The Hopeless Nature of Life Comparison Essay by Jay Writtings LLC

The Hopeless Nature of Life
An analysis and comparison of "Dinosauria, We" by Charles Bukowski and "The Dummy" By Susan Sontag.
# 118447 | 1,346 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Jan 31, 2010 in Literature (American) , Literature (Comparative Literature) , Sociology (General)

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The paper looks at how "Dinosauria, We" by Charles Bukowski, and "The Dummy" by Susan Sontag, both view the bulk of humanity to be unhappy. The paper contrasts the solutions the authors find: Bukowski aims to disown the current lives which are lived through their complete destruction, while Sontag offers an inanimate replacement to life. The paper highlights how the problem of unhappiness is very real, and something worth considering both on a personal and global level.

Coping with the Hopeless Nature of Life
The Literary Perspectives
The Case Correlation of Cynicism
The Detachment of Man
Distant Solutions

From the Paper:

"Life in and of itself is a challenge, and while the whole of humanity essentially accepts this challenge and continues on with life, others ask questions, the answers of which may lead of feelings of helplessness in regards to the forces of life, resulting in a loss of hope. A few pieces of literature in which this is done are "Dinosauria, We" by Charles Bukowski, alongside "The Dummy" by Susan Sontag. Each of these essays presents an expectation as to life as a direct result of their sense of hopelessness, which each author approaches from a direct angle, and each finding a different resolution. Hope and hopelessness are both coexisting and powerful experiences in the human condition, the dynamics of which are complex across relationships including those of individuals, family, and intimate experiences, while also being embedded within wider historical context and social processes. (Flaskas 186) Thus, considering the intrinsic nature of hope within humanity, its negative counterbalance is an emotion explored through literature such as the works considered."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Flaskas, Carmel. "" Journal of Family Therapy. 29.3, (2007) pp. 186-202.
  • Miller, Courtney Waite; Roloff, Michael E.. "" International Journal of Conflict Management (2004-current). 17.4, (2006) pp. 291-315.
  • Lyubomirsky, Sonja; Tkach, Chris; DiMatteo, M.. "" Social Indicators Research. 78.3, (2006) pp. 363-404.
  • Laqueur, Walter. . New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 1999.

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