《岛》的重生主题分析 A Thematic Analysis of Rebirth in The Island毕业论文
关键词：重生; 麻风病; 比较分析; 价值
The Island is a novel written by the famous British contemporary writer Victoria Hislop. By exploring how these three generations fight against the disease, the paper aims at a thematic study of the novel—the theme of rebirth. Set on the island of Spinalonga, it tells about the stories of three generations fighting against the disease of leprosy.
This paper contains five parts: the introduction, three chapters as the main body and the conclusion. The introduction introduces the author and the novel. Chapter Two, “Rebirth of the First Generation”, analyzes the fighting destiny of the narrator’s great grandmother, Eleni, and her process to rebirth. Chapter Three, “Rebirth of the Second Generation”, talks about the successful revival of her grandma aunt, Maria and the failure rebirth of her grandmother Anna objectively. Chapter Four, “Rebirth of the Third Generation”, emphasizes the redefinition of Sofia and Alexis. The conclusion summarizes the whole paper, and figures out that rebirth as the main theme in this novel which means the balance of values of individuality and society, the dream and the reality. It brings up some essential connotations of rebirth in modern society.
Key Words: rebirth; leprosy; comparative analyze; value
1 Introduction 1
1.1 Introduction to Victoria Hislop and The Island 1
1.2 Literature Review 2
1.3 Structure of the Paper 3
2 Rebirth of the First Generation 4
2.1 Eleni’s Regaining from the Leprosy 4
2.2 Giorgis’s Regeneration of his Honorable Insistence 5
3 Rebirth of the Second Generation 7
3.1 The Successful Renewing Life of Maria 7
3.2 The Failure in Rebirth for Anna 8
4 Rebirth of the Third Generation 11
4.1 Sofia’s Recognition of the Inglorious Family 11
4.2 Alexis’s Redefinition of Herself 12
5 Conclusion 14
A Thematic Analysis of Rebirth
in The Island
Introduction to Victoria Hislop and The Island
The famous British contemporary writer Victoria Hislop worked earlier in Daily Telegraph and many other mainstream British media as a columnist, who also had accumulated a profound literary skills. She is one of the most famous female novelists in Britain. The Island is Hislop’s first attempt to interpret life, which preceded her latter works. Thus, it was regarded as “the new Captain Corelli’s Mandolin” in Sunday Express. What’s more, Victoria was the Newcomer of the Year at the Galaxy British Book Awards 2007 and won the Richard amp; Judy Summer Read competition. She shows her readers a rich and exquisite female inner world and expresses the warm and optimistic spirit of life. Her literal works have accumulated millions of copies in 24 languages all over the world.
Born in 1959 in London, Victoria Hislop studied English at St Hilda’s College, Oxford, and worked in publishing, she worked as a journalist before becoming a novelist. The experiences for being the journalist and the novelist make her own a good understanding of social life and the complex humanity for different classes of people and build good writing habits along the way. On April 16, 1988, she married with Private Eye editor Ian Hislop in Oxford and now they have two children. This lovely and peaceful family provides Hislop with a comfortable writing environment and opportunity for her to unleash her full potential and creativity to write.