An analysis of the novel of human bondage by w somerset maugham

He was profoundly troubled. The novel delineates the coming of age of Philip Carey, an orphan with a clubfoot.

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Philip frees himself from a religious upbringing that he realizes contradicts his reality. Why is Philip happy when he casts aside his desire for happiness? Fanny is not a great artist, but Philip does not have the heart to tell her.

It was published in Britain by William Heinemann on 13 Augustduring an annus mirabilis for British fiction.

1964 novel and 1967 movie

Philip frees himself from a religious upbringing that he realizes contradicts his reality. Philip became good friends with one of his patients. In Germany Philip got acquainted with Hayward and got under his influence. Mildred tells Philip she is getting married to another man, leaving him heartbroken; Philip subsequently enters into an affair with Norah Nesbit, a kind and sensitive author of penny romance novels. To Philip's dismay, after Mildred has her baby, she falls in love with Philip's good friend Harry Griffiths, and runs away with him. Philip allows this treatment to warp his personality, making him introspective and solitary. His passion with Mildred teaches him the opposite, for he is a slave to her. There he finds that one of Athelny's daughters, Sally, likes him. Aside from The Brothers Karamazov, it is the only book I've read, whereupon finishing, I was able to say to myself: "This novel is life itself: it contains all of its complexities, emotions, and meaning. There are many parallels between his life and that of his protagonist in Of Human Bondage.

When Philip refuses, Mildred leaves once more. Philip wants to be a doctor.

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