David Hume portrayed Sir Robert Walpole, a Liberal considered as the first British Prime Minister. In the form of an essay entitled "A Character of Sir Robert Walpole", the 13-line -description was published in January 1742 when Walpole resigned the following month.
"A Character of Sir Robert Walpole" (1742), in Essays
Moral, Political and Literary (Liberty Fund ed.), 574-576.
Sommaire du commentaire de texte
I)Anecdotal and essential nature
II) Display and personification of a model of mindset
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[...] Hume himself defined the text as a in the advertisement to this volume of essays he wrote footnote Even the very title of the essay might indicate its irrelevance within the collection as it was one of the eight essays which title did not begin with . as if it was a fact rather than an analysis. Yet, this description allowed Hume to implicitly reveal his own character and to give the essay an autobiographical nature, hence an essential nature. [...]
[...] He depicted Walpole as a good-natured man who was able, constant, and moderate and a good friend (p.575-6); qualities Hume implicitly presented as basis and/or catalysts for betterment and selfachievement through the very example of Walpole. This implicit aspect was strengthened by the use of oppositions: ?ability/not genius; good natured/not virtuous; constant/not magnanimous; moderate/not equitable; virtue/vice? (p.575-6). In this way, Hume also showed that the possibility of self-achievement was within anyone's reach as the qualities mentioned were not high if not divine principles such as virtue, magnanimity and equity. [...]
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