Bondages of the Protagonist Philip Carey in Maugham's of Human Bondage and His Long Pilgrimage towards Freedom
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- Of Human Bondage; spiritual pilgrimage; style; freedom
The strength of W. Somerset Maugham's Of Human Bondage mainly lies in its themes pursued with thoroughness and intensity, in its honesty and sincerity of feeling. The protagonist Philip's experiences is a typical representation of one who suffers from human bondages and struggles for freedom, and eventually finds truth and meaning in the chaotic life. In this novel, Maugham expressed more strongly the central concern of his writing: the importance of the physical, intellectual and spiritual freedom of the individual. The novel concerns with varieties of personal bondage. Through Philip's travail, we see he suffers from the bondage of passion, of religious belief and of emotional dilemmas, etc. Philip gradually frees himself from the bondages of religion, passion, class-prejudice, art, ambition, economic dependence, and the natural human desire to discover meaning and order in the universe. The revelation of life philosophy through his pilgrimage gives the enlightenment: one can overcome his weak points and surpass human bondages by exerting his will and reason.
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TY - CONF AU - Xiaohong Ji PY - 2017/12 DA - 2017/12 TI - Bondages of the Protagonist Philip Carey in Maugham's of Human Bondage and His Long Pilgrimage towards Freedom BT - Proceedings of 4th International Conference on Education, Language, Art and Intercultural Communication (ICELAIC 2017) PB - Atlantis Press SP - 482 EP - 490 SN - 2352-5398 UR - https://doi.org/10.2991/icelaic-17.2017.109 DO - 10.2991/icelaic-17.2017.109 ID - Ji2017/12 ER -