The Theme of Family in the Novel “the Silver Spoon” by John Galsworthy

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ŠIAULIAI UNIVERSITY
FACULTY OF HUMANITIES
DEPARTMENT OF HISTORY AND THEORY OF LITERATURE

AUKSĖ JAKIŪNAITĖ
4th year student of English Philology

The Theme of Family in the Novel “The Silver Spoon” by John Galsworthy
COURSE PAPER

Research adviser
Assist. Monika Gruslytė

Šiauliai, 2009

Contents

1. INTRODUCTION 3
2. Theoretical Part 5 2.1 John Galsworthy’s Life Experience 5
3. The Theme of Family in the Novel “The Silver Spoon” by John Galsworthy 9 3.1 Main Characters of the Novel “The Silver Spoon” and Their Characteristic Features 9 3.2 Michael Mont and Fleur Forsyte Mont 11 3.3 Features of Family’s Intercommunion 13
CONCLUSIONS 16
Source 18
REFERENCES 19

1. INTRODUCTION

John Galsworthy was born in 1867 at Kingston Hill in
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He was studying law, continuing family tradition. However, he was not keen to begin practising law. About 10 years he was flouncing about, looking for himself and his mission. (Ibid, 213) “His father was very concerned that his son can not find his race. Instead of working as a barrister, he traveled abroad to look after the family's shipping business interests, but this was also not interesting for him. By the time, he started to write.” (Ibid, 213)
When John Galsworthy was traveling he met another future novelist Joseph Conrad. They first met in the harbour of Adelaide, Australia, and became close friends. It also should be mentioned that Joseph Conrad had big influence on John Galsworthy’s works (Wikipedia: John Galsworthy). Later, in 1895, John Galsworthy met the wife of Major Arthur Galsworthy, one of his cousins, Ada Nemesis Pearson Cooper (1864–1956). According to Irena Varnaitė “that was the love of a first sight” (Petraitytė, 1999: 214) and they began an affair. She was really supportive about his oeuvre and it is true to say that Ada encouraged him to work for literature. It should be mentioned that “the love of his life was an addressee of his works” (Ibid, 215) and he dedicated a series of three novels and two interludes “The Forsyte Saga” for her. But partially she was like an obstruction for him – her wishes, requests were like law for him. For example, John did not like traveling, he hated hotels, trains, ships, but Ada adored travels. So John obeyed for

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