- Why does Burton write as “Democritus Junior”? See
- How does Burton develop a theater metaphor in “To the
Reader”? References to theater appear throughout. How does this metaphor
affect our reading of the text?
- How does Burton respond to the charge mentioned on 193
that the book is unnecessary?
- What causes scholars to be melancholy?
- How would you characterize Burton’s style? He comments
directly on style on 199-200, but look at specific sentences elsewhere for
clues. How does he put a sentence together? Find one or two that best
characterize his stylistic method.
- What is the relationship between Burton’s material on
scholars’ melancholy and his extensive castigation of patrons? Is the latter
a digression from scholars’ melancholy? Can you find a connection?
- What points can you make about “The Authors Abstract of
Melancholy” on the handout?
- What is the relationship between the material on
scholars and Subsection II on the handout (“Division of the Body, Humours,
- Finally, what does Burton say about dreams in Subsection
VII (“Of the Inward Senses”)? If you have read Milton’s Paradise Lost,
can you make any connections?