“Dom Juan or The Feast with the Statue”, analysis of a comedy by Molière

The comedy “Dom Juan or The Feast with the Statue” was written by Molière in 1665. It is a classical literal adaptation of the medieval Spanish legend of a libertine named Dom Juan. In his play, the French playwright makes a relentless and, at the same time, objective analysis of the image of a European nobleman who lives for body pleasures and love games. Continue reading

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“The Misanthrope”, analysis of a comedy by Molière

The comedy “The Misanthrope” was written by Molière in 1666. It differs from other plays of the French playwright by the dominance of the dialogues over external events, as well as by the specific psychologism and more subtle reveal of the evils of society. The comedy revolves around the hero who is amusing and tragic at the same time. Though Alceste refuses to accept human faults, he doesn’t notice either his own weaknesses or the flaws of his flighty beloved Célimène. Continue reading

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“Mateo Falcone”, a literary analysis of the novella by Prosper Mérimée

The novella was written in 1829 as an even, progressive narration. It starts with an exposition where the author provides the reader with the locale of the work – Corsican maquis and the main character – Mateo Falcone. Prosper Mérimée introduces the author-narrator, who met the proud Corsican two years after the incident in order to reveal the character of the latter in full. Continue reading

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“Carmen”, a literary analysis of the novella by Prosper Mérimée

The novella by a French dramatist Prosper Mérimée was written in 1845. It became world-famous mostly thanks to the opera of the same name by Georges Bizet. The passionate love story of the proud Basque Don José Navarro and the freedom-loving Spanish gypsy Carmen is revealed before the reader by the author-narrator. Being an archaeologist by profession, he travelled through Spain in order to find the location of the ancient city of Munda, known since the time of Julius Caesar. Continue reading

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The analysis of the novel “The Sincere Huron”, essay

A philosophical novella “The Sincere Huron” first published in 1767. There Voltaire addressed the problem of the rigidity of people’s moral standards that existed during the golden age of French absolutism. The author makes the “child of nature” Rousseau, as the central figure coming into the conflict with modernity. This was a young man of twenty-two, who had a French origin but Huron upbringing. Continue reading

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An Analysis of the Novel “Candide: or, The Optimist” by Voltaire

The philosophical satire “Candide: or, The Optimist” was created by the famous French writer of the Age of Enlightenment in the late fifties of the XVIII century. One of the most popular works of Voltaire experienced a strange turn of fate. It was forbidden for a long time because of the “sort of improper things”, and the writer himself one day acknowledged his authorship, another day repudiated it. Continue reading

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“The Stoic”, a literary analysis of Theodore Dreiser’s novel

The third volume, a conclusion to the Trilogy of Desire, was published in 1947 after two years of the author’s death. There Dreiser described the last London period in the life of the outstanding American financier, millionaire, and developer of a public transport network in Chicago – Frank Algernon Cowperwood. Continue reading

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“The Titan”, a literary analysis of Theodore Dreiser’s novel

The second volume of the Trilogy of Desire was published in May, 1914. There Dreiser described the main Chicago period in the life of the talented financier – Frank Algernon Cowperwood. Continue reading

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“The Financier”, a literary analysis of Theodore Dreiser’s novel

The first volume of the Trilogy of Desire was published in 1912. There Dreiser describes the early Philadelphian period in the life of the prosperous financier Frank Algernon Cowperwood as well as business and moral problems related to it. Continue reading

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“An American Tragedy”, Analysis of Theodore Dreiser’s Novel

The novel “An American Tragedy” published in 1925. It based on a real event, when Chester Gillette murdered his girl-friend Grace Brown, which happened nineteen years earlier. In the aspect of ideology, “An American Tragedy” was an imaginative response to light novels, published in the USA in early XX century, which cultivated in the country’s population the idea that one of the ways to realize the famous “American dream” can be “Cinderella’s trail”: a poor young man meets a girl from a well-to-do family, marries her, receives a very handsome dower and takes a high position in society. By his novel, Dreiser made an attempt to dispel this myth, having pointed out its inadequacy in conditions of usual American realia. Continue reading

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