Master's Theses



Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


The purpose of this study is to appraise, or evaluate, the ability of a popular modern writer, W. Somerset Maugham., to develop fictional characters. Some critics of his novels have questioned Maugham's skill of character development, but have stated few reasons for their conclusions. When we consider that Maugham has been, and continues to be, one of the leading popular writers of our time, some conclusions regarding the development of his characters seem in order. This study of character development involves an interpretation of the beliefs and personalities of the types of people presented in his novels. This interpretation is possible only through an understanding of Maugham's attitude toward, and a treatment of, the classes and types of people about whom he writes.


Dr. Raph V. Coder

Date of Award

Summer 1950

Document Type

Thesis - campus only access


© 1950 Leo L. Van Scyoc


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