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The French Lieutenant's Woman

John Fowles's The French Lieutenant's Woman is conscious of itself as a narrative, as fiction, and this is the nature of metafiction. Let's look at some examples of how this plays out in the tale...

Latest answer posted April 16, 2022, 2:50 pm (UTC)

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The French Lieutenant's Woman

The first paragraph of chapter 13 of The French Lieutenant's Woman signifies many of the thematic, poetic, and ideological concerns of the novel. In doing so, the paragraph also signifies the...

Latest answer posted October 30, 2017, 1:22 pm (UTC)

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The French Lieutenant's Woman

Ernestina Freeman in The French Lieutenant's Woman by John Fowles is what is known in literary terms as a "foil". This means that rather than being a fully-rounded character who is treated as...

Latest answer posted September 11, 2015, 2:15 pm (UTC)

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The French Lieutenant's Woman

While John Fowles uses elements of English history in the novel, it is a work of fiction. One term often applied to his approach in this novel is "postmodern." He uses some techniques found in both...

Latest answer posted October 2, 2019, 5:53 pm (UTC)

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The French Lieutenant's Woman

The character of Sarah Woodruff is fascinating in the way that she is described as an enigmatic figure who never really is conclusively explored or explained comprehensively by the author. One of...

Latest answer posted December 28, 2012, 6:55 am (UTC)

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The French Lieutenant's Woman

The central irony that is present in this tremendous novel is related to freedom and who possesses it and who does not. As the novel progresses, Charles, who apparently seems to have everything in...

Latest answer posted December 14, 2012, 6:55 pm (UTC)

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The French Lieutenant's Woman

One example of symbolism in this fascinating novel is the way that Sarah Woodruff herself functions as a symbol, a symbol that powerfully attracts and intrigues Charles Smithson and draws him...

Latest answer posted December 14, 2012, 8:47 pm (UTC)

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The French Lieutenant's Woman

One way in which The French Lieutenant's Woman is a postmodern work is that it adopts metafiction as a narrative technique. As a work of metafiction, which is one of the most important elements in...

Latest answer posted September 9, 2021, 9:38 am (UTC)

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The French Lieutenant's Woman

The point of view of this classic postmodern text is a very interesting area of discussion. On the one hand, there are elements of the omniscient narrator in the point of view in that the narrator...

Latest answer posted December 28, 2012, 6:44 am (UTC)

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The French Lieutenant's Woman

The Reader-Response mode of literary criticism is applicable to ANY piece of writing. While reading a dense novel like The French Luitenant's Woman your mind was in constant engagement. When a...

Latest answer posted April 30, 2011, 4:57 am (UTC)

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The French Lieutenant's Woman

The figure of the fallen woman, initially clearly captured in the figure of Sarah Woodruff, is transformed as the novel progresses and both Charles and the reader try to establish the identity of...

Latest answer posted January 2, 2013, 7:21 am (UTC)

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The French Lieutenant's Woman

There are also similarities between The French Lieutenant's Woman and Martin Amis' novel London Fields, though on the surface they may seem strikingly different. Their narrative styles are quite...

Latest answer posted April 5, 2012, 8:10 am (UTC)

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