Tutor profile: Arnab C.
Q3. How would you describe a dystopia?
This term was, in all probability, first used by John Stuart Mill in the House of Commons in 1869 while discussing the Irish question. A dystopia is a "negative utopia", a frightening world that is often placed in near future and is a critique of our currents modes of living. Examples include Orwell's 1984, Animal Farm; Burgess' The Clockwork Orange and, to take a very recent example, Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go.
Q1. How would you describe the Essays of Elia by Charles Lamb?
Charles Lamb is an autobiographical prose writer. The essays show his subjective awareness of the world around him which is a trait of the romantic movement in England. His much-anthologized essays, viz. "The Dream Children" and "The Superannuated Man" take as their sources, incidents from his life. The first concerns a group of imaginary children who converse with Lamb, as he had no children; the second his job as a clerk, overburdened with responsibilities in London.
Q1. How 'original' are the plays of William Shakespeare?
A: It has to be understood at the outset that the bard never wrote any 'original' plays. He re-used the materials from other plays that were either long forgotten, or were less dramatized and added his own, unique vision of life in them. This may come as a rude shock to the lovers of his plays, but is true. His main sources were Holinshed's chronicles and North's Histories.
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