Conflict between the Pleasures of Youth and the Pleasures of Poverty-- an analysis of Charles Lamb's essay, Old China
Sub Topics: Analysis of Charles Lamb's essay, Old China as a personal essay
Key Words: youthful pleasures irrespective of physical and economic situations, personal essay
Old China by Charles Lamb is not about Ancient China nor is it about delicate China- tea cups, vases, and dishes. Old China, 1823 - March included in Last Essays of Elia is rather contemplation upon the nature of youthful pleasures irrespective of physical and economic situations. The major part of the essay comprises of Bridget’s harangue upon Elia’s human deterioration with increasing wealth and in an explication of the pleasures that were attendant upon them during their days of severe economic constraints. Contrasted to this idea stands Elia’s counterpoint that the past was indeed pleasurable not because of poverty, but because of the dilatoriness of youth that lightens even the heaviest burden of misery.