"A Confederacy of Dunces" by John Kennedy Toole
A discussion on the common themes expressed in the satirical novel "A Confederacy of Dunces" by John Kennedy Toole.
# 118395 | 1,462 words | 0 sources | 2009 |
Published on Jan 27, 2010 in Literature (American) , African-American Studies (Racism) , Religion and Theology (General) , Women Studies (Women and Society)
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This paper reviews the John Kennedy Toole's novel "A Confederacy of Dunces" and takes a look at the common themes that run through it. Like the central topics during the 1960s when the book was written, racism, sex and religion were portrayed in satirical fashion by Toole in his book which was publish only 11 years after his suicide. The paper introduces the main characters of the book and also describes how the humor in "A Confederacy of Dunces" revolves around a surreal interpretation of reality that ultimately laughs at the way the system has been set up in the United States, when the dunces are in power through the mid-1960s setting.
From the Paper:"Racism, sexism and religion are among the central topics of the 1960's as far as social themes are concerned. The themes are satirically played upon in Confederacy of Dunces; they are portrayed in relative satirical fashion, while implying that the dunces are in control. The bureaucracy is made up of the dunces who operate at an intermediate level of logic and social benefit, and are primarily concerned with shackling and oppressing the geniuses than actually think about something besides their own position in life, or the hierarchical order of the bureaucracy in which we find ourselves entrenched, or fighting against."
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