcation of black life and culture; but one of the most striking themes is that of the veil. The veil provides a link between the 14 seeming
Howl & Kaddish By Allen Ginsberg
Howl & Kaddish By Allen Ginsberg
Howl & Kaddish By Allen Ginsberg As you read the first lines of Howl and Kaddish , the overall tone of the poem hits you right in the face. Allen Ginsberg, the poet, presents these two poems as complaints and injustices. He justifies these complaints in the pages that follow. Ginsberg also uses several literary techniques in these works to enhance the images for the reader. His own life experiences are mentioned in the poems, the majority of his works being somewhat biographical. It is said that
Gullivers Travels
Gullivers Travels
Gulliver's Travels Rational Man: A critique and analysis of R.S. Crane's interpretive essay on Book IV of Swift's Gulliver's Travels Since its first publication nearly three hundred years ago, Jonathan Swift's satirical prose Gulliver's Travels has been the subject of a wide variety of literary critique and social interpretation. Although many readers, at first glance, take this tale to be simply a fantastic narrative of a common man and his encounters with unusual locations and people through s
T.S. Eliot
T.S. Eliot
T.S. Eliot The Life of T.S. Eliot Thomas Stearns Eliot was born on September 26, 1888, in St.Louis Missouri, to Henry Ware and Charlotte Stearns Elliot. His father was a businessman, and his mother was a poetress. Eliot came from a financially endowed family and was allowed to attend all of the best schools. His education started at the prestigies grammar school Smith Academy in St.Louis. He then went to secondary school in Massachuets at Milton Academy, a preparatory school for Harvard. In 1906
Sister Carrie
Sister Carrie
Sister Carrie I think it is very difficult to define the exact character of Dreiser?s Sister Carrie , and his original intention. I would say, as many eyes, so many opinions , so no wonder there are different approaches and interpretations towards the novel which is influenced not just by the reader?s reading or personal experience, but also by their particular philosophy of life as well as knowledge about the historical background. Sister Carrie can be read as a novel of desire, seduction, or t
My Antonia
My Antonia
My Antonia In the past, critics have ad moralized and/or brutalized every writer they could get their pen on. This is seen from criticisms of Henry Adams to William Butler Yeats. These writers critique everything about the writer and his/her works. For instance many critics criticize Willa Cather's novel, My Antonia. Their criticisms lie on the basis that My Antonia is based on cyclical themes with no structure holding each of the My Antonia's books. In other words, as a collection of five diffe
Grapes Of Wrath - Censorship
Grapes Of Wrath - Censorship
Grapes of Wrath - Censorship The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck is considered a classic novel by many in the literary field. The trials and tribulations of the Joad family and other migrants is told throughout this novel. In order to gain a perspective into the lives of Oakies, Steinbeck uses themes and language of the troubling times of the Great Depression. Some of these aspects are critiqued because of their vulgarity and adult nature. In some places, The Grapes of Wrath has been edited
Talleys Folly
Talleys Folly
Talley's Folly Folly- Any foolish and useless but expensive undertaking The play Talley's Folly, in my opinion, is just that a folly. However the play would be better named Wilson's Folly for the writer, Lanford Wilson. I had several objections to this play being considered a classic. It was composed of nothing but petty details in dialogue. It also had no plot or any creative twists to it that would make a reader want to continue to read the play, and consisted of two surpassingly ordinary an
Jane Austens Works
Jane Austens Works
Jane Austen's Works First published in 1813, Pride and Prejudice has consistently been Jane Austen's most popular novel. It portrays life in the genteel rural society of the day, and tells of the initial misunderstandings and later mutual enlightenment between Elizabeth Bennet (whose liveliness and quick wit have often attracted readers) and the haughty Darcy. The title Pride and Prejudice refers (among other things) to the ways in which Elizabeth and Darcy first view each other. The original ve
The Beak Of The Finch
The Beak Of The Finch
The Beak of the Finch The Bogus Logic of The Beak People who have served in the Armed Forces may be familiar with the expression, If you can't dazzle then with your brilliance, baffle them with your baloney. The Beak of the Finch uses such laughable logic, it is remarkable that anyone would believe it. The book does such a terrible job of presenting a case for evolution and history, that the only logical conclusion is that the book's true intent is to disprove it. Jonathan Weiner, The Beak of
The Araby
The Araby
The Araby The story, Araby by James Joyce, is a short story about a young boy's life and his quest to impress the young girl for whom he has feelings. The protagonists to the young boy, including the young girl, are the boy's uncle, and the people at the Bazaar booth. The initial point of conflict occurs when the girl informs the boy that she cannot attend the bazaar, as she has every other year. She could not go, she said, because there would be a retreat that week in her convent (Joyce 106
