• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Evelyn Waugh's Decline and Fall - review.

Extracts from this document...


Evelyn Waugh was born in 1903. He is not considered to be a distinguished novelist but his writing is notable because they satirise much that was bizarre in English society. His father was a publisher and his first novel, Decline and fall, was published in 1928. It is a satire on the preparatory school industry. It is in the style and humour of Charles Dickens. Evelyn Waugh achieves his purpose through exaggeration. He paints characters that are larger than life, just like Dickens. We also see this method used in today's television in programmes like "Spitting Image" where gargoyle like images of prominent personalities behave in an outrageous way. The descriptions of some of his characters are the larger than life ones made so popular by Dickens. Mr. Fagan could have came straight out of a cartoon by 'Mac�; "sunken eyes, and rather long white hair over jet black eyebrows, his head was very long and swayed lightly as he spoke". ...read more.


They decide he is fit for the post even though he does not know German. Similarly, he is told to give organ lessons to Beste Chetwynde. Not one of the characters at Llanabba Castle, including the lead Augustus Fagan Esquire, as he likes too be addressed, seems at all concerned with education, or qualified to educate. Church and Gargoyle have it in the forth category, that of bad schools. Dr. Fagan interviews for a few minutes and calls it "A most exhausting interview". The characters of Grimes and Prendergas are told through the confidences they give Pennyfeather. Waugh is exaggerating the dodgy type of teacher to be found in schools at that time. We never get to know for what Grimes was so often "in the soup" and this makes us fear the worst. This device is cleverly used by Waugh to satirise the system of schooling. Sometimes we feel he is exaggerating too much, as in the case of Grimes, but we cannot help feeling there are serious issues he is describing. ...read more.


The Sports, after the make shift heats, is satirical, the ground is not marked, the hurdles are five foot high". It's once again bias as the rich boys win races. An argument breaks out about whether clutterbuck had won the race. The other students argued that there was cheating going on. There is racism around as well; everyone is shocked when a black energetic man called chokey escort's-ms beste-chetwynde to sports day. Politics and crime is also satirised. In Philbricks story Evelyn Waugh tells us about Toby crutwell a robber turned MP. Toby Cruttwell stole many diamonds with Phillbrick. Toby Crutwell turned respectful and became an MP. Waugh is basically telling the reader that the political system was corrupt and that they would hire any body even an ex-con. Waugh obviously intended that Decline and fall should be a comic novel, but it is also serious because it is a satire. I think this novel is a good book it keeps the reader focused because the book is so intriguing you always want to turn the page to see what's going to happen next. George Busumbru GM1 ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Nicholas Nickleby section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Nicholas Nickleby essays

  1. How does Charles Dickens show dislike for the education system and concerns about childhood ...

    This could also be a hint as to how life at that time was for many children, a constant run of disappointments. Almost as important as Squeers in Dickens' mission to inform the reader is Mrs Squeers. When Nicolas asks for only a small piece of pie, she replies '...pity to cut the pie if you're not hungry...'

  2. Examine in detail Dickens' portrayal of the flaws in the Victorian education system in ...

    She administers a large spoonful to each boy in succession, using for the purpose a common wooden spoon that widens everyone's mouth considerably. If they did not take in the whole of the bowl at a gasp they were met by a beating.

  1. Nicholas Nickleby

    The sad Nicholas Nickelby, his mother and his beautiful sister Kate turn in desperation to their father's evil brother uncle Ralph because Nicholas father has left them penniless. As soon as Nicholas gets to London his Uncle Ralph sees him as a threat and finds him a job, to work as an assistant teacher.

  2. How do Charles Dickens in 'Nicholas Nickelby' and Laurie Lee in 'Cider with Rosie' ...

    when the children would not "sit down!" They soon found a replacement teacher "Miss.Wardly from Birmingham." Lee describes her as having "loose but stronger reins" sharp-tongued, but patient enough. She wanted then to learn, so she encouraged them to and even "wistfully" wished her students "good luck" when they grew up and left.

  1. What is Dickens trying to tell us about education in the 1800s in his ...

    It is because Mr Squeers is o nasty that the boys are scared of him. The school Dotheboys Hall is a shambles compared to modern-day schools. Mr Squeers does not really care about the conditions and facilities in his school because education of the boys is not very high on his priorities.

  2. Discuss the use of humour in

    'After years of lazily inspecting the pitch, came when I was suddenly called to play'. This shows that Lee had been concious of sex for a long time, but his burst for it had only just emerged as he was 'called to play'.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work