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A study of monstrous abjection in relation to two gothic novels

Şentürk, Betül Selcan
This thesis is an attempt to explore how John Fowles’s protagonists in his two novels The Collector and The French Lieutenant’s Woman experience Sartrean existentialism and their striving for freedom and authenticity. This study aims at the portrayal of these characters as inauthentic according to the themes and concepts of Sartrean existentialism along with Fowles’s view of the acclaimed ideology. The study purposes to draw the similarities and differences between Sartrean and Fowlesian understanding of freedom and authenticity and by doing so, to analyze how these notions are reflected in the characterization of the protagonists in these novels