Reimagining the Golem: The Creation and Development of Daniel Silva’s Spiritually-Motivated Protagonist, Gabriel Allon

Rosser, Tim (2018) Reimagining the Golem: The Creation and Development of Daniel Silva’s Spiritually-Motivated Protagonist, Gabriel Allon. Masters thesis, University of Gloucestershire.

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Daniel Silva’s legendary hero, Gabriel Allon, is intended to embody the concepts of justice, order and spiritually-motivated retribution and has been created to combat threats against the contemporary social order via a combination of guile, ruthlessness and heroism. He is also designed to be unhindered by any physical, emotional or financial restrictions and can therefore exercise his power (against any person, organisation or situation) in the pursuit of an ideology which defines and promotes the political intentions and the cultural influences of his author. This thesis challenges the figure of Gabriel Allon by arguing firstly, that he is in fact a highly ambivalent, morally problematic figure and secondly, in demonstrating where elements of real-life (adapted by the author to support his ideological stance) have undermined the reliability of the narrative. The thesis has also examined some of the political sub-texts employed by the author to question whether his methodology is serving to enhance the plausibility of the fiction or whether it is embedding dangerously subjective depictions of counter-terrorism into the reader’s consciousness.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
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Additional Information: MA by Research
Uncontrolled Keywords: Spiritually motivated retribution in literature
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0080 Criticism
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Creative Arts
Depositing User: Susan Turner
Date Deposited: 22 Jul 2019 14:16
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2023 08:54

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