阿加莎•克里斯蒂作品中矛盾的女性意识──以《尼罗河上的惨案》为例An Analysis on Contradictory Feminine Consciousness in Agatha Christie’s Works：Taking Death on the Nile for Example毕业论文
Agatha Christie is a famous British female writer. Her detective novels have always been very popular, especially the details of detectives and crimes have attracted widespread attention. Therefore Agatha Christie is honored as the “Queen of Detective Novels”. In Death on the Nile, Agatha Christie not only shows the delicate details of detectives and crimes, but also shows contradictory feminine consciousness: the coexistence of feminine consciousness and male-dominated society. The conflict between them is a major feature of the novel.
This paper aims to explore the contradictory feminine consciousness in Agatha Christie’s work with the example of Death on the Nile. The first part mainly introduces Agatha Christie and her work, literature review, the purpose and significance of this paper. The second part mainly introduces the historical background: the rise and development of the feminism movement from the 19th to the 20th century. The third part mainly elaborates Agatha Christie’s contradictory feminine consciousness, that is, the conflict between feminine consciousness and male-dominated society, and specifically analyzes the character images and language performance in the novel. The fourth part mainly analyzes two causes of contradictory feminine consciousness based on historical background and family background. That is, the feminism movement leads to the existence of feminine consciousness, and the family background leads to the existence of male-dominated society. Finally, the main finding of the paper is concluded.
Key Words: contradictory; feminism movement; feminine consciousness; male-dominated society
1 Introduction 1
1.1 The introduction of Agatha Christie 1
1.2 The introduction of Death on the Nile 2
1.3 Literature review 3
1.4 Purpose and significance of the paper 4
2 Historical Background 6
2.1 The conditions for feminism movement 6
2.2 Three stages of feminism movement 7
3 The Conflict between Feminine Consciousness and Male-dominated Society 9
3.1 Feminine consciousness 9
3.2 Male-dominated society 12
4 Causes of Contradictory Feminine Consciousness 14
4.1 Cause of feminine consciousness 14
4.2 Cause of male-dominated society 15
5 Conclusion 16
Analysis on Contradictory Feminine Consciousness in Agatha Christie’s Works:
Taking Death on the Nile for Example
1.1 The introduction of Agatha Christie
Agatha Christie is a famous British novelist, playwright and a master of detective fiction in the literary world. She was born into a wealthy upper-middle-class family in England on September 15th, 1890, and died in the home in England on January 12th, 1976.
Agatha Christie is a prolific writer. Her works are not limited to detective novels. All of her works include long mystery novels, selections of short novels or medium-length novels, scripts, emotional novels, collections of poems, and autobiography. Agatha Christie’s works are second only to Shakespeare in number. She pioneered the school of “village villa” in the detective fiction, that is, the homicide usually occurred in a specific closed environment, and the murderer was also one of several people who had specific relationships with the dead. This model is also used in many detective works in Europe, America and even Japan.