Julian L. Ross's Philosophy In Literature PDF

By Julian L. Ross

ISBN-10: 1406744751

ISBN-13: 9781406744750

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The result was that sense of meaninglessness in which hedonism flourishes. CAKES AND ALE 25 No writer has been better fitted to record this era than Aldous Huxley. Nephew of Matthew Arnold, grandson of Darwin's disciple Thomas Henry Huxley, brother of the he comes from a famous literary and attended Eton and Oxford, survived the biologist Julian Huxley, scientific family. He war, had long experience in journalism, and mastered a fictional technique by writing three successful novels between 1921 and 1926.

The best sin for a example of his nonchalance in breaking the law appears when he conscripts a troop of soldiers for the war; walking along a country road, he thinks delightedly of the good day's work he has made of it. First, he drafted only gentlemen's sons and newly engaged bachelors who paid him a total of over three hundred pounds to let them off; then he collected as substitutes a crowd of tattered hoboes, discharged servants, and cheating tapsters who wouldn't need to be paid anyway. Truly a fair profit, and what was the difference?

But from this stereotyped figure Shakespeare develops a complete high-comic portrait, which we must examine in so far as it illustrates hedonism. 18 sixty, , That Falstaff demonstration. is He a positive Cyrenaic hedonist needs no lives for active pleasure and loves it so share his feeling in spite of ourselves. He has such vitality that he can enjoy every pleasure more vividly than the average person. With disarming gusto does he relish intensely that eating we and drinking, wenching, robbing, talking, acting, Just as Omar used wine as a symbol of the world's delight, so Falstaff is at his most eloquent in praising it: it is a blessing, he says, because it playing jokes, observing life.

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