“The Merchant of Venice” is a 16th-century play written by William Shakespeare, in which the Venetian merchant named Antonio failed to pay a massive loan from the Jewish moneylender, Shylock. Although in this play Antonio is the main character, the audience is drawn to Shylock who sues Antonio and Portia, the rich heiress who marries Antonio ‘s friend Bassanio and saves Antonio ‘s life in a dramatic court scene.
In 1900 he started a small school at Shanti-Niketan on the pattern of the ancient Indian forest schools where the pupils led simple lives and learnt the truths of life from Nature and their gurus. This school developed into a university called Visva-Bharti in 1921.
Alpha of the Plough is the pen name of Alfred George Gardiner, an English journalist, biographer and essayist. “On saying please” is an apt commentary on the mannerism of people in the society. The writer wants people to be civil and courteous. The world is a place where, we have to live with a lot of different people who have different attitudes, different manners, traditions and mentalities.
In a witty piece of writing A.G. Gardiner brings out the essential difference between individual and social liberty and the need for adjustment between the two. He illustrates how unlimited freedom will only lead to disorder. Man is a part of society and he should always realize his social obligations.
Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights was first published in 1847 and ranks high on the list of major works of English literature. A thrilling tale of passion and vengeance set in the Yorkshire Moors in 1847, the novel has inspired no less than four film versions of modern times.