On the Motif of Death in Julian Barnes’ The Sense of an Ending

Wenquan WU

Abstract


This paper sets out to elaborate the theme of death in Julian Barnes’ Man Booker Prize awarded novel The Sense of an Ending. The author is convinced that the two suicides respectively of Robson and Adrian, as well as the death of Mrs. Ford, manage to lay bare the profound impacts of the drastic social changes on people of various social classes. The decline of religion and the rise of various schools of thought, the dismantling of the traditional family and the rising self-confidence of the woman, and the serious class clashes all complicate interpersonal communications and result in various tragic endings. 


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Death; Suicide; Camus; Class; Damage

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3968/%25x

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