Tone is a literary component of composition, which shows the attitudes toward the subject and toward the audience suggested in a literary work. A plethora of authors use tone in order to show the reader the attitudes of the characters and subjects in a literary piece. Charles Dickens uses tone in A Tale of Two Cities, one of Dickens’s most widely read books, to show his critical attitude towards the richer, upper classes. Dickens was not the wealthiest, and even found himself in jail for debt in 1824, but he worked his way up from the bottom. This is why the tone is critical towards the aristocrats in the story, and empathizes with the peasants and Bourgeois, or middle class.
Many authors have applied lampooning in their work to bring to light certain issues by criticizing different ideas in society such as politics, class division, wealth, and marriage by adding irony, sarcasm, and ridicule to emphasize the ludicrousy of the issue the author evaluated. One author that incorporated lampooning in his plays was Oscar Wilde. For example, in The Importance of Being Earnest, Wilde publicly criticized the Victorian society so that audience was conscious of the foolishness that occurred in their society. In The Importance of Being Earnest, Wilde used irony and satire to ridicule the views of the upper class, such as their obsession with wealth, their shallow, and materialistic personality. One of the many issues Oscar
The Christmas Carol The Christmas carol is an allegory that provides many messages and morals that show the problems faced by society. The author Charles dickens delivered many messages by using characters and settings that showed the many comparison of the many problems we face today. Throughout the story dickens use characters such as scrooge, Fred, the ghost of Christmas Past, And also ignorance and greed, to share with the public. Scrooge is a character who is pictured as a rich greedy old man that only cares about his well- being rather the other less fortunate that is surrounded by him. Dickens used scrooge as a symbol of the privileged and elegant members of society, who are careless about the misfortune and the poor.
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”.
Winegarten’s theory presented that Victor Hugo was astonished well-known author with powerful set of words to bring culture to the world. The novel “Les Miserables” (1862) was a great work of political art. In the literary map of the heroic myth in the revolting revolution for the portrayal of the resurrection. The middle, high, and college-level students will help understand the dark aspect of the author, Victor Hugo prove to the “Les Miserables.” “The hero, Jean Valjean, the ex-convict tormented by conscience of the past actions and the good acts to repent his soul” (Winegarten, 1). The thesis is to observe the struggle of people’s actions in the complications of life to redeem one’s
Setting is one of the most important devices to use when writing a strong story. F. Scott Fitzgerald uses setting well in the Great Gatsby as a means to contrast and compare the rich and the poor. East Egg and West Egg are the settings for the rich, The valley of ashes is home for the poor and the hopeless and New York City is the setting for the business of the wealthy, their playground, and a place to hide their secrets. F. Scott Fitzgerald uses setting as a device to highlight differences between the classes. The valley of ashes is the town for the poor.
Dickens uses a variety of interesting adjectives throughout the Bleak House. The central theme of the novel regards a court case, it highlights the upheavals within the ‘high court of chancery’ and depicts problems in the system of law. Other examples of Dickens use of adjectives is seen in lines 57-60: ‘This is the Court of Chancery, which has its decaying houses and its blighted lands in every shire, which has its worn-out lunatic in every madhouse and its dead in every churchyard, which has its ruined suitor with his slipshod heels and threadbare dress’ Dickens uses a grotesque mirror image to depict what the law pursuits are like. He distorts the reader's expectation of the law by comparing their mental state to a ‘lunatic’ and their appearance with ‘slipshod’ and ‘threadbare’. These adjectives contradict the uniform and respect of the law by degrading their professionalism using repugnant descriptions.
As a prolific Victorian writer of novels, plays, novellas, and non-fictional prose including letters, Charles John Huffam Dickens (7 February 1812 – 9 June 1870) became known all over the world for his remarkable characters, his mastery of prose, and his depictions of the social classes, customs and values of his times. Some believed that he was a staunch defender of the working classes and has often been celebrated as a champion of the oppressed and the downtrodden. But it has sometimes been noted that both in his journalism and fiction he expresses attitudes that can be interpreted as racist and xenophobic. He opposed slavery but defended colonialists against their native attackers and opposed suffrage for blacks on grounds of cultural superiority. Questions have been raised as to whether Dickens believed in biological determinism or was instead a cultural chauvinist.
The Storm, written by Kate Chopin in 1898 is a short story depicting an extramarital affair in the South. This story is rather scandalous especially when one considers the era in which it was written but demonstrated the realities of our world today in terms of lust, sexuality, secret affairs, marriage and relations. Chopin’s five-part short story is salacious by the standards of any society or generation but through its many symbols, themes and characters made a very interesting and thought-provoking read. As I reviewed The Storm, it is clear that the main themes Sex, Marriage and Women. As mentioned, The Storm is very risqué based on the century in which it was written and even now, years later may be considered so in many societal circles.
Through his magnum opus, the writer discloses the ridiculousness of the religious and political situations of eighteenth century of Europe, especially England. The political satire in the book is exhibited with his encounter with Lilliputians who exemplify