Harold Bloom, Blake Hobby's Alienation (Bloom's Literary Themes) PDF

By Harold Bloom, Blake Hobby

ISBN-10: 0791097986

ISBN-13: 9780791097984

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"A Harold Bloom compilation of articles at the subject matter of "alienation" in significant literature. Reviewed works comprise writing by way 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."

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

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A variety of grotesque body images supplement the metaphor of a jungle-like city. On the first pages, Esther refers to the “fusty, peanut-smelling mouth of every subway” (1); the Rosenbergs The Bell Jar 17 “being burned alive” all along their nerves (1); the “dry, cindery dust” (like that of Eliot’s The Waste Land) blowing down her throat (1); the memory of a cadaver that resembled “some black, noseless balloon stinking of vinegar” (2); and the sight of her new clothes “hanging limp as fish in my closet” (2).

Holden Caulfield, the novel’s adolescent central character, seems alienated from most of his teachers and schoolmates, much of his family, and much of society at large. Although he interacts with numerous people during the three days the novel depicts, he remains fundamentally withdrawn and isolated; he is estranged and distant from others and even, to some degree, from himself. He has no real or deep friendships; most of his interactions are superficial, and many of his relationships are insincere.

Through John the Savage he expresses the human need for God; through Mustapha Mond, he affirms the values of science and life.  . It was a masterly piece of work. But once you began admitting explanations in terms of purpose—well, you didn’t know what the result might be. It was the sort of idea that might easily decondition the more unsettled minds among the higher castes—make them lose their faith in happiness as the Sovereign Good and take to believing, instead, that the goal was somewhere beyond, somewhere outside the present human 38 Aldous Huxley sphere; that the purpose of life was not the maintenance of wellbeing, but some intensification and refining of consciousness, some enlargement of knowledge (BNW 180).

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