“A writer is a world trapped in a person”. This famous line given by Victor Hugo could apply to many lives throughout history, but none more than his own. Through his dozens of literary works and countless poems, Victor Hugo has created worlds that have changed his world and the political landscape around him. His works are the foundation of Broadway Musicals, hit movies, and even serve as the inspiration for writers such as Charles Dickens, Fyodor Dostoevsky, and Albert Camus, according to Megan Behrent, an English literature graduate and writer for the ISR. Victor Hugo was a French novelist, dramatist, and poet, and his works, still popular today, are known around the world. Victor Hugo is significant in the world of literature because of …show more content…
This time period was home to events such as Napoleon I taking over France from the monarchs, the Industrial Revolution taking place in Europe, and the abolishment of slavery in America. The Industrial revolution would have affected Hugo’s work, since much of it was focused on the working class, and the jobs invented by the industrial revolution were the jobs these people would be taking. This time period was also marked by inventions including the locomotive, and the telephone. In fact, the typewriter wasn’t even invented until Hugo was sixty-six years old, which means that all of his work was hand written. From his birth in 1802 until his death in 1885, Victor Hugo lived his life though the height of French Romanticism. Hugo’s idol, Chateaubriand, is considered to be one of the fathers of the French Romanticism. This writing style can also easily be seen through an examination of his works, which clearly displays some of the attributes of romanticism. On of the characteristics of French Romanticism that is very apparent is Hugo’s work is the love of nature. In his poems especially, he uses very descriptive imagery to describe the surroundings to the reader, and often, those surrounding are somewhere in the natural world. Hugo uses the colors of the natural world as part of his descriptions, which is another aspect of the writing style of the time. John C Bailey, who has written …show more content…
At the beginning of his career, because of the influence of his mother, he had a very positive view of the monarchy. Eventually, his views changed and he began to support Napoleon. This was in part because in 1830, his play Marion de Lorme was censored by Charles X after its first performance. It was because of this betrayal from the monarchy he had supported so long that he began to sympathise with the liberals and free-thinkers. He even went on to publish a series of poems called “Lui” praising Napoleon. It was around this time that Hugo’s other political stances began to show in his work as well. One example of this was his stance against capital punishment. In Dernier jour d’un condemn, Hugo tells the story of a man on his last day on earth, the day before his execution in which he says, “‘Society must avenge itself, society must punish.’ Neither one nor the other: vengeance is an individual act, and punishment belongs to God.”.Hugo’s work and ideals also appealed to the working class of France, who shared many of the same political
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His ideas were dominant over other philosophers' about how a government should be run during the beginning of the French Revolution. “Democratic and Aristocratic states are not in their own nature free. Political liberty is to be found only in moderate governments; and even in these it is not always found. It is there only when there is no abuse of power. But constant experience shows us that every man invested with power is apt to use it, and to carry his authority as far as it will go.”
Robespierre was born May 06, 1758 in Arras, France. Robespierre fought for freedom of the press (The French Revolution). He thought that everyone should be able to express and share their opinions. Robespierre also managed to kill everybody who was remotely against the revolution (The French Revolution). Robespierre took a firm stand in his beliefs.
During the French Revolution, a period that is recognized as one of the most socially and politically transformative in the French Empire, changes in styles of governance from monarchy to a republican together with changes in social understanding and acceptance for all took place. One of the lead figures and revolutionists was Maximilien Robespierre who is especially credited with being the leader of the Reign of Terror which was a smaller event but part of the revolution. As the French Revolution went on, Robespierre, together with similarly minded individuals Danton and their followers engaged in the ruthless executions of people who were deemed to be enemies of the revolution and to keep away any foreign interference towards the revolution (Tackett, 2000). As an individual, Robespierre was both a lawyer and a politician who rose through the ranks of
In a small room in a guest house in France the clicks and clacks of a typewriter echo and the mechanical sound of artistic creation livens the air. This home is known as Saint-Paul-de-Vence and will be a destination for artists and travelers alike. For within this home there is a sturdy typewriter, but more importantly there is a man in exile with the mind and inspiration to use it. He is many things, an expatriate, an African American, and a homosexual. Most importantly though he is an artist and he is creating.
