Literary & Analytical Comparison of Silas Marner & Mrs Warren’s Profession (Victorian Classics)

Compare and contrast the issue of class relations in any two Victorian novels.           Silas Marner (“SM”) by George Eliot and Mrs Warren’s Profession (“MWP”) by George Bernard Shaw can be compared in terms of their presentation of the morality of different characters, the happiness they eventually obtain and the interdependence [...]

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Literary Analysis of Role and Characterisation of Eppie in Silas Marner by George Eliot (A Victorian Classic)

“A child, more than all other gifts that earth can offer to declining man, brings hope with it, and forward looking thoughts.” Discuss the role and characterisation of Eppie.           Eppie is portrayed as a fable-like character who is a wordsworthian child, replaces materialism in Silas’s life, and is the perfect [...]

Integrity & Nobility Crowning the End for The Duchess Of Malfi (Literary Analysis)

‘Integrity of life is fame’s best friend, Which nobly, beyond death, shall crown the end.’ Webster concludes the play with this couplet.  Where, if at all, are integrity and nobility to be found in The Duchess of Malfi?           The given quote that concludes the play is a reference to the [...]

Literary Analysis of Corruption in The Duchess Of Malfi (by John Webster)

‘... a prince’s court Is like a common fountain, whence should flow Pure silver drops in general, but if’t chance Some cursed example poison’t near the head, Death and diseases through the whole land spread.’ In the light of this comment, discuss the presentation of corruption in The Duchess of Malfi.         [...]

Literary Analysis of Ambition in The Duchess Of Malfi (by John Webster)

“Ambition, Madam, is a great man’s madness.” (Act I) In the light of this comment, discuss the presentation of worldly ambition in Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi.           Webster implies through The Duchess Of Malfi that worldly ambitions in the form of monetary desires is a form of evil, in the [...]

John Webster Designed The Duchess Of Malfi as a Tragic Heroine Before Her Time in the Jacobean Period

          The traits that Webster uses the Duchess to exemplify feminine strength of greatness and virtuosity, do indeed make her a heroine in the modern audience's eyes, instilling in the audience respect and empathy for the Duchess. Webster, however, makes these very same traits contribute to the Duchess’s eventual downfall, thus [...]

Charles Dickens Posits that Morals are Far More Important than Gentility through Great Expectations in the Victorian Era

Dickens uses Pip’s journey as a gentleman to show how morals are far more important than gentility. He uses Matthew Pocket’s quote to set a standard for what a genuine gentleman is to be like (Chapter 22, Page 120) - “No man was not a true gentleman at heart, ever was since the world began, [...]