Strength for Today and Bright Hope for Tomorrow

Volume 10 : 1 January 2010
ISSN 1930-2940

Managing Editor: M. S. Thirumalai, Ph.D.
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Affirmation of Life in Lloyd C. Douglas'
Magnificent Obsession

Renie Johnson, M.A., M Phil.

Lloyd Douglas' Focus The paper deals with the theme of affirmation of lives in Douglas' Magnificent Obsession. Lloyd. C. Douglas occupies a unique place in the history of American fiction with his spiritual ideas. An attempt is made in this paper to analyze the revival of life and faith from a state of dejection, frustration, alienation and despair.

Loss of Religious Faith

Loss of religious faith and ever-growing pessimism mark the post-war world. The disintegration of faith and traditional beliefs has led writers to seek refuge from uncertainty and perplexity in some mystic religion of blood. The lead characters of Douglas in Magnificent Obsession highlights the state of misery, service and ministry (Divinity). The lives of Hudson and Bobby Merrick are transformed after their encounter with the Major Personality. They are directed towards a path leading to progression and by submitting themselves to God they find the ultimate goal of the Gospel. There is a transformation from misery to ministry. Douglas provides a way to all the problems in life.

Affirmative View: Ultimate Triumph with the Help of Grace from Above

Douglas in Magnificent Obsession highlights various characters who after their encounter with the Supreme Being are led to self-realisatiom and self-fulfilment. The novel discusses the miserable state of the characters that ultimately with God triumph over life's difficult situations and start ministering unto others. This kind of an affirmative view of life is perceived in the novels of Lloyd. C. Douglas.

A Portrait

Doctor Wayne Hudson, the widely known brain surgeon of Detroit evolves to great heights from a very unhappy and bitter life. From childhood, he experiences unspoken sufferings, poverty and all the pains and problems in life. At the age of fifteen he enters a high school and simultaneously works in the home of Doctor Cummins. It is Hudson's duty to look after Cummins. In the Cummins home, Hudson was an errand boy, hostler, accountant and on occasion nurse, cook, private secretary and rescue squad. His boyhood ambition of becoming a surgeon is realized finally when Cummins sends him to a college for medical training. The death of Hudson's first wife due to long illness brings him on the verge of failure and due to depression Hudson is half-minded to give up surgery. The meeting of Randolph an exceptionally gifted hypnotist transforms his whole life. Randolph turns out to be a Miracle Man.

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Renie Johnson, M.A., M Phil.
Department of English
Sri Sarada College for Women
Salem 636016
Tamilnadu, India

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