Symmetry of Narrative in Flauberts Madame Bovary

Over the span of the XIX century, Europes socioeconomic and political reality was transformed by unprecedented changes in technological development.  Urbanization and the emergence of the middle class redefined the social stratification of most European countries.  These dramatic changes did not go unnoticed in art, and particularly in literature.  The idealistic individualism of the romantic … Read more

Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita

Nabokov’s Lolita is a book that deals with obsessive lust and bloody violence, the real horrors of which are often masked by the beautiful, clever language of the novel. Indeed, Humbert’s early job as a perfume salesman mimics and evokes this masking and sweetening aspect of language. Sudden, horrible death occurs frequently in Lolita, but … Read more

Bartleby, the Scrivener and The Tenant: Compare

Most everyone remembers a favorite story that he or she has read. A book that just captivated the reader from beginning to end. But how do authors successfully grab the attention of their readers? Authors utilize specific techniques to convey the characters, setting, and plot effectively. The two short stories Bartleby, the Scrivener by Herman … Read more

Bartleby the Scrivener – Book Report

“Bartleby the Scrivener” is a complex story, so I am going to zero in on one particularly interesting and intelligent aspect of it. Due to the power of the message even this one particular aspect will be complex, of course. The first thing to note is that the story has a first-person narrator. The narrator, … Read more