In the 1700s, satirical work was a popular form of writing for those to express their opinions (Pullen). Jonathan Swift, poet, politician, and writer, wrote numerous books and novels. Born in Dublin Ireland and often visiting England, Swift wrote a collection of works that showed his disapproval of english politics (“Jonathan Swift” Biography). Many applauded Swift for his courage displayed in his writings, but English politicians were not in approval of his satirical works (Rogers). After growing up in a poor family and working in a political position, Jonathan Swift created many satirical works based upon english politics and his experiences in life (“Jonathan Swift” Biography) Jonathan Swift was born on October 30, 1667, in Dublin Ireland
He had to deal with headaches all his life. (“Alexander Pope” Britannica school) Pope was amember of the scriblerus club. Further into the 18th century pope was called bitter and unpoetic because he was adding romanticism. Because of pope being so popular the critics would pay close attention to him. (“Alexander Pope” Hutchinson’s Biography Database) Early descriptive poetry, magnificent, and satires, and moral poems were Alexander’s three main types of poetry he would write about.
He is one of the most iconic figure in literary. Besides being famous for his books, he’s also rebellious, writing articles that uses satire to ridicule the imperial system of the US government. Aside from being anti-imperialist, he is against racism, published many books that were controversial because it’s contains racist language although it’s main purpose was to show the life of a boy on a slave state. When Samuel was 4 years old, his family moved to a nearby town named Hannibal. His father, John Clemens, have many jobs.
The breaking point of this was a riotous rebellion, that secretly moved toward revolution. Meanwhile, in England at this time, people payed more attention to spiritualist and the supernatural. This book is understanding to the overthrow of French aristocracy yet highly critical for what followed, the reign of terror. As our novel starts, a businessman-like British gentleman makes his way into the heart of Paris. Presently, he’s on a very uncomfortable mission, unsettling enough to make a businessman almost cry.
The House on Mango Street, written by Sandra Cisneros, incorporates many literary devices that assist the book. Cisneros writes with irony and imagery, which affect the meaning in her writing. She uses dramatic irony every so often in the book, for example in “What Sally Says” she writes, “her father, whose eyes were little from crying, knocked on the door and said please come back, this is the last time. And she said Daddy went and home” (Cisneros 93). Earlier, Sally’s father had beaten her for talking to a boy.
In the novel Hard Times by Charles dickens the rights of children are explored and the level of abuse and mistreatment is surfaced in old Victorian times. The two young children of Mr. Gradgrind, Tom and Louisa, exemplifies the young who are rebellious and filled with angst in society in which they grew up in. They were forced to conform to the strict rules of their father, who pretentiously tries to give them a totalitarian up bring. This is further exacerbated by the classism of the Victorians society, most notably when Louisa is forced to marry Josiah Bounderby, who is thirty years her senior. Louisa is treated as a possession rather than a human being, as her father coerces to marry she does not love.
In the 1920’s F. Scott Fitzgerald had many troubles with his marriage. His novel, The Great Gatsby represents many aspects that were similar to his life. In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, he used intellectual empathy by imagining himself through The Great Gatsby and many other stories and novels. In The Great Gatsby, Tom and Daisy are married quickly, but Tom cheats on Daisy many times with many diverse people. In the 1920’s is wasn’t likely to divorce their spouse and to marry someone else from a lower class.
Poems are not always cheery rhymes, written by carefree poets. Some poets, such as Ambrose Bierce, live a life of misfortune. Growing up with 8 siblings, Bierce hated his family. He resented his mother for “not loving him enough,” and by 15, he left his family behind. Working as a printer’s devil, Bierce began his literary career.
This displays the fear that the author had for his father. When reflecting over the poem, John J. Mckenna stated, “The author replaced the rather benign ‘kept’ with ‘beat’ thus making the situation more ominous, more negative” Roethke’s father worked manual labor and had a strong physique. This means that he might’ve been too rough with his son at times, but not intentionally to hurt him. That is one of the reasons Roethke feared his father slightly. Another change Roethke made to the poem was the gender of the child.
Wilfred Owen who was born in 1893 is still named as one of the leading British poets of war poetry about World War I in the English literature. Throughout his poetries, he vividly captures the reality of war and chaos inside of the soldiers. Before the war, Owen was a language tutor in France, but he served in an army because he felt pressured because government’s propaganda pressured him. Nevertheless, when he actually got into the army, he disillusioned and realized both pity and horror of war. From his dreadful experience, the anti-war feeling strongly created in his mind.
Flannery O’Connor is an acclaimed author who is admired for her short stories which are often seen as modern day christian parables. In her short story “A Good Man Is Hard to Find” she writes about a family who is going on vacation and has the misfortune to run into a criminal who eventually murders them. This criminal is called The Misfit, and he is a victim of the disease of loneliness. The Misfit is put into a prison for a long time at some point in his past when he was young, this has affected him greatly. He was unwanted, abandoned, an uncared for while he was in the prison.
Crispin: The Cross of Lead written by Avi, is an cool story about a young boy in Medieval England. The book starts with the death of the boy’s mother, which sets off a chain of political problems, removing Crispin from the village he has been in his entire life and sending him out across the content. His path cuts through the different layers of society, revealing them from a peasant’s view and showing people just how scary life in a world spread with plagues, illiteracy, and the feudal system could be. But at the same time, this is a book of innocence and wonder. Bear protects Crispin, through the adventures, Bear and Crispin become basically foster father and son.