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Themes in Herling and Witkiewicz' Works
An analysis of the similarities and differences between Gustav Herling's "A World Apart" and Stanislaw Witkiewicz's "The Shoemakers."
# 103023 | 2,080 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2008 | US
Published on Apr 10, 2008 in English (Analysis) , English (Comparison) , Literature (General)

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This paper looks at two famous achievements in Polish literature - Gustav Herling's "A World Apart" and Stanislaw Witkiewicz's "The Shoemakers." The paper analyzes how each author addresses the themes of nationalism, absurdity (chiefly of the human sort), freedom and individuality. In so doing, the paper discusses the many similarities - but also a few differences - between the two works.

From the Paper:

"On the other hand, the attack on individuality in the labor camp to which Herling is condemned is of a more graphic nature. The work is brutal and monotonous and, unlike the work the Apprentices and Sajetan bristle over, there is no earthly means by which it can be avoided; one cannot quit work detail in a labor camp, after all. More than that, the prisoners are all so dehumanized that the brutalizing effects of the camp serve as levelers, stripping each of them of their individuality and reducing them to battered husks - husks so undermined and malnourished that even love-making is, almost without exception, beyond the abilities of the men during their intermittent conjugal visits with their wives (Herling, 95). In a real sense, the most vital parts of the human being - the ability to think independently and freely, the ability to make love - are shorn from the prisoners via mind-numbing and body-crippling work and oppression."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Herling, Gustav. A World Apart. Transl. Joseph Marek. London: Heinemann, 1951.
  • Witkiewicz, Stanislaw Ignacy. "The Shoemakers." The Madman and the Nun and Other Plays by Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz. Transl. Daniel G. Gerould and C.S. Durer. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1968.

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