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Princess September Essay

766 words - 4 pages

The text I’m dealing with is one of the short stories written by W.Somerset Maugham. It’s entitled “Princess September”.
First of all I’d like to tell you about the author of this story.
William Somerset Maugham (27 January 1874 – 16 December 1965) was an English playwright, novelist and short story writer. He was among the most popular writers of his era and, reputedly, the highest paid author during the 1930s.
Maugham’s masterpiece is generally agreed to be “Of human bondage”, a semi-autobiographical novel (1915), Maugham instituted The Somerset Maugham Award, awarded to the best British writer or writers under the age of 35 of a work of fiction published in the ...view middle of the document...

The little bird was suffocating from not being free. Finally, Princess September let it free. The little bird came to Princess and sang its wonderful songs. It made the Princess very beautiful. When she grew up she got married to the King of Cambodia and lived a life with him.
Due to the fact that in the text we can not see the description of characters’ appearance I can affirm that the the of character drawing is indirect.
The climax of this story is when Princess’ parrot dies. The denouement is the end of this story.
In this story there are two main themes: love and freedom. And, to my mind, the key-note of this story is that if you love somebody you should (ought to) give him freedom. Being caught in a golden cage will never be equal to the feeling of love. These 2 things don’t complete each other.
A lot of stylistic devices can be found in Princess September.
First of all, I’d like to mention the fact that William Somerset Maugham is well known for his fine humor. That’s why there’s irony in this story “Of course it made the Queen very uneasy because she knew that it would distress...

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