Book Review / Summary: Silas Marner (Author: George Eliot)

George Eliot's her pen name. Her real Christian name was Mary Anne Evans. Eliot's choice to use a male's pen name instead of a female is an indication in itself, of the rigidity of the Victorian Society in accepting females as authors but to only accept females as feminine and domesticated. This post is specially [...]

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Book Review / Summary: Great Expectations (Author: Charles Dickens)

Great Expectation was written in the 19th century / during the Victorian Era by Charles Dickens, who published it as a weekly series from year 1860 - 1861. It is a Bildungsroman novel, where Pip's (the protagonist's) journey through his childhood, teenage years, and adulthood are recorded, dealing especially with Pip's spiritual development in his [...]

Literary & Analytical Comparison of Class Relations in 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 [...]

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 [...]