Author's humanistic portrayal of alcoholic priest as flawed representative of God & Church to suffering Mexican peasants.
Graham Greene's novel The Power and the Glory is a humanistic study of the Catholic Church as represented by the priest/protagonist of the novel. It... more
Graham Greene's novel The Power and the Glory is a humanistic study of the Catholic Church as represented by the priest/protagonist of the novel. It is likely that the leaders of the Church themselves looked at the "whisky priest" without a name and concluded that Greene was primarily writing a book about the weaknesses and corruption of the Church and its religious authority. In fact, however, Greene's humane portrayal of the priest as a man rather than as a saint is a ringing endorsement of the man's (and the Church's) role as bringer of God to the people. Greene does not want to write simple propaganda for the Church. At the same time, it is clear from his loving portrayal of the flawed whisky priest that he has a real respect for the representatives of that Church and the good that they do in the
Analyzes monster tale in context of contemporary medical ethics & genetic engineering.
Contemporary Medical Ethics and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein This essay will review Mary Shelley's novel, Frankenstein, in the light of... more
Contemporary Medical Ethics and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein This essay will review Mary Shelley's novel, Frankenstein, in the light of contemporary norms of medical ethics. The first part will briefly describe the plot of the story. The second part of the essay will examine ethical issues raised by the story. Published in 1818, Frankenstein is the story of the archetypal "mad scientist" bent upon playing in God's sandbox. Victor Frankenstein is a young graduate science scholar whose passion is discovering the biological forces which bestow life itself. He is not content, however, with simply observing the processes emanating from these forces; rather, he finds himself compelled to harness these forces and create human life with his own hands. This compulsion dominates his very existence during th
Signigicance of Rochester's dependence on Jane in characters' moral & spiritual evolution.
This study will analyze Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre, focusing on the nature, degree and significance of Rochester's dependence on Jane. The study... more
This study will analyze Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre, focusing on the nature, degree and significance of Rochester's dependence on Jane. The study will argue that this dependence evolves gradually, becomes intensely powerful and obsessive, and finally serves as an important factor in the moral and/or spiritual evolution of both Jane and Rochester. In addition, there is a strongly feminist edge to the morality of the book, and this feminism is in large part expressed in the complete transformation of the relationship between Rochester and Jane Eyre. There is no doubt whatsoever that Rochester does indeed become almost entirely dependent on Jane by the end of the book. He has been blinded in the effort to save his wife in the fire, and Jane's return to him gives both of them the opportunity to
Critical analysis of novel's love story, theme, characters, style.
This paper will discuss George Eliot's novel Adam Bede. This novel gives a beautifully descriptive picture of life in a rural English village at the... more
This paper will discuss George Eliot's novel Adam Bede. This novel gives a beautifully descriptive picture of life in a rural English village at the turn of the eighteenth century. The village of Hayslope is an idyllic setting of abundant farmlands populated by simple, good-natured country people. The romanticism of the setting is enhanced by the fact that the story takes place in the past; George Eliot's narrator informs the reader as such in the very first sentence of the novel. Furthermore, the narrator allows the reader to believe that this is a true story of which she is attempting "to give a faithful account," despite the fact that "the mirror is doubtless defective; the outlines will sometimes be disturbed, the reflection faint or confused; but I feel as much bound to tell
Compares travelogue/memoir & novel. Narratives, themes, settings, purposes, characters, portraits of West Africa.
The purpose of this research is to examine The Heart of the Matter and Journey Without Maps by Graham Greene. The plan of the research will be to set... more
The purpose of this research is to examine The Heart of the Matter and Journey Without Maps by Graham Greene. The plan of the research will be to set forth the outlines of narrative action in the two novels, and then to discuss by means of comparison the treatment of West Africa in the two books. Journey Without Maps is a travelogue that is constructed in the manner of a personal memoir. The through line of action of the book is an account of Greene's six-week walking tour of the jungles of Sierra Leone, French Guinea, and Liberia, from the cities of Freetown in Sierra Leone to Grand Bassa in Liberia. Undertaken in the early 1930s, the journey is a literal description of what was then virtually unmapped geographical territory in European West Africa. Greene was accompanied by his cousin and by a group of native bearers or carriers, tribesmen
Action, fictional environment, theme, characterization (focusing on Lily), narrative structure, views on art, emotional impact.
