The Collector by John Fowles

The novel “The Collector,” is about a lonely young man, Frederick Clegg, who works as a clerk in a city hall and collects butterflies in his spare time. He likes to observe object of his obsession from afar, a young woman named Miranda Grey, but can’t get close due to differences in social status. When he imprisons her and begs her to “understand how much I love you, how much I need you, how deep it is” [CITATION Joh97 p 63 l 1033 ], he comes to realize that Miranda doesn’t have same feelings.

She does not love him.Well, his motive can be compared as role of a collector. Though Frederick desires Miranda, due to shortage of social skills, Frederick is forced to admire her from afar.

He obtains a large amount of money by winning in the football pools, which allows him to quit his job and buy a house in the country. When Frederik has a look at it, he finds it would be perfect as a prison for Miranda. He believes that by kidnaping Miranda and holding her captive, she would fall in love with him: “I thought I can’t ever get to know her in the ordinary way but if she’s with me, she’ll see my good points, she’ll understand” [CITATION Joh97 p 14 l 1033 ]. Instead, when he drugs the young woman and brings her to his house, she is displeased and he must promise to keep her captive for only a month: “she was telling me what a bad thing I did and how I ought to try and realize it more” [CITATION Joh97 p 27 l 1033 ]. This is the only way to procure Miranda’s love, as he would confine a new species of butterflies and hopes that by providing her with a comfortable cage, she will accept her confinement eventually and come to love him. When she tries to escape, Miranda is no longer the vision of love he held before his eyes but a person with emotions that make it difficult for Frederick to place in his collection.

When Miranda becomes ill, she must repeatedly plead with Frederick to go for a doctor: “Not fetching a d…

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