Date of Completion
College of Arts and Science Honors
bible, modernism, Faulkner, archetype, Warren
Archetypes are simplified characters that serve as a template for the complex characters featured in intricate narratives. I intend to investigate the use of the biblical archetype of the Prodigal Son in the modern period of literature. To do so, I plan to research William Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom! (1936), and Robert Penn Warren’s All The King’s Men (1946). My thesis will explain how the characters in these novels follow, diverge, and alternate around, the arc of the Prodigal Son. In so doing, I will demonstrate the Prodigal Son to be the archetype from which the modern character develops.
Eidelman, Max, "The Prodigal Journey in Modern Fiction" (2017). UVM College of Arts and Sciences College Honors Theses. 42.