Rasselas

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Wordsworth Editions, Dec 5, 1999 - Fiction - 100 pages
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Melville's short stories are masterpieces. The best are to be appreciated on more than one level and those presented here are rich with symbolism and spiritual depth. Set in 1797, Billy Budd, Foretopman exploits the tension of this period during the war between England and France to create a tale of satanic treachery, tragedy and great pathos that explores human relationships and the inherently ambiguous nature of man-made justice.

Tales such as Bartleby, Benito Cereno, The Lightning Rod Man, The Tartarus of Maids or I and My Chimney, show the timeless poetic power of Melville's writing as he consciously uses the disguise of allegory in various ways and to various ends.

  

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Contents

Description of a palace in a valley
3
The discontent ofRasselas in the happy valley
5
The wants of him that wants nothing
7
The prince continues to grieve and muse
8
The prince meditates his escape
11
A dissertation on the art of fly ing
12
The prince finds a man of learning
14
The history oflmlac
16
The prince associates with young men of spirit and gaiety 3 5
35
The prince finds a wise and happy man
36
A glimpse of pastoral life
38
The danger of prosperity
39
The hermits history
40
The happiness of a life led according to nature
42
The prince examines the happiness of high stations
45
The debate on marriage continued
53

The history of Imlac continued
18
A dissertation upon poetry
20
A hint on pilgrimage 2 2
22
The story of Imlac continued
25
Rasselas discovers the means of escape 2 8
28
Rasselas and Imlac receive an unexpected visit
29
The prince and princess leave the valley and see many wonders
31
They enter Cairo and find every man happy
32
They return to Cairo without Pekuah
61
The princess hears news of Pekuah
67
The history of a man of learning
75
They discourse with an old man
81
The prince enters and brings a new topic
87
NOTES
95
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