Addison And Steele Essay Research Paper Honors

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Addison And Steele Essay, Research Paper Honors English The Tatler and the Spectator During the early part of the 1700’s Joseph Addison, the Tatler and Sir Richard Steele, the Spectator, came together to write “The Tatler and the Spectator”. Through their hardships of life they came about understanding what others were feeling and the actions that they took. They documented five hundred and fifty-five essays that were depicted from the world around them. They used the feeling of love to show about human nature and what it did to achieve its goals. Through stories, such as “Jilts and their Victims”, “Country Festival”, “For Whom the Bell Tolls”, “Knowledge and Time”, and “Reasons” Addison and Steele show what they know about life and the power they

had publishing it. The two men met at a young age at the Charter House School in England where from their they became the best of friends. Through their hardships they ended up going separate ways. Addison went into politics where he became a popular figure in society.(World Book Addison) Steele went to the military where he later got knighted. In 1710 they were united when Steele asked Addison to join him in writing in the “Spectator”.(World Book Steele) Addison gladly excepted and the two men would go out and view the world around them. The two men would write about any occasion, but whenever they wrote they were really in depth of their feelings and thoughts. Their was one topic in particular that fashioned their writings and that was the topic of love. Love was portrayed

as being good and bad throughout the writings. Love was used repetitively due to it is a constant in every bodies life and they could easily relate to the characters. Allowing others to relate to their writings helped make them popular. Addison and Steele gave love a good and bad side to show the readers that love is not cracked up to what it really can be. It was good in the way that it showed people having a good time together and enjoying the presence of another. It also demonstrated those relationships that everyone dreads getting into. Love is bad in a way that in a way that it could be used as a possession, or a gold-digger. Steele himself was a god-digger and in his two marriages he had never dealt with the true meaning of love. (World Book Steele) Some the essays may

actually been about the feelings that Steele was dealing with in his own life. In the story of “Jilts and their Victims”, it talks of a particular species of man that would prey on the richer women of society. They would call them jilts so that people would be aware of what they were about. These men would move in on women who were on the downfall and they would bring them up. In this particular story there is a woman who had just lost her husband due to a work accident. There was a festival going on in the town a couple of weeks later and her friends insisted that she goes and has a good because she needs it. She goes and meets some new people that she took interest in. One man stood out among the crowd in that he was a very good sweet talker. She had fallen for his trap,

and so they talked the night away. They started seeing each other daily and became very close. She said that she loved him and would do anything for him and that is when he started taking advantage of her. He started off slow but then nailed her for everything she had. She became so depressed that she killed herself in the end. Her mind kept thinking before she died and it confused her beyond belief. She had two thoughts of why this happened, one was that of she believed her late husband had done this to her for her seeing another man. The other was that she believed she was used but before she figured it out she was dead. This goes to that love is not a force to be reckoning with.(Addison and Steele) In the story “Country Festival” love is portrayed as a possession. People