By Harold Bloom, Blake Hobby
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"A Harold Bloom compilation of articles at the topic of "alienation" in significant literature. Reviewed works contain 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 loads a "reviewing" of works, yet a compilation of intersecting topics on alienation.
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And just as Wright, the man, represents the blooming of the delinquent child of the autobiography, just so does Black Boy represent the flowering—cross-fertilized by pollen blown by the winds of strange cultures—of the humble blues lyric. There is, as in all acts of creation, a world of mystery in this, but there is also enough that is comprehensible for Americans to create the social atmosphere in which other black boys might freely bloom. For certainly, in the historical sense, Wright is no exception.
Don’t you want to be free and men? ” Rage was making him fluent; the words came easily, in a rush. ” he repeated, but got no answer to his question. “Very well, then,” he went on grimly. ” And pushing open a window that looked on to the inner court of the Hospital, he began to throw the little pill-boxes of soma tablets in handfuls out into the area (BNW 218-9). But the soma-stupefied Deltas want none of this “freedom,” and John’s refusal to take the escapist path leads ultimately to his death.
And the dictator (unless he needs cannon fodder and families with which to colonize empty or conquered territories) will do well to encourage that freedom. In conjunction with the freedom to daydream under the influence of dope and movies and the radio, it will help to reconcile his subjects to the servitude which is their fate” (xvii). Therefore, children are encouraged to engage in erotic play from a young age, and promiscuity is enforced. John the Savage, as a true outsider to the Brave New World, embodies the alienation caused by “Freudian” complexes.
Alienation (Bloom's Literary Themes) by Harold Bloom, Blake Hobby