World Philosophy Literature Essay Examples and Topics

The Essential Gandhi

The book, The Essential Gandhi, covers essential things about Mahatma Gandhi that one should know. It contains quotes from the writings of Gandhi that talks about his life, work and his convictions. The author presents Gandhi’s stand on issues like spirituality, suffering, poverty, politics, non-violence, and civic disobedience among others. Gandhi’s biographer, Luis Fischer, did […]

The Analysis of the passage from Sartre’s Nausea

Jean-Paul Sartre’s novel Nausea throws light on the philosophy of existentialism. The main character struggles to acknowledge the indifference of the physical world while searching for the meaning in his life. This paper is aimed at analyzing a quote from this literary work. In particular, it is necessary to show how this quote is related […]

The Individual, Faith, and Society Comparison Paper

Thomas Hobbes was a philosopher in English and is today known for his political philosophical work. His most popular book which created political philosophy foundation for him in the West was Leviathan– published in the year 1651. Hobbes main perspective in the book was social contract theory. Hobbes lived from1588 to 1679 and during his […]

Sherry Turkle’s Alone Together

Book Review “Alone Together” is a book that was written in 2011 exploring the sociological and technological aspects that have become part of human lives. The author of this book Sherry Turkle has also written other books that explore the relationship between human beings and computers in a modern-world setting. Turkle’s body of work includes […]

The Problem of People’s ‘Dangerous Evolutionary Baggage’

People were always interested in the aspects which could influence their consciousness and behavior. In his book Cosmos, Carl Sagan discusses a lot of problematic questions associated with the spheres of evolution, science, philosophy, and sociology, providing the large context for the people’s actions because of their considerable evolutionary heritage expressed in the global knowledge […]

Kafka’s Stories “Metamorphosis and A Hunger Artist”

Introduction One of the reasons why Franz Kafka is considered one of the 20th century’s most prominent writers is that the reading of his masterpieces leaves very few doubts as to the fact that, while pursuing a literary career, he remained thoroughly aware of what used to account for the major discursive issue of the […]

Reflective Entry: “The stranger” by Albert Camus

“For the first time, in that night alive with signs and stars, I opened myself to the gentle indifference of the world…… For everything to be consummated, for me to feel less alone, I had only to wish that there be a large crowd of spectators the day of my execution and that they greet […]

The Limited Third-Person Narrator in Kafka’s The Metamorphosis.

The Metamorphosis is one of the most famous short stories by Franz Kafka. It revolves around transformation of protagonist Gregor Samsa from human into the vermin. The short story is a typical example of magic realism that focuses on social problems and life of individual who is underestimated and alienated from society. The subject of […]

The Death of Ivan Ilych

This is the story of a successful lawyer who went on to become a judge. Ivan Ilych was not only successful but his his lineage boasts of luminaries in the field of public service. His family background is something that any Russian of that era could be proud of. His father was a successful official […]

The Long Way to Confession in Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment

One of the greatest psychologists in the world literature, the Russian writer Fyodor Dostoyevsky employed his literary talent in order to explore the most obscure and intricate nooks of human nature. Delving unprecedentedly deep in the mysteries of human soul, he created his novels that present outstanding examples of psychological analysis of the most morbid […]

The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

Introduction Franz Kafka, a world famous writer, was brought up in a family, where the dictatorship of the father prevented the family from having natural warm relationships. Maybe this factor allowed the author learn from the childhood that the relationships between people, together with the moral values, are often neglected, while the materialistic views have […]

The Literary ‘Moments’ Significant for the Modern Japanese Literature

Focusing on such literary works as Natsume Soseki’s Kokoro, Yukio Mishima’s “Patriotism”, and Nakano Shigeharu’s “The House in the Village”, it is possible to state that these Japanese authors create the vivid image of the modern Japanese literature as rather emotional, provocative, and full of internal and external tensions. To avoid any generalizations while discussing […]

Zaabalawi is a symbol

A man in search of Zaabalawi who is believed to be a healer is featured in this story. The author, Naguib uses several techniques of literature to explore the use of symbolism in his story. Through technique, we will find out that the search of Zaabalawi in the story is actually the search of peace […]

Response to A Gesture Life

There are many topics explored in the works of Chang-rae Lee referring to the displacement and alienation of people not fitting ethnically, racially, or even psychologically in the environment in which they have to exist. However, the work A Gesture Life is highly remarkable in the sense of exploring an individual tragedy of a strange […]

Plato’s Story of the Cave

Introduction The story of ‘The Cave’ by Plato highlights Socrates emphasis on the ignorance of most people who up to date remain comfortable in the world of relative ignorance since they lack of enough knowledge. When someone meets the truth, there is fear of facing reality. This is the reason we are not able to […]

A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings

The short story ‘A very Old Man with Enormous Wings’ is basically a complicated narrative focused on a subject that is familiar to many people. It explores human nature where different issues such as indifference, greed and jealousy which are common in human beings are tackled. Marquez uses various literary techniques to narrate the story. […]

Do we Have Meaning?

