Charles Dickens, Victorian Age – Resolved questions

Below we have some question to revise Charles Dickens and the Victorian Age, we made in order to verify our/your knowledge and learn something about this autor and period.

Charles Dickens1. What were the main reforms of the Victorian Age?

The Victorian Age was a period connected with the reign of the queen Victoria. In this period, we can see a material progress, imperial expansion, political developments (especially for the foreign policy) and social reforms. An important reform is the “Ten Continua a leggere

Mary Shelley – Resolved questions – Frankenstein

Questions to revise Mary Shelley

  1. Mary Shelley: relevant biographical elements (daughter of… wife of…)

Mary Shelley was born in 1797. She was daughter of parents were influenced by the ideas of French revolution; in fact they were part of a small radical group in which there was William Blake. She received a lot of intellectual stimulus because her house was attended by the most famous writer of the day as S.T. Coleridge or Percy Shelley. The latest one become his husband and together escaped to France. Here she wrote “Frankenstein” that contains elements connected with her life that was characterised by the death because she lost her mother ten days after her birth, his husband who drowned and his son.

  1. The gothic night: challenge at the origin of the novel.

The novel Frankenstein was inspired in a particular moment of Mary’s life. She received the initial inspiration from the intellectual stimulation of Percy Shelley and, especially, from Georges Byron who was a famous romantic poet. The idea of Frankenstein was born in Mary’s mind as a nightmare helped by her anxiety and uncertainties and Continua a leggere

Jane Austen – Resolved questions – Pride and Prejudice

Questions to revise Jane Austen

  1. Jane Austen: a rather uneventful biography.

Jane Austen was born in 1775. She was the sixth of seven children and she spent her life very close to her family. Her inseparable companion was her sister Cassandra, who, like Jane, never married. Her father taught her the basis of the literature and she started writing when she was very young, in 1987. After some revisitations she finally published “Pride and Prejudice” in 1813. Her novels were originally published anonymously but her brother Henry revealed her name subsequently. Jane, however, was very famous even she did not revealed her identity trough her novels. She was able to write other novels until 1817, the date of her death.

  1. Why is Jane Austen not a Romantic writer, despite being a contemporary of Wordsworth and Coleridge?

Jane Austen, unlike Coleridge and Wordsworth, valued reason and realism in her characters over emotion and sentimentality. Her objectives was to analyze the behaviors of each character. They must had the right amount of moderation and Continua a leggere

Brief introduction to Jane Austen

In this article, we’re going to give you a quick introduction to the English novelist Jane Austen:

Jane AustenThe life

Jane Austen was one of the greatest English novelist. She was born in 1775. Six of seventh children, she spent her entire life on the close circle of her family. She got educated at home by her father and showed an interest in literature from an early age: she started writing in 1787. She produced a large amount of prose, that became really famous, like “First Impression” in 1813 which, lately revised, became “Pride and Prejudice”. All her novels were originally published anonymously, untill her identity was revealed by her brother Henry in a novel prefaction.

Novels characteristics

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