Literary Context The values of the Victorian Age were best represented by one literary genre: the novel. A typical novel usually had a omniscient narrator and characters central to the plot, which was long but linear. It was both a really valid instrument to interpret the human condition and entertainment to the middle class reader. Novels were very successful, firstly because more people could and wanted to read, also because since they started to be published in installments in newspapers they became less expensive, so more accessible to everyone, and created an ongoing interest in the plot. Victorian writers can be divided in three categories: the early Victorians, the mid Victorians and the late Victorians.
Trisha D. Miranda Humanities CPT-2101 Less Miserables Introduction When Victor Hugo 's novel Les Miserables first came out in 1862, people in Paris and elsewhere lined up to buy it Although critics were less receptive, the novel was an instant popular success. The French word "miserables" means both poor wretches and scoundrels or villains The novel offers a huge cast that includes both kinds of "miserables." A product of France 's most prominent Romantic writer, Les Miserables ranges far and wide. It paints a vivid picture of Paris 's seamier side, discusses the causes and results of revolution, and includes discourses on topics ranging from the Battle of Waterloo to Parisian street slang. But the two central themes that dominate the novel are the moral redemption of its main character, Jean Valjean, an ex-convict, and the moral redemption of a nation through revolution.
His novels are constant best sellers. According to Gale Student Resources in Context (2008) readers and critics regard Sparks as “a master in the dramatic fiction genre,” and many consider him as one of the few authors who can write beautiful love stories. His stories are generally famous for being romantic and tender, and for having bittersweet endings (Gale Student Resources in Context, 2008). Sparks said “You’re going to come across people in your life who will say all the right words at the right times. But in the end, it’s always their actions you should judge them by.
Satire is the use of humour, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people 's stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics. As the greatest satirist in the English language, Jonathan Swift was both admired and feared in his own time for the power of his writings. Gulliver 's Travels is regarded as Swift 's masterpiece. It is a novel in four parts recounting Gulliver 's four voyages to fictional exotic lands. His travels is first among diminutive people--the Lilliputians, then among enormous giants--people of Brobdingnag, then among idealists and dreamers and finally among horses.
Abstract: Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce (1842-1914?) was best known during his lifetime for his vituperative political satire and acerbic wit in his legendary "Prattle" column as well as his epigrammatic Devils Dictionary. Modern Bierce scholars are now recognizing Bierce 's unique mastery of the short story form, insofar as his stories reflect the mind of an iconoclast during an age of realism. One of the most fascinating aspects of Ambrose Bierce 's short stories is the appearance of the double motif or doppelganger. Bierce extends the figure of the double, which appears in many of his stories, to reflect his dissatisfaction with the limitations of the contemporary realistic aesthetic and to express his pessimistic perspective on developing nineteenth century concepts of human psychology and his philosophical view of the double-edged human psyche, a theory about the dichotomous nature of the human mind— a study in philosophy as well as psychology.
Stories play a significant role in our lives, they inspire us to reason, recognize and to discover where we can relate it with us, in our lives. Among many legendary story writers, who are recognized worldwide through their strong hand on writing, this article is raising on a very famous and appreciated prize treasuring author of his times ‘William Sydney Porter’ who is lionized as “O. Henry” by his passionate lovers. The writing of O. Henry depicts a great blend of S³, where sobs, sniffles, and smilestell us, a deep connectionism of life. All his short stories have great integration of characters, jocularity, shades of life and a surprise ending.
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.
A story is more than just plot and characters, it is subtle symbols, emotional tones, and deeper meanings conveyed through the specific word choice of an author. British literature is known for its extensive use of these literary devices, and short stories especially use them to the fullest advantage due to their short nature. One specific story is Joseph Conrad’s “The Lagoon”, which uses literary devices to tell the story about a Malayan man and his struggles with love and betrayal. Another story known for its clever use of literary devices is Virginia Woolf’s “Lady In The Looking Glass: A Reflection”, which discusses the fears and acceptance of aging and death. Both of these stories are more than the simple plot that appear on the surface,
Despite complete blindness in middle age, he was the English republic’s best known, most fervent apologist, and a key civil servant for Oliver Cromwell. In his other works, notably in Areopagitica, his attack on censorship, he showed himself as much a master of prose as well as poetry. He defines not only his age, but
According to him, the purpose of literature is to raise a mirror to society. Many writers are successful at expressing what's in their hearts or expressive a particular point of view. Chetan Bhagat's Novels do both and more. Starting with him in the picture, he goes on to describe a real life story combined with real events intermingling with a grave, dark background. He catches the pulse of the nation by using a language that the youngsters swear by.