A Comparative Analysis of John Milton’s Paradise Lost and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein Prominent authors have different ways in making their works distinguished. Some had influenced different authors with their style and themes which may show their presence in those authors’ work. One of the remarkable authors of English literature, John Milton, was known for his epic poem, Paradise Lost. This epic poem with Satan as the protagonist, has influenced various works of Literature, one of which is Frankenstein, a novel written by Mary Shelley. With the guidance of Mary Shelley’s husband, Percy Shelley who was greatly influenced by Milton, a Miltonic element was somehow evident in her novel.
This paper is a detailed analysis of Jane’s search for identity at different stages of her life. Key Words Renunciation Tenderness Revolt Individuality Unconventional Charlotte Bronte, though a passionate and romantic novelist, was compelled to write as a realist because she belonged to an age bedeviled by the onslaught of industrialization. Her novel, Jane Eyre (1847) is based on a critical character, her experiences and the resolution of her fortune in marriage.Charlotte Bronte was an innovator and her novel Jane Eyre enriched the tradition of the English novel. The most important contribution that Charlotte made was 'intensity '. This is the intensity associated not only with love but also with 'religious ecstasy '.
In Mary Shelley’s gothic novel Frankenstein, her protagonist Victor wants to create new life and although he battles his conscious, he allows his desire to overrule his moral compass and religious influences to benefit his self-interests. In the dystopian novel The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood shows how the government in ‘The Republic of Gilead’ also meet their own needs and ignore ethical standards by creating a reproductive system to rectify the low fertility rate. Both novels have been influenced by a patriarchal perspective which I will analyse by exploring its effects. As feminist figures both authors isolate female characters within the novels to highlight ways in which they are oppressed. In the Handmaid’s Tale, power is strongly portrayed through the ‘Republic of Gilead’ by the use of fear and manipulation to control all citizens; this is built upon throughout the novel.
John Dryden is an interesting person to create the epic poem Absalom and Achitophel. What makes this poem stand out and what made it cause an outrage in the audience of readers is that fact that Dryden not only used the parable of Absalom, but changed it as he saw fit so that it worked better with the events surrounding Charles II, the Duke of Monmouth (Monmouth), the Earl of Shaftesbury, and the Popish Plot. Many of Dryden’s works are continuations, or at least connected to other works Absalom and Achitophel was definitively different in that it could stand alone, and was not the continuation or conclusion to any of his prior works . King Charles II, asked for Dryden to use the parable. Dryden was seen as an author that moved with the chaotic times, and used his satire to evoke passions about the turmoil within England and religion.
(Definition and Examples of Literary Terms). Even more, when it comes to Renaissance tragedy, the protagonists that are considered as tragic heroes are usually kings or nobles people. What makes this significant is that the tragic heroes are not only characterized as individual’s issues, but rather emblems of the whole representative of state. In Frankenstein, which Mary Shelley has written and characterized the characters as inherently good and evil. In this essay, it is going to discuss on the elements about how the ideas of heroes.
Across literature, authors capture the struggle of people finding their true purpose. In Mary W. Shelley’s gothic novel, Frankenstein, Victor Frankenstein and his creation, the Creature, both come from different experiences but ultimately share the same desire in seeking revenge. This desire from the Creature and Victor stems from the failures that they find from their purpose and despite the differences they both face, the two characters parallel one another in this way. The time at which the novel was written, political change was taking its stand. Ideologies that were created by John Locke and Thomas Hobbes clashed with one another.
There emerged female authored literature that addressed exuberance and despair. It brought to the fore the dreams of victory and the defeat of violence. This is well illustrated in the fiction of Kate Chopin, one of the top American authors of the 19th Century. According to Sandra Gilbert and Susan Gubar who were literary critics, the oscillation between despair and extremes of exuberance is well depicted in Kate Chopin’s literature “The Story of an Hour” (Robinson). In order to be able to fully understand Chopin’s message, readers must envision the tradition of the Victorian society in which Kate lived.
Anti-Transcendentalism, Nathaniel Hawthorne, who many of his novels (or “romances,” to him) were dark, twisted but held a shimmer of light and hope within them. A particular novel, one of which is considered a great piece of American Romantic literature, The Scarlet Letter, due to its story line being set in the remote past of the Puritan era, focuses on the strict laws of the Puritan society and the battle for love, happiness, and acceptance in an anti-Puritan situation. Throughout the novel it becomes evident that this Puritan society is filled with corruption. However, in a way to brighten the dark and twisted storyline that is The Scarlet Letter, Hawthorne uses the truth that is reflected in the surrounding nature as a way to convey an overall mood of select chapters, a way to describe the characters
‘British literature through the first half of the nineteenth century was written in the shadow of the French Revolution, with its promise of liberation and its “Reign of Terror.” The Romantic poets championed the rebel - even if it happened to be Satan - in several their works’ (topics). Charlotte Brontë was a writer her entire life and published her first novel, Jane Eyre, in 1847. Even though there was controversial criticism of society's treatment of impoverished women, the book was a success and she continued to follow it with Shirley in 1848. Jane Eyre is an emotional, angry and rebellious child and is surrounded by demanding obedient women. She loves to rebel against Mrs. Reed, St. John Rivers, and even Mr. Rochester, who she ends up
Her response to the text which, “by the end of the fourteenth century, had established itself as the vernacular authority on misogyny” (Christine de Pizan and the Moral Defence of Women, p. 7), came in the form of Letter to the God of Love. In it, Cupid presents to the other gods a women’s petition asking for an end to the outrages they were forced to bear. The debate generated by this work grew as de Pizan continued exchanging contentious letters with famous scholars of her day. In addition to establishing herself as a female intellectual, this exchange eventually led to the beginning of a series of literary debates on women, known as ‘Querelle Des Femmes’ or ‘The Woman