Study Guide

Pale Fire Characters & Character Analysis in Society

This Study Guide consists of approximately 52 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of Pale Fire.
This section contains 184 words
(approx. 1 page at 400 words per page)
Buy the Pale Fire Study Guide

Pale Fire is set in the world of academia (Wordsmith College, New Wye, Appalachia) and on one level is a satire of that environment. In form, too (a poem by a fictitious author with introduction, commentary and index by a fictitious editor), it parodies the excesses of literary scholarship. Ostensibly, there are three major players (with a highly entertaining series of minor characters): John Shade, author of the poem "Pale Fire"; Charles Kinbote, Shade's neighbor and the author of the commentary, introduction, and index to the poem; and Jack Grey, an escaped madman who kills Shade. On another level, it appears that Kinbote is mad, that he is actually a harmless pederast who believes that he is Charles the Beloved, exiled king of Zembla (a fictitious Eastern European country). In Kinbote's mind, Jack Grey is actually Jakob Gradus, a hired killer sent from Zembla to assassinate him...

(read more)

This section contains 184 words
(approx. 1 page at 400 words per page)
Buy the Pale Fire Study Guide
Copyrights
BookRags
Pale Fire from BookRags. (c)2014 BookRags, Inc. All rights reserved.