Jonathan Swift

Excerpt from “A Modest Proposal” by J. Swift

A satirical pamphlet in which Jonathan Swift denounces the incompetence and inadequacy of the English government regarding the Irish issue and its people’s despairing situation during his time.

Daniel Defoe (The Fortunes and Misfortunes of Moll Flanders) Video Lesson n. 2

Daniel Defoe (1660-1731) is the author of “The Fortunes and Misfortunes of Moll Flanders” (1722) one of his two most renowned novels, the other one is “Robinson Crusoe” which is also generally considered the first modern novel of English literature. In this novel the protagonist, Moll Flanders, can be said to be the female counterpart of the other novel’s protagonist, Robinson. In “Moll Flanders”, Defoe, unlike in his previous novel, highlights the negative aspects of the emerging industrial English society and points out at women’s poor life-conditions during this time emphasising how their struggle is much more incessant, bitter than that that the rising middle class man faces, thus causing at times mental and emotional distress. Therefore, in this case, Defoe even if he still celebrates the individual’s will power and inner strength as qualities needed to succeed, he also points out the downsides of the Augustan Age (1714-1760).

Daniel Defoe (Robinson Crusoe) Video Lesson n. 1

Daniel Defoe (1660-1731) is the author of “Robinson Crusoe” (1719) which is generally considered the first modern novel of English literature. This novel celebrates the rising middle class individual and it belongs to the Augustan Age which is an historical and literary current (1714-1760).

The Puritan Age and John Milton

Essay Questions Choose one of the following What were the causes that led to the Civil War, explain them. What were the religious and practical differences between Anglicans and Dissenters? … Continue reading The Puritan Age and John Milton

Gulliver in Brobdingnag

Gulliver’s Travels (1726) is a peculiar travel novel,  books about journeys were quite popular at the time as they were often used by their authors to convey their philosophical theories, … Continue reading Gulliver in Brobdingnag

“The Just-Created Adam”- “PARADISE LOST” (1667), J. Milton

For Man to tell how human life began Is hard; for who himself beginning Knew Desire with thee still longer to converse Induced me. As new waked from soundest sleep … Continue reading “The Just-Created Adam”- “PARADISE LOST” (1667), J. Milton

“Satan’s Speech” – “PARADISE LOST” (1667), J. Milton

“Is this the Region, this the Soil, the Clime,” Said then the lost Arch Angel, “this the seat That we must change for Heav’n, this mournful gloom For that celestial … Continue reading “Satan’s Speech” – “PARADISE LOST” (1667), J. Milton

OSCAR WILDE (1854-1900)

BIOGRAPHY Oscar Wilde was born in Dublin in 1854 of Anglo-Irish parents of noble descent and part of, what can be said, an intellectual family milieu in which he developed … Continue reading OSCAR WILDE (1854-1900)

Excerpt from “The Importance of Being Earnest” (1895), O. Wilde

Act 1 Jack (Ernest) Worthing meets Lady Bracknell for an interview during which he will have to prove worthy of her daughter’s hand, Gwendolen Fairfax – a girl of London’s … Continue reading Excerpt from “The Importance of Being Earnest” (1895), O. Wilde