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Essay on leisure is gone edited

Essay on leisure is gone edited - Essay on Leisure is gone...

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Essay on “Leisure is gone…” In “Leisure is gone…” by George Elliot, the author presents her views on both, “old leisure” and the “new leisure” pertaining to life as it is in her time. She expresses an attitude of sarcasm and disdain toward new leisure because she considers it hurried and complex. On the other hand, she conveys an ambivalent attitude toward old leisure. She sees the simple and prosperous nature of old leisure but she also recognizes that it is flawed. The author shows her conception of both times of leisure with the use of several literary devices such as personification, irony, paradox, diction and imagery. From lines 1-4, the speaker expresses a feeling of nostalgia when she first emphasizes that leisure during her time is lost as implied by her repetition of “gone.” She suggests the slow features of a simpler old leisure by redundantly describing its “waggons” as “slow.” The author’s imagery of “sunny afternoons” implies happy times of warm and memorable days. From lines 4-7, the speaker scornfully describes a complex and modern new leisure that is constantly looking for excitement. She is sarcastic when referring to the thinkers of her time as “ingenious.” She is ironically calling them brilliant when she rejects their thinking because it is in favor of a rushing modernization. The image of a “steam-engine” suggests a train of an industrialized age that forms a contrast between the quickness of new leisure and the slowness of old leisure.
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