WALKER PERCY'S THE MOVIEGOER AS CHRISTIAN APOLOGETIC

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Jon A. Pirtle IV (Creator)
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Western Carolina University (WCU )
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Abstract: This thesis examines the existential despair and loss of meaning found in Camus' The Stranger and Sartre's No Exit, and then compares and contrasts those qualities with the Christian worldview and apologetic found in Percy's The Moviegoer.The first chapter is an exegesis of Camus' The Stranger wherein I relate how the loss of meaning accompanies the denial of a transcendent creator.The second chapter explains how Sartre's No Exit likewise denies the existence of a transcendent creator and how this denial creates existential hell for the characters.The third chapter compares and contrasts Percy's The Moviegoer with Camus' novel and Sartre's play. Specifically, I show how Percy's Christian worldview in the novel is an alternative to the atheistic worldview put forth by Camus and Sartre.The fourth chapter examines the "horizontal search" that manifests itself in the life of Binx Bolling, the protagonist of Percy's The Moviegoer. This horizontal search is predicated on a Christian worldview.

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Publication
Dissertation
Language: English
Date: 2005

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