Arms and the Man can be interpreted as an ironic reference to Virgils Aeneid, which glorifies war using Byronic heroes that had an enormous impact on nineteenth century literature. However, in contrast to Virgils poem, Shaw satirizes the concepts behind heroic warriors. Shaw’s creative use of contrasting
This shows the the reader that the society is very unreasonable and ridiculous. Showing this ridicule allowed the people of the late Victorian period to realize that a change was needed. I believe a good author must be able to project himself into the story, but it does not mean he has to like the characters. Wilde created ridiculous characters that had unreasonable qualities. Gwendolyn, for instance, loved the name Ernest, “It is a divine name.
The sentimental comedy is that Tellheim must overcome his moral trials which include bribing the saxons and feeling he is unworthy of Minna 's love. It is for this reason that the play falls into line with the comedies of the Deutsche Schaubȕhne and can ultimately be categorized as a comedy. Minna von Barnhelm has been hailed by the Goethe institution as “ein glänzendes Meteor” and has been claimed as the greatest comedy in the German Language. In accordance to this information, it has also been disputed whether or not the humor lies within the characters or the plot. One may argue that, as the reader studies this play is becomes increasingly difficult to ignore the humorous scenes through the interaction of the characters.
Nabokov's Lolita is one among other novels that tackle issues such as corruption in society, sexual taboos and censorship as the 1950 America saw an anti-materialism movement in literature. The similarity in the subtle elements justify Lolita as an American novel but the exquisite vocabulary, elegant but brutal fantasies and uncensored truth makes it one of a
In ‘Romeo and Juliet’, Shakespeare shows a variety of forms of love the most prevalent of which is the love between Romeo and Juliet. To only consider romantic love as the only form of love in the play would be reductive. Whilst the love between the “star-cross’d lovers’” could be considered ‘true love’ other forms of love include the forced love felt by Juliet through the threat of marriage, family love and the infatuation that Romeo feels for Rosaline at the beginning of the play. Shakespeare shows the true nature of love, he refrains from showing an idealistic, fairytale version of the emotion. Shakespeare especially shows how love is so intertwined with violence.
Evidence of this is in Benedick’s friend group and how it changes throughout the play. At the beginning, Benedick associates himself with his war friends, poking fun at them and discussing his opinions on how outrageous marriage is. This is due to Benedick’s identity of a soldier at the time. He feels if he associates himself with respectable men that will play to his own reputation. However, after his sacrifice, leaving that identity behind, Benedick changes his social circle, ditching those men and allowing his judgment to direct him to people of good character and continuing his love for Beatrice.
In Sonnet 35, Shakespeare exposes the duality between innocence and consciousness present in a narcissistic relationship through the narrator’s attempt to console his perpetrator, the same individual whom he loves. Through his yielding, submissive tone, Shakespeare is able to convey the internal struggle he faces when he loves that whom causes him the most misery and is not only aware of it, but also condoning it. With the use of powerful images derived from clever metaphors, Shakespeare portrays a dynamic between predator and prey that faults neither victim nor assailant; instead, through the specific composition of the sonnet’s structure, he emphasizes the irony behind his paradoxical situation as well as his voluntary inability to renounce
In his classical historical fiction play, Cyrano de Bergerac (1897), Edmond Rostand outlines the life of a charismatic Gascon officer and romantic poet named Cyrano who is plagued by an unappealing physical attribute to show the insecurities of society and the struggle between appearance and candor. By presenting romantic conflicts, Rostand allows the characters to reveal their inner selves and adapt into developed human beings with powerful and poor aspects. He utilizes symbolism, allusion, and characterization to reinforce his audiences’ awareness to the characters’ dynamic transfigurations. Rostand enlightens his audience by accentuating that the true nature of a person lays in their actions and intentions not aesthetics. Firstly, Rostand
During the 19th century, several literary movements had shaped the archetype of heroes that existed in the literature around the world. This includes Romanticism which puts emphasis on the deep emotions and feelings of the characters, instead of placing high regard on rational thinking and systematized thoughts. Some of the most notable authors that utilized Romanticism on their masterpieces where Victor Hugo, Mary Shelley, Camillo Castelo, Branco, and Lord Byron ("The Nineteenth Century, Romanticism"). Furthermore, Dark- Romanticism, which focused on the negative side of men, which is vile and sinful, was also upheld during the 1880’s. Significantly, it arose from the Transcendental Philosophical Movement that was widespread in the 19th century
Romanticism, state of mind or scholarly introduction that portrayed numerous works of writing, painting, music, feedback, and historiography in Western human progress over a period from the late eighteenth to the mid-nineteenth century. With its accentuation on the creative ability and feeling, Romanticism developed as a reaction to the disappointment with the Enlightenment significance of reason and structure in the outcome of the French Revolution of 1789. Romanticism can be viewed as a dismissal of the statutes of structure, peaceful, agreement, stability, and admiration that embodied Classicism as a rule and late eighteenth century Neoclassicism specifically. Romanticism was likewise to some degree a response against the Enlightenment and