Macbeth - Roland Polanskis Version
Macbeth - Roland Polanskis Version
Macbeth - Roland Polanski's Version Critique of Roman Polanski's Macbeth Roman Polanski's version of Macbeth, in my opinion, lived up to the Shakespeare's play. Although there were many minor changes in the play the plot stayed the same. One commendable change on Polanski's part was the way he sensationalized the violence. There weren't that many violent scenes but those few very extremely violent. I had thought myself to be completely desensitized to violence until I watched this movie. One of
Invisible Man
Invisible Man
Invisible Man According to Goethe, We do not have to visit a madhouse to find disordered minds; our planet is the mental institution of the universe. Despite the hyperbolic nature of Goethe?s statement, it holds some truth. Because of this element of truth, society looks to psychoanalysis as an important tool for understanding human nature. Furthermore, psychoanalytic criticism of authors, characters, and readers has a place in literary criticism that is as important as the place of psychoanal
1984 - A Grim Prediction Of The Future
1984 - A Grim Prediction Of The Future
1984 - A Grim Prediction of the Future Nineteen Eighty-Four was written between the years of 1945 and 1948. Orwell got the title from switching the last two numbers of the publication date. In Orwell's criticism of a perfect society, his book became known as one of the greatest anti-utopian novels of all time. The book's message is so powerful that some say it went so far as to prevent the sinister future from realizing itself. Althought the book starts out as the story of a neurotic, paranoid m
The Grapes Of Wrath
The Grapes Of Wrath
The Grapes of Wrath The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck is considered a classic novel by many in the literary field. The trials and tribulations of the Joad family and other migrants is told throughout this novel. In order to gain a perspective into the lives of Oakies, Steinbeck uses themes and language of the troubling times of the Great Depression. Some of these aspects are critiqued because of their vulgarity and adult nature. In some places, The Grapes of Wrath has been edited or banned
Theodore Dreiser
Theodore Dreiser
Theodore Dreiser Theodore Dreiser Theodore Dreiser was born August 27, 1871 in Terre Haute, Indiana. The younger brother of Paul Dresser, a well-known songwriter, Theodore was a famous novelist known for his outstanding American writing of naturalism. He was also a leading figure in a national literary movement that replaced the observance of Victorian notions of propriety with the unflinching presentation of real-life subject matter. Even though a majority of his works were about his life exper
Critique Of The Book ?Call It Sleep? Written By Henry Roth
Critique Of The Book ?Call It Sleep? Written By Henry Roth
Critique of the book ?Call It Sleep? written by Henry Roth The book ?Call It Sleep? written by Henry Roth is a literary work that explores immigrant life as they adjust to the new and unfamiliar ways of American life. The book is somewhat of a social commentary on the period of the Eastern European immigration to America at its peak. The novel gives an inside view on how foreigners (primarily Jewish immigrants) fit into main stream society. Throughout the course of the novel, you travel along w
A Brutally Honest Critique
A Brutally Honest Critique
A Brutally Honest Critique Recently, the National Shakespeare Company performed a rendition of William Shakespeare's The taming of the Shrew. The play was humorous and allowed for easy interpretation. The comic tone of the play made it a even easier to follow and all the more fun to watch. The play incorporates a variety of literary elements, which the Company did a superb job defining for the audience during the performance. The play is set in Padau, Italy where Luciento, a young gentleman, fi
The Fall Of Communism In Russia
The Fall Of Communism In Russia
The Fall of Communism in Russia The Reasons for the fall of Socialism/Communism and the Troubles of Starting the New Democratic System in the Russian Federation Let's not talk about Communism. Communism was just an idea, just pie in the sky. Boris Yeltsin (b. 1931), Russian politician, president. Remark during a visit to the U.S. Quoted in: Independent (London, 13 Sept. 1989). The fall of the Communist regime in the Soviet Union was more than a political event. The powerful bond between econo
Analysis Of Karl Marx And Communism
Analysis Of Karl Marx And Communism
Analysis of Karl Marx and Communism Karl Heinrich Marx was born on May 5, 1818, in the city of Trier in Prussia, now, Germany. He was one of seven children of Jewish Parents. His father was fairly liberal, taking part in demonstrations for a constitution for Prussia and reading such authors as Voltaire and Kant, known for their social commentary. His mother, Henrietta, was originally from Holland and never became a German at heart, not even learning to speak the language properly. Shortly befor
The Concept of Postmodernism
The Concept of Postmodernism
UNIVERSIDAD CENTRAL DE VENEZUELA Facultad de Humanidades y Educaci?n Escuela de Idiomas Modernos Departamento de Ingl?s Cultura, Temas y Textos 2 2do lapso ? 2009-2010 Profesor: Reygar Bernal POSTMODERNISM By ROBERT B.RAY Because in common usage the word ?modern? simply means ?contemporary?, the term ?postmodernism? has seemed, from the start, like the vocabulary of science fiction. How, after all, can something which exists now be said to come after the present? The word?s apocalyptic tone, its
