Neurotic figures in six Iris Murdoch novels
This thesis considers the significance of the neurotic figure in six novels by Iris Murdoch. The novels used in this study are: An Accidental Man, The Bell, Bruno's Dream, The Nice and the Good, The Time of the Angels, and The Unicorn. This study identifies the recurring character type and establishes traits common to all Murdoch neurotic figures. These characters are discussed in terms of neurotic qualities, spiritual and physical isolation, and their ability to control their fellow characters' actions.This work also discusses the neurotic figure, who is unable to recognize others as separate from himself, as illustrative of the self-centered society which Iris Murdoch believes to exist today.