The purpose of this research is to examine To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf. The plan of the research will be to set forth the outlines of action,... more
The purpose of this research is to examine To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf. The plan of the research will be to set forth the outlines of action, character, and theme in the novel, and then to discuss ways in which character is related to the narrative structure, or pattern of ideas emerging in the work and means by which these ideas emerge. What this reading of the novel will suggest is that in To the Lighthouse, as indeed in much of Woolf's work, lasting emotional impact is derived from a bleak simplicity of narrative design, often in the form of fleeting impressions experienced by the characters. Such narrative devices are used to convey the intensity (or lack of intensity, as an attribute of character) of expression. The action of To the Lighthouse cannot be discussed apart from its environment, and both action and environment are
Analyzes novels as examples of 19th Cent. realism. Style, themes, narrative, subjects, structure.
British society to this day is more rigidly stratified than American society, with social class divisions that are clearly demarcated with boundaries... more
British society to this day is more rigidly stratified than American society, with social class divisions that are clearly demarcated with boundaries not easily crossed. Many novelists explored this issue in their works and considered the degree of social mobility possible, the consequences for challenging the system, and often the artificiality of the divisions imposed by society. Some of these concerns can be found in the novels Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray, and Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell. The concept of parents plays an important role in Charles Dickens' Great Expectations, and parentage determines social position. Pip is an orphan, and the driving force in his life, a drive that takes several different forms, is to have a family, the family he was denied as a child. The stratified social
Examines novel in context of 19th Cent. English culture & literary tradition, morality, science & technology, progress.
The purpose of this research is to examine Mary Shelley's Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus with reference to those aspects of the work that... more
The purpose of this research is to examine Mary Shelley's Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus with reference to those aspects of the work that appear to inherently derive from the English culture and literary tradition. The plan of the research will be to position Frankenstein in the context of literary history, and then to discuss ways in which the prevailing philosophical literary climate of the period in which the novel was written demonstrates a particularly English interpretation of the cultural universe. The popular idea of how Frankenstein came to be written derives from Shelley herself, who explains in an introduction to the novel that she, her husband Percy Shelley, and Lord Byron set themselves the literary task of creating ghost stories during a short vacation at a European villa. According to Shelley, the
Jane's relationships with Edward Rochester & St. John Rivers as expressions of themes of love & self-knowledge.
In Jane Eyre by Emily Brontë, the character of Jane has relationships with Edward Rochester and with St. John Rivers, relationships that take on a... more
In Jane Eyre by Emily Brontë, the character of Jane has relationships with Edward Rochester and with St. John Rivers, relationships that take on a very different character and that contrast different aspects of human interaction. The two men are very different, and their effect on Jane and the manner in which she deals with each illuminates the themes of the novel and illustrates the character of Jane in the structure of the novel. One of the primary concerns in the novel is with love, the meaning of love, and the ability of the individual to find love and to be worthy of it once found. Jane's relationships with these two men provide the basis for the analysis of this issue. The two relationships represent different responses to the need for love and hence different kinds of love, and Brontë juxtaposes the two in order to make this comparison explicit.
Life & career of 20th Cent. British author of [Loneliness of Long Distance Runner].
British novelist Alan Sillitoe came to prominence as a chronicler of working class life and featured protagonists whose struggles for survival... more
British novelist Alan Sillitoe came to prominence as a chronicler of working class life and featured protagonists whose struggles for survival occurred outside the mainstream of society, often in terms of attacking the class system of Great Britain. His first two major works made him part of the generation of Angry Young Men, as they were called. Over time, however, Sillitoe has mellowed and changed so that his fiction would become further from his working class roots and further from the details of his own life, which had earlier served as his source. Though he remained prolific, he achieved less success and less renown as he moved away from his angry beginnings. Sillitoe was born on March 4, 1928 in Nottingham. He was the second of five children born to Sylvina and Christopher Sillitoe, who was a tannery laborer. Both the time and social