Date

1972

Document Type

Thesis

Degree

Master of Arts

Department

English

First Adviser

Dilworth, Ernest N.

Abstract

The promise made by Mr. Spectator in the tenth issue of his paper, ("I shall endeavour to enliven Morality with wit and to temper wit with Morality") is, I believe, the key to an understanding and appreciation of the Spectator. The manner in which Addison and Steele interweave humor and didacticism is the achievement of the Spectator. In this paper I examine in detail degrees and methods of this blend of humor and didacticism.

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