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Att älska på det rätta sättet: En motivstudie av äktenskapet i Selma Lagerlöfs verk
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Education.
2011 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Loving the Proper Way : A Study of the Motif of Marriage in the Works of Selma Lagerlöf (English)
Abstract [en]

This essay concerns the motif of marriage and its function in some of Selma Lagerlöf's novels. The primary examples are 1925's Charlotte Löwensköld and 1928's Anna Svärd, and my analysis is separated into four main chapters which in turn deal with the four major characters of the story: Charlotte Löwensköld, Karl-Artur Ekenstedt, Gustaf Henrik Schagerström and Anna Svärd. Marriage and marital love in Lagerlöf's works has, broadly speaking, been understood as exemplifying a larger conflict between two different forms of love. On one hand the romantic passionate and often egocentric love, and on the other a more general, dutiful, socially conscious and sometimes self-sacrificing type of love. The latter has often been portrayed as the dominant of the two, and has been understood in varying contexts as being either a general love toward humanity or more specifically religious in nature.     In my essay I conclude that this broad understanding holds true in the case of my primary examples as well but that the specific distinctions become problematic upon close examinations of the various marriages depicted. Self-sacrifice proves to have rather negative effects on all involved and the duty towards others seems de-emphasized. The primary duty is instead shown to be towards oneself and one's own independence, and once this is fulfilled, general love and happiness tends to follow.

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2011.
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General Literature Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-9431Local ID: LIV C-25OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-9431DiVA: diva2:486503
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Comparative Literature
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Humanities, Theology
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Available from: 2012-02-07 Created: 2012-01-30 Last updated: 2016-01-21Bibliographically approved

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