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URN etd-0128108-230839
Author Wen-te Wang
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Department Foreign Language and Literature
Year 2007
Semester 1
Degree Master
Type of Document
Language English
Title On the Road to Discovery: Tom Jones and Property
Date of Defense 2008-01-22
Page Count 85
Keyword
  • possessions
  • fortune
  • liberty
  • human nature
  • morality
  • marriage
  • gender's equality
  • male dominance
  • female autonomy
  • Abstract This thesis mainly elaborates on male and female characters’ interaction with and response to property in Henry Fielding’s Tom Jones. I divide property into two possessions: fortune and liberty. Fortune plays a controlling means to reflect the subtle change of human nature on the matter of morality. Also, the deprivation of liberty shows female’s position in marriage and gender’s equality in society. Either morality or gender issue is a challenge to tradition in the eighteenth century. I particularly analyze how Fielding puts these two issues into this novel and the messages he attempts to deliver to us. 
       This thesis consists of three chapters. In chapter one, I focus on the interaction between human nature and property. In chapter two, I deal with male dominance over female autonomy in marriage. In the last chapter, I discuss the reverse positions between men and women as they stand upon in chapter two by the examples of Jones and his three lovers.
    Advisory Committee
  • Li-ching Chen - chair
  • Shu-fang Lai - co-chair
  • Rudolphus Teeuwen - advisor
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    Date of Submission 2008-01-28

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