Baratova O.

Mythological theatre in the novel “The Magus” by John Fowles


In the second half of the 20th century, theatricality in the English literature became a significant art category, penetrating different levels of text. Themes and images of theater, theatrical devices, reminiscences, allusions to the dramaturgy of previous times– all these came to the forefront. In this regard, John Fowles' novel “The Magus” deserves special attention for it allows investigating the issue of theatricality in terms of mythological theater, which constitutes our scientific interest. The purpose of the article is to interpret some images of mythological theater and their functions in the novel “The Magus”. The article analyzes the images of ancient theater characters, which we meet on the pages of the novel, both as actors disguised as heroes of the antique drama, and as a type of associations, which arise in the main character’s mind as the plot develops. Also, we study the origin of the ancient theater and its role in the novel. In conclusion the article describes how mythological theater reveals the message of the novel. As “The Magus” is a philosophical novel, hence mythological theater is used by the author to approbate its philosophical concept, which is the cornerstone of the novel.

Key words: 

English literature, philosophical novel, mythological theater, mythological image, theatricality.

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