Novels – A Reflection of Life

Novel is perceived by most as a socially oriented literary form as it portrays human society in its varied aspects of struggle, chaos and anarchy and hence its major accomplishment in the field of literature. The observation of Diana T Lawrence and Alan Swingewood in ‘The Sociology of Literature’ affirms that this preferred literary genre is a depiction of social system as it depicts values and feelings and reflect the changes occurring in society and the manner in which individuals become accustomed to these changes.

 

                       Thus the novel as the major literary genre of industrial society, can be seen as a faithful attempt to recreate the social world of man’s relation with his family , with politics, with the state: it delineates too his roles within the family and other institutions, the conflicts and tensions between groups and social classes. 

Therefore, the novelist cannot turn a blind eye to what he sees around him and must express fearlessly and frankly his feelings through his writings. He should be a keen observant and be more emphatic in his expression when he appeals to the readers’ imagination and as well as to their intelligence. Through the structure of the novel he exposes the inner and the outer layers of the society and derives his raw material by penetrating into the lives of the people. These ideas are reflected in Martin Price’s comment:

 

The purpose of the novel is to reveal life under a certain aspect, to shape it so as to make sense of a roughly formidable kind – the formulation is its theme. To do this the writer creates a model or a small scale structure whose proportions or relationships have some analogy with the realities we know.   Image result for a stack of novels

Novels – A Reflection of Life

Novel is a depiction of social system as it depicts values and feelings and reflect the changes occurring in society and the manner in which individuals become accustomed to these changes. Through the structure of the novel, the novelist exposes the inner and the outer layers of the society and derives his raw material by penetrating into the lives of the people.

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