American International Journal of Social Science

ISSN 2325-4149(Print), ISSN 2325-4165(Online)

The Establishment of Female Identity in the Black Prince
Ming-ying XU

Abstract
The paper explores how women reconstruct their identity as a self-conscious individual in the social life in The Black Prince. It reveals that Murdoch explores the establishment of female identity from two aspects: the reorientation of the life in the growth of young women who have more freedom to make choices; and the completeness of female individuality based on the women’s independence in this novel. The analysis of the female characters’ different destinies illustrates Murdoch’s view on the reposition of women’s identity that is exemplified by Julian’s choice of her life path after she owns more freedom of choice and her view on women’s economic and spiritual independence that is considered a necessity for female identity through the different ways of Priscilla, Rachel and Christian to survive marriage crisis.

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