Agony And The Ecstasy: Summary, Characters, Themes, Analysis

Summary The Agony and the Ecstasy depicts Michelangelo’s struggle to become the embodiment of Renaissance humanism. In the course of the novel Michelangelo must overcome the interference of his family, religious dogma, political intrigue, papal patronage, military campaigns, and artistic jealousy to realize his artistic ambition. Despite his father’s opposition, twelve-year-old Michelangelo becomes an apprentice,…

Themes in the Chrysalids

Nature of Evil Human beings constantly look for ways to explain the unpleasant events of life, and often blame the intangible force of ‘evil’ for events. Paranoia sets in as people suspect many possible manifestations of the Devil (evil), such as witches, possessions, serious criminals, or in the case of The Chrysalids, simple genetic deviations.…