Portrayal of Social Realism in John Fowles’ The French Lieutenant’s Woman

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R. Arivazhagan, Dr. T. Deivasigamani


            Social Realism is depicting social inequality and financial crisis from unvarnished pictures of hard life and it is portraying human behaviour as courageous. It describes the daily life of the workers and poor people's social reality; it is also tried to show how people are live in a realistic way. John Fowles’s concern is about the vulnerability of forms, the changing ideas progressive cultural, social, and economic situations require the ethnic to adapt. It is clear that he sees this principle is to speak, reflexive: it has an indicationon not only for the fact being observed but for the experimental process itself. John Fowles’s novel The French Lieutenant’s Woman attempts to conform to the requirements of social consciousness and its experimental features are neither difficult nor self-indulgent, but rather are straightforward in dignified expression that needs for conversion which is one of its midway insistence. The present paper highlights how John Fowles’s novel The French Lieutenant’s Woman focuses on the love affair of the nineteenth-century woman that richly documents Social realism. In this novel, Fowles mainly concentrates on Charles and Sarah's love story and they are discussing their future and how to fulfill their goal of finding a way to live in society. The woman character Sarah appears like an anonymous figure at the seashore and her life filled with misery and frustration. Her character presents as a typical woman who is driven mad with sorrow by a girlfriend who has left her. They are constantly fighting against the restrictions of society and find a solution for their free will. This paper also brings out the reality of the novelist, and how he blends the sufferings, vices, virtues, ambiguities, and complexities, as life is all about a realistic way. The main point of this paper is to identify the realism in the light of the struggles of the protagonist, who tries to eliminate his fragmented identity and to achieve a sense of wholeness.

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