Time has become the theme of many writers’ works. The main theme of Marcel Proust’s novel Remembrance of Things Past (A la Recherche du Temps Perdu) is time, which is also called as “river novel” consists of seven volumes. The writer examines the theme of time from different perspectives. The novel-teller firstly ignores the time which can be measured as calendars or clock and he then presents psychological ( personal, relational) time in different methods but he comes to realize in the end that the time has an active role in shaping changes in him and his around. The writer, despite all the struggles giving to the time and being an unable to save its effect, tries to examine the time that creates changes on person, community, object and place. In order to pay attention how people go through changes in time, he examines the changes and developments in people’s physical and spiritual manners in parallel with the passing of the time. In Proust’s novels, the communities or societies affects from the power of time because the time leads to changes in the societies. The societies even go through changes in its values and point of views. It can be said that the time has an effect on objects and places. Places even changes in time. Time is seen as a thread both on people and places/objects. Despite all the given struggles against “out of time” and “catching the eternity”, the destructive power of time makes itself evident on people, objects/ places. Proust sees time as a problem destructing and changing every being, on the other hands, regards it as a positive element that leads to the discovery of the truth. In other words, he regards it a process by which people and societies are changed and improved. The time regained, the last volume of the book series, is a document of the discovery of the truth in time in the eyes of novel-teller. In this respect, the novel of Proust can be named as experience and learning. Proust is one of the rarest writers in the world who uses time sensitively in the search of truth and reflects this uniquely. Time, which Proust tries to reject and refuse, makes it obvious and effective itself in every field. In fact, Proust pursuits in the discovery of truth and time can be said to be a tool in this journey of discovery. Proust wants to pay attention to this fact that while the life goes on, the change itself instantly goes on. In other words, as the life goes on, the change is inevitable. In this study, it is examined that the theme of time and its effect and changes created on people, objects and places in the novels of Marcel Proust and its role in the discovery of truth.


Time, person, community, change, the discovery of truth.

Author : Rıfat GÜNDAY
Number of pages: 1-13
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The Journal of Academic Social Sciences
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