Mary Augusta Ward | Critical Essay by Major Works

This literature criticism consists of approximately 1 page of analysis & critique of Mary Augusta Ward.
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Ward's works largely comprise moralistic considerations of various issues that engaged Victorian society. Her most famous novel, Robert Elsmere, details the theological crisis of an Anglican clergyman who renounces his faith and devotes himself to performing charitable works. In the story Elsmere is plagued by doubts regarding the miraculous underpinnings of Christian doctrine and finally settles on a simplified version of Christianity that rejects Christ's divinity. Elsmere resigns his country parish and moves to London, where he establishes a new church and begins offering assistance to the neighborhood poor. Often viewed as an attack on evangelical Christianity, Robert Elsmere typifies Ward's works in that it promotes spiritual independence and social improvement at the expense of traditional religious institutions and beliefs. Religious questions provided the basis for such later novels as Helbeck of Bannisdale (1898), in which a Roman Catholic faces a...

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