Caleb Williams: Realism Out of Romance

In William Godwin’s Caleb Williams, the titular protagonist Caleb is purportedly writing to prove his innocence after his former master, Mr. Falkland, destroys his reputation. However, in the postscript, once Falkland has died after being convicted for his crimes, Caleb appears to regret his actions. He represents himself and Falkland as idealized and romantic versions … Read moreCaleb Williams: Realism Out of Romance

Inescapable Hauntings in Caleb Williams and Beloved

Written almost two hundred years apart, William Godwin’s Caleb Williams and Toni Morrison’s Beloved convey stories in which the characters attempt to find freedom by fleeing from unfair oppression and the haunting remnants of oppression. Caleb Williams, the titular protagonist of Godwin’s novel, attempts to escape from the persecution of his cruel master, Falkland, while … Read moreInescapable Hauntings in Caleb Williams and Beloved

The Effects of the Social Hierarchy in Caleb Williams and Pamela or Virtue Rewarded

Samuel Richardson’s Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded and William Godwin’s Caleb Williams are both novels that deal with the influence of social hierarchy on the characters’ psychologies. In Caleb Williams, the protagonist is a young man who learns the horrifying truth about his master (Squire Falkland) and spends the entire novel being hunted down. Pamela narrates … Read moreThe Effects of the Social Hierarchy in Caleb Williams and Pamela or Virtue Rewarded