Narrative structure and character development in 2 Samuel 11

Bungay, Roy G. W. (1995) Narrative structure and character development in 2 Samuel 11. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Abstract

This thesis is a study of 2 Samuel 11 from a literary perspective and is considered as a complete and coherent unit with its own inner logic. A narratological methodology is employed to ascertain the relationship between structure and content in the character development of David in 2 Samuel 11. By using narratological techniques to examine the parallel, surface, and plot structures, the methodology demonstrates the manner in which form and content are equal partners in the shaping of character. The structure of the David-Bathsheba narrative is divided into two distinct but dependent episodes that form a double-plot structure. By focusing upon the relationship between the two plots it is evident that the motifs, key-words, themes, and narrative situations portray two symmetrically parallel structures that serve to shape the character of David. In essence, this study seeks to understand 2 Samuel 11 through the questions that arise from the use of a literary-critical methodology.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/5923
Item ID: 5923
Additional Information: Bibliography: leaves [139]-147.
Department(s): Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of > Religious Studies
Date: 1995
Date Type: Submission
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Bible--O.T.--2 Samuel XI--Criticism, interpretation, etc.

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