Critical and Biographical Studies 1. He was the second child of Lucien Auguste Camus, a military veteran and wine-shipping clerk, and of Catherine Helene Sintes Camus, a house-keeper and part-time factory worker. Shortly after the outbreak of WWI, when Camus was less than a year old, his father was recalled to military service and, on October 11,died of shrapnel wounds suffered at the first battle of the Marne. As a child, about the only thing Camus ever learned about his father was that he had once become violently ill after witnessing a public execution.
Or one with gritty realism? A novel that has had an immense social impact? Or one that has more subtly affected the world?
Here is a list of 12 novels that, for various reasons, have been considered some of the greatest works of literature ever written. Written by Russian novelist Leo Tolstoythe eight-part towering work of fiction tells the story of two major characters: Tolstoy molds together thoughtful discussions on love, pain, and family in Russian society with a sizable cast of characters regarded for their realistic humanity.
The novel was especially revolutionary in its treatment of women, depicting prejudices and social hardships of the time with vivid emotion.
The novel won a Pulitzer Prize in and the next year was made into an Academy Award-winning film. Its iconic characters, most notably the sympathetic and just lawyer and father Atticus Finch, served as role models and changed perspectives in the United States at a time when tensions regarding race were high.
To Kill a Mockingbird earned the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in and was made into an Academy Award-winning film ingiving the story and its characters further life and influence over the American social sphere.
The Great Gatsby Fitzgerald, F. The novel is told from the perspective of a young man named Nick Carraway who has recently moved to New York City and is befriended by his eccentric nouveau riche neighbor with mysterious origins, Jay Gatsby. In fantastical form, the novel explores the genre of magic realism by emphasizing the extraordinary nature of commonplace things while mystical things are shown to be common.
A Passage to India Forster, E. Forster wrote his novel A Passage to India after multiple trips to the country throughout his early life. The book was published in and follows a Muslim Indian doctor named Aziz and his relationships with an English professor, Cyril Fielding, and a visiting English schoolteacher named Adela Quested.
When Adela believes that Aziz has assaulted her while on a trip to the Marabar caves near the fictional city of Chandrapore, where the story is set, tensions between the Indian community and the colonial British community rise. The possibility of friendship and connection between English and Indian people, despite their cultural differences and imperial tensions, is explored in the conflict.
Often confused with H. In each location he faces extreme adversity and discrimination, falling into and out of work, relationships, and questionable social movements in a wayward and ethereal mindset. The novel is renowned for its surreal and experimental style of writing that explores the symbolism surrounding African American identity and culture.
Invisible Man won the U. National Book Award for Fiction in The illustration appeared in an edition of the book that was published in the s. The novel was lauded for addressing the psychological effects of slavery and the importance of family and community in healing.
Beloved was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in Dalloway describes exactly one day in the life of a British socialite named Clarissa Dalloway.
Using a combination of a third-person narration and the thoughts of various characters, the novel uses a stream-of-consciousness style all the way through. The thoughts of the characters include constant regrets and thoughts of the past, their struggles with mental illness and post-traumatic stress from World War I, and the effect of social pressures.
The novel follows an Igbo man named Okonkwo, describing his family, the village in Nigeria where he lives, and the effects of British colonialism on his native country.
The novel is an example of African postcolonial literature, a genre that has grown in size and recognition since the mids as African people have been able to share their often unheard stories of imperialism from the perspective of the colonized.
The novel is frequently assigned for reading in courses on world literature and African studies. At a time when the author felt compelled to hide her true identity, Jane Eyre provided a story of individualism for women.
Set in the post-Civil War American South, the novel follows a young African American girl named Celie into adulthood in letters she writes to God and to her sister Nettie.
Celie faces sexual abuse by her father and eventually her husband, chronicling her own suffering and growth as well as that of her friends and family.
The novel explores themes of sexism, racism, gender, sexual orientation, and disability through its grouping of disadvantaged and damaged characters who, over time, grow to shape their own lives.
The story was adapted into an Academy Award-nominated film in that, despite widespread critical acclaim, was notoriously snubbed of all 11 awards it was nominated for.Definition and Examples of Literary Terms. Main menu Skip to content. Full List of Literary Devices Poems and Poets; What are Literary Devices; Citation.
A Huge List of Common Themes. Literature. Themes in literature are often varied and hidden.
Sometimes you can get through an entire book and not realize what the author meant. Author’s Bio. More than a year into the Obama presidency, I, as neither Republican nor Democrat, am struck by how much he resembles not Jimmy Carter, as conservatives like to say, or FDR, as liberals prefer, but his immediate predecessor, not just in similarly pursuing certain unfortunate policies in ballooning our national indebtedness and doomed military activities.
An Example of an analysis of theme: “The Ugly Duckling”: an Aesop Fable.
Perception is reality is a major theme of this story. All of the other animals at the farm perceive the ‘ugly duckling’ as ugly because he is in reality a swan hatched with a brood of ducks. In this story, the author uses various techniques-settings, symbolism and irony- to demonstrate and develop the theme: Freedom is more important than love.
Chopin uses settings to convey particular moods, character qualities and features of theme. How to Write an Analysis of Theme. What is it? Kelly, think the theme of MLK’s letter is that freedom, liberty, justice, and equality cannot be imprisoned or held hostage any more than love, hope, and faith.
lesson and project involving student book reviews and creating “book spine” locker doors showing which classic literary work.
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