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1. The Collector is the story of Frederick and Miranda.

Frederick is a solitary, withdrawn clerk at the local council who has won a large sum of money on the Football Pools. Uneducated and lonely, his great passion in life is for collecting butterflies. He also likes photography. “I always wanted to do photography, I got a camera at once of course, a Leica, the best, telephoto lens, the lot; the main idea was to take butterflies living like the famous Mr S. Beaufoy; but also often before I used to come on things out collecting, you’d be surprised the things couples get up to in places you think they would know better than to do it in, so I had that too.” Frederick has been watching Miranda, a young art student, for a long time, ever since he caught sight of her at her boarding school opposite the Town Hall where he worked. “I can’t say what it was, the very first time I saw her, I knew she was the only one. Of course, I am not mad, I knew it was just a dream and it always would have been if it hadn’t been for the money.” Frederick’s winnings allow him to give up his job and buy a secluded cottage in the Sussex countryside. One day he kidnaps Miranda and takes her there. He imprisons her in the cellar which he has transformed into a small living space. Miranda is to be the pride of his collection. From this moment on, the novel is a battle between the two characters, prisoner and guard, naïve suitor and disgusted belle, a fascinating interplay between two people with conflicting attitudes and expectations of life, a war between hope and derision, a clash between two people who have no meeting point, no area of mutual interest. Frederick believes that Miranda can, given time, come to love him. Once she has come to see him as he is, rather than through the distorting lens of class, then their love will grow. Miranda eventually becomes aware that Frederick is unable to see beyond his delusions, and that it is only by engaging in a game with her captor that she may be able to escape him. She therefore employs a variety of tricks, all the while believing that her superiority in every quarter (Miranda comes from a wealthy upper middle-class family) will help her get away from him. Miranda decides to call Frederick Caliban, the name of a character in The Tempest. In Shakespeare’s play Miranda is the daughter of Prospero, a magician exiled to an island in the Adriatic Sea. Caliban, the son of a witch, is a deformed monster who is desperate to have sex with Miranda so as to populate the island. It is a cultural reference that would be lost on Frederick; Miranda delights in knowing this. She cannot see how her captor can be anything other than beneath her. The irony is of course that in their story together, he is the man with the key, the puller of the strings; however much the caged bird thinks it might sing, only one person will decide if anyone shall ever hear its tune. 2. The novel is about a lonely young man, Ferdinand Clegg, who works as a clerk in a city hall, and collects butterflies in his spare time. The first part of the novel tells the story from his point of view. Clegg is obsessed with Miranda Grey, a middle-class art student at the Slade School of Fine Art. He admires her from a distance, but is unable to make any contact with her because of his nonexistent social skills. One day, he wins a large prize in the British football pools. This makes it possible for him to stop working and buy an isolated house in the countryside. He feels lonely, however, and wants to be with Miranda. Unable to make any normal contact, Clegg decides to add her to his 'collection' of pretty, petrified objects, in hopes that if he keeps her captive long enough, she will grow to love him. After careful preparations, he kidnaps Miranda by drugging her with chloroform and locks her up in the cellar of his house. He is convinced that

She starts to have some pity for her captor. however. Clegg goes on to describe events leading up to his abduction of her. Miranda passes through a phase of self-loathing. whom she respected and admired as an artist. Miranda reveals that G. but Clegg is always able to stop her. She also tries to seduce him in order to convince him to let her go. The only result is that he becomes confused and angry. one whose attitude leads him to regard Miranda as he would a beautiful butterfly. and promises to let her go after a month. The second part of the novel is narrated by Miranda in the form of fragments from a diary that she keeps during her captivity. told first from his point of view. ultimately fell in love with her. she then refrains from any further attempts to do so. At first Miranda thinks that Clegg has sexual motives for abducting her. Clegg rationalizes every step of his plan in cold. Clegg's section begins with his recalling how he used to watch Miranda entering and leaving her house. emotionless language. As such. Finally. when she wakes up.Miranda will start to love him after some time. as an object from which he may derive pleasurable control. On the first page. and then from hers by means of a diary she has kept. across the street from the town hall in which he worked. he seems truly incapable of relating to other human beings and sharing real intimacy with them. The third part of the novel is again narrated by Clegg. and God. Clegg reveals himself to possess the mind-set of a collector. Before she can try to escape again. Miranda reminisces over her previous life throughout this section of the novel. but after he reads in her diary that she never loved him. whom he thinks of as "a rarity. on one condition: she can't leave the cellar. and decides that to kill Clegg would lower her to his level. she becomes seriously ill and dies. such as the nature of art.P. with a return in the last few pages to Clegg's narration of her illness and death. Through Miranda's confined reflections. After a failed attempt at doing so. he starts to plan the kidnapping of another girl. He takes great pains to appear normal. she realises that this is not true. He promises to show her "every respect". and subsequently severed all contact with her. or to a man named G. At first he wants to commit suicide after he learns of Miranda's death. pledging not to sexually molest her and to shower her with gifts and the comforts of home." and his mention of meetings of the "Bug Section" confirms that he is an amateur lepidopterist. When his family emigrates to Australia and Clegg finds himself on his own. but as his true character begins to be revealed. comparing him to Caliban in Shakespeare's play The Tempest because of his hopeless obsession with her. he decides that he is not responsible and is better off without her. then. However. he begins to fantasize about how . even if "collecting" her will deprive her of freedom and life. The Collector The Collector is the story of the abduction and imprisonment of Miranda Grey by Frederick Clegg. and she does not understand him in the beginning. Fowles discusses a number of philosophical issues.P. from dreams about Miranda and memories of his stepparents or coworkers to his winning a "small fortune" in a football pool. she starts to fantasize about killing him. When Clegg keeps refusing to let her go.. Clegg tells Miranda that his first name is Ferdinand (eventual winner of Miranda's affections in The Tempest). He describes keeping an "observation diary" about her. 3. Clegg scares her. Clegg is embarrassed. she confronts him with his actions. and many of her diary entries are written either to her sister. Miranda tries to escape several times. and is greatly offended at the suggestion that his motives are anything but reasonable and genuine. humanity.

