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Character of Rosemary Fell in ‘A Cup of Tea’

August 30, 2007

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Rosemary Fell is the main character in the story ‘A Cup of Tea’, written by Katherine Mansfield. She explored the inner recesses of the human psyche. Her short stories dramatize human emotions creating situations, which are at once tender and brittle. ‘A Cup of Tea’ is one of her most popular short stories. In this […]

My Favourite Shakespearean Character – King Lear

August 28, 2007

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King Lear as presented to us by Shakespeare in the first scene of his drama ‘King Lear’ is very rash and impulsive by nature. And in the end he has to suffer on account of this rashness. He has to pay a very high price for a small mistake committed by him. King Lear was […]

Archetypes and Milton’s ‘Lycidas’

August 25, 2007

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The term ‘archetype’ has been frequently used in literary criticism. But it was especially used since the publication of Maud Bodkin’s ‘Archetypal Patterns in Poetry’ (1934). The word ‘archetype’ has been derived from the Greek ‘arche’ meaning ‘original’ or ‘primitive’ and ‘typos’ meaning ‘form’. The term was employed by C.G. Jung (the psychoanalyst). It has […]

Rohinton Mistry’s ‘A Fine Balance’

August 21, 2007

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I just finished reading Rohinton Mistry’s ‘A Fine Balance’. I have here attempted to present my views about the novel. It is a heart-rending account of the suffering of the poor at the hands of the so-called upper-caste people and those who had the power. The condition of the slum-dwellers is pitiable – the conditions […]

Who is Godot? in ‘Waiting for Godot’

August 17, 2007

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Critics have interpreted the identity of Godot in various ways, ranging from being a saviour and a god to being a rich employer. Critics have the life history of Beckett to establish the identity of Godot but Beckett’s own reaction has been that if he knew who Godot was he would have mentioned that in […]

Beckett’s ‘Waiting for Godot’

August 14, 2007

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‘Waiting for Godot’ by Samuel Beckett is one of my most favourite dramas. It is a typical example of an Absurd drama, although Beckett himself would have rejected that tag. The drama moves in circular motion – ending from where it all begun. The second act too is on the same pattern as the first […]

Concept of Time in Literature

August 9, 2007

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German Nobel Prize Winner, Thomas Mann in his novel ‘The Magic Mountain’ writes: “What is time? It is a secret – lacking in substance and yet almighty.” The concept of time has been treated differently in different periods of time. In ancient Greece time was treated as a circle. Hesoid, the Greek historian of 8th […]