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A structural and thematic comparison of Harper Lee's novels To Kill a Mockingbird and Go Set a Watchman
Friedlová, Michaela ; Ženíšek, Jakub (advisor) ; Topolovská, Tereza (referee)
The aim of this diploma thesis is to analyse and compare Harper Lee's canonical coming-of- age novel To Kill a Mockingbird to its original forerunner, the novel Go Set a Watchman, which was, however, published several years later. The theoretical part provides a brief synopsis of each of the novels and outlines Lee's life, as well as the main aspects of the historical and social background relevant to the stories, namely the Great Depression, Jim Crow laws, and the Scottsboro Trial. The practical part then investigates and juxtaposes the two novels from thematic and structural perspectives, and considers them specifically through the psychological, sociological, and stylistic prisms. Besides, it compares the factual similarities and differences in storylines and characters, who are often based on Lee's real-life acquaintances. The overall comparison shows how To Kill a Mockingbird, a gently tuned novel of children growing up yet packed with diverse topics, evolved from a rather intricate novel, Go Set a Watchman, dealing with a difficult task of one's individuation and realising that one's father is only a human. To Kill a Mockingbird is set in the 1930s and takes place over several years, while the story of Go Set a Watchman is situated some twenty years later, and its plot culminates in the...
Zobrazení japonské kultury v románu The Narrow Road to the Deep North od Richarda Flanagana
Novotná, Markéta ; Topolovská, Tereza (advisor) ; Chalupský, Petr (referee)
The aim of this MA thesis is to describe and evaluate the manner in which Richard Flanagan captured Japanese culture in his 2013 novel, The Narrow Road to the Deep North. Since the main motif of the work is the life of an Australian prisoner of war, a topic that has been significant in the creation of Australian national identity, the novel is firstly analysed from its position in the wider context of Australian literature. Richard Flanagan provided the readers with a complex work, which presents the given motif not only from the perspective of the Australian prisoners-of-war, but also from the perspective of their predominantly Japanese captors. The inclusion of the points of view of the Japanese ranks the novel among the contemporary adaptations that provide a more comprehensive view on the events of World War II. For that reason, the novel is assessed as to the complexity and accuracy of the selected and incorporated areas of Japanese culture, whether there is a tendency for schematization in the depiction, and therefore a display of the so-called "Orientalism", as described by Edward Said. This MA thesis aims to analyse whether, and to what degree Flanagan's novel differs from other works of the Australian literature that deal with the events of World War II and Japan. The analysis focuses on...
Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God: Folksy escapism or a feminist novel?
Abenova, Ramina ; Ženíšek, Jakub (advisor) ; Topolovská, Tereza (referee)
This bachelor thesis deals with the novel Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston. Its aim and main concern is to establish whether the novel is more readily perceived as an example of folksy escapism or a feminist novel by exploring the novel's major topic, such as African American marriage, and additionally discovering the importance of location in the novel. Theoretical part of this thesis provides a short overview of Harlem Renaissance, deals with Hurston's biography and political views, and explores the topic of racial and gender issues within the African American community. The analysis of Hurston's biography presents an important insight to her life and her career as an anthropologist and folklorist that is essential to the in-depth analysis of the novel. The practical part of this thesis seeks to offer an analysis of the novel based on the discoveries in the theoretical part. The first central point of the analysis is the novel's main character, who is presented in the novel and often interpreted as an example of a liberated African American woman. The second central point of the analysis are two main locations and their residents, which set the atmosphere of the novel, and are presented as an insightful probe into the lives of African American people in the early 20th century....
