Themes

Download PDF Print Page Citation Share Link

Last Reviewed on June 19, 2019, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 205

The Man of Feeling by Henry Mackenzie has two prominent themes. The first one is the duality of good and evil, selflessness and greed, and honesty and trickery. The titular character, Harley, is a "man of feeling." In other words, he is a person with compassion for his fellow human beings. He is the representative of the good parts of the duality. Some of the people he encounters in London represent greed and selfishness. Harley is a man of virtue and doesn't complain or become cynical when people either trick him, or bad luck in life causes a series of misfortunes. Although his spirit is battered by the misfortunes, Harley continues to exhibit good moral judgment and kindness.

Illustration of PDF document

Download The Man of Feeling Study Guide

Subscribe Now

The other theme is that love is rewarded to the righteous. Harley is in love with Miss Walton, a wealthy heiress who admires Harley's good virtues. However, her father arranges her to marry a wealthy man who she does not love. Before Harley dies, he confesses his love for Miss Walton and she returns the sentiment. Despite the misfortunes during his life, Harley finally became a victor before he died. Harley received back the love that he had given to so many people throughout his short life.

Unlock This Study Guide Now

Start your 48-hour free trial and unlock all the summaries, Q&A, and analyses you need to get better grades now.

  • 30,000+ book summaries
  • 20% study tools discount
  • Ad-free content
  • PDF downloads
  • 300,000+ answers
  • 5-star customer support
Start your 48-hour free trial
Previous

Characters

Next

Critical Essays