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The French Lieutenant's Woman Social Concerns

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Social Concerns

John Fowles has always believed that the writer of serious fiction is committed to altering the society in which he lives. While not so optimistic as he once was about his ability to do this through his fiction, Fowles nonetheless still feels that he may have helped a little in altering people's view of life.

His main social concerns are with the condition of man, whom he sees as trapped in a role that denies him individual freedom, thereby denying him self-knowledge. To remedy this situation, he places each of his protagonists in a situation which they must break out of if they are to become free. This theme recurs in all of Fowles's fiction, but nowhere is it more evident than in The French Lieutenant's Woman, deliberately set in a period of history that was repressive in its required conformity, but that was also just beginning to...

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