(Original post by Lucykay99)
Not exactly related but I'm also picking texts for my adv English dissertation and was thinking along the lines of the idea of personal freedom vs social duty/tradition but I'm struggling to find books with this theme, and was wondering if anyone could help? I was considering using the gormenghast trilogy as one but I'm stuck for others, help would be appreciated!
Gormenghast would be interesting, although be aware you'd have to compress that behemoth into 3000 words - with an equal weighting between that and your other text.
Favourite texts of mine that come to mind immediately with regards to that theme include:
- The Awakening by Kate Chopin
- Lady Chatterley's Lover by DH Lawrence (this comes with an 18+ rating though I suppose haha)
- Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
- E.M Forster's works
- Jane Austen's works (and her contemporaries, e.g Frances Burney)
- Virginia Woolf's works
- Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte
- Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
(though the primary social expectations that are ignored for personal freedom in these tend to derive from the issue of marriage)
Although it's a super broad theme and you will most likely be able to find some traces of it in almost every novel that deals with personal identity. (It's rarely a primary concern in novels, but most will have some sort of undercurrent of what society is expecting vs what the protagonist wants to do running through them.)