Dipesh Kuwar
Dipesh Kuwar
Dipesh Kuwar ENG 553 Literary Criticism Roll No: 181 Sec: ‘E\' 28 June 2016 M. H Abraham characterizes ‘Romanticism\' not in terms of the ‘Mirror\' but the ‘Lamp\' Romanticism is antithetical eighteenth century Neo-Classism, rather continuation of already established literary and artistic trends. English Romantic era started with the frustration of approaching industrialism, French Revolutions, rumors of the war and so much political and cultural shifting in late eighteen century. Abram
Variaciones Borges 19 (2005) BORGES' REVISIONING O
Variaciones Borges 19 (2005) BORGES' REVISIONING O
Variaciones Borges 19 (2005) BORGES' REVISIONING OF READING IN PIERRE MENARD, AUTHOR OF THE QUIXOTE w Howard Giskin n much of his work Borges cultivates the idea that what is about to be related is at best the product of successive attempts to make sense of circumstances whose retelling is subject to the whimsies of memory and personal inclinations to interpret the truth. Pierre Menard, Author of the Quixote, one of Borges' most well known stories, through just such a narration has implicat
Allegory - A symbolic representation of something
Allegory - A symbolic representation of something
Allegory - A symbolic representation of something There are hearts everywhere during Valentine's Day Doves are set free during weddings After marriage I wear a ring on my left hand Allegory adds depth to writing through different layers and meanings within a story and characters Alliteration - The repetition and use of similar consonants Peter Piper picked a pack of pickled peppers Sally sells seashells by the sea shore Which witch watches wicket Through alliteration the reader focuses thei
John Dryden
John Dryden
John Dryden John Dryden: England's Controversial and Exceptional Genius John Dryden was England's most outstanding and controversial writer for the later part of the seventeenth century, dominating the literary world as a skilled and versatile dramatist, a pioneer of literary criticism, and a respected writer of the Restoration period. With Dryden's great literary and critical influence on the English society during the Restoration period he has made a name for himself, which will be studied and
Utopia
Utopia
Utopia As its title hints, the essay which follows is not the history but biographical of an idea. The idea for the book called Utopia. Like all ideas for books it was born and had its whole life span in the mind of an author. Like all such ideas it ceased to be when the printed book Utopia became a black-on-white reality. Although there is no accurate record of its birth date, it seems to have been born in the mind of Sir Thomas More. As the writer I shall have to take into account the environm
E. M. Forster
E. M. Forster
E. M. Forster Many aspects of writing catch a reader's attention and keep one interested in a book. E. M. Forster put many of these aspects in his books making them well written and quite interesting. He combined great characters, a decent story line, and his prolific knowledge of writing to make his books readable and enjoyable. E. M. Forster was born on January 1, 1879, in London, England. After an education at Tonbridge School and King's College, Cambridge, he spent a year traveling in Europe
Christoper Marlow
Christoper Marlow
Christoper Marlow Christopher Marlow Christopher Marlowe was born on February 6, 1564 (Discovering Christopher Marlowe 2), in Canterbury, England, and baptized at St. George?s Church on the 26th of the same month, exactly two months before William Shakespeare was baptized at Stratford-upon-Avon (Henderson 275). He was the eldest son of John Marlowe of the Shoemaker?s Guild and Katherine Arthur, a Dover girl of yeoman stock (Henderson 275). Upon graduating King?s School, Canterbury, he received a
Why Lovers Can Be Friends
Why Lovers Can Be Friends
Why Lovers Can Be Friends I find myself asking the question is there a friend in that of a lover, or is the bond between friends completely incapable of being incorporated into a bond between lovers. Is it possible to have a friend in a lover or does the word lover itself mean that of a different type of degree of intimacy all together. If a lover should possess the qualities of a friend while also possessing the qualities of a lover then why do we so often join the two words in order to give th
A Modest Proposal
A Modest Proposal
A Modest Proposal Jonathan Swift: A Modest Proposal In his lengthy literary career, Jonathan Swift wrote many stories that used a broad range of voices that were used to make some compelling personal statements. For example, Swifts, A Modest Proposal, is often heralded as his best use of both sarcasm and irony. Yet taking into account the persona of Swift, as well as the period in which it was written, one can prove that through that same use of sarcasm and irony, this proposal is actually writt
Ordinary People
Ordinary People
Ordinary People Matthew Arnold's Devolpment of Setting In the poem Dover Beach,witten in 1867 Matthew Arnold creates the mood of the poem through the usage of different types of imagery. He uses a dramatic plot in the form of a soliloquy. Arnold also uses descriptive adjectives, similes and metaphors to create the mood. Through the use of these literary elements, Arnold portrays the man standing before the window pondering the sound of the pebbles tossing in the waves as representation of huma