Critical Analysis of Amitav Ghosh's The Shadow Lines, Story of an Indian family and an English family in the Transitional Days of 1960's
Interpretation from “Louise” by W. Somerset Maugham: References to Conversations that takes place between the narrator and Louise
Hidden Irony # As the author is a keen observer of human nature particularly the relationships between people, he is narrating the entire story of Louise in his own words. The story is framed in an ironic way, but at first it is a hidden irony. He says that Louise had a delicate and gentle nature and though she disliked the author, she never told him that directly but her delicate, ladylike gestures conveyed to him what she meant. They knew each other for twenty-five years and according to her, he was a course, brutal, cynical and vulgar fellow. But one thing he could not understand, in spite of all that, why did she take an interest in him She invited him for lunch and dinner quite often and also asked him to spend a week-end at her country house. At last, the author thought to have understood her motive. It was the author alone who did not believe in her and could not be fooled by her. She knew it and was constantly trying to convince him and took it for granted that one day, she would succeed.
The prevailing moods of the story are ironical and emotional. This story is realistic in style. It is reveals human virtues and vices. The story “Louise” has a gripping and fast-moving plot. The plot of the story is complicated. The story has the following composition: there is no exposition. The development of the plot begins from the first paragraph. The climax is logically reached in dialogue between the narrator and Louise. The denouement is shown in the last paragraph. The elements of plot ordered chronologically. There are two main characters: Louise and the author himself, where Louise is a antagonist and the author is protagonist. There are also some flat characters such as Tom Maitland, the first husband of Louse; George Hobhouse, her second husband, and her daughter Iris.
It is possible to say that all Louise’s life is one big antithesis, because she has lived more than forty years softly making other people do what she wants but constantly repeating “I hate the thought of anyone sacrificing themselves for me.”
The history of English literature is invested with great importance, indicating as it does a landmark or development and expansion in the study of English literature as a whole. Indeed, from the ancient tribal worlds of Anglo Saxon to the present century space-age English literature has found a vivid and panoramic reflection in the history of the ages. Even a closer observation of the wide range and astonishing variety of the history of the ages is a formidably stupendous task, not to speak of scrutiny and analysis.
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