Samples "British Literature"

British Literature

Canterbury Tales

Chaucer's Canterbury Tales is a journey of several pilgrims who leave on Good Friday with the hope of reaching Canterbury, in the middle of England, by Easter. Their hope is to attain forgiveness and to redeem themselves from their sins. Canterbury Tales chronicles a cross section of Medieval society, with...

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“The Mayor of Castenbridge” Analysis

In his novel, The Mayor of Castenbridge, Thomas Hardy carefully crafted the main character, Michael Henchard, in such a way that the reader would find him both deeply flawed as well as sympathetic. Hardy is able to accomplish this through the many misfortunes that Henchard experiences, which turn out to...

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The Rocking Horse Winner

In “The Rocking Horse Winner,” D. H. Lawrence seems to deliberately present a young mother of limited dimension, and one lacking in any maternal feeling. From the story's beginning, Hester is revealed in a clinical way, which reflects the absence of warmth in her. She did marry for love, but...

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“Composed Upon Westminster Bridge” and Romanticism

At its simplest, Romanticism is a celebration of intense emotion and nature and a rejection of civilized and rational things. It embraced individualism and freedom. Gothic Romanticism embraced the same things Romanticism embraced, but with a darker twist. The Romantic authors wrote a variety of things including poetry, plays, short...

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“Cry, the Beloved Country” Summary

Penned by Alan Paton in an emotional fervor, Cry the Beloved Country was the author’s first and most successful novel. It relays the tale of apartheid in South Africa and the search for forgiveness as well as the strength to overcome tragedy to move forward with life in a positive...

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Lord Byron: A Famous English Poet

George Gordon, Lord Byron, is one of the most famous English poets of all time. He was one of the younger poets in the Romantic movement of the late Eighteenth and early Nineteenth Century. He was most well-known for his poem Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage. He is also known for creating...

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Allusion and Analogy in Julius Caesar

William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar is a play that provides ample opportunity for allusions and analogy. "Evidence for this popularity is mainly deduced from allusions to the drama in contemporary works, most notably in the writing of Ben Jonson" (Zander 12). The use of these literary devices begin with what has been...

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Barn Burning: Father/Sons Relationship

One of the themes that Faulkner addressed in his short story ‘Barn Burning’ is the problem of competing devotions ‘conscience vs family’ that a person might face. Sartoris Snopes from Fulkner’s ‘Barn Burning’ is the victim of the physical and emotional aggression of his father, who is engaged in the...

885 words | 4 page(s)
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