Bellefleur Summary
Joyce Carol Oates

Everything you need to understand or teach Bellefleur by Joyce Carol Oates.

  • Bellefleur Summary & Study Guide
  • 4 Literature Criticisms
  • ...and more

Bellefleur Summary

The themes and social concerns are those of the traditional Oates novel: power, its use and abuse; familial relationships; the condition of women; the relationship of destiny to place, in this instance a castle in the wilds of the Adirondack mountains in upper New York State; the eccentricities of the human kind; love versus sex; human concern versus selfishness; society versus the obsessed ego of the individual. Oates is also using the Gothic mode to write a hymn to her native state, romanticizing its history, and exploring the glories and the terrors of both its landscape and its history.

(read more from the Short Guide)

Study Pack

The Bellefleur Study Pack contains:

Bellefleur Short Guide

You might also be interested in: