Questions and Answers for Francis Bacon

Francis Bacon

What is Bacon's prose style regarding his essays?

If brevity is the soul of wit, Bacon's essays reflect that style. Bacon's writing is direct and to the point, the kind of plain prose his role model in essay writing, Montaigne, excelled at. For...

Latest answer posted August 6, 2017 9:39 pm UTC

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In his essay "On Revenge," why is Bacon against taking revenge?

Sir Francis Bacon's short essay "On Revenge" (1625), which espouses a Judeo-Christian philosophy, lists the following reasons against taking revenge: 1. Revenge is against the law, both God's...

Latest answer posted January 4, 2012 12:38 am UTC

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According to Bacon, what are the three main benefits of study, and what danger can result from each benefit?

Francis Bacon's The Essays, or Counsels Civill & Morall, the definitive collection of essays he wrote from 1597 to 1620, was published in 1625 and contains essays on practical, religious, and...

Latest answer posted November 22, 2013 8:30 pm UTC

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Critical appreciation of the essay "Of Revenge" by Francis Bacon?

A critical appreciation evaluates a piece of writing, attempting to explain the purpose of the work and whether or not the writer successfully achieved his or her goals. In "Of Revenge," Bacon...

Latest answer posted October 13, 2017 12:25 pm UTC

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According to Francis Bacon's "Of friendship" describe the three fruits of friendship.

1. Francis Bacon believes that the principal fruit of friendship is "the ease and discharge of the fulness and swellings of the heart, which passions of all kinds do cause and induce." Bacon means...

Latest answer posted March 13, 2017 12:51 pm UTC

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critical appreciation of the essay-"of friendship" by francis bacon?  

In the opening paragraph, Bacon establishes the importance of friendship by implication when he says "whatsoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast or a god." He expands on this theme...

Latest answer posted December 28, 2011 10:53 pm UTC

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Give a summary of Sir Francis Bacon as a great essayist.

Sir Francis Bacon (1561-1626) is widely accepted as a progenitor of the scientific method and the father of the modern essay. In both areas he relied on systematic empirical thinking in order to...

Latest answer posted March 31, 2019 6:48 pm UTC

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What is Francis Bacon's essay "Of Love" about?    

In his essay "Of Love," Francis Bacon seeks to examine love as a philosopher and even as a scientist, attempting to pin down the nature of what love is and to divide the phenomenon into different...

Latest answer posted November 29, 2020 11:14 am UTC

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I read the statement by Francis Bacon what does it mean? Studies themselves do give forth directions too much at...

This statement must be considered in the context of the essay written by Bacon, Of Studies. In the essay, Bacon is discussing what studies are for, or should be for, and how to best use them to...

Latest answer posted June 30, 2010 10:14 pm UTC

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What do the following statements by Francis Bacon mean? 1- "studies serve for delight, for ornament and for ability"...

Francis Bacon was a great proponent of the Rule of Three (q.v.), the rhetorical technique that appears in #1-5. Each of them are intended to be memorable maxims-- small truths of life-- and all...

Latest answer posted June 29, 2010 8:10 am UTC

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What is the theme or central idea of Francis Bacon's essay "Of Followers and Friends"?

Bacon's essay "Of Followers and Friends" (ca. 1610), like all his essays, is designed to guide men to a successful life. Bacon is not so much concerned with moral goodness in life as he is in...

Latest answer posted September 30, 2013 1:09 pm UTC

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In what ways is Sir Francis Bacon a man of the Renaissance?

Sir Francis Bacon can be considered a “man of the Renaissance” in a number of different ways, including the following: He was a man of diverse interests and talents, gifted as a writer, scientific...

Latest answer posted July 10, 2011 3:20 am UTC

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In Francis Bacon's "The Four Idols," what are the four idols and what do they mean?

The Four Idols of Francis Bacon are the four items, or areas of focus, that detract from self-evaluation and actualization. They prevent us from realizing our full potential and from becoming...

Latest answer posted May 9, 2019 8:18 pm UTC

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In Francis Bacon's "Of Truth", why did Bacon say that truth may come to the price of a pearl instead of a diamond?

Bacon makes the statement that the unvarnished truth has the lesser value of a pearl compared to a diamond. People value lies more, as they would a diamond, because they like and need some flashes...

Latest answer posted August 18, 2018 11:50 am UTC

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Examine the aphoristic style in Bacon's essays.

Bacon's aphoristic style of writing serves a precise purpose. He wants to purge the English language of superfluous words, just as he wants to purge the modern mind of superfluous ideas. For Bacon,...

Latest answer posted October 16, 2018 9:00 am UTC

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Bacon As An Essayist

Sir Francis Bacon was a true Renaissance man in that he was accomplished in many areas, one of which was essayist (read a brief bio at the link below). Some scholars believe it was he who invented...

Latest answer posted January 29, 2010 4:47 am UTC

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What examples of Francis Bacon’s aphoristic style can be seen in his essays “Of Marriage and Single Life” and “Of...

