This is due in part to the huge importance that is given to the use of language in contemporary descriptions and estimations of literature. Ironies and paradoxes seem to reflect and embody the sorts of linguistic rebellion, innovation, deviation, and play, that have throughout this century become the dominant criteria of literary value. The explicit association of irony with paradox, and of both with literature, is often ascribed to the New Criticism, and more specifically to Cleanth Brooks. Brooks, however, used the two terms in a manner that was unconventional, even eccentric. He seemed to think of irony as a principle of order and unity: not so much a feature of language or meaning as a sort of coherence yoking disparate elements together, rather like Aristotle's conception of wholeness and integrity in Poetics 8 (Brooks 1951).
According to Gulliver, "Undoubtably philosophers are right when they tell us that nothing is great or small than by comparison." In the novel Jonathan Swift tackles many of the contemporary issues of his day. His portrayal of English society alludes to the fact that he perceived many evils in the structure of society. In the novel Swift puts focus on the issues of economy, government, war, mankind and plictic. As a result of his insightful perspective into the fabric of society, Gulliver’s Travels, is regarded by many as being one of the greatest satires in modern history.
Through his writings he gives us a choice that I feel is vital and has the abilities to distinguishes his readers from good and evil, the just and unjust. This is a form of writing in relation to all societies that I have never seen before and I feel that it is vital for all to read Gulliver's Travels so that they can look within themselves and see who they are as individuals. Overall, it is my opinion that Jonathan Swifts works on Gulliver's Travels exemplifies a true literary masterpiece. It gives us a true description of society and how we as individuals interact with on another. It tells us of our "corrupt lawyers, politicians, avaricious doctors, mass slaughters in wars over trivial pretexts-aspects of our experience as well as of Gulliver's and reminders that this narrative Gulliver's and his experiences implicates the reader in the moral problem of how to judge-and perhaps how to change-society.
The novel derives its form from the classical literary tradition. Mistry’s narration reminds the readers of the great tradition where the novelist not only changes the possibilities of art for practitioners and readers but becomes significant in terms of that human awareness they promote -- the awareness of the possibilities of life. We find the elements of comedy, tragedy and satire in the novel. We also find Mistry sharing his thoughts on beliefs, superstitions, the super natural, rites, nationalistic ideas, humanism, discrimination, secular views and so on an... ... middle of paper ... ...ilures as stepping stones to success. You have to maintain a fine balance between hope and despair.
As such, Irving describes Walker as possessing concurrently a willingness to both flaunt his wealth and protect it at the same time. While Tom’s greediness is easily seen through this diction, the reader can also deduce that Irving is making a critique of the industrialists of the time—always eager to flaunt ... ... middle of paper ... ...f Washington Irving’s implementation of literary elements in his short story The Devil and Tom Walker, it becomes clear that the characterization of his protagonist is certainly a negative one. Irving associates Walker with corruption, avarice, and evil. However, this characterization of Tom Walker goes beyond merely providing an entertaining narrative for Irving’s readers. The Devil and Tom Walker being an allegory for the society of Irving’s time, the reader can view Tom Walker’s characterization as a sharp criticism of the banking and industrial system of the time.
All of this no doubt affected Huxley, and resulted in one the most powerful, thought provoking novels. His vision of the future gives great insight to an undesirable lifestyle which may not be so different from today's existing one. The aspect that makes Huxley's novel so classic is his visionary ability to use these current influences and invent such a fascinating society, and at the time revolutionary new world. This has resulted in a novel that not only affected people of its time, but has also had profound effects on latter day societies. Huxley's family all consisted of upper class intellectuals, His father was a biographer, editor, and poet, and his grandfather was a famous biologist.
The book's title is something of a misnomer in this respect, because the question is tackled directly in the first essay. Then a certain enquiry about the nature of a 'classic' is assumed as the author proceeds to explain the gamut of literary achievement in virtually every prominent form. However, the defining essay does lead to the interesting proposition that 'A classic is a work which persists as background noise even when a present that is totally incompatible with it holds sway.
Forster’s complex work continues to exist as a paragon of literature, confounding the human mind and revealing to readers the unbidden consequences of the clash between two antithetical cultures. Perhaps appearing upon cursory glance to be merely a requiem for a bygone era, A Passage to India is in fact an affecting and enduring story that addresses not just one group or creed, but humankind as an entirety. Just like the variegated strokes of a piece of art, true works of literature generously open themselves to the world, beckoning all to uncover what it is to be human. So profoundly stirring the mind and soul, only when one brings such literature into their lives can the choking tendrils, the shroud of ignorance humankind has of its own condition, be finally blown
As Sartre says in his monumental study Saint Genet: “For him, to compose is to recreate himself”(584). As a result, Genet’s persona is as famous (or notorious) as his works are. Genet’s early initiation into a mental, if not physical, sort of underworld predicates his awareness of the problems of subcultural existence in a society ruled by signs, symbols, and rituals. His writing often focuses on the detailed qualities of inanimate objects, attributing meaning to them and in the process forging almost personal relationships with them. This is important because Genet is highly aware of the effects of the proliferation of images in the media and their uses for various interests.
Through their writings, they explored the motives of human emotion and reason. They illustrated the flaws and benefits of each element and attempted to find the perfect balance between the two. They are writers influenced by the Enlightenment movement. Enlightenment was a cultural movement of intellectuals in the seventeenth century who emphasized reason and individualism rather than tradition; thus, this movement adds fuel to the struggle between emotion and reason. Shakespeare was regarded as one of the greatest writer in the English language and a brilliant playwright.