Most people never acquire meaning from the daily tasks of their lives resulting to disappointment, despair as well as aggressiveness at the instance of the slightest adversity. Others are coerced to bear enormous problems that make existence seem agonizing. Yet in the nastiest situations, identifying meaning and significance in one’s affliction gives an individual the […]

The Cosmology of Boethius and the Ancient Literature

In his work Consolation of Philosophy, Boethius develops a cosmology according to which the universe functions in a non-random way. Moreover, his model implies that there is a certain force which maintains this orderly functioning of the universe. Yet, cosmology also leaves some degree of freedom to people, and their actions are not described simply […]

Tragic Hero: Achilles and Okonkwo

In the novel “Things Fall Apart”, Chinua Achebe portrays a futuristic community. Definitely, the main character Okonkwo’s consciousness and his endeavor to grasp and comprehend the necessity of change have driven the plot of the novel. He engages in self-gratification behavior and is interested in fulfilling his own needs. Okonkwo is a direct opposite of […]

Grendel’s Mother in Film “Beowulf”

One character in the film who is considered the most captivating of them is Grendel’s mother. She is a progeny of Cain who is remembered as the first killer. She is among the most intriguing characters in the entire motion picture, and she plays a significant role in the film. She does not have a […]

The Leader Speaks: Praising the Folly

There will never be a consensus about fables – people either hate them or love them. While it is hard to deny the fact that fables have teeth-grindingly obvious moral that is shoved in the reader’s face at the end of the story (Fogarty and Stoehr), most fables still find an original and entertaining way […]

Kafka and the Uncanny

Sigmund Freud, a famous and recognized psychologist focuses largely on the representation of the uncanny, a mysterious experience that cannot be explained, but that happened in the past. Although this experience is well established, it is repressed by our consciousness, but later flashbacks in an unexpected disguise. These explanations are typical of Franz Kafka stories […]

The Republic by Plato

In the Book VII of The Republic Plato introduces his famous parable of the Cave which is supposed to represent the illusory nature of human knowledge. The conversation between Socrates and Glaucon is supposed to describe the role that philosophers should play in the community. One of the main points that the author makes is […]

Crossing the Border

Eduardo Machado’s Crossing the Border is a play that depicts two cultures, and a great desire of a person to be a representative of another culture. On a late afternoon in Playa Carmen, Mexico, a father and a son play baseball. At first you would think that this is a normal outing of a father […]

Death of Ivan Ilych

The life of Ivan Ilych in the context of Man’s Search for Meaning In the Death of Ivan Ilych, Tolstoy presents one of the main characters, Ivan Ilych as a person who does not have a stand of his own but is dictated by the society. This essay analyzes the life of Ivan Ilych in […]

Arabic poems relating to Islam

Epistles of the Brethren of purity Epistles of the Brethren of purity is a massive collection of letters also known as Ikhwān al-Ṣafā. This anthology of epistles is considered to be one of the most fascinating bodies within Islamic philosophical literature before the coming of the Avicenna. The letters have been widely and intensively studied […]

Kafka’s Stories “A Hunger Artist”, “Jackals and Arabs” and “The Metamorphosis”

Introduction One of the reasons why Franz Kafka was able to gain the fame of one of 20th century’s most prominent writers is that his literary works contain many motifs/themes, closely associated with a number of people’s subconscious anxieties. In this paper, I will aim to substantiate the validly of an earlier suggestion in regards […]

Justifiable Vengeance

‘Lamb to the Slaughter’ and ‘Mother Savage’ are two short stories depicting Vengeance as expressed in the perceptions of the writers; Roald Dahl and Guy De Maupassant respectively. Both stories reflect aspects of human cruelty, perversity, and violence displayed by female characters. Lamb to the Slaughter published in 1953, tells the story of Mary Maloney, […]

Confidence Is a Key To Succeed In Life

There are different reasons for confidence to take a leading place on the way to success. Seiko Tenabe, an outstanding Japanese novelist and fiction author, and Pham Thi Hoai, a famous Vietnam novelist, are the masters of Asian literature. The main topics of their works are love, belief, obstacles and personal preferences on the way […]

“A Doll’s House”: Stage Design & Costumes

What Type of Play is “A Doll’s House”? One of the foremost characteristics of Henrik Ibsen’s play A Doll’s House is that its plot appears linearly defined, which, in turn, explains the semantic realism of play’s overall sounding. As it is the case with most of Ibsen’s other plays, throughout A Doll’s House, characters’ existential […]

