The Homeless Loneliness in Thomas Wolfe’s Look Homeward, Angel
English Language, Literature & Culture
Volume 1, Issue 1, May 2016, Pages: 1-4
Received: Mar. 17, 2016; Accepted: Mar. 30, 2016; Published: May 9, 2016
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Zhao Shuwen, Foreign Languages Department, Taiyuan Normal University, Jinzhong, Shanxi Prov., China
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Look Homeward, Angel by Thomas Wolfe is a book cherishing the memory of his homeland, a book displaying the survival experience of the American South, and a book searching for the spiritual home. The main characters in the novel all feel a deep loneliness. “For Wolfe, the experience of loneliness is neither strange nor curious, but ‘inevitable and right’ because it is part of the human heart.” “Loneliness is and always has been the central and inevitable experience of every man.” The cause for this loneliness is not only from the family and social environments, but from the universal existence state as well which reflects human survival plight. It also indicates the author’s exploration and thinking of the human existence.
Thomas Wolfe, Loneliness, Homeland, Soul
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Zhao Shuwen, The Homeless Loneliness in Thomas Wolfe’s Look Homeward, Angel, English Language, Literature & Culture. Vol. 1, No. 1, 2016, pp. 1-4. doi: 10.11648/j.ellc.20160101.12
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