Sentimental Jonah’s Heart of Stone


Cranston examines Jonah in the context of its exhibition of pagan myth and fairytale. Cranston argues that Jonah represents the primal nature of man in his pan-like appearance and character, concluding that “Jonah is the embodiment of the typical qualities of the outcast, an outlaw in exile, pursuing his life of non-conformity” by distorting mythologies and fairytales and bending Christian ideology to personify anti-Christian ideals.

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Published 1 October 1989 in Volume 14 No. 2. Subjects: Gods, Greek myths, Pan, Louis Stone.

Cite as: Cranston, C A. ‘Sentimental Jonah’s Heart of Stone.’ Australian Literary Studies, vol. 14, no. 2, 1989, doi: 10.20314/als.ddc8897d93.