Literary Techniques

Conroy employs no unusual technique in this novel. Interesting to observe for those who enjoy his later works is the unfolding of his poetic...

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The Great Santini Ideas for Group Discussions

Due to its strong depiction of family interaction, this lengthy novel will provoke ready discussion by readers who may recognize themselves...

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The Great Santini Social Concerns

In this novel, Conroy confronts the ugly existence of physical and emotional abuse as inflicted by a parent upon his spouse and children. He...

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The Great Santini Literary Precedents

The Great Santini takes its place among the Southern fiction tradition in spotlighting the effects of the South upon its population....

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The Great Santini Related Titles

There is a close relationship between this novel and Conroy's The Prince of Tides (1986). Both novels share themes of abuse and...

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The Great Santini Adaptations

The Great Santini was adapted to film in 1980, starring Robert Duval as Bull Meecham and Blythe Danner as Lillian Meecham. The movie,...

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The Great Santini Bibliography

(Critical Survey of Literature for Students)

Burkholder, Robert E. “The Uses of Myth in Pat Conroy’s The Great Santini.” Critique 21, no. 1 (1979): 31-37. This analysis of The Great Santini discusses the ways in which Conroy’s treatment of the father/son relationship fits into the traditional Oedipal construct. Also examines the various mythologies that drive the characters and the resulting effects on their actions.

Burns, Landon C. Pat Conroy: A Critical Companion. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1996. One of the few book-length studies of Conroy’s work. Particularly useful in its examination of The Great Santini and another Conroy novel, The Prince of Tides....

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