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Mystery, Knowledge, and Freedom in The French Lieutenant's Woman

Abstract : The French Lieutenant's Woman is a novel built upon a network of different riddles that the reader is asked to decipher through his active participation in the construction of the text. Within the enigmatic narrative, the protagonist Charles Smithson first initiates a quest for Sarah's mystery. Progressively, the quest for Sarah turns into a quest for his own self-knowledge. The distant god-like figure of the narrator stands above the characters and the narrative; cynical, ironic, didactic, he aims at displaying his ability for knowledge and control in manipulating both his characters and the reader. Mystifying and revealing, the narrator is the key figure as far as the mystery surrounding the novel is concerned. Finally, this whole narrative game heads towards a philosophical ideal: that of freedom.
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Lauren Barral. Mystery, Knowledge, and Freedom in The French Lieutenant's Woman. Literature. 2011. ⟨dumas-00710543⟩



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