Literary analysis of “The Necklace” by Guy de Maupassant

Introduction There are several characters in the story that the author, Maupassant, uses to build up ideas and contribute to the meaningful flow of the story. The life of the protagonist in the story, Mathilde, is used by the author, Maupassant, to contribute significantly to the overall meaning of the story. Her character, ambitions in […]

Candide by Voltaire

Put in print in 1759, Candide has been considered as one of the most Voltaire’s masterpiece. In Candide, Voltaire sharply criticized the corruptible power of the nobility, futile speculations of philosophy, religious hypocrisy, cruelty and the folly of optimism. Even though Candide in many instances have been considered as representative manuscript of enlightenment, the book […]

The Symbolic Meaning of the Absence of the Protagonist’s Name in the Novel Notes from Underground by Dostoevsky

Introduction Reading any novel, people try to notice as much as they can to consider the main idea of the literature work and to understand the purpose for writing this specific information. Each novel has a specific goal. It is impossible to imagine a piece of writing which is aimless and at the same time […]

Camus’ Notions in The Plague, The Myth of Sisyphus and The Stranger

Introduction General idea The English proverb suggests the idea that the number of people on the earth equals the number of minds. However, it is possible to argue this statement because people change their mind during their life or every minute though a strong position in life is determined by the firmness of the mind. […]

The Tale of Genji

Introduction The Tale of Genji is an ancient Japanese writing credited to the Japanese novelist Murasaki Shikibu in the early 11th century. The book is sometimes referred to as the world’s first novel and its specific classification and influence in both the eastern and western cultures has been a subject of dispute. It was originally […]

“Confessions” by St. Augustine on Friendship: Term Paper

St. Augustine, also known as Augustine of Hippo, is one of the most influential philosophers and teachers from ancient times. Much of what we know about him comes from his writings. The world will never be the same because of his work and his masterpiece known to everyone as The Confessions of St. Augustine. He […]

The Character of Joseph Grand in “The Plague” by Albert Camus

In this paper, I would like to discuss such character of Camus’ novel The Plague as Joseph Grand. Although it is too early for me to advance any far-fetched arguments, I can say that Joseph is very much similar to Sisyphus; he becomes accustomed to the routine nature of daily life, and his existence reminds […]

Notes for Dante’s Works

Dante’s Inferno follows the example of Homa’s Ilioad because it begins at the middle of Dante’s life, makes a quick flash forward of his life and then comes to a quick end. The middle of Dante’s life is characterized by the time he lost his way in life; at a presumable age of 35, which […]

Marate/Sade: The Main Characters’ Answers to Philosophical Questions

At one time or another, philosophical questions arouse in the mind of any individual. By the way, these questions do not change, no matter whether it is the French Revolution or the 21st century. In his play The Persecution and Assassination on Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under […]

The Problem of the Human Nature in The Prince

What qualities are important for a successful monarch in order to contribute to the prosperity of the state as the powerful monarchy and gain the support of the citizens? The answer to this question was proposed by many thinkers and philosophers, but the most provocative vision of the issue was presented in the work The […]

“Metamorphosis” by Franz Kafka

Franz Kafka’s “Metamorphosis” is a well knit literary piece in the fiction genre that puts together the shifting events of Gregor; a good man who turned into an insect and his world completely changed. The author takes the reader through Gregor’s black comical escapades that are more satirical than their surface depiction. This context embarks […]

Jacques Le Goff: the Terms “Intellectual” and “Labor”

The term “intellectual” The term “intellectual” in the Middle Ages We have seen the term “intellectual” itself as a word representing a certain kind of a person, a member of a special class. “Intellectual” is also a modern term. How do we historicize this modern category? We study its relations taking into account past examples […]

World Literature Syllabus

The syllabus for world literature should be composed so that the studying of certain works of literature provide students with the understanding of literary, cultural and historic context of the period when they were written. Moreover, the earning of these works should develop students’ critical and analytical thinking. The study of every work of literature […]

Renato Poggioli: The Concept of a Movement: The Theory of the Avant-Garde

The subtleties of language are not lost on Renato Poggioli. In his mind, “language is our greatest historical revealer” [p. 17]. The Concept of a Movement is the chapter that Poggioli devotes to defining avant garde art. Herein, the author details a crucial distinction between the avant garde and other historical periods of artistic practice, […]

San Manuel Bueno, Mártir

Miguel de Unamuno y Jugo was one of the first Spanish writers of the 20th century, who concentrated on the perspective of a man with his passion, desires, and hope and the world itself. This writer tried to analyze the idea of faith in the society. One of his last works was San Manuel Bueno, […]