Decadence

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  • Essay On Decadent Poetry

    Beyond the Socially Acceptable There are many things that can be said about Decadent poetry. It’s central themes are numerous, from aestheticism and beauty for the sake of it, to paganism and the urban, there are a multitude of angles one can take when analysing and interpreting the work of the poets of the fin du siècle. One of those themes is the idea of transgression; going beyond the limits and the law, exploring what is socially acceptable and more importantly what isn’t, and the consequences of said explorations. Whether it was a question of morals, sexuality or values, the decadents liked to break the chains of society’s constraints and write about what they found in their path. By analyzing the works of three different poets from the fin du siècle, we can get a broader understanding of the various ways the theme of transgression was explored in the writing of this period. Johnson 's "The Dark Angel", Gray 's "Did we not, darling you and I" and Symons ' "Nocturne", are three poems that can be interpreted as being about breaking the rules of what was socially acceptable at the time. Through allusions, word choices and imagery, these poets discussed transgression and its implications in the late Victorian and early Edwardian period. In Johnson 's "The Dark Angel", the speaker addresses said dark angel directly, expressing anguish and torment at the way he 's being tempted to break the rules. At a time when homosexuality was illegal, one obvious interpretation of the…

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  • Theme Of Decadence In The Great Gatsby

    The Great Gatsby: A Time of Doomed Decadence and Harmful Hedonism The 1920’s is often depicted as a time of economic prosperity, social optimism, and lavish decadence. What is commonly obscured, however, is that the 1920’s was also a time in which the morals and motivation of Americans reached its lowest point. This is the unexplored truth of the 1920’s as it is perfectly examined in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s tragic novel, The Great Gatsby, giving readers a true taste of this decade-long party…

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  • The Great Gatsby Decadence Analysis

    Disillusionment is straightly defined as a feeling of disappointment resulting from the discovery that something is not as good as one believed it to be, according to the Oxford Dictionaries. Throughout The Sun Also Rises, and The Great Gatsby, motifs of decadence and its relationship with loss often reoccur in comparison, as the primary characters in each of the novels transpose this decadence differently. Whereas in The Great Gatsby the loss of decadence results in an emotional spiral,…

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  • Moral Decadence In The Great Gatsby

    The Roaring Twenties in America is the era of expansion in the economy and technology invention. It brings Americans more opportunities to get rich and a modern way of living. The era is also remarked by the decay of society’s moral during the Prohibition period. Fitzgerald describes this moral decadence through his famous work, The Great Gatsby, by portraying the infamous bootlegger, Jay Gatsby. During the Roaring Twenties, the government ratified the 18th Amendment, also know as…

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  • F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Rise Of The Coloured Empires

    Tom and Daisy‘s decadence is not calculated, but rather casual, normal, and a very ordinary part of life, like the air we breathe. Tom and Daisy, born into wealth, flaunt it almost unknowingly. Tom was known in university for his, “freedom with money,” and that freedom does not seem to have left him after school– he and Daisy go on a vacation in France for, “no particular reason,” and he brings down a, “string of polo ponies,” from Lake Forest, Illinois. Tom is often described as a, “brute of a…

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  • Des Esseintes Character Analysis

    protagonist of the fatal book, but he is only poisoned on the outside, and poisoned by the society he rejects. Des Esseintes began corrupted, he turned to decadent texts such as Baudelaire to satisfy his appreciation for sin. "The fatal book is fatal, that is to say, not because of its power to kill outright, but because of its power decisively to change an individual life" (Dowling 164). It isn't the book that kills Dorian, it is the change it stirs in him that causes his downfall. For Des…

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  • What Does The Green Light Symbolism In The Great Gatsby

    The American Dream promises equality, opportunity and happiness to those insistent on its pursual. However, F. Scott Fitzgerald contradicts this claim in his masterpiece The Great Gatsby, as he uses symbolism in order to portray the inability to achieve the American Dream and the corruption incited in its pursuit. Thus, Fitzgerald uses the symbol of the green light in order to represent the American Dream and Gatsby’s futile quest of this ideal. He also uses the valley of ashes to communicate…

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  • Narrative Ideas And Themes In The Chess Players By Satyajit Ray

    R5A Final Essay Narrative threads can be transformed and presented differently between an adaption and original text to allude to separate and various layers of the significant historical background, characters, and themes of the same story. Satyajit Ray’s adaption of Premchand’s “Chess Players” attempts to delineate the historical scene in nineteenth-century Lucknow, a city distinguished for its Nawabi or aristocratic style, its potent civic decadence and its relished taste in music and the…

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  • This Side Of Paradise Analysis

    The first work to discuss concerning the concept of decadence in the novels written by American author F. Scott Fitzgerald is This Side of Paradise. It was not only the first novel written by Fitzgerald, but also his most popular work till his death in 1940. (Bruccoli158).(?) The analysis of the concept of decadence in This Side of Paradise applies mainly to the main protagonist, Amory Blanie. His character, behaviour and ideology is marked by degeneration, and immorality. This Side of…

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  • Nightwood Character Analysis

    Deliver Us from the Labyrinth of Madness: Character Affect in Djuna Barnes 's Nightwood Language is a labyrinth we are born into lost. Only by leaving breadcrumbs, threading our subject, does one remember whence s/he came, where his/her subject ends and begins. Language may offer a solution to reduce problems into simplicity, but for such problems it conceals in language the people suffering within it. The alcoholic, the prostitute, the shameful, are made into monstrous forms by the epithets…

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