Analysis Of The Novel 'Mount Of Olives'
A literary work must capture at least something of the quality of an ultimate reality. Durrell believed profoundly in the artist and his capability of presenting his own special vision of reality. Durrell offers a new means of approaching "reality"- an integration of appearances illuminated by imagination to achieve a likeness of truth to resolve the conflict between appearance and reality. Durrell's theme follows the pattern of reason intuition and imagination- from characters of contradictory traits, to illusion, to reality and ultimately to truth. Thus in this novel the protagonist Mountolive learns much about externals from his experiences in public and personal life which is contrasted with private passivity, but he also realizes that mere facts are less significant, less accurate than 'felt reality.' Thus reality and truth are presented on personal levels, in a particular environment within a definite time