Dr. Girish Chandra Pant
Seemant Institute of Technology
Mrs. Craddock is a deeper analytical search of man-woman relations than it is discerned in Maugham’s first novel Liza of Lambeth. Unlike his debut novel the study of man-woman relationship is carried on with deeper psychological analysis. The novelist presents his own views on marriage and with a view to depicting particular relations between men and women. The novelist handles the subject matter skillfully and studies all essential factors and situations which have significant role in furnishing a typical man-woman relationship. He says that the novel is a picture of life in a corner of England during the last years of the 19th century.
Here W.S. Maugham adopts similar trends. The novel Mrs. Craddock presents the pungency in married life and discord between husband and wife. Harmony and the trust have no role to play in the whole texture of the novel. They prove a couple of differing concepts having a twist in their mind antagonistic to each other. The setting of the novel is in London, Paris and in the country side of Kent.
Keywords : psychological analysis, harmony, socio-economic disparity, passion, sensual desires, straightforward.