Variations on a Theme: The Monomyth in John Fowles's The French Lieutenant's Woman

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This study analyzes the development of the major characters in Fowles's novel - Charles, Sarah, and Sam - in terms of the heroic quest motif. Using the basic pattern of the heroic quest, the monomyth, that Joseph Campbell sets forth in his The Hero with a Thousand Faces, I attempt to show that Fowles's novel may best be understood as the story of three separate heroic quests whose paths cross rather than as the story of a single hero or heroine. This reading seems to account best for all elements of the novel and to explain best the final positions ... continued below

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Merriell, Jean M. (Jean Marie) December 1988.

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This study analyzes the development of the major characters in Fowles's novel - Charles, Sarah, and Sam - in terms of the heroic quest motif. Using the basic pattern of the heroic quest, the monomyth, that Joseph Campbell sets forth in his The Hero with a Thousand Faces, I attempt to show that Fowles's novel may best be understood as the story of three separate heroic quests whose paths cross rather than as the story of a single hero or heroine. This reading seems to account best for all elements of the novel and to explain best the final positions of the characters in question as well as providing a rich appreciation of the novel's wealth of imagery.

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Merriell, Jean M. (Jean Marie). Variations on a Theme: The Monomyth in John Fowles's The French Lieutenant's Woman, thesis, December 1988; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc500335/: accessed April 21, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .