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Volume :9 Issue : 34 1989      Add To Cart                                                                    Download

A Comparative Study of Hardy's Tess of the D'Urbervilles and Haykal's Zainab

Auther : Nedal Al-Mousa

Nadal Al-Mousa *e purpose of this paper is to study Tess of the DUrbervilles and Zainab from a comparatistic point of view. The justification for studying the two novels together lies in the striking similarities between them in terms of content, mode, characterization, ideational and thematic concerns, period, and structure.

For the first time the Arabic novel, at the hands of Haykal, sets out to depict the life experiences of Egyptian peasants in a transitional period and to dramatize love in a social context, which provides us with insights into the human condition in general. Tess , in its turn, deals with the lives of English peasants in a transitional society, and it is basically a love story designed to serve as a means of conducting an enquiry into the complexities of human conditions.

As one might expect, common thematic concerns and ideational preoccupations in the two novels beget similar methods of represention. Indeed, the two novels employ arepresentational mode of narrative based on the interaction of sociological and pyschological concepts of behaviour.

Finally, the paper suggests that, for all their affinities from diffemt perspectives, each of the two novels has its distinct local quality and native temper. However, the novel is the art most influenced by indigenous spiritual, cultural, and social values.

 

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