Happy Man Analysis

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The text under interpretation is "The Happy Man" by William Somerset Maugham. First some information about the author. W. S. Maugham was a well-known English playwright, novelist and short story writer. He was the son of a British diplomat. He was educated at King's school in Canterbury, studied painting in Paris, went to Heidelberg University in Germany and studied to be a doctor at St.Thomas Hospital in England. So, he put his hand in different activities and that's why he is a versatile and experienced person. S. Maugham was critical of the morals, the narrow-mindedness and hypocrisy of bourgeois society. Such novels as "Of Human Bondage", "The Moon and Sixpence", "The Theatre" and others came under his pen. He was also the master of…show more content…
1 enjoyed the philosophical digression and I agree that life is really difficult. Mistakes are often irreparable because we can lead our life only once and everybody should make his own choice. It depends on each person whether he will be happy or not. Further on the narrator admitted that once he advised well. He was a young man and lived in a modest apartment in London, near Victoria Station. Late one afternoon he heard a ring at the bell. He opened the door to a total stranger. This moment kept me in suspense. Who was that stranger? Why did he come to the narrator? The narrator led him into his sitting room and begged him to sit down. Then the narrator offered him a cigarette and he had some difficulty in lighting it without letting go off his hat. When he had satisfactorily achieved his feat he quickly put his hat on a chair and while doing it dropped his umbrella. With the help of the indirect method we can understand his inner state. He seemed a trifle embarrassed, uneasy, lost, upset and anxious. Such hyperbole as "he achieved his feat" emphasizes this fact. Then he said that his name was Stephens and he was a doctor. He had read the narrator's book about Spain and wanted to ask him about it It seemed strange to me why he came to the narrator with such a question? №Ъу was he interested in Spain? But most of all 1 wondered why he was so embarrassed? Let's see. Then
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