An aphorism is a statement made in a way in that it asserts a general truth or makes a keen, or sharp, observation. The Random House Dictionary gives us an example attributed to Lord Acton, a...

Latest answer posted February 7, 2014 8:42 am UTC

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What is a summary of “Of Ambition”?

Bacon's essay is about the uses of ambition in the service a prince or of the state, and about the best ways to manage ambitious men. He begins by dividing the ambitious into two groups: those that...

Latest answer posted November 1, 2018 11:58 am UTC

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Why does Francis Bacon describe his essays as "Counsels, Civil and Moral"?

To understand why Francis Bacon titled his text The Essays or Counsels, Civil and Moral, readers must understand what the terms counsels, civil, and moral mean. Counsel refers to advice that is...

Latest answer posted May 29, 2019 12:53 am UTC

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What is a summary for "Of Beauty," written by Francis Bacon?

Francis Bacon's short essay "Of Beauty" begins by arguing that extreme physical beauty and virtue are antithetical. He claims that it's better for a person to be "comely, though not of delicate...

Latest answer posted January 4, 2018 7:07 pm UTC

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In what way does the essay 'Of Great Place' reflect Bacon's idealism?  

A related question to your question would be, What was Bacon's idealism like? I would first answer this question. Then, I will discuss the essay, "Of Great Places," in the light of his idealism --...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2009 9:55 am UTC

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What is the analysis of Francis Bacon's essay "Of Death?"

When completing a literary analysis, a reader must examine the purpose behind how and why a text was written. Authors make very specific literary and stylistic choices for very specific reasons. A...

Latest answer posted October 19, 2013 5:52 pm UTC

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What were the most important elements of Bacon's prose style?

As a leading light in the scientific revolution, Bacon wanted language to have the same kind of precision and accuracy as scientific discourse. This meant that language, wherever possible, should...

Latest answer posted November 17, 2018 11:04 am UTC

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What is the main idea of the essay "Of Love"?    

Characteristically, Sir Francis Bacon has many things to say about his subject. Although his essays are short, he usually seems to try to cram in everything he knows. This makes them hard to...

Latest answer posted October 21, 2012 1:26 pm UTC

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How can I paraphrase the essay "Of Truth" by Francis Bacon?

Perhaps the first important element of Bacon's essay "Of Truth" is his argument that . . . men should love lies; where neither they make for pleasure, as with poets, nor for advantage, as with...

Latest answer posted July 12, 2012 2:07 pm UTC

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How can having too many followers be harmful in Bacon's opinion?

In his essay "Of Followers and Friends," Francis Bacon recommends that an individual should not accumulate too many followers because they may have ignoble intentions. He also suggests confining...

Latest answer posted May 23, 2019 9:22 pm UTC

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What are the main points in Bacon's essay "Of Delay"?

Francis Bacon's essay "Of Delay," while opening with an admission that while it may, at times, be best to wait upon a turn of fortune, concludes that this strategy may also result in a loss. He...

Latest answer posted January 28, 2019 8:35 am UTC

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Based on Francis Bacon's quotation, how is time the greatest innovator?

The misquote we may often hear is that "time is the great motivator," which means that the amount of time one has to do a task or complete a job can be a strong motivation in reaching one's goal—if...

Latest answer posted June 23, 2011 12:06 pm UTC

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Form Bacon 's essay "Of Followers and Friends," explain the quote in relation to the text and bring out Bacon's...

Bacon's quote speaks to the idea of how one needs to exercise caution in their associations. The idea of "costly followers" as ones that increase connectivity, but decreases individual...

Latest answer posted August 18, 2012 11:46 am UTC

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Explain these lines from Bacon's essay 'Of Great Place', "Seek to make thy course regular, that men may know...

These lines are about having character but not overselling oneself. "Seek to make thy course regular, that men may know beforehand what they may expect" means that first, you should have values and...

Latest answer posted November 16, 2015 5:50 pm UTC

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Write briefly about Francis Bacon.

“In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present.” It is perhaps this quote that best exemplifies the life and legacy of Sir Francis Bacon. Born January 22, 1562, Sir...

Latest answer posted September 23, 2018 2:42 pm UTC

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What are Francis Bacon's main arguments in his discussion "Of Discourse"?

In "Of Discourse," Bacon, one of the most important rhetoricians in the early seventeenth century, argues that The honorablest part of talk is to give the occasion; and again to moderate and...

Latest answer posted September 3, 2013 4:59 pm UTC

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What is a critical analysis of "Of Simulation and Dissimulation"?

In examining the Francis Bacon essay "Of Simulation and Dissimulation," it's worth noting that Bacon was not only of the foremost scientists and philosophers of the Elizabethan period, but also, at...

Latest answer posted September 23, 2018 10:06 am UTC

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How could I summarize Sir Francis Bacon's essay "Of Praise"?

