‘Unconfined to Modes and Forms’: Addison and Steele’s Coverley Papers and the ‘Rage of Party’ This paper will examine the portrayals of Tory-Whig divides. The Spectator was a daily publication founded by Joseph Addison and Richard Steele in England, lasting from to Each “paper”, or “number”, was approximately 2, words long, and the . Bully Dawson, mentioned in The Spectator as being kicked by “Sir Roger de Coverley” in a public coffee house; The. present selection Addison’s share compared with Steele’s is larger in proportion does not appear in the Coverley Papers, is attributable partly to his office of.

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Illustrate the major philosophical ideas of the 18 th century depicted in the following essays of Coverley Paper.

Sir Roger, one of the good friends of Addison and Steele, represents the lifestyle of axdison England in eighteenth century. In eighteenth century class conflict becomes one of the major social factors. Sir Roger is a country squire, who has a great relationship with his servants.


Catalog Record: Sir Roger de Coverley papers in the Spectator | Hathi Trust Digital Library

The servants have been working here for a long time, who are very faithful and love him. He also covwrley kindness to them and maintains a fatherly relationship. Though he loves his servants, he never gives his used things to them.

He thinks that if the servants use his cast off things, then they will suppose them as a landlord, which demonstrates the class distinction.

Because of the scientific revolution, people are becoming more reasonable. Sir Roger is the symbol of reason according to eighteenth century.

They can see or feel supernatural things, such as ghost. Then Sir Roger tells his clergyman to stay a night in that hunted to reduce the fear of his servants. Thus Sir Roger proves that there is no ghost and everything is created by weak mind.

Eighteenth century is totally a money oriented society and the major aspect of social conflict. People pretence about wealth that is unfortunately common at that time.

Catalog Record: Sir Roger de Coverley papers in the Spectator | Hathi Trust Digital Library

They borrow money from others to spend extravagantly. This empty pride only shows dishonor.


Someone who has less money should spend money within a limit and also should not feel shame to be poor. But the shame of poverty is addsion common scene of eighteenth century.

London is a mono centered country in eighteenth century. Everyone wants to go London to survive in a better situation.

The Spectator (1711)

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