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The fight between right and wrong: Exploring morality in M. L. Stedman’s novel The Light between Oceans

Published Online: 12 Dec 2015
Volume & Issue: Volume 7 (2015) - Issue 2 (December 2015)
Page range: 65 - 75
Journal Details
License
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Journal
eISSN
2450-8497
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1337-9291
First Published
10 Jul 2014
Publication timeframe
2 times per year
Languages
English
Abstract

The paper explores the eternal theme of morality and its effects on human thoughts and actions as depicted in M. L. Stedman’s debut novel The Light between Oceans (2012). The aim is to study how her characters, facing a demanding post-war environment, deal with morally challenging events in their lives and how they are able to fight the socially accepted concepts of what is right and what is wrong as well as the consequences of the serious decisions they make. Tom Sherbourne, a WWI veteran, settles down to his new job as lighthouse keeper and marriage with Isabel, but instead of finding peace, he faces several moral dilemmas which create a cold distance between him and his wife, as well as between his pre-war and actual self. In this sense, the paper tries to describe what Stedman has to say - through Tom’s character - about the nature of human morality and decision-making and how tragic their consequences might be.

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