“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…” (Dickens 1). Dickens’ opens A Tale of Two Cities, with this legendary phrase to show a comparison in the superlative degree. As the story progresses the author shows how some concepts such as, sacrifice in the name of love, can have extreme sides to them. Through his wondrous moments of foreshadowing, dramatic irony, the use of parallels, and his ways of playing with suspense, Dickens shows the importance of sacrifice and the selflessness behind it. Additionally, Dickens eloquently demonstrates the irony of how self-sacrifice can actually lead to resurrection within a person.
In the play of Henrik Ibsen’s drama Ghosts, as well as in Amalie Skram’s short story Karen’s Christmas there is strong ridicule of the societal norms in late nineteenth century Scandinavia. In-depth reading of these texts display scorn for the way Scandinavia as a culture, during this time period, behaved and their ideals. These ideals have been developed through a history of social, political and economic change in Scandinavia, and the message from both authors is one highlighting the problems of societal norms and providing progressive ideas. Ghosts is a story of the past generations and their problems being past down. The characters in the play are selfish and the tragedy at the end of the story is one sealed by societies failures.
Alice in Wonderland Societal Reading Victorian society demanded a specific role of civilians with strict expectations they always adhere to. Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, more commonly recognised by his pen name, Lewis Carroll, is one author who questioned these expectations through the use of satire within his text Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Satirizing the rule and conventions of Victorian society is one manner in which Carroll subverts the nature of this time period by drawing specific attention to the worst aspects and proving how ridiculous they truly are. Two examples of this within Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland can be found within the tea party scene in chapter 7. This chapter depicts a Mad Hatter and his friends, the dormouse and March Hare all sitting around a “large” table, “but all three were all crowded together at one corner of it”.
War is a dreadful topic with many opinions surrounding the debate that comes with war. Some may feel that war is necessary for change, while others may completely disagree and view war as frightful, horrid, and corrupt. In A Tale of Two Cities, it really was considered the worst of times due to the war known as the French Revolution which Dickens used as his topic of the book. It is very obvious throughout the book that Dickens is a strong proponent to the revolution and supports revolution immensely. Furthermore, Charles Dickens is a proponent of the political and social revolution by supporting the idea that corruption and wrongful injustice of the people can lead to a revolution and this is proven throughout A Tale of Two Cities through the use of satirical diction to represent the corrupt behavior of the aristocrats and symbols as well as repetition to represent the injustice of the
In the beginning, the aristocracy oppresses the poor, but then near the end, the poor bring justice to the aristocracy by oppressing them. In the same way, Dickens again emphasizes this major theme by writing, “Sow the same seed of rapacious licence and oppression ever again, and it will surely yield the same fruit according to its kind” (385). Dickens is referring to the conflicts between the aristocracy and the poor. The aristocracy oppressed
In 'A Christmas Carol', Charles Dickens represents Scrooge as an unsympathetic man who is offered the opportunity to redeem himself. Through the use of language, the reader is positioned to view him adversely, but during the journey of the morality lessons shown by four phantoms. In the form of an allegory, we will discover how Dickens demonstrates a defiant and isolated character in Stave One. In a Christmas carol, Dickens portrays his protagonist, scrooge, unfavourably. ‘Solitary’ is an adjective which Dickens implanted into the prose so that the readers could grow a stronger dislike for him as it infers that he is anti-social and unpleasant, ‘solitary’ also relates to Scrooge as he has the characteristics of someone in solitude.
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.
Inverted values for Victorian society in the Clough’s Latest Decalogue “The Latest Decalogue” (1862) by Arthur John Clough is an indirect criticism of the Victorian society, a satire, in which the values promoted are inverted, in order to emphasize the religious and social unrest. The context is also relevant in understanding the poem; this means that the Victorian Age was influenced by the revolutions, which came up with new ideas, new values such as freedom, social mobility, industrial and social development. The title of the poem is formed by an adjective (”the latest”) and a noun (”Decalogue”). Intertextuality comes up here, because Decalogue is another term for the Ten Commandments appearing the Bible in Exodus 20:2-17 and in Deuteronomy 5:6-21. The Latest probably signifies that the Decalogue given by the author is representative for the society in which he lives, as there is not the first, the second or the latest
"Money makes the world go round.” A famous phrase that mercilessly expresses the truth about life these days.And it is not the only one that points to the same thing:that society nowadays treasures the material instead of the spiritual growth or moral development.From famous songs such as Abba’s “Money,money”,”Money makes the world go round” from the movie „Cabaret”,to books such as“A Christmas Carol”,they all show that money lays in the center. An ideological novel,”A Christmas Carol” tells of bitter and miserly Ebenezer Scrooge's ethical, and emotional transformation resulting from supernatural visits from Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come.Unfortunately,only in a book does it seem possible to change,as today,anybody can scarcely do it. Can we imagine a society without
He re-wrote not only his own fate but also Tiny Tims, as he will now survive. In a society Scrooge would symbolize the upper class, the greedy men and women who care only for themselves and for their money. He shows how greed can ruin someone 's life, but also how they can turn around for the better. Dickens shows us that compassion is what drives, someone to enjoy the company of someone else, that how we act reflects on the people and world around you. Sometimes we have to be sure to understand when we ourselves are being greedy and ultimately, not be a