Chapter 1 Introduction
The Bridges of Madison County is a masterpiece of American writer, Robert James Waller. He is a talented writer, photographer and musician. He got his PHD and became a professor of Management in the university. He became famous due to this masterpiece The Bridges of Madison County in 1992,and this book became the best seller in America in 1993, and has been translated in numerous languages all around the world, with the sales of 12,000,000.The picture of the bridge of Madison County was used as the cover of the book. This loving legend was revised to movie later, giving the common bridge a well-known reputation over the world and attracting a great many tourist to visit the bridge.
Robert James Waller was born in Lowa, the United States in 1939.He is a photographer, a musician and a writer, he is also a professor in Lowa. In 1992, Waller became famous for his masterpiece The Bridges of Madison County. His words are easy to understand,natural and touching.Robert seldom uses difficult words, so his works are popular among common people. Because of his job as a photographer, Robert likes to find out new and natural beauty,In The Bridges of Madison County,the people,the scenes are common,but they consist of a perfect and moving story.
The story happened in 1960s in America.It is about a photographer，Robert Kincaid and a country woman, Francesca.Francesca lives in a county with her husband and children, Caroline and Michael. However, she does not live the life she always dreams of. Indeed, she loves her husband Richard, her children, but that is different. Her passion and dreams fails to be fulfilled. She is about to give up dreaming when Robert Kincaid appears. He is single, full of passion and fantasy. They talk about their life, family, hobbies, and they both know that they meet the right one in their life, but in the wrong time.
Responsibility finally wins over sensibility, urging Francesca to stay to be with the family. She understands how much she pays for this choice; she will never see Robert again. After she passes away, according to her will, she would like her creamains to be let go in Madison Bridge, wishing she could be with Robert forever…
This thesis will analyze the reasons and the results of Francesca’ choice to give up her love for the purpose to save her family.
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