Suffering and Coping in the Novels of Anne Tyler

Hastings, Camden Story (2014) Suffering and Coping in the Novels of Anne Tyler. Undergraduate thesis, under the direction of Dr. Kathryn McKee from English, The University of Mississippi.

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Through an exploration of the causes of the characters’ suffering and their mechanisms for coping, this thesis shows that by developing the perseverance necessary to navigate ordinary, everyday obstacles, Tyler’s characters cope with extraordinary circumstances causing them pain. They also realize that victories in the little things lead to discoveries about themselves and the sources of their distress. The six novels discussed here include The Accidental Tourist, Saint Maybe, The Beginner’s Goodbye, Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant, Ladder of Years, and Breathing Lessons. Nine major characters from these six novels are explored and, while various causes lead to their individual suffering, these origins can be divided into three main categories: grief as the result of freak accidents, motherhood, and insecurities arising from unusual circumstances. Though their coping mechanisms take a variety of forms, this thesis explores the validity of several different responses and also emphasizes everyday endurance as the ultimate victory in these characters’ lives.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Creators: Hastings, Camden Story
Student's Degree Program(s): B.A. in English
Thesis Advisor: Dr. Kathryn McKee
Thesis Advisor's Department: English
Institution: The University of Mississippi
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PS American literature
Depositing User: Camden Story Hastings
Date Deposited: 09 May 2014 15:09
Last Modified: 09 May 2014 15:09

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