Girard's Monstrous Double in Patrick White's 'A Fringe of Leaves'
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This paper analyzes Patrick White's 'A Fringe of Leaves' in respect to Rene Girard's philosophy claiming that human desire is not essentialized but rather mimetic. Girard explains that mimetic desire necessarily involves a model and a disciple who become rivals desiring the same things. This philosophy helps the reader understand Ellen Roxburgh's journey to self-discovery. It contains excerpts from the book and their explanations.
From the Paper:"Rene Girard's philosophy regarding mimetic desire, the reciprocity of violence and the monstrous double can be applied to Patrick White's novel A Fringe of Leaves. Indeed, his ideas give us a clearer understanding of the journey undertaken by Ellen Roxburgh - a journey both physical and spiritual, between two alternate cultures and ultimately, between two alternate selves."
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Girard's Monstrous Double in Patrick White's 'A Fringe of Leaves' (2003, February 09) Retrieved September 28, 2020, from https://www.academon.com/analytical-essay/girard-monstrous-double-in-patrick-white-a-fringe-of-leaves-6073/
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