Companion to British and American Novels

Style and Narrative Technique in The Last of the Mohicans

Cooper's style is a simple one. He makes a sparing use of the figurative language of simile and metaphor. He quickly intensifies the narrative moment, then describes it and having described he exposes it. But his method of exposition and description ...More

Multiple Themes in Eliot's Adam Bede

Internal versus External Beauty: George Eliot makes a contrastive study of Hetty Sorrel and Dinah Morris so as to depict the theme of the inner and outer beauty. Hetty represents the outer beauty, she is physically attractive and has a grace in her e ...More

The Catcher in the Rye as a Novel of Escape

Holden Caulfield is the representative American postwar hero cast in the image of a New York adolescent coming to terms with a world where everything is 'phony' that makes him 'puke'.More

As I Lay Dying a Masterpiece of Faulkner

Many readers subscribe to the conviction that Faulkner's As I Lay Dying is an excellent piece of art. It is the superb product of experimental modernism. Faulkner has used experimental narrative technique. There is no authorial intrusion. Characters ...More

The French Lieutenant's Woman as a Postmodern Novel

If the fundamental principles and assumptions about the nature of fiction is questioned and challenged, postmodernist elements are supposed to exist. In The French Lieutenant's Woman, John Fowles questioned the fundamental Victorian principles and as ...More

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad: Summary

At the beginning of the novella Heart of Darkness Marlow, a thoughtful mariner, sets off a journey up to the Congo River to meet Kurtz, a man known for his great abilities. Marlow is offered a job as a riverboat captain by a Belgian Company to trade ...More

Satirical Representation of Society in Sense and Sensibility

The intention of Jane Austen, in Sense and Sensibility is satirical. It seems to represent the physical and psychological suffering resulting from the accident in love, is the primary intention of the novelist Jane Austen. But to represent the social ...More

Stream of Consciousness as a Narrative Technique in Ulysses

Ulysses by James Joyce written in 1922 is a masterpiece which outstands many major works of modern literature in style, structure, theme and nearly all elements.More

Thomas Hardy as a Great Novelist

Thomas Hardy is one of the greatest English novelists. With his fourteen novels, he has carved for himself a niche in the glorious mansion of the English novel. He is a great poet as well as a great novelist; but the success and popularity of his nov ...More

Murphy as a Failure of Modern Life

Murphy is an absurdist hero. He marks a pivotal point in the narrative of 'Murphy'. Murphy was born in Irish capital Dublin. Fed up with the Irish lustiness and possessive love of Miss Counihan, Murphy made a dash to London. The crucial journey of th ...More