"ENGLISHNESS" AND "BRITISHNESS" IN THE FRENCH LIEUTENANT’S WOMAN BY JOHN FOWLES

Abstract: 

The author of this article analyses the difference between the notions "Englishness" and "Britishness" in the novel of John Fowles The French Lieutenant's Woman (1969). Charles Smithson represents "English-ness", and Ernestina Freeman and Mrs. Poultni are explored as the representatives of "Britishness". Charles Smithson is a supporter of "fair play", justice, he has great endurance. Ernestina Freeman is not balanced, not modest and humble. Mrs.Poultni is shown as an embodiment of British forces and authorities.

Key words: 

"Englishness" and "Britishness", English gentleman, true lady, national identity

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