Fetishes In "Mother Night" and "Winesburg, Ohio"
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The paper describes the role of literary fetishes in Kurt Vonnegut's "Mother Night" and Sherwood Anderson's "Winesburg, Ohio." The paper compares and contrasts Vonnegut's and Anderson's use of fetish, and highlights how Anderson's characters, while all having a fetish, have one that is somewhat less rigid. The paper shows, however, how Vonnegut's characters are more rigid and are forced to die if a dramatic event occurs.
From the Paper:"Sherwood Anderson's novel Winesburg, Ohio and Kurt Vonnegut's Mother Night both demonstrate characters that develop fetishes. In this literary sense, a fetish is an object or behavior that allows a character to ''cope'' with a past trauma. Winesburg Ohio can be summarized as an entire novel of literary fetishes. An argument could be made for most characters in that novel's worth of characters having fetishes. However, in Mother Night, not every character can be seen as having a literary fetish. At the same time, the novels have a different level of malleability and severity to their character's fetishes. Winesburg, Ohio displays characters whose literary fetishes the keep those characters functional for a period of time after the initial trauma; whereas Mother Night has stronger literary fetishes, which act as a necessity for the characters possessing them."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Anderson, Sherwood. Winesburg, Ohio. New York: Penguin Books, 1992.
- Vonnegut, Kurt. Mother Night. New York: Dial Press Trade Paperbacks, 1961.
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