Desire as The Harbinger of Good and Evil in Matthew Lewis’s ‘The Monk’

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  • Dr. Aradhana Mukherjee Department of English and Modern European Languages University of Allahabad Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India

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https://doi.org/10.24113/ijellh.v8i3.10472

Abstract

Desire is a feeling which gives different shades and hues to a human being’s personality. It transforms him either as good or bad depending upon how much can a person cope up with his or her feelings. Mathew Lewis’s Gothic novel or rather a  thriller ‘The Monk’ is a blend of desire  with the narrative structure which has been appreciated by both the readers and the critic regarding the skilful handling of the theme by the author. This has been seconded by Theodore, the personal servant of the protagonist, Raymond in the following lines: “Authorship  is a mania to conquer which no reasons are sufficiently strong; and you might as easily persuade me not to love, as I persuade you not to write.” [Lewis  204.]

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References

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Published

2020-03-28

How to Cite

Mukherjee, D. A. (2020). Desire as The Harbinger of Good and Evil in Matthew Lewis’s ‘The Monk’. SMART MOVES JOURNAL IJELLH , 8(3), 10. https://doi.org/10.24113/ijellh.v8i3.10472