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An Analysis of Characters’ Desires in Tracy Chevalier’s Novel Girl With a Pearl Earring

Abstract

Tracy Chevalier (1962—) is a famed American historical novelist. Based on real historical document and Vermeer’s real painting of Girl with a Pearl Earring, Chevalier created the novel with the same name. The novel is praised by its characters’ description and plot design. For example, the USA Today described Griet, the heroin of this novel, as captivating. In addition, The Wall Street Journal claimed that the description of this novel is vibrant and written beautifully, therefore this novel has a great influence and is worth studying. Based on the novel, this thesis will concern the settings, analyze writing strategies, plots description and the external and internal forces that generate characters’ desires, to explore characters’ desires in Tracy Chevalier’s novel, Girl With a Pearl Earring.

In order to achieve the above target, this thesis discusses the main characters’ desires in the four chapters: the first chapter illustrates the definition of desire in this novel, which is based on Aristotle’s and Sigmund Freud’s understandings on desire; the second chapter analyzes Griet’s double desires and Vermeer’s desire for love in terms of analyzing plot design; the third chapter investigates Chevalier’s writing strategies on shaping Griet’s and Vermeer’s desires; the fourth chapter explores the external force, the setting of the Dutch Golden Age and the internal force, the characters’ individual factors and their functions on Griet’s and Vermeer’s desires respectively. Based on analyzing the plot design and Chevalier’s writing strategies, this thesis holds that, this novel reflects the manifestation and evolution of main characters’ desires effectively and narrates an untraditional love story.

Key words: Tracy Chevalier, Girl With a Pearl Earring; character analysis; desire 

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