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This is even more clearly apparent in The Life and Death of Mr Badman, which
appeared in 1680. Again a moral tract, its purpose is to describe “the life and
death of the ungodly, and of their travel from this world to hell'. But this time there
is no ...
The description of Trunnion's death is a rare instance of Smollett's power of
pathos: it has always, and rightly, been compared with the death of Falstaff.
Smollett belonged to the glorious company of English hackwriters who have
turned their ...
the symbol of death and also of life and regeneration, is less effective; perhaps
because it is less capable of ... weakest parts of the novel, the self-pity that
dictated the death of Paul Dombey and the unconvincing nature of the
Dickensian hero, ...
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