The role of women in the world of Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale & The Testaments
Beránková, Anna ; Topolovská, Tereza (advisor) ; Chalupský, Petr (referee)
This thesis is concerned with the world of The Handmaid's Tale (1985) and The Testaments (2019), works of Margaret Atwood. The dystopian theocratic totalitarian regime featured in these novels invites a socio-historical and anthropological analysis and interpretation from the perspective of the subjugated female characters. The theoretical part, introduced by an overview of Atwood's work, provides the reader with crucial information regarding the historical parallels which inspired the narrative, as well as a delimitation of relevant anthropological concepts, such as liminality or status reversal. Subsequently, using both the knowledge gathered in the theoretical and in Atwood's works, the rise of the fundamentalist cult of the Sons of Jacob and their project, the Republic of Gilead, is explained, and their ideology is uncovered in the first section of the practical part. Second part of the interpretation focuses on the position of women within the system that subjugates and oppresses them. The analysis is performed by the means of comparing and contrasting the ideal models of the positions of women as designed by the architects of the system with the actual application on the example of selected characters. The ultimate aims of this thesis are to prove the innate sexism and misogyny of the...
The Role of small town in To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Šilhavá, Adéla ; Topolovská, Tereza (advisor) ; Higgins, Bernadette (referee)
This bachelor's thesis deals with the role and the influence of a small-town environment and its values on the story, identities and actions of individual characters in the work of an American author Harper Lee To Kill a Mockingbird. The theoretical part of the thesis focuses on the importance of small town for the American society as well as on the development and position of the American small-town literature in American literary canon. The theoretical part establishes definitions of the characteristic features of the American small town and primarily focuses on questions of justice, equality, stereotypical thinking, and prejudices in the scope of the American south which is essential for understanding the southern small-town environment. The practical part attempts to characterise the typical small-town features of justice and equality described above within the narrative of the novel itself and through the actions and personalities of individual characters and the community as a whole. Apart from that, the thesis attempts to provide an insight into the essence of southern small-town justice.
A structural and thematic comparison of Harper Lee's novels To Kill a Mockingbird and Go Set a Watchman
Friedlová, Michaela ; Ženíšek, Jakub (advisor) ; Topolovská, Tereza (referee)
The aim of this diploma thesis is to analyse and compare Harper Lee's canonical coming-of- age novel To Kill a Mockingbird to its original forerunner, the novel Go Set a Watchman, which was, however, published several years later. The theoretical part provides a brief synopsis of each of the novels and outlines Lee's life, as well as the main aspects of the historical and social background relevant to the stories, namely the Great Depression, Jim Crow laws, and the Scottsboro Trial. The practical part then investigates and juxtaposes the two novels from thematic and structural perspectives, and considers them specifically through the psychological, sociological, and stylistic prisms. Besides, it compares the factual similarities and differences in storylines and characters, who are often based on Lee's real-life acquaintances. The overall comparison shows how To Kill a Mockingbird, a gently tuned novel of children growing up yet packed with diverse topics, evolved from a rather intricate novel, Go Set a Watchman, dealing with a difficult task of one's individuation and realising that one's father is only a human. To Kill a Mockingbird is set in the 1930s and takes place over several years, while the story of Go Set a Watchman is situated some twenty years later, and its plot culminates in the...
Female Gothic in Sarah Waters' Fingersmith and The Little Stranger
Gajdošíková, Veronika ; Topolovská, Tereza (advisor) ; Higgins, Bernadette (referee)
This bachelor's thesis analyses two novels by Sarah Waters, Fingersmith (2002) and The Little Stranger (2009), and analyses them through two different theories of Female Gothic, which is a subgenre of Gothic literature. Both books are replete with female characters experiencing feelings of confinement in the house they live in as well as darkness, and the supernatural. All of these features are crucial when defining the Female Gothic. One by one, the two theories will be applied to the novels. The author of the first is Anne Williams, who contrasts Female Gothic mode with Male Gothic mode. She distinguishes between these modes using the narrator, the approach to the supernatural, and the conclusion of the plot. The second concept is by Ellen Moers. She establishes that all Gothic books written by women are Female Gothics, however, she also highlights the setting of the story and the feelings it evokes in female characters. The subject of interpretation will be the narrator, the supernatural elements and the conclusion of the novels. Attention will also be paid to houses and madhouses that appear in Fingersmith and The Little Stranger, and the feelings of confinement, gloominess, and hopelessness they induce in the female characters. The aim of this thesis is to discover if, according to Williams,...

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