Conflicts between Ambition and Love of Ralph in The Thorn Birds in Light of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs

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  • congmin zhao

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.18533/journal.v3i8.531

Keywords:

hierarchy, needs, ambition, conflict, humanism

Abstract

Abstract:  Ralph as a churchman possesses all the needs of a normal man, such as the pursuit of power, wealth and love, and his track of life is characterized by the prolonged and fierce conflict between ambition and love. Maslow’s theory of hierarchy of needs throws new light on the conflict and its source and offers insights into human nature.

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2014-09-02

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