She tries to escape by kicking a log out of the fire. Miranda becomes seriously ill. Because he is somewhat confused by her unwillingness to be his "guest" and embarrassed by his inadvertent declaration of love.Miranda would like him if only she knew him. He does get her some pills. preferring the ones with her face cut off. She feigns appendicitis. her values contrast with his: Clegg can judge her work only in terms of its representationalism. She looks so beautiful that Clegg has difficulty responding except with cliches and confusion. this time taking off her outer clothing while she is unconscious and photographing her in her underwear. but he catches her and chloroforms her again." he fails to understand human relations except in terms of things. and sees her recover immediately. Clegg finds Miranda sharper than "normal people" like himself. but includes much autobiographical reflection on her life before her abduction. his use of cant. so that she will have time to. but he is unable to respond." There is indeed a vast difference between them. He pretends that he will allow her to move upstairs. "She liked it and so me for buying it. and leaves. try to dig her way out with a nail she has found. and recognizes him as the person whose picture was in the paper when he won the pool. When she awakens. Increasingly desperate. and locks her in the basement room. she tries to seduce him. In despair at his insensitivity when he comments that all of her pictures are "nice. She sees through some of his explanations. and his decoration of the house. and he immediately develops the pictures." The second section is Miranda's diary. Having caught a cold from Clegg. in his photography. or photographic realism. Miranda dresses up for what she hopes will be their last dinner. but he is able to prevent her from escaping. When she refuses his present of diamonds and offer of marriage. he tells her that he will not release her after all." she says that his name should be Caliban--the subhuman creature in Shakespeare's The Tempest. he comments. She injures him. takes her to his house. She tries to slip a message into the reassuring note that he says he will send to her parents. He buys a van and a house in the country with an enclosed room in its basement that he remodels to make securable and hideable. he captures her. before she ." Clegg tries to please Miranda by providing for her immediate needs. When the first month has elapsed. and the first section ends with Clegg's recollection: "I thought I was acting for the best and within my rights. but she becomes delirious. Miranda uses several ploys in attempts to escape. which rehearses the same events from her point of view. but he finds it. feeling humiliated. He buys her a Mozart record and thinks. Then. He attributes her resentment to the difference in their social background: "There was always class between us. with the stipulation that she must allow him to take pornographic photographs of her. As a student of art and a maker of drawings. but he fails to recognize the nature of the difference because of the terms he thinks in. as she is walking home alone from a movie. someone who classifies and names and then forgets about things. too. When he shows her his butterfly collection. She begins with her feelings over the first seven days. About her appreciation for the music. She sees a deadening tendency. When he returns to London. he agrees to let her go in one month. using a rag soaked in chloroform. Finally. but Clegg hesitates to bring a doctor to the house. Clegg watches Miranda for 10 days. Miranda tells him that he thinks like a scientist rather than an artist. but Clegg only pretends to leave. When he goes to London. Miranda tries to kill Clegg with an axe he has left out when he is escorting her to take a bath upstairs. but that effort also is futile. She reluctantly cooperates. ties her up in his van. "It sounded like all the rest to me but of course she was musical. she asks for a number of articles that will be difficult to find.

