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    an abusive spouse or of a deceased loved one, for example, can now walk out of the cold, dark dungeon into the light, ready to start the first day of the rest of his life. One literary character achieves this freedom. In Of Human Bondage, W. Somerset Maugham portrays, through the main character of Philip Carey, spiritual and sexual bonds that are ultimately broken. Carey’s only spiritual bondage comes from perhaps the biggest and most widely known religion of all time: Christianity. After his

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    Somerset Maugham

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    Somerset Maugham Somerset Maugham was born on January 25, 1874 in Paris where his father was the solicitor to the British Embassy. However, he was orphaned at the age of ten and lived with his uncle, the vicar of Whitstable, in England. Maugham was educated in England studying literature and philosophy at Heidelberg University. In 1897 he qualified as a surgeon from St. Thomas’ medical school and practiced for a year in the slums of London. However, he abandoned medicine after the success of

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    "The essence of the beautiful is unity in variety." - W. Somerset Maugham It's not a secret that our world is far from being perfect. But both now and always there are people who want to make it better. Some of them expresses this through the arts, someone tries to take actions. Bit by bit people have changed their mind about world's arrangement, but the main problems still remain. Our community should be ashamed of social differentiation, poverty, and illiteracy, because this is what divides us

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    Literature and Life in Of Human Bondage In the novel Of Human Bondage, the reader comes across a truly magnificent quote on page 627.  This quote is: "He had lived always in the future, and the present always, always had slipped through his fingers."  In and of itself, this is a very powerful quote.  However, it can be given even more power and significance if a person can relate this quote to their own life and experiences.  I myself, after reading this quote, was instantly able to identify with

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    W. Somerset Maugham advises, “When you choose your friends, don't be short-changed by choosing personality over character.” Personality, the distinctive qualities that shape a person’s social attractiveness, can deceivably conceal a person’s character, the moral or ethical qualities that form a person’s individual nature. Maugham regards a conscientious but uncharismatic person with more merit than a charming but depraved person – the reason being that true friendship should provide integrity,

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    forth their beliefs about the modern artist and, based on these essays, particular literary figures can be looked at in terms of how well they live up to the ideal of that critic. More specifically, the respective merits of Charles Strickland in W. Somerset Maugham's The Moon and Sixpence and Axel Olsen in Nella Larsen's Quicksand as modern artists can be judged by the standards of the art... ... middle of paper ... ...understand the nature of Modernism, this is a project which must be undertaken

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    The History of Hysteria

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    The History of Hysteria W. Somerset Maugham’s The Moon and Sixpence is essentially a novel about a man’s struggle to free himself from the restrictions of society and to act out his most passionate desire--to paint. However, Maugham’s novel is also a story of its time and therefore reflects popular theories and ideas that were prevalent at the time of its writing. Included in these ideas is Hysteria, mentioned clearly when the narrators describes the doctor’s view of Blanche’s attempt to kill

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    Ambulance Drivers during World War I

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    still new many recruits had to first learn how to drive. Because of the number of better educated volunteers, there were a significant number of famous authors that were ambulance drivers during World War I. They included Ernest Hemingway, W. Somerset Maugham, and E.E. Cummings (Literary). Three predominant volunteer ambulance groups were active in World War I: the American Field Service (AFS), Norton-Harjes, and the American Red Cross. When the United States entered the war, the AFS and Norton-Harjes

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    self indulged lives we don’t take a moment to step back and look deeply at the true characters of the people around us. Instead we are happier with making our unsupported judgments on people and continuing to go about our own concerns. Mr. W. Somerset Maugham wrote a story called, Mr. Know-All, that shows us how we too often tend to act judgmental towards others, but later when we pause and take a closer look, we may find that they are truly greater in character than we are. The story starts with

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    In The Razor’s Edge, W. Somerset Maugham explores the different meanings of success, through the conflicting ideals of his characters. The different interpretations of success are shown prominently through the views of Elliott Templeton and Laurence Darrell. Elliot for most of his life views success as becoming socially eminent and Larry believes success is happiness and the reaching of a state of enlightenment. The epigraph of The Razor’s Edge, “The sharp edge of a razor is difficult to pass over;

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