New PDF release: Alienation (Bloom's Literary Themes)

By Harold Bloom, Blake Hobby

ISBN-10: 0791097986

ISBN-13: 9780791097984

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"A Harold Bloom compilation of articles at the topic of "alienation" in significant literature. Reviewed works contain writing by means of Melville, Plath, Richard Wright, Ralph Ellison, Huxley, Salinger, Potok, Joyce, Bradbury, Goethe, Homer, Woolf, Dostoevsky, Ken Kesey, RL Stevenson, Camus, Kafka, Samuel Beckett, TS Eliot, & Hawthorne."

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Not loads a "reviewing" of works, yet a compilation of intersecting topics on alienation.

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D. Salinger Unable to summon any enthusiasm for his studies or to build real friendships with his schoolmates, he looks on the world with premature cynicism and jaded contempt, and yet at some level he also hungers for a deeper, richer, more fulfilling existence. In the opening pages of the novel, as he prepares to leave this latest school, Holden is “hanging around” campus, “trying to feel some kind of good-by” (4). The verbs are telling: He lacks direction or purpose, and he feels suspended (“hanging around”), as if he has nothing significant to do.

And certainly Wright’s early childhood was crammed with catastrophic incidents. In a few short years his father deserted his mother, he knew intense hunger, he became a drunkard begging drinks from black stevedores in Memphis saloons; he had to flee Arkansas where an uncle was lynched; he was forced to live with a fanatically religious grandmother in an atmosphere of constant bickering; he was lodged in an orphan asylum; he observed the suffering of his mother who became a permanent invalid, while fighting off the blows of the povertystricken relatives with whom he had to live; he was cheated, beaten, and kicked off jobs by white employees who disliked his eagerness to learn a trade; and to these objective circumstances must be added the subjective fact that Wright, with his sensitivity, extreme shyness, and intelligence, was a problem child who rejected his family and was by them rejected.

As a form, the blues is an autobiographical chronicle of personal catastrophe expressed lyrically. And certainly Wright’s early childhood was crammed with catastrophic incidents. In a few short years his father deserted his mother, he knew intense hunger, he became a drunkard begging drinks from black stevedores in Memphis saloons; he had to flee Arkansas where an uncle was lynched; he was forced to live with a fanatically religious grandmother in an atmosphere of constant bickering; he was lodged in an orphan asylum; he observed the suffering of his mother who became a permanent invalid, while fighting off the blows of the povertystricken relatives with whom he had to live; he was cheated, beaten, and kicked off jobs by white employees who disliked his eagerness to learn a trade; and to these objective circumstances must be added the subjective fact that Wright, with his sensitivity, extreme shyness, and intelligence, was a problem child who rejected his family and was by them rejected.

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