John Fowles World Literature Analysis - Essay

John Fowles World Literature Analysis

(Masterpieces of World Literature, Critical Edition)

Fowles’s fiction has one main theme: the quest of the protagonists for self-knowledge or wholeness. In each of his novels, as well as in his short stories, the protagonist is faced with learning how to quest in a world in which the contemporary quester is cut off from the traditions and rituals of the past that once gave questers of old—exemplified by heroes such as Lancelot, King Arthur, and the Knights of the Round Table—purpose and direction.

What separates the journey of the Fowlesian hero from the journey of the medieval hero is that much of it has become internalized. Where the quester of old battled dragons, monsters, and mysterious knights, the modern quester has no such obvious obstacles. For the modern...

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