The Happy Man Essay

1582 Words Jun 15th, 2012 7 Pages
The text which I'm going to analyse is "The happy man" written by Somerset Maugham. He is a well-known English novelist, short-story writer, playwright and essayist. Maugham was the son of a British diplomat. He was educated at King's School in Canterbury, studied painting in Paris, went to Heidelberg University in Germany and studied to be a doctor at St. Thomas Hospital in England. Although Somerset Maugham didn't denounce the contemporary social order, he was critical of the morals, the narrow-mindedness and hypocrisy of bourgeois society. It was his autobiographical novel "Of Human Bondage" and the novel "The Moon and Sixpence" based on the life of the French artist Paul Gauguin, that won him fame. Somerset Maugham was also a master of …show more content…
The first part is devoted to the author's reflection about the moral right to interfere in someone's life giving advice or imposing your will. He finds it dangerous as in that case you have to take upon your shoulder the responsibility for his life. Everybody makes mistakes and in spite of the life is such a thing which can't be run back and gone again, just mistakes enlarge our experience and are able to do the life better. Each person reflects reality in his own unique way and nobody can imagine this and only guess about feelings and emotions. This idea depicts by means of the following metaphor: "Each one of us is a prisoner in a solitary tower". As it was said before the extract is written in philosophical sense. The distinctive feature of this sense is the availability of rhetorical questions. They make a reader think over the problem and draw his own conclusion. In the text we find some rhetorical questions such as: "how can I advise another how to act unless one knows that other as well as one knows himself? Who am I that I should tell this one and that how he should lead it?" Adding up the author reasons that sometimes it's too difficult to make your mind to change existing order of things that's why some people require help of others. In evidence we come across periphrasis "Life is a difficult business" and metaphors such as "to point the finger of fate" and "wrapped in the dark cloak of Destiny". Speaking about my attitude to

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