Browning’s poem bears apparent meanings so that the readers will be misleading. Consequently, it is compulsory to observe the speech, rhetoric, and tone of the poem to evaluate characters. Ultimately, the poet tried to reveal the devilish characters of the Duke and he has a number of faults, but primary of them all is his supreme arrogance as the poem reveals. Immediately, in the first lines of the poem, the Duke is boasting about the painting at the art gallery. The Duke pulls off the curtain and shows the painting of his wife to the envoy.
The Beggar's Opera (1728) by John Gay has undergone many critical examinations. There are many various views on the "hidden agendas" that led to its creation. Examples include the satire on the political sphere like Walpole and his statesmen, or the social sphere with the biased law system due to the inequality between the rich and the poor. Or even the satire on Italian Operas being too dramatic. The formation of this opera eventually led to the term "Ballad Opera" being coined; considering the fact that Gay may have adopted this particular style since he had "experienced comedie en vaudeville possibly during his trips to France in 1717 and 1719" (Rogers, 2014, p.174) When answering the question, certain aspects of The Beggar's Opera require
How and why is a social group represented in a particular way? In his play The Importance of Being Earnest (1895, London St. James’ theater), Oscar Wilde portrays the attitudes and society of Victorian upper class through character interactions within the ‘Bunburyist’ adventures of Algernon Moncrieff and Jack Worthing. The play’s comedic elements, in addition to the portrayal of power structures, are used as an effective medium to challenge the viewer to reflect upon Wilde’s criticism on institutions and values of the aristocracy. In conjunction to this, deeper analysis can be conducteds about marriage in Victorian aristocracy and their attitudes to members of other social groups. Wilde portrays the upper class’ attitudes towards the rest of society in the conversation between Jack and Lady Bracknell in act 1: “[Lady Bracknell] The whole theory of modern education is radically unsound.
As mentioned, the Marxist approach deals with heterodoxy or a desire for possessions which in this case, is Olivia. The ‘social order paradox’ is evident also, as Malvolio, Olivia’s administrator, attempts to transgress the boundaries of order through ‘love’. Even though Malvolio features as a secondary character, his presence is very much important in the ‘social order paradox’. A trick is played on Malvolio, where a number of the other characters inform him that Olivia has asked him to wear bizarre things. The importance of this prank refers to the issue of class mobility that audiences of the time would have identified with.
The researcher decides Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray and Fitzgerald’s The Beautiful and Damned to be the objects of the study on inferiority and superiority complex causing hedonistic lifestyle in main character. The first reason, both of literary works cover the changing of each life of the main character, society and ultimately the individual. Second, they both share the same social background of the main character in The Picture of Dorian Gray, Dorian, displays a well-respected young man. He doesn’t recognize his own beauty until he sees it reflected in Basil’s portrait, and, once he does, it’s all too late. While Anthony in The Beautiful and Damned is illustrates reaching pleasure as the lifestyle and it becomes a habit.
Meta – Response Effect on Art In “The Pleasures of Tragedy,” the author Susan Feagin discuses with her audience the impact of direct responses and meta responses and explains how it relates to the tragic world of theatre. How the author defines direct responses is, “Only in the sense that it is a response to the qualities and content of the work of art.” (97) and that a meta response is known as “It is how one feels about and what one thinks about one 's responding (directly) in the way one does to the qualities and content of the work.” (97) but to be more direct in the tragedy scene a direct response can be seen as non-pleasing experiences and/or unhappy endings in which it brings the audience together when showing conflict that impacts everyone to come together and vice versa with meta response where we see something emotionally tragic such as a character’s death and we all come together and analyze what happen in the tragedy and connect it within own lives. Feagin mentions “in order to find the pleasures in tragedy, “There can be a unity of feeling among members of humanity, that we are not alone, and that these feelings are at the heart of morality itself,” which represent to me that tragic events which occur are not as tragic as it seems to be when so many people from the audience can relate to such tragic events. When feeling well connected to the event that’s when we make assumptions as an audience that we can agree to an emotional extent which is also known as a
It was during this time that theatres were brought back which was once barred by the Puritans. The literature back then painted about the life of Restoration period. From many literature works, William Congreve’s The Way of the World is one of those satire works where the social life is mirrored. Drabble (2008) said “In these Congreve shows himself the master of Restoration comedy, studying the social pressures on love and marriage with wit and subtlety” (p.228). The play depicts the life styles of high society and the fashion.
The utilization of props in A Doll’s House is essential in establishing the relationship dynamics and the ultimate theme of the play. Nora and Torvald’s relationship is portrayed to be the consequences of society’s influence, referencing to early 19th century. Fundamentally, Torvald is represented to be the product of society’s influence, noticeably due to his application of pet/childish nicknames to Nora. Consequently, the specific names, squirrel and skylark, characterize Nora as being trapped and therefore confined as a result of Torvald’s and ultimately society’s oppression to conformity. Through the play A Doll’s House, Henrik Ibsen provides social commentary through highlighting on an individual’s transformative experience as a consequent result of being oppressed through social conformities.
Tone, the general character or attitude the author has towards a piece of writing. The tone in “Harrison Bergeron” is represented, by the author, in a number of techniques that writers have in their arsenal such as, satire, irony, symbolism and diction. The author uses Satire many times thought this story to give us something to think about and ponder instead of giving us what we are supposed to think. For example; when he tells us about the ballerinas and how they are held down by weights and how a horrid mask covers their beauty, we are saddened and depressed by the fact that something so beautiful and wonderful has to be covered up and weighted down just for everyone to be normal and the same. In another part of the story we see that all news casters have severe speech impediments which makes see the absurdity of the normalcy that is forced on the criticizes of the country.
PREFACE Pygmalion, a play which focuses on a variety of issues in contemporary society, is rich in ideas. Pygmalion is a play written for both the rich and the poor, a play written to provoke thought. In this manifesto the most important ideas will be identified and explained. SOCIAL CLASS There is a profound connection between language and social class, a connection so direct where language determines social class. By changing how she speaks, Eliza tricks royalty into thinking that she is a duchess.