This short essay by Francis Bacon focuses on the follies of excessive praise, and the often nefarious motivations behind giving it, in addition to the harmful consequences of freely accepting it....

Latest answer posted March 20, 2016 4:35 pm UTC

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Describe Bacon's vision about death in his essay "Of Death."

In this essay, Bacon attempts to take some of the fear out of death by situating it in a larger context. It is not the worst thing in the world, he says; it is just another one of life's processes....

Latest answer posted August 26, 2019 5:30 pm UTC

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What is the difference between public envy and private envy?

As your question suggests, Francis Bacon's essay "Of Envy," part of a series of essays published under the title Essays between 1597 and 1625, addresses what he considers one of the most dangerous...

Latest answer posted November 4, 2019 10:06 pm UTC

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What is the syle of Bacon's esssays in The Essays? I also need Russell's essay style as well.

The essays of Francis Bacon are the first works in the English language to be named "essays." It is important to remember that the word comes from the French essayer, which means to try or attempt....

Latest answer posted January 9, 2018 3:32 pm UTC

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Explain the chronological development of drama from Greek to the Modern English Period.

The origins of Greek drama are found in the religious ceremonies dedicated to Dionysus, the Greek god of "wine, women and song" so to speak or as I always call him, the party god. It was out of the...

Latest answer posted August 1, 2010 1:39 am UTC

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In the age of social media, how are Bacon's views relevant?  

First, as Francis Bacon comments on human nature and the human condition, students of all periods can benefit from thinking about his work. Since social media did not exist in his period, and will...

Latest answer posted September 8, 2019 9:16 pm UTC

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What are the main points in Bacon's essay "Simulation and Dissimulation"?

Dissimulation: to conceal one's true motives, thoughts, etc., by some pretense. Simmulation: the act or process of pretending; feigning. (Random House Dictionary) Bacon says that...

Latest answer posted September 3, 2013 10:15 pm UTC

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consider bacon as an essayist

Bacon wrote no systematic discussion of rhetoric or essay writing himself, but scattered throughout his own essays are comments on his own approach, which differed significantly from what is known...

Latest answer posted December 17, 2011 1:17 am UTC

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What, according to Bacon, are the uses and abuses of studies?

Francis Bacon (1561–1626) was a nobleman who served as Lord Chancellor of England and legal counsel to Queen Elizabeth I. He was also a scientist, philosopher, and essayist whose knowledge was much...

Latest answer posted September 26, 2019 5:14 am UTC

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How does Francis Bacon use aphoristic style in "Of Travel", "Of Ambition," and "Of Revenge"?

An aphoristic writing style is characterized by direct, straightforward, and pithy language. It does not mince words and does not waste time on embellishment or flowery language. Bacon's essays are...

Latest answer posted September 22, 2019 5:22 pm UTC

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Critically evaluate the prose style of Francis Bacon.

Bacon's prose style is renowned for being crisp, succinct, and to the point. He was a firm believer that language should be a reflection of thought. That being the case, clear thoughts should...

Latest answer posted July 28, 2019 4:48 am UTC

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What is 'condensed wisdom' according to Francis Bacon? condensed wisdom in Bacon's essays

I'm not quite sure what Bacon specifically meant by "condensed wisdom." But I do have an educated guess. Bacon was a fan of aphorisms (very concise sayings which convey a lot of meaning. He also...

Latest answer posted January 17, 2010 4:55 am UTC

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How does Bacon negotiate between his style and subjects in the essay "Of Marriage and Single Life"?

Bacon uses plain prose and adopts a style of going back and forth between the pros and cons of marriage and the single life. His style is to try to be as even-handed and rational as possible about...

Latest answer posted December 21, 2019 3:01 am UTC

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Do you agree that Bacon maintains acute distinction in his views regarding "Of Marriage and Single Life"? Elaborate,...

As usual with Bacon's essays on the difference between attributes and people that serve the public best, in "Of Marriage and Single Life," he explores the difference between married and unmarried...

Latest answer posted December 20, 2019 7:01 pm UTC

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What is Sir Francis Bacon's inductive reasoning and what is its connection to Enlightenment in English literature?

In Francis Bacon's book The Advancement of Learning, Bacon postulated that there was no reason for humankind to continue to be limited by the boundaries of previous great men's thoughts and...

Latest answer posted February 18, 2010 11:43 pm UTC

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Discuss Francis Bacon's dual role as an explorer of knowledge and as a counselor with detailed reference to the...

In his essays “Of Study” and “Of Travaile” (that is, of travel), Sir Francis Bacon plays the dual roles of explorer of knowledge and counselor, respectively. One essay deals with the knowledge that...

Latest answer posted July 10, 2011 12:05 pm UTC

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Define "aphorism." Do you think that Bacon's aphorism, particularly portrayed in "Of Marriage and Single Life," is a...

An aphorism can be defined as a short, clever statement that contains a general truth. A good example would be Lord Acton's "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely." In his...

Latest answer posted December 20, 2019 8:25 am UTC

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