Of Human Bondage Essay

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Neha Sharma Honors English III August 28, 2009 Barnes & Nobles Classic: Of Human Bondage Essay Summer Essay- Essential Question: Advantages/Disadvantages of Insiders/Outsiders in a Society Everyone finds their path in the intricate maze of life between the knotted obstacles, cruelty from society, as well as the joys of accomplishment. The opposites that one encounters in life are most commonly seen as opposites. From rags to riches, intelligent to imprudent there are always cobblestone trails to one’s destiny. As demonstrated passionately and ingeniously in W. Somerset Maugham’s inimitable classic novel Of Human Bondage, the two defined human beings in a society consist of insiders and outsiders. The insiders of society are generally acknowledged and received with welcome from the other members of society, whereas the outsiders are not. The outsiders are perceived as outcasts and omitted by the harsh ignorance of society. Although it is self-evident that one definition of the member of society is held to a higher esteem, both encompass their advantages and disadvantages. Maugham’s semi-autobiographical novel undeniably uncovers the reward and drawbacks of both members of a society through the life of the protagonist, Philip Carey. The dynamic and appealing character of Philip, cunning character of Mildred Rogers, Hayward, Rose and the other diverse personalities in the novel clearly depict the difference in two types of members in society. Philip as an individual experiences the advantages and disadvantages of the prominent citizen and the outcast. Maugham captures the perspective of the insider in a society. The advantages of being an insider are easily recognized with Philip towards the concluding chapters of the novel. Once Philip somewhat finds his niche in the society with a career as an educated doctor, he is

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