G. declarative sentences and lamentations. and Miranda breaks with her Aunt Caroline over her failure to appreciate Rembrandt. stodginess and. to wake a doctor. confesses to being in love with her and. P. She gets him to promise to send a contribution. Then she characterizes G. Miranda says that G.. She gets Clegg to read Catcher in the Rye. At this point. and her reflections become more philosophical. P. P." Her aunt--and Clegg--are implicitly among "the many. as a consequence." who lack creativity and authenticity. She admits that he's now the only real person in her world. most of which involved precepts about how to live an authentic. When he takes her temperature. Indeed. Miranda seems to choose his way of seeing. Caracterizari . P. and picks up where his first left off. this time an inquisitive policeman frightens him off. Clegg realizes how ill Miranda is and decides to go for a doctor. P. and he goes to a drugstore instead. P. When he returns and finds Miranda worse. and Clegg plans to commit suicide. In the final episode about him. As he sits in the waiting room. is "one of the few.had paper to write on. She lists various ways he has changed her think. socially." and she begins to lose hope. where the pharmacist refuses to help him. He tells of becoming worried over her symptoms and over her belief that she is dying. but he only pretends to. deadness. as the sort of person she would like to marry. Miranda describes her thoughts about Clegg as she tries to understand him. Clegg describes awakening to a new outlook. She describes her view of the house and ponders the unfairness of the whole situation. In the final section. her entries in the journal become short. Clegg is thinking about how he will have to do things somewhat differently when he abducts a more suitable girl that he has seen working in Woolworth's. among other things. or at any rate the sort of mind. the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament. wants to break off their friendship. Miranda becomes sick with Clegg's cold. and does not regret the subsequent failed attempt. Clegg goes back to town in the middle of the night. literally as well as metaphorically. who gradually is revealed to be a middle-aged man who is a painter and mentor whom Miranda admires. Miranda begins to think of what she will do if she ever gets free. P. She is flattered but agrees that doing so would probably be for the best. including revive her relationship with G. and he subsequently offers some harsh but honest criticism of her drawing. As she becomes increasingly ill. however. but he doesn't understand it. out-of-dateness. As the novel ends. The third section is Clegg's. has produced. P. yes. Miranda feels more alone and more desperate. She describes her reasons for thinking that seducing Clegg might change him. She frequently remembers things said by G. that his mistake was kidnapping someone too far above him. less than three pages long. but she fears that he now can hope only to keep her prisoner. Miranda describes G. Miranda dies.ing. He decides that he is not responsible for Miranda's death. by telling of a time that he met her aunt and found her so lacking in discernment and sincerity that he made Miranda feel compelled to choose between him and her aunt.. She observes that she never knew before how much she wanted to live. sheer jealous malice of the great bulk of England. despite their age difference and his history of sexual infidelity. Miranda associates Clegg's shortcomings with "the blindness. committed life. Her friends Antoinette and Piers fail to appreciate the art G. She re-creates a conversation with Clegg over. on any terms as a commitment to life. which seems to help her to become more self-aware and discriminating. Clegg begins to feel insecure. Miranda describes her growing attraction to G.

He developed an infatuation for Miranda Grey.She is a strong woman who keeps calm in face of terrible circumstances. forever trapped by human stupidity and ignorance. never approached her. however due to his lack of social skills. Miranda is unable to communicate with Clegg who treats her as one more butterfly in his collection. Uncle and disabled cousin for the majority of his life. . a middleclass art student.”. He explained that merely the sight of her caused his heart to “beat very fast" and he "felt sick". young man who lived with his Aunt.Frederick Clegg is a lonely. He wins a large sum of money in the football pools and with it he decides to attempt in making his fantasies a reality and kidnapping Miranda. a live butterfly.Clegg is a dangerous psychopath standing outside the borders of what is considered to be the realm of conscious behaviour regulated by moral principles and social laws. chosen as it is in a secluded area and is thus ideal to hold Miranda captive. Frederick Clegg the colecttor in fowles’s novel embodies that kind of aimless anti-hero who rebels against society and humanity without any kind of deep reason. “in spite of her intelligence and education. and the only thing she wants is to stay alive. in the hope that she will grow to love him. Google translate:)) Miranda is a young art student who unfortunately becomes the obsession of a man . namely her abduction. He works as a clerk in the city hall and has collected butterflies since he was very young. trying to escape. often related to unrequited love. He leaves his job and purchases a house in the country. working-class.for clegg the notion of God is something he does not really care about. In the situation presented in The Colecttor Clegg is not only isolated from society he also imposes his authority over Miranda grey in the sense of forcing her into a power bondage relationship.Clegg absurd world is legislated by his own rules coming not only from his imagination but also from his nonconformist background and his biological limitation. This is a sensation commonly known as "butterflies in the stomach".His religious ideas depart from the negative description of aunt annie and her beliefs. but with a strong sense of energy and independence “I don’t care what he does. So long as I live. Miranda to be seen as a victim of beauty.

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