Master's Theses

Date of Award

Summer 1953

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

English

Advisor

Dr. Ralph V. Coder

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to appraise the strength and individualism of the principal characters in the novels of Willa Cather. A few critics -- Hicks, Bloom, and others -- have stated that her characters are only types; nevertheless, they have placed Willa Cather on the list of great American novelists. Since Cather’s writing is proving more popular in recent years, the study of the characters in her novels seems to be a timely and worthwhile project for research. For a long time this type of study has been prevalent with scholars of theses, book reviews, and essays. Character interpretation involves philosophy, human relationships, frustrating circumstances, central ambition, attitudes, and other aspects of personality. This thesis gives the opportunity for interpreting the characters as Cather, the writer, and critics understand them. Although some kind of interpretation can be made without knowledge of background, this interpretation is based up on a general understanding of Cather's life, philosophy, attitudes, and influences.

Rights

Copyright 1953 Eleanor Ormsbee

Library Call Number

LD2652 .T5 E5 O75 1953

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