Reading a classic work in different time and from different perspectives comes to different conclusions, the process of which greatly enriches the restudy of literature classics with power and significance. In this thesis the author attempts to interpret the deep implications of The Moon and Sixpence, giving her own opinion on the individual values and social reality which have been discussed a lot. The focus of the interpretation is put on the process in which the main role Strickland made a great effect to get rid of the realistic difficulties and achieved his ideal finally. The thesis also compares the main role and the supporting roles in the novel, with an aim to bring to light the theme of the novel: how to achieve self-salvation of humanity in society when individual values and social reality conflict.
Key words: The Moon and Sixpence; Symbolic Meanings; humanity; self salvation