Somerset Maugham’s Salvatore

Somerset Maugham's short story Salvatore is an example of how a writer uses craft to suceed in the art not only of story telling but of make-belief as well. The story is well structured and each element of  story such as theme, characters, settings, plot and tone are well chosen after much deliberation. Rather than … Continue reading Somerset Maugham’s Salvatore

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Afternoon with Irish Cows

Scientists mostly ask questions about the world outside themselves. It is very rare that they question themselves or try to learn about themselves. There is no subjectivity here. But artists, on the other hand, keep questioning themselves and ask questions to themselves. They are introspective and want to know more about themselves. Poetry, for example, … Continue reading Afternoon with Irish Cows

The Rattrap

The Rattrap by Selma Lagerlof, the Swedish Nobel laureate, reads like a folk tale but holds a very meaningful message for us. In the context of a man’s experience around Christmas time, the story explores the edge experience has over intelligence, knowledge and wisdom. It also highlights the importance compassion has in transforming a person. The story features a vagabond who earned his … Continue reading The Rattrap

Illusion and Reality in Macbeth

Illusion and Reality Illusion as a corollary of reality seems to be a favourite theme for Shakespeare. The theater itself is a world of illusion and Shakespeare talks endlessly about it. The news from the new world and the flood of Greek and Roman literature also would have influenced Shakespeare to explore this aspect of … Continue reading Illusion and Reality in Macbeth