The romantic movement swept across Europe during the nineteenth century. Poets, artists, and musicians at this time encompassed romanticism’s characteristics into their works. These documents will help to gain a better understanding of the characteristics through analysis and explanation. Romanticism is significant due to its characteristics of emotional exuberance, unrestrained imagination, and spontaneity in both artistic and personal life. To begin with, the literary and artistic scenes during this period were filled with emotive individuals.
He reads books, studies literature, explores sciences, and finds love. Frankenstein’s ability to explore new ideas and create are his biggest sources of freedom. At a young age, Victor discovers the teachings of Cornelius
Author’s lives inspire their writing in many ways. An illustrious writer, Edgar Allan Poe, experienced continuous sufferings throughout his life. The heartaches he faced transferred into his writing. Poe’s works are dark and traumatic, such as “The Pit and the Pendulum.” He uses the unthinkable and shapes short stories out of them.
Frankenstein In most fiction stories, there are always two characters that do or do not represent different sides of the same character. Frankenstein is a short gothic horror story written by Mary Shelley. Shelley writes about a scientist who created a being from dead body parts. Victor Frankenstein as the protagonist of the story created a monstrous character that was a reflection of himself.
Being born into prominent family means that Frankenstein is set to follow a path to success, without much work. Victor is born with natural curiosity. He seems to exhibit this want for power and it’s evident in his creations. Early events in Frankenstein’s life influence his decisions later on. After reading a book by Cornelius Agrippa, Victor expressed interest in Agrippa’s theories.
In my opinion, Victor Frankenstein is the hero of Frankenstein. He is a tragic hero and a scientist who is obsessed with creating life from lifeless things. After Victor created the monster, he ran away. After Victor created monster, he wanted to destroy the monster as it felt it needed revenge against his creator.
In Mary Shelley’s iconic gothic novel, Frankenstein, Romantic themes are strongly represented in order to propagandize Romanticism over the elements of knowledge and the Enlightenment. In her novel, Shelley uses gothic nature settings to foreshadow dark events that are about to happen in the novel. She also uses nature to intensify the effect that is brought during significant scenes, a strong example being, when Victor Frankenstein’s monster approaches him after a long period of time. Nature and its use to influence mood is one of the most paramount themes of both Frankenstein and Romanticism.
Contemporary literary prizes are institutions that celebrate literary achievements, shape authors’ positions with respect to the market and the canon, form the worldwide readership. They frequently cause controversies, be it the list of nominees, the names of jury members, or, eventually, the winning authors or books. Among all literary prizes, the Nobel Prize in Literature is, probably, the most famous and controversial, because, “unlike the Booker or the Goncourt, [it] explicitly highlights and rewards the author rather than an individual literary work” (Braun 321). Since the Nobel Committee decided to award authors not only for the last year’s works, but for their writings in a wider period, the figure of the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, became “the guarantor of literature as it is mediated to an international public” (Braun 324). Literary prizes are important parts of literary systems, which can be defined as structures that describe the mode of interaction between authors, readers and markets.
Moreover, by the virtue of the French Revolution, a morality remanding of the peaceful nature of man emerged and it prompted to Romanticists to use emotion over reason. Romantics hold the belief that not everything can be explained by reason and relying on science can not answer the questions of life. The essence of Romanticism basically has the spirit of the individualism and nature. It turns thumbs up on the idea that natural world is the origin of positive and good emotions. It is important to note that for nature symbolizes a reflection of their own soul and the ideal life that based on the meaning of their dreams for Romantics.
Romanticism and Nature Topic chosen for my research is based on romanticism and nature. Romanticism and nature are almost of same meaning to each other. Romanticism (also the romantic era or the Romantic period) was an artistic, literary, and intellectual movement that originated in Europe towards the end of 18th century and in most areas was at its peak in the approximate period from 1800 to 1850. To set a typical example we can take it as romantic lyric which suggest a mystical relationship with nature. Many romantic poets has its ability to connect romanticism with nature through their expression of love, imagination and his experience in a natural setting to go beyond his/her everyday life.
Most of the characters in Les Miserables are victims of society, depicting the poor social conditions that people would have encountered during the 1800s. Their impoverished lives as well as the desperate means they go to, to change their situation are portrayed in the film. The social conditions seen in the film reflect the situation most of France was suffering under at the time. The film begins with the protagonist of the film, Jean Valjean. He is the product of the society he lived in, as the dire social conditions led him to stealing a loaf of bread, due to poverty and the questionable system of justice that put him in prison for his crime.