The aim of this essay is to analyse the characteristics of Naturalism that seem relevant in the context of the novella and to illustrate them by reference to the primary source. in this attempt, a New-Criticism-based analysis will be employed. As said above, the novella is a Naturalistic one. Like Realism, Naturalism seeks to depict reality in all its aspects, insisting on the fact that everything that exists in the literary dimension is correlated to the exterior world. What distinguishes it from Realism is the interest towards the darker aspects of human beings or nature and the main difference is that Naturalistic characters shape their personalities according to the exterior factors that surround them, such as social backround, that work as latent forces and determine, unconsciously, their later behaviour.
William Shakespeare 's The Tempest depicts Caliban as a brutish, savage, and monster-like creature, but he is simply misunderstood. Caliban is the subject of one of the various subplots found in the play, also possessing a hunger for revenge. Being the slave of Prospero, Caliban is treated like an animal-like creature by he and all others found on the island, he is intelligent, and constantly being taken advantage of by his master; therefore validating his informal and improper actions. Caliban’s character is described as being deformed, resulting in him being treated with a lack of respect, without being given the chance to prove himself as an equal member of society. In act II scene II, the main point of humor derives from Trinculo’s fascination
William Shakespeare's King Lear is depressing and has no mercy, but it also encounters many more aspects which are quite important for everyone to know, such as: trails of deaths, battles, love, hatred, treacheries and most importantly nature and culture. Shakespeare created a play where the world was cruel and there was only plotting and tragedy with no shining light at the end of the tunnel. Shakespeare makes King Lear, a natural figure to show the hypocrisy. The connection between King Lear and Cordelia is an analogy for the relationship of nature and culture. It seems that King Lear believed in culture instead of nature, he could not understand his youngest, nicest and the most loving daughter Cordelia only because she had no words to
Thus literature has always conditioned our philosophical understanding of nature. Indeed, even the aesthetic categories by which our feeling for nature are understood, the beautiful, the picturesque, the sublime, the scenic, the wild etc. have been defined largely through their use in literary and critical contexts. Today, when the threat to the environment has assumed overwhelming proportions, man’s relationship to nature requires a redefinition. The time has come for a reaffirmation of age-old concepts like pastoralism, romanticism, transcendentalism and naturalism, which define and explore man’s relation to nature.
In William Shakespeare’s King Lear, the ideas of what is natural and a person’s character have been strong underlying themes. Throughout the play, characters both disguise themselves and show who they really are, lose and gain knowledge and sanity, and stick to and break promises all because of their character traits and what they feel is natural. In this short scene, Act Four Scene Four, the theme of nature—in terms of character and the natural world—comes to the foreground. Cordelia re-exhibits her honesty and reliability in this twenty-nine line long scene. Earlier in the play, she refused to express her love to her father in words since actions hold more weight to her, at the expense of her inheritance and ability to enter the kingdom.
Magic has been a predominant theme throughout theatrical history. ‘As a result of the interest and fear of sorcery in Elizabethan England’ , ‘Shakespeare incorporated an abundance of magical elements into his works’ . The Tempest by William Shakespeare shows the presence of this enchanting theme through the powerful magician and right Duke of Milan, Prospero. He and his daughter, Miranda, have been cast away on a remote island for the past twelve years by enemies: Antonio, Sebastien and Alonso. Miranda reveals the conductor of the dramatic tempest to the audience by expressing her despair and begging, “If by your art, my dearest father, you have.
David Herbert Lawrence’s point of view on these relationships finds its best expression through the perspective of psychology with symbolism of nature. It also suggests regenerating natural and inexorable relationships between man and woman, and man and nature to explore the mystery of life. F.R. Leaves in his great literary work about D. H. Lawrence. He tells that Women in Love prove D. H. Lawrence as one of the greatest literary artists, and Lawrence is a modern novelist and uses a lot of modern writing techniques to mold the characters.
In our daily lives, we are always trying to control our surroundings and what we experience. Though this can aid us in achieving our goals, our controlling behaviors can also be problematic. Rachel Carson shows us an example of this in her novel Silent Spring. Throughout her novel, she conveys how man’s efforts to control nature are mostly harmful. She exhibits this by using scientific diction, irony, ethical appeal, and imagery.
In the Tempest, there are several important themes explored by the characters in the play and one very important concept is nature vs. nurture. Prospero is convinced that Caliban 's evil nature as the son of a witch cannot be overcome by the nurturing that he and his daughter have attempted to accomplish. Miranda teaches Caliban about the moon and the stars, and Caliban repays her by trying to rape her. In fact, Calibans game plan is actually a power struggle that exists on two levels. On one level, there is a small fight between the two men, master and servant, the one who demands respect and the one who demands a reason to give it.
Nature and literature goes hand in hand. The world of literature throngs with works dealing with beauty and power of nature. However, the concern for ecology and the hazard that the incessant exploitation of our environment poses on humanity has recently caught the attention of the writers. This sense of concern has given rise to a new branch of literary theory, namely Eco-criticism. Ecocriticism is the study of representations of nature in literary works and of the relationship between literature and the environment.