Alienation in Literature
Examines isolated characters in Raymond Carver's "Cathedral," John Cheever's "The Five-Forty-Eight," Shakespeare's "Hamlet" & Albert Camus' "[The Stranger"].
# 12607 | 1,350 words | 4 sources | 1997 |
Published on Jun 19, 2003 in Drama and Theater (English) , English (Analysis) , Literature (Comparative Literature) , Shakespeare (Hamlet)
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From the Paper:"Each of the four stories under discussion portrays an individual who is distanced from society. The most extreme form of estrangement takes place in The Stranger, which is in itself an exploration of an individual's failure to make the necessary social connections that give rise to social order. In Raymond Carver's "Cathedral," we meet a man whose close-mindedness prevents him for realizing the human potential of others and his own potential for appreciating the world. John Cheever's "The Five-Forty-Eight" is an example of a man who has nothing but contempt for other human beings, holding himself above them as though he were better than them. Finally, "Hamlet" explores the descent into madness of a man who is afraid of the responsibility for uncovering an evil act.
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