Archetypal school of literary criticism is a type of literary criticism that is concerned with recurring myths and archetypes in symbols, characters, actions, and situations within literary pieces. A myth is a story handed down through history and an archetype is a typical character, action or situation that seems to represent such universal patterns of human nature. Archetypal school of literary criticism strongly applies to Dr. Seuss’ children poem, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”. In this literary piece, the character archetype is the Grinch being the outcast. The outcast archetype is a character that is banished from a social group because of a crime committed.
When he returns home after committing wrongful deeds and hears the entire Who-ville singing, he realizes that Christmas was not simply about the ornamentation and presents. The line, “That the Grinch's small heart Grew three sizes that day!” indicates that the Grinch underwent a typical archetypal initiation in which he returned with positive character development, in this case, a kind soul. It is evident that the author, Dr. Seuss, has used many archetypes throughout this story. These archetypes follow recurrent symbols and images in literature and represent the commonalities of human condition. Undoubtedly, this piece of literature is best critique with an archetypal
The Duke and The King’s greatest contribution to the novel was their role in the moral development of Huckleberry Finn. Mark Twain’s creation of these characters gives an example of how bad people and bad situations can bring out the most compassionate qualities in those who can see the wrongfulness. The Duke and The King have the designation of major, static, antagonists, and they could also be described as foils for Huck. Throughout the novel, The Duke and The King are consistently bad influences for Huck. They would lie to and steal from innocent, unsuspecting families and towns; they had complete disregard for human life and dignity.
The school method of criticism that I will use to analyze the poem "How the Grinch Stole Christmas” is a Marxist critic. It is a theory, the consciousness of a given class at a given historical moment derives from modes of material production that were demonstrated through the relationship between the Grinch and the people of Whoville. The poem is about the Grinch who hates Christmas so he wants to ruin it for people in Whoville, in which he achieved by stealing the presents from them. The Grinch’s hatred towards Christmas was directly shown in the poem, “The Grinch hated Christmas! The whole Christmas season!” This line demonstrates the Marxist critic in this poem as readers will be able to identify the reason for Grinch’s hatred towards Christmas
Superstition is a major theme in the novel, Huckleberry Finn. The use of superstition is used in a wide variety of ways. This use ranges from religious superstitions in the beginning of the novel to the superstition of witches in the end of the novel. The author, Mark Twain, toes the line between reality and fantasy by employing superstitions. Most of the characters are strong believers in superstitions; therefore, the characters can often become irrational in fear of something that may or may not exist.
Thesis: Iago, from Shakespeare's Othello, is one of the most memorable villains in all of literature. Iago deceives, steals, and kills to get everything that he wants. The play is centered on Iago's dislike for Othello, however, it is not that Iago pushes aside his conscience to commit these acts, but that he lacks a conscience to begin with. Iago's amorality can be seen throughout the play and is demonstrated by his actions against not only Othello, but Desmona and Emilia. Iago is able to manipulate the other characters of the play because he is a villain who doesn't understand the morals of society.
Ambition can drive almost anyone to do things that their consciences normally would not let them do. For this tragic hero, ambition is his folly. Macbeth’s ambition causes him to be susceptible to outsides influences, overrides his conscience and ultimately brings his destruction. Macbeth’s actions have a profound effect on his character for the rest of the play. At first, he is described as a valiant hero of the land, bravely fighting for King Duncan, but his overreaching ambition causes him to do vile acts, completely overriding his conscience.
Iago is arguably Shakespeare’s most sophisticated villain and quite possibly the most infamous villain of all time. He has even been named an “artist of evil” (bloom). In Othello he spends the entire play manipulating the other characters, convincing them of fabrications that he created and ultimately leading them to their death. Iago’s capacity for cruelty seems limitless yet is he immoral due to his enjoyment and passion for evil, or are his continuous abilities to justify his actions to the audience worthy enough to label him as amoral, without moral qualities and not being able to differentiate between right or wrong? Iago’s Duplicity of Character Act 1 scene 1 starts off with and argument as Roderigo has paid Iago a large amount of money in exchange for Iago’s help with making Desdemona fall in love with him.
The whimsical world of Dr Seuss has mesmerised children for decades. From The Cat in the Hat to How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, Dr Seuss has introduced a world of rhyme and image, with the power to alleviate our boredom, challenge our imaginations, and even shape our young lives. In some ways, Dr Seuss seems as unexpected and paradoxical a character as one of his own creations. His last name wasn 't Seuss, he wasn 't a doctor, and he never had his own children – nor was he particularly comfortable around them. Dr Seuss is the penname of Theodor Seuss Geisel.
Finally, all the characters are introduced and the antagonist is revealed on “Ship-Trap Island”. General Zaroff, the man with “the face of an aristocrat”, proves to be congenial and sophisticated, yet seems to be reticent. The state of being “too good to be true” sits in his position, as he conceals his true identity. He is deceitful in various ways, has impractical philosophies, and is genuinely a hedonist. Zaroff may appear as an “affable host”, but is indeed a heartless, cold-blooded murderer.