Essay on Critical Analysis of Evelyn Waugh’s novel: A Handful of Dust

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The 20th century consisted of vast changes in themes and values compared to previous decades of writing. This change is due to the world catastrophes and modernization affecting the overall perspective on life and humanity. One writer’s novel that demonstrates progression and changes in the 20th century is Evelyn Waugh’s A Handful of Dust. He is compared to other 20th century authors, as well as previous novels in his collection, due to his satirical focus and significant change in style and themes. He focused on the truth of humanity based on his own opinions and experiences to convey the message of the importance of tradition and true understanding of modernism. Waugh’s novel, A Handful of Dust, is described as one of the most …show more content…
During a time of uncertainty and change, Waugh captures the essence of traditional literature and faith in his novel, “Waugh stands up for literacy and civilization when they are threatened by foolish myths about their opposites, but cannot embrace the humanist’s faith in them as replacements for traditional orthodoxy” (Meckier 463).
Unlike many authors during his time, Waugh focused on morality and tradition, mainly due to his reliance on faith and different writing style. Thus, his hard work and personal life story show through this work, making it receptive among his audience. It is one of the most satirical, grim, and honestly brutal novels of the 20th century, as it follows the story of a couple’s failing marriage, while also including many Catholic themes. The intense and grim satirical element is significant for 20th century novels, especially during the 1930’s, since many writers’ did not want to write about the hardships during a time of hopelessness. Thus, providing true insight into the lives of marriage and society during that time (Schmitt 355). Waugh took many ideas and aspects from other novels and poems that were significant during his time, making A Handful of Dust and even more insightful and important novel of the 20th century. The title of this novel

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