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International Journal of Frontiers in Sociology, 2021, 3(13); doi: 10.25236/IJFS.2021.031317.

A Religious Philosophical Study of Maugham's Works


Juan Liu, Dongyun Huang

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Juan Liu

Department of Professional English Teaching and Research, Guangdong Police College, Guang zhou, China


Maugham's three representative works analyze the human nature in western society from an objective and sharp perspective, and create three typical protagonist images, and thoroughly analyze their good and evil. The experience of the three protagonists is a process of human transformation from evil to good, which fully reflects Maugham's yearning in his ideological system. In human nature, good and evil are both opposite and unified, coexisting and transforming each other. However, the conflict between good and evil is the root of life tragedy. This paper attempts to analyze the three typical characters in the novel from the perspective of religious philosophy, expounds the bumpy process of human nature from incomplete to perfect, and demonstrates that Maugham helped westerners to resolve their inner contradictions and rereconcile with each other with the Oriental spirit.


Maugham's novels, Religious philosophy, The complementation of eastern and Western cultures

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Juan Liu, Dongyun Huang. A Religious Philosophical Study of Maugham's Works. International Journal of Frontiers in Sociology (2021), Vol. 3, Issue 13: 110-115. https://doi.org/10.25236/IJFS.2021.031317.


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