The Self And Beyond: A Reading of The Fixer, The Centaur, And Henderson The Rain King

Susana Bornéo Funck

Abstract


Toward the end of the three novels I'm going to discuss, the
protagonists make the following statements. Eugene penderson, in Bellow's Henderson the Rain Xing, days: "Whatever gains I ever made were always due to love and nothing else." In Updike's The Centaur, George Caldwell realizes that "Only goodness lives. But it does live." And Yakov Bok in Malamud's The Fixer recognizes that "There's no such a thing as an unpolitical man."
Isolated though they may be from the contexts in which they
appear, these statements summarize appropriately enough the lessons learned by the three protagonists after periods of
intense doubts and suffering.

Keywords


English Language; English



DOI: https://doi.org/10.5007/%25x

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