The idea of love in the writings of C.S. Lewis

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dc.contributor.advisor Schumacher, Paul J. en_US Sauders, Paulette G. en_US 2011-06-03T19:30:43Z 2011-06-03T19:30:43Z 1987 en_US 1987
dc.identifier LD2489.Z68 1987 .S2 en_US
dc.description.abstract C. S. Lewis (1898 - 1963) wrote both fiction and non-fiction, both essays and books throughout his life. The purpose of this study is to examine the fiction he wrote for adults in light of his expository statements about love found in his "Equality," "The Weight of Glory," Mere Christianity, and, especially, The Four Loves to see if his fiction consistently presents the same ideas about love.The body of the paper examines Till We Have Faces, The Great Divorce, The Screwtape Letters, Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra, and That Hideous Strength to see if his ideas about love are included in them and to see if his ideas about love changed or developed over the years of his writing.After examining Lewis's works (excluding the Narnian Chronicles), from his earliest writings in 1936 to his latest writings in 1963, this paper concludes that Lewis's ideas about love are clearly manifested in all of his fiction, that these ideas did not change or develop over the years, and that the various kinds of love and their perversions that he treats in The Four Loves are found in the themes of his novels and consistently personified in his characters.In fact, love is the core of Lewis's writings, especially his fiction. Love is the "peg" upon which he hung all of his plots and themes and characterizations. Understanding Lewis's systematic "doctrine" of love will help any reader understand his fiction. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Department of English
dc.format.extent 2, 160 leaves ; 28 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.other Lewis, C. S. (Clive Staples), 1898-1963 -- Criticism and interpretation. en_US
dc.title The idea of love in the writings of C.S. Lewis en_US Thesis (Ph. D.) en_US
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