In his letter he described his life as an indentured servant as one where he has nothing to comfort him but sickness and death. The life that he was living in colonial Virginia was one where you couldn’t escape or else you will be captured. Attempting it could of cause him to die, therefore he hoped his parents brought his escape but with his parents being poor there was no way of escaping the life of an indentured servant. Having no escape as an indentured servant, he wrote to his parents a letter asking that his parents bought out the indenture. In his letter, he wrote that he was trapped in a place filled of diseases that can make any body weak and leave you with lack of comfort and rattled with guilt. Those feelings constantly controlled
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.
In “The Funeral,” author Henry James evinces the narrator’s inflated sense of self through a lampoon of the lower class—primarily via tones of irreverent degradation and supercilious condescension. Amidst the impoverished masses, the speaker finds himself intrigued by their dejected existence and paltry attempt to mourn the death of Mr. George Odger, a humble shoemaker. [add another sentence]
When discussing, Defarge declares, ‘“[…] one must stop somewhere. After all, the question is still where’. Madame replies, ‘At extermination”’ (Dickens 344). Due to the temptation of power, the peasants cannot stop and must go on. They are not willing to settle for anything less than extermination, and will continue until they fulfill their desires. There is a similarity between the way in which power impacts the nobles and peasants. Dickens does this on purpose by using parallelism to show how the diction the classes use when in power, such as ‘exterminate’, is the same. This tactic helps demonstrate how power leads to the same outcomes and how different groups of people abuse it the same way. The desperation to maintain possession of power helps communicate the similarities both classes experience when in control. These circumstances can remain true for almost every situation, not just one. In his writing, J. M. Rignall discusses how the techniques implemented by Dickens play a part in the way he tells history. Through these techniques, Rignall is able to establish the pattern of how “[…] oppression is shown to breed oppression,
In “The Funeral,” the narrator Henry James shows condescending and playful tone towards the people attending the funeral. But not being focus on the actual funeral and drawing his attention to the people, he grieve at all, as you usually do in a funeral.
“He exercised, I believe the useful profession of shoemaker and he knocked in vain at the door that opens but to gold keys. Though it as a funeral that was going on, I will not call it a tragedy; but it was a very serious comedy.” It reflects Henry James irony towards George Odger. Henry James is scornful towards George Odger’s humbleness by saying that George Odger is a useful human being. “It was
In “Odger’s Funeral” by Henry James, irreverent, disdainful tones exhibit the way James feels about the man’s funeral. The plot involves a reporter attending a man’s funeral, considered to be the scum of society by James.
“Change your thoughts, and you change your world” was once said by Norman Vincent Peale, an American minister who focused towards ‘positive thinking’. The quote itself says that if you make certain decisions, then everything around you could change. This is significant to Ebenezer Scrooge in the play, A Christmas Carol. Ebenezer Scrooge, in the beginning, Scrooge was an elderly, rude, and greedy man with a love for large amounts of money who cares about nothing but himself. For example, a kind gentleman asks Scrooge to donate money and help the poor. Instead of kindly donating, he spits out a crude and evil response saying “Let them die, and they better do it quick to decrease the surplus population” and “Are there no prisons? Are there no workhouses?” referring to how the workhouses/prisons could be the poor’s ‘home’. However, at the end of the play, with the help of three spirits and his dead business partner, he changed into a caring, energetic man with a love for
Henry James in the funeral article of Lippincott’s Magazine from July, 1877, uses a positive respectful tone and a negative degrading tone. Henry narrates Mr.Odger’s funeral which took place in London five weeks before the Easter period. The crowd gathers in order to give Mr.Odger an honorable burial. James as an spectator sees the funeral in two different ways.
In the passage “George Odger’s Funeral”, by Henry James, published in Lippincott’s Magazine July 1877, James sees the funeral as a “grotesque” view on a “magnificent” day. It was the mourning of George Odger, a humble man who intended to fight to help the common itinerant people of England if he were to in a place in government. James was not fond of a poor man running in the elections; he saw it as an insult and disgusting.
Mary’s exploitation of her reputation as something of a ‘witch’ was no fresh concept however. Another sorceress hailing from Yorkshire, Knaresborough based Ursula Southill, better known as Mother Shipton, had been famed for prophesying the future some three centuries previously. She exhibited prophetic and psychic abilities from an early age and, with her large crooked nose, bent back and twisted legs, to the superstitious her appearance was that of the archetypal ‘witch’. Though she was taunted by the local populace, they were nevertheless accepting of the remedies and potions that Ursula made from local flowers and herbs. But as well as her skill in making traditional remedies, Mother Shipton had another gift – she could predict the future.
In Henry James’s “Lilippincott’s Magazine”, the protagonist happens to be passing by the funeral of a shoemaker, the tones despicable and solemn come to the mind; taking place on the streets of Piccadilly, England, when the people or the “shabbier English types” as the protagonist refers to them, give Mr. George Odger a funeral to remember him, nonetheless he protagonist describes Mr. Odger as a “radical agitator”, this idea comes from his “perverse desire” to be part of the Parliament, which only accepts burgesses. In addition, the words “shabbier”, and “perverse” reflect the protagonist’s feelings towards the multitude upon him.
Gentillesse, the the capacity for a being to act compassionately and graciously, was seen as a characteristic of the noble class (Brown 175). In fact, gentillesse was a concept based on both “wealth and social distinction” as well as “character and behavior,” and these two parts were thought to be almost impossible to separate (Carruthers 286). Being an aristocrat was, therefore, a necessary condition for gentillesse; those at the cusp of nobility were not thought to have this characteristic as they were not at the top of the social hierarchy. Yet, the Franklin, a member of the landowning class but not a noble, explores the presumed relationship between the attribute and the high-class. In the “Franklin’s Tale,” the Franklin constructs parallel
Darcy is an extremely wealthy aristocrat. He is proud, haughty and extremely conscious of class differences. Darcy is first introduced in the story with arrogance which offends the local citizens he snubs. As the narrator says, the people at the ball are disgusted by his proud manners, because he only talks to his friends and does not wish to be introduced to anyone in the room. His haughtiness is also well demonstrated in his response to Mr. Bingley when he tries to persuade him to dance. There is no doubt he has refused, thinking himself to be superior to the other people there, whom he is clearly referring to, according to his standards, inferior and inelegant people. Especially when he refuses to dance with Elizabeth in reply to Mr. Bingley “She is tolerable; but not handsome enough to tempt me”, first strong impression along with prejudice has been created and adhered to the two protagonists’
Both the Wakefield Second Shepherds’ Play and Christopher Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus confront the place of the working class and their interests in society during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, respectively. While the interests and attitudes of the working class shifted in accordance with the greater societal changes in the transition from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance, their lower economic and social status stayed relatively the same. By comparing the actions of Marlowe’s working class characters to the poor shepherds of the Wakefield cycle in similar situations, one is able to see their differences in ideals and values, as well as their similarities in social status and exploitation.