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Topics: Narrative, Of Human Bondage, W. Somerset Maugham Pages: 2 (920 words) Published: June 18, 2014
I’m going to analyze a novel “The Happy Man” by Somerset Maugham, a well-known English novelist, short-story writer, playwright and essayist. William Somerset Maugham was born in Paris, educated at King’s school in Canterbury and studied to be a doctor at St. Thomas Hospital in England. He was one of the best known writers of his time as hi was master of short stories. The story starts with the narrator thinking and telling the reader about his attitude to giving advice to somebody. He thinks it to be quite difficult and even impossible to give the right advice as “we know nothing of the others”. He tells that once a man, Stephens by name, came to his apartment to ask whether it was worth going to Spain to live. The author doesn’t happen to know Stephens before and it seems for him quite odd. Stephens tells the author about his life and job and asks if there is any opportunity for a surgeon to work in Spain. The author tells him about his attitude to it and Stephens goes away. Many years later the narrator happens to be in Seville and there he meets Stephens. The story ends with Stephens thanking the author. We can divide the novel into three logical parts in order to understand it better. The first part can be called “A total strange”, the second part can be named “A great risk” and the third part is “A Happy Life”. It is a narrative text. It tells us about different events which followed one another, for example: I heard a ring bell at the door; I led him into my sitting room; achieved this feat; he reached out for his hat; he left me; many years later; I happened to be in Seville, ect. This text is a descriptive one; there are many descriptive signals, for example: a modest apartment, a total stranger, an apologetic laugh, sharp sentences, a forcible ring, a cursory glance, a little man, bright eyes, a wonderful life, trifling indisposition, an ordinary Spanish house, a squeamish patient, a dim recollection, a Spanish woman and others. Descriptive words...
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