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The Resource A general drama of pain : character and fate in Hardy's major novels, Bernard J. Paris

A general drama of pain : character and fate in Hardy's major novels, Bernard J. Paris

Label
A general drama of pain : character and fate in Hardy's major novels
Title
A general drama of pain
Title remainder
character and fate in Hardy's major novels
Statement of responsibility
Bernard J. Paris
Title variation
Character and fate in Hardy's major novels
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
This motivational analysis of the protagonists in Thomas Hardy's three most widely read novels--Tess of the d'Urbervilles, The Mayor of Casterbridge, and Jude the Obscure--highlights an often-overlooked aspect of his art. Bernard J. Paris shows Hardy's genius in creating imagined human beings. He demonstrates that while Hardy tends to blame external conditions for his characters' painful fates, their downfalls are due to a very complex combination of cosmic, social, and psychological factors. Hardy's characters are usually discussed primarily in thematic terms. The characters are are so richly portrayed, Paris argues, that they can be better understood independent of Hardy's interpretations, in motivational terms and he utilizes the psychologist Karen Horney's theories to recover Hardy's intuitions. The characters are full of inner conflicts that make them difficult to fathom, but the approach Paris employs explains their contradictions and illuminates their troubled relationships--shedding light on these expertly crafted imagined human beings. This psychological approach to Hardy's characters enables us to understand his characters and gain insight into the implied authors of the works. In addition, the approach shows Hardy's authorial personality. We can see that Hardy treats some defensive strategies more sympathetically than others. Given his view of life as "a general drama of pain," resignation, like that of Hardy's character Elizabeth-Jane, is the strategy he prefers
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Paris, Bernard J
Dewey number
823/.8
Index
no index present
LC call number
PR4757.C47
LC item number
P37 2012
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Hardy, Thomas
  • Hardy, Thomas
  • Hardy, Thomas
  • Hardy, Thomas
  • Hardy, Thomas
  • Pain in literature
  • Characters and characteristics in literature
  • Motivation (Psychology) in literature
  • Fate and fatalism in literature
Label
A general drama of pain : character and fate in Hardy's major novels, Bernard J. Paris
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Initial attraction -- "A confusion of many standards": Conflicting value systems in Tess of the d'Urbervilles -- Tess the woman -- The mayor of Casterbridge -- Jude the Obscure: Jude -- Jude the Obscure: Jude and Sue -- Jude the Obscure: The catastrophe
Control code
757133373
Dimensions
cm.
Extent
pages
Lccn
2011040540
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)757133373
Label
A general drama of pain : character and fate in Hardy's major novels, Bernard J. Paris
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Initial attraction -- "A confusion of many standards": Conflicting value systems in Tess of the d'Urbervilles -- Tess the woman -- The mayor of Casterbridge -- Jude the Obscure: Jude -- Jude the Obscure: Jude and Sue -- Jude the Obscure: The catastrophe
Control code
757133373
Dimensions
cm.
Extent
pages
Lccn
2011040540
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)757133373

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