“Sister Carrie”, analysis of Theodore Dreiser’s novel

Theodore Dreiser’s first novel came out in 1900. At first, it did not receive any warm welcome with the public and the critics. “Sister Carrie” was rejected as it was considered immoral and discrepant to traditional American values. In America it was published in an edition of one thousand copies. In England “Sister Carrie” was accepted more favourably; after that, in 1907, it was republished in the USA and enjoyed first local and then global appreciation. Continue reading

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“Fiesta (The Sun Also Rises)”, Analysis of the Novel by Ernest Hemingway

The novel “Fiesta (And the Sun Also Rises)” was written by Hemingway within a few months. This literary piece is based on real events from the author’s life: his third visit to Pamplona bullfight in 1925 with his friends and rivals seeking love of Lady Daff Twisden. The latter became the inspiration for Lady Brett Ashley, “Fiesta’s” main heroine. Continue reading

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“Lord of the flies”, literary analysis of the novel by William Golding

Philosophical novel-parable “Lord of the flies” by William Golding has first seen the light of day in 1954. At first, many publishers did not want to accept the manuscript by an unknown author, but, after the novel had been printed, it immediately caught the attention of readers and critics alike. Simple plot, realistic images of children, psychologically precise background of character actions and exotic place of action have merged in “Lord of the flies” into a terrifying dystopia that depicts the “brutality” of man. Continue reading

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“The Flies”, analysis of the drama by Sartre

The play “The Flies” was created by Jean-Paul Sartre in 1943. Its genre is philosophical drama. The antique mythos of Orestes killing his mother Clytemnestra and her lover Aegisthus, which is used as the base of the play, is a beloved story for many literature tragedies. The story that is as old as time, is filled with new philosophical meaning in the play by Sartre. French existentialist uses ancient heroic image of Orestes to analyze modern problems of existence. Continue reading

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“The Wall”, analysis of the novella by Sartre

Novella “The Wall” was written in 1939 by Jean-Paul Sartre. Like most works of its genre, the novella inheres small size, few characters, one storyline, analysis of only one problem, suspenseful plot and an unexpected conclusion. Continue reading

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“Nausea”, analysis of the novel by Jean-Paul Sartre

“Nausea” was written by Jean-Paul Sartre in 1938 during author`s stay in Gavres. Genre of the work is philosophical novel. In it, author performs the analysis of classical problems of existentialism as literary school: apprehension of the notion of existence and, as the result of this apprehension, theses of the absurdity of human life, its senselessness and life being a burden for the intellectual mind. Continue reading

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“The Metamorphosis“, analysis of the novella by Franz Kafka

The main character of the novella, Gregor Samsa, is a provider for the family, which consists of the father – completely bankrupt resident of Prague, mother – an asthma patient, and sister Greta. In order to save the family from poverty, Gregor works for one of father`s loaners as a travelling cloth salesman. He is always on business trips and once, in between those trips, he sleeps at home. And in the morning he finds out, that something happened, that goes beyond the scope of human reason. He is turned into a vermin. Continue reading

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“The Castle“, analysis of the novel by Franz Kafka

“The Castle”, written by Franz Kafka in 1922, falls into the category of the most significant and enigmatic philosophical novels of the XX century. In it, the writer raises an important theological problem of the path of the human being towards God. Containing literary traits of both modernism and existentialism, “The Castle” is, to the large extent, a metaphorical and even mythical work. The realities of life are present only so far: the artistic space of the novel is limited to The Village and The Castle overlooking it, the artistic time changes irrationally and without any explanation. Continue reading

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«The Trial», analysis of the novel by Kafka

«The Trial», created by Franz Kafka at the beginning of the XX century, worries the minds of literary critics and film directors for a whole century. The piece, written in the unique literary style of modernism, «magical realism» and existentialism, analyses the classic problem of modern society — the conflict between a person and society. Continue reading

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Analysis of the novel «A Farewell to Arms» by Ernest Hemingway

The novel «A Farewell to Arms» written by Ernest Hemingway released in 1929 and touched on several major problems that agitated European society in the early XX century. The main theme of the work and the mover of the plot was the First World War. On the background of the war occurs the love story between lieutenant of the field ambulance, Frederick Henry, and nurse, Catherine Barkley, and it is the second major theme of the novel. Unsightly military weekdays and sincere human feelings provide an access to the classical artistic problems — the realization by human his own place in the world and the identification of important existential constants of «war» and «peace», «life» and «death», «faith» and «disbelief». Continue reading

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