The following “Crime and Punishment” essay talks about the novel, the basis of which is a multi-disciplinary, urban post-reform environment, imagining more about itself than it stands. Raskolnikov, Sonya Marmeladova, Razumikhin, the old woman, Lizaveta, Luzhin, Svidrigailov – these and many other heroes of the novel “Crime and Punishment” are engendered by the Russian reality of the 1860s, a striking division of people into poor and rich people, crushed by poverty, and those who bathe in luxury.
The following Cherry Blossom essay focuses on the play “Cherry Orchard.” It is populated by various actors: among them the main, secondary, and episodic ones. All of them speak, suffer, rejoice. Each hero has his or her own face, clothes, habits, age, social status. But there is one hero, on which very much depends, but this character is not even on the list of characters. The main invisible character in Chekhov’s plays, as in many of his other works, is the ruthless passage of time. On stage, the play “The Cherry Orchard” lasts about three hours.
The following “Catcher in the Rye” essay talks about the novel, the main idea of which is the rejection of the lie, which manifests itself both in the moral norms that exist in society, and in people, events, and objects. This is closely related to the image of the protagonist. Holden Caulfield introduces the reader not only to the external, eventual side of his life, but also internal notions of people he knows, different life situations, his own character.
The following “Canterbury Tales” essay talks about the collection of poetic short stories that were inspired by the spirit of the Renaissance zest for life. The earthly life acts in it as the supreme good of humanity. However, Chaucer pays tribute to the religious views of the Middle Ages. Chaucer’s “Canterbury Tales” is an extremely important source for investigating the ethics of family relations in different segments of society in medieval Britain.
Check out our “Bleak House” essay, which discusses the novel in detail. Noticing that the romantic plot of the novel is an illusion, it does not have much artistic significance. At first glance it may seem that the “Bleak House” is satire. When satire does not have great aesthetic value, it does not reach the goal, no matter how this goal deserves it. On the other hand, when satire is permeated with artistic talent, its purpose does not matter much and eventually fades away, while the sparkling satire remains a work of art.
The Old English poem “Beowulf” (the name is conditional, by the name of the protagonist) became widely known to the British since the 18th century, when it had begun to be explored by Danish philologists. In the poem, courage is the one most important characteristic of a warrior. We will consider in the following “Beowulf” essay why it is true in the context of the poem, as well as some of the methods which courage is underlined by. “Beowulf” is the main example of heroic poetry that was used in the Anglo-Saxon period of English literature nearly from the 5th to the 11th century.
The following “Beloved” essay talks about the book that was considered as the best work of Toni Morrison and became her first bestseller. In her works, Toni Morrison explores the society in which racism flourishes, as well as its impact on humanity. Each of her novels is a mix of real history and parables with deep psychological and philosophical overtones. Morrison understands slavery not only as a certain stage in American history, but also as part of American consciousness and culture. In the novel, the embodiment of memory and the past is the image of Beloved, an unusual girl who accidentally enters the house of Seth.
The following “Antigone” essay tells about the tragedy that is written on the mythological plot of the Theban cycle. From the very beginning, in the dialogue with Ismena, Antigone’s decisive character is revealed, of which she inherited from her father – the character of strength. Although the songs of the choir often mention a fatal curse that gravitates over the genus Oedipus, it does not lie at the heart of the developing action. The determination and firmness of Antigone in the implementation of her idea, in the fight against the sovereignty of Creon, are connected with the purposeful development of an action that is characterized by Antigone’s strong features.
The following “1984” essay talks about the classical anti-utopia that tells about the political and social structure that developed on Earth by the end of the 20th century. The Third World War, which took place in the middle of the century, divided the world into three states – Oceania, Eurasia, and Ostazi. Each of the states has the same military potential and social structure, the roots of which come from a distant past that forever established for humanity the only possible hierarchy of the Higher, the Middle, and the Lower segments of society.
The following “To Kill a Mockingbird” essay is about a warning, a prediction of violent protest actions and demonstrations of the “Second American Revolution” of 1963. The novel takes place in the city of Maycombe, Alabama, in the 1930s, during the childhood of the author herself. The unhurried provincial life of this typical southern city “explodes” by a lawsuit over a foolish accusation of violence against a white girl by black Tom Robinson.