The Happy Man

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The text which I'm going to analyse is "The happy man" written by Somerset Maugham. He is a well-known English novelist, short-story writer, playwright and essayist. Maugham 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. Although Somerset Maugham didn't denounce the contemporary social order, he was critical of the morals, the narrow-mindedness and hypocrisy of bourgeois society. It was his autobiographical novel "Of Human Bondage" and the novel "The Moon and Sixpence" based on the life of the French artist Paul Gauguin, that won him fame. Somerset Maugham was also a master of…show more content…
Certainly we don't deny the existence of such kind of people who under some reasons can't venture to a decisive action and take their destinies into someone hands. The matter is about such a man in the following part. The second one is logically structured and includes the following components: the exposition, the development of the plot, the climax, and the denouement. The main characters are the narrator and the strange man Stephens. The exposition consists of only some sentences which dwell upon the narrator life. From here readers get to know the narrator was a young man who lived in London. One afternoon when nothing pointed to anything unusual he heard the door bell and there was a total stranger in the doorway. We see indirect description of the narrator nature. He allowed the man to come in and this characterizes him like a hospitable person although his speech is full of a personal pronoun "I" which can be taken as the feature of a little bit selfish man. "I was a young man. I lived… I was beginning… I had worked… I heard… I opened… I told…" Further on the narrator describes his dialog with Stephens how the stranger introduced himself. We find out he was a doctor, married, and worked as a medical officer at the Camberwell Infirmary. His speech was very emotional and this effect attains thanks to parallel constructions and gradation: "I was brought up by two aunts. I've never been anywhere. I've never done anything. I've been

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