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Alienation Literature
This paper compares the theme of alienation from society by three novelists: Ernest Hemingway in "The Sun Also Rises", F. Scott Fitzgerald in "The Great Gatsby" and Willa Cather in "The Professor's House".
# 68743 | 845 words | 0 sources | 2005 | US
Published on Sep 07, 2006 in Literature (American) , English (Analysis) , Literature (Comparative Literature)

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This paper explains that in these novels the differences in their alienation and the effects, which this alienation has on their actions, relationships and lives overall, causes the reader to view them as isolated and often unhappy characters. The author points out that Jake Barnes in Ernest Hemingway's "The Sun Also Rises" is alienated from people and from a society, which he regards as inauthentic; whereas, Nick Carroway in F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby" is alienated from the rich by how they live their lives and acquire their money. The paper relates that Godfrey St. Peter in Willa Cather's "The Professor's House" is alienated from his present life by an overwhelming and enveloping memory from his distant past.

From the Paper:

"F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby" tells of a much different, and ultimately more lethal for many of its characters, kind of alienation, springing, this time, from a combination of pursuit of wealth for its own sake, and a seedy, decadent and essentially meaningless lifestyle, as exemplified by that of the title character, jay Gatsby himself. We see, through the eyes of an increasingly alienated narrator, Nick Carroway, the ways and lifestyle of the mysterious, nouveau riche Jay Gatsby, who has earned his wealth dishonorably, through bootlegging and various other criminal activities."

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