Literary Models of Manhood: Forming a Foundational Understanding of Healthy Masculinity

dc.contributor.advisorJacobs, Alan
dc.contributor.authorWalker, Reynolds C.
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity Scholar.en_US
dc.contributor.schoolshonors collegeen_US
dc.date.accessioned2020-05-19T13:20:49Z
dc.date.available2020-05-19T13:20:49Z
dc.date.copyright2020
dc.date.issued2020-05-19
dc.description.abstractHow are we to understand healthy masculinity? My thesis attempts to answer this question and redirect the current debate about masculinity in our culture from its focus on toxic masculinity to the more productive topic of healthy masculinity by analyzing literary models of manhood. I begin with Tom Wolfe’s novel A Man in Full, which provides an accurate depiction of toxic masculinity, and highlight the significance of moral formation for the production of healthy men. In C. S. Lewis’ The Abolition of Man and J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, I find healthy masculinity requires men to pursue moral formation through virtue, specifically, the virtues of honesty, humility, courage, and prudence. In turn, I discover that these virtues promote emotional vulnerability, the formation of true friendship, and the acceptance of responsibility, which each proves essential for healthy masculinity. In this way, my thesis seeks to offer a fundamental framework for men’s moral formation that will guard men against toxic masculinity and allow them to flourish under a renewed masculinity.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/2104/10844
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
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dc.rights.accessrightsWorldwide accessen_US
dc.subjectMasculinityen_US
dc.subjectLiteratureen_US
dc.subjectEthicsen_US
dc.subjectVirtueen_US
dc.subjectToxic masculinityen_US
dc.subjectHealthy masculinityen_US
dc.subjectFriendshipen_US
dc.titleLiterary Models of Manhood: Forming a Foundational Understanding of Healthy Masculinityen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US

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