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Volume 1 Issue 7

December 2014

Ellen Glasgow’s The Sheltered Life: An Analysis
Dr. Mallika Tripathi, 
Associate Professor & Head, 
Department of Humanities, 
Feroze Gandhi Institute of Engineering & Technology, 
Raebareli, Uttar Pradesh, India
Abstract
The Sheltered Life (1932) is Ellen Glasgow’s tour de force where the readers witness a constant struggle among characters who strive to preserve old social traditions in the face of modern changes. In the finest creation of Glasgow one comes across a lively narration of a society in decline. It gives a vivid description of broken relations where nothing exists like love, trust and relationships. As it is quite clear from the autobiography of Ellen Glasgow that throughout her life she had been suffering mentally and physically in isolation, the glimpses of the same can be seen in the portrayal of different characters in the novel. Thus the present paper presents an analytical picture of the novel with special focus on its characters and the theme of suffering, frustration and loss. It also focuses on the undying impression of Glasgow’s own reflection on her work.
Keywords
Ellen Glasgow; The Sheltered Life; Betrayal; Loss; Love; Passion.
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