Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Eric Williamson

Second Advisor

Dr. Ed Cameron

Third Advisor

Dr. Danika M. Brown


Many scholars have analyzed the works of Marilynne Robinson, focusing their work on analyzing her novels separately instead of as a whole according to her views of Calvinism and other faith-related themes. This thesis will take apart all of the essays in The Death of Adam, examining each of them for the most important views and opinions expressed by the author. These issues have served to evolve Robinson‘s opinions in such a way that to analyze her novels according to only her religious views would be an injustice. By examining the use of certain aspects of the novel form, this thesis will then use all of the views presented in The Death of Adam to link Marilynne Robinson‘s fiction together through the themes of compassion, grace, nature and family values.


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Granting Institution

University of Texas-Pan American