Samuel Johnson: Rasselas, The Prince of Abyssinia
Prompt 1: Consider the role of the astronomer in Rasselas. Explain how isolation from the world leads the imagination to prey upon the mind. How is it that we can only have a productive, meaningful life by being directly involved in the living world?
Prompt 2: In Rasselas, Johnson asserts that: “Marriage is evidently the dictate of nature; men and women were made to be companions of each other, and therefore I cannot be persuaded but that marriage is one of the means of happiness.” How do these attitudes about marriage compare to Rape of the Lock?