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Bildungsroman – a Literary Genre

In literary criticism, bildungsroman or coming-of-age story is a literary genre which focuses on the psychological and moral growth of the protagonist from youth to adulthood (coming of age),[2] and in which character change is thus extremely important. [3] The term was coined in 1819 by philologist Karl Morgenstern in his university lectures, and later famously reprised by Wilhelm Dilthey, who legitimized it in 1870…

The Role of Japanese Mythology in Kafka on the Shore

Satoru Nakata was a young boy n November 1944 when he became involved in what would be known as the Rice Bowl Hill Incident. No one is sure what happened during this event but several Japanese school children ended up lying unconscious in a clearing in the woods near a town where they had been…

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

This passage from A Midsummer Night’s Dream occurs near the resolution of the play, when unions between lovers are being strengthened and the different worlds of the play are in the process of becoming reconciled. To facilitate the typical harmonious denouement of a Shakespearian comedy, the diverse subplots and imaginative worlds that exist within the…



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Historical Context of The Tempest

One thing that probably influenced Shakespeare to write the Tempest was the event that happened in May 1609. A fleet of nine ships set out from England, with five hundred colonists on board. Their goal was the newly founded colony of Virginia, where the settlers intended to begin a new life. They hoped for fabulous…

Compare Why and How Orwell and Swift Write

Both Orwell and Swift create imaginary worlds in which to set their books. Jonathon Swift wrote “Gulliver’s Travels” in the 1720s. It was written as a travel book where the apparent hero, Lemuel Gulliver, travels to the wild and fantastic worlds of: Lilliput, Brobdingnag, Laputa and Houyhnhnyms. When Gulliver returns to England, he is viewed…

How do aspects of disorder contribute to the tragedy of Hamlet?

Tragedies traditionally consist of a story of great misfortune. I feel it is the disorder that is exposed in the play “Hamlet” that leads to the serious tragic events by the play’s closure. It is Hamlet’s confusion about grief, the ghost, his relationships and indeed his own position with the Court of Denmark that leads…

How does Homer portray war in the Iliad

Homer starts the Iliad by describing the result of Achilles’ anger; ‘the anger of Peleus’ son Achilles and its devastation, which puts pains thousandfold upon the Achaians, hurled in their multitudes to the house of Hades’. Homer is describing all the pain felt by the Achaians and the deaths, of thousands of men in the…

Examine the presentation of Claudius in Act 1

William Shakespeare’s Hamlet is a play of deceit, hypocrisy and most importantly revenge. The play is written in Shakespearean language, and is one of Shakespeare’s many classics. There are a few main characters in this play, which consist of Hamlet, Gertrude and Ophelia, but the character in question here is Claudius. Shakespeare, who is most…

Explore Shakespeare’s presentation of Claudius

Claudius is not presented as a typical villain. As always, Shakespeare’s characters are complex with many facets to their personality. Claudius is not a conventional villain as he has redeeming qualities, which make it impossible to categorise him as merely a “damned, smiling villain”. However, he certainly has been condemned to hell according to a…

Castle Rackrent by Maria Edgeworth

Castle Rackrent by Maria Edgeworth is a work containing elements of satire, portrayed through Thady. It is to these satiric elements that it owes much of its subtlety. Castle Rackrent is an achievement because of what lies in the subject matter and the narrative methods through which Maria Edgeworth presents her characterisation, language, imagery, tone…

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