French Lieutenant’s Woman

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“So perhaps I am writing a transposed autobiography; perhaps I now live in one of the houses I have brought into the fiction; perhaps Charles is myself in disguise. Perhaps it is only a game. Modern women like Sarah exist, and I have never understood them. Or perhaps I am trying to pass off a concealed book of essays on you.” (p. 80). As a reader, in this point in the novel, I get thoroughly confused and do not know where I stand, much less where I am headed. I realize that there is an inside and outside of the novel, the inside being a world of a story itself and the outside being the space made known to us by the narrator. After this turning point in the novel and now looking back, this quote gives a brilliant over view of the book. Fowles does a wonderful job of unraveling and expanding your imagination to other things and makes the novel seem a lot more than just any other book. There are a vast variety of themes in the French Lieutenant’s Woman, especially the relationships of the characters.
One of the most challenging things as a couple for Charles Smithson and Sarah Woodruff is just the relationship at itself, the relationship answers to the desires of both of them for a life lived outside and in defiance of the rules. Charles is a scholarly and independent man, the superior of the social classes, he is rather confused and fascinated by the mystery Sarah portrays. He is intrigued by the shallowness and signs of weakness shown by Sarah. Charles is starting a habitual routine lying to others and secretly spying on other women, although he is already engaged. Mr. Smithson keeps pursuing his curiosity of another life and continues to find him searching for this mysterious lady, Sarah, he once saw at the village of Lyme. Sarah dreams of one day finding the man she fell in love with. Many expose her as the French lieutenant’s whore and mentally ill, patiently…...

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