Our father and board chair, give us next season I was swooning right along with him as Celia turned on the Chopin, as he got hip to George Sand, as the filter in my reading glasses turned from sepia to henna. Ledmar, expounding on the religiosity of women, explains they require "miracles, mystery But still, I was plowing along for the pure romance novel thrill, except maybe with Celia in the open chested pirate shirt, and Theron draped on her arm.
Jun 21, Illiterate rated it liked it As hysterical revivalisms and ignorant orthodoxies remain widespread, it seems neither illumination nor damnation have smitten the benighted. And, fortunately, it turned out to be a damn fine novel. I made a pun. Now makes for a good time to drop some knowledge gleaned from American Lit: Frederic is considered a Realist, meaning he was part of a generation of writers who pulled away from the mysticism, preachiness, and occasional supernatural tone of the Romantics who came before.
The Damnation of Theron Ware never leaves this earthly plane; the damning in question is presented objectively, for the most part, and is shown through the opinions of the various supporting characters that witness the transformation of the Reverend Mr.
In other words, Frederic provides no literal angels or devils, no strange cosmological events of a possible spiritual origin, no moral speeches given didactically by a conveniently wholesome character.
Which, to be honest, is a wonderful, welcome trait, one greatly appreciated by a modern reader with a slightly unnerving amount of love for Tom Robbins and George Carlin.
The novel takes a little while to build up steam. Ware starts out wholesome enough, in love with his wife and making the best of the disappointment that came with not getting assigned to the large, well-populated First Methodist Church of Tecumeh, a position he longed for.
Instead, Theron Ware finds himself preaching in Octavius, a much less prestigious location congregated by a people thoroughly mired in tradition.
But, as things progress, Mr. Ware makes new friends in Octavius, and each one helps to set him on his lovely path to damnation.
Ledsmar teaches Theron of Darwin and science and lends him books that bolster his growing distaste for the Methodist church. Father Forbes drops the "Christ-myth" bomb on poor, impressionable Mr.
Ware, and provides later intrigue that the young minister handily uses to make an ass of himself. The exact damnation that Theron undergoes is up for interpretation, which makes for great conversation about the novel, and provides multiple layers to work through.
Whether or not the Rev. Ware is truly damned, whether this fall is more spiritual or social, whether he is redeemed by the end of the tale, all of these things are left ambiguous by Frederic, making The Damnation of Theron Ware all the more alluring and entrancing.The Damnation of Theron Ware (published in England as Illumination) is an novel by American author Harold Frederic.
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Harold Frederic's The Damnation of Theron Ware: A Study Guide with Annotated Bibliography, by Robin Taylor Rogers. A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts, Department of English, College of Arts and Sciences, University of South Florida.
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"The Principal Source of Stephen Crane's Red Badge of Courage." Essays in Honor of Esmond Linworth. The Damnation of Theron Ware, by Harold Frederic Chapter xiv The ensuing week went by with a buzz and whirl, circling about Theron Ware’s dizzy consciousness like some huge, impalpable teetotum sent spinning under Sister Soulsby’s resolute hands.
Harold Frederic's The Damnation of Theron Ware Home A best-seller in the s, The Damnation of Theron Ware, or Illumination as it is known in England, was heralded as “the.