Oscar Wilde was born into a successful Irish family, father being a doctor and mother being a poet. The poetry that was written by his mother, which portrayed Irish nationalism, fascinated Wilde and his mother’s poetry was one of the main factors that inspired Wilde to become a well-known author. Wilde was home-schooled and had a German and French instructor that helped Wilde learn the two languages. Wilde was transferred to a regular school, Portora Royal School, at age nine. Wilde’s sister suffered
The Influences of Oscar Wilde Throughout his life Oscar Wilde had many strong influences exerted upon him. During his early childhood his mother influenced him and into college some of his professors and certain philosophers left a substantial impression upon him. Into adulthood these influences leaked out in his writing. These influences gave him ample ideas for writing The Picture of Dorian Gray. Wilde's study of the Hellenistic ideals of Epicurus, his coddled lifestyle as a child and his devotion
The Chronotope of Canterville Chase “The Canterville Ghost” (1887) is a short story by Oscar Wilde. This ghost story tells of an American family buying a British mansion, Canterville Chase, much to the dismay of its resident ghost. The English ghost finds himself frustrated and emotional after many failed attempts to elicit feelings of fear from the modern American Family. More interestingly, “The Canterville Ghost” contains an unusual tone for it to have taken place in the setting that it did.
newspapers, on our film screens, and even in our novels. This voyeuristic obsession the media holds has for a long time been desensitizing us to depictions of violence and sex, but has it also disabled us in being able to see the difference between what is carefully constructed satire and what is merely pornography? There is probably no text this discussion embraces more in modern gothic literature than that of Brett Easton Ellis’ American Psycho. The novel was surrounded with controversy, ecen before
Some people think with a pen, some with a clay and many think using nothing. Oscar Wilde and Walter Pater are in the first classification. As it is obvious, nobody can control what they think and similarly, as they think with a pen, their ability of concealing their characteristics in those books are without no wonder poor. Oscar Wilde claimed in the preface of The Picture of Dorian Gray that "to reveal art and to conceal the artist is the art's aim" but art inevitably reveals artist since it is
aped by the Gods in mythology and religion, Mary Shelley as author moves into the male domain of art, aping the creative power of the Gods. Reading Frankenstein as an analogy for Art can be more fruitful if done within the framework of Oscar Wilde's essay, 'The Decay of Lying', in which the author argues that the artist creates the world and not just imitates it: this will conclude this essay. At the meal between mortals and the Gods at Mecone, Prometheus tricked Zeus into accepting
of ghosts, and, after invoking the blessings of Providence on her new master and mistress, and making arrangements for an increase of salary, the old housekeeper tottered off to her own room. FROM: Wikisource. Excerpt from The Canterville Ghost, by Oscar Wilde. 1- Try and find as many words as you can from the “ghost / supernatural” semantic field: any word or phrase that has the same root or that is related to it. Organize your findings in a grid. Ghost semantic field Reality / down-to-earth
THE VICTORIAN NOVEL SPIS TREŚCI INTRODUCTION 1 I THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE NOVEL 2 II KEY AUTHORS 3 III KEY TEXTS 3 IV TOPICS 3 INTRODUCTION Many associate the word “Victorian” with images of over-dressed ladies and snooty gentlemen gathered in reading rooms. The idea of “manners” does sum up the social climate of middle-class England in the nineteenth century. However, if there is one transcending aspect to Victorian England life and society, that aspect is change. Nearly every institution of society