American Literature in the Post World War II Essay

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The post World War II period had an enormous impact on American society and literature. Many important events occurred and affected directly to the movement of American literature. During this period, American Literature reflected the movement of disillusionment, and portrayed the lost generation. Many WWII writers adapted new approaches and philosophies in writing their novels. They portrayed the lost generation, anti-war perspective and explored the true meaning of “war hero”. Among them, the pioneers are Bernard Malamud, Ken Kesey and Joseph Heller, who wrote the Natural, One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and Catch-22. The Natural was Bernard Malamud’s first novel. Borrowing the mythological story of Fisher King and Waste Land legend, …show more content…
Malamud used fantasy words to describe how Roy and Wonderboy recreated New York Knights’ spirit when Roy strokes the ball.
“Wonderboy flashed in the sun. It caught the sphere where it was biggest. A noise like a twenty-one gun salute cracked the sky. There was a straining, ripping sound and a few drops of rain spattered to the ground” (Malamud, 74). In Greek myth, there are always evil forces attempting to distract the hero from achieving his quest. Memo Paris, Max Mercy and Gus Sands represent evil and the desire inside Roy: women, fame and wealth. Roy’s self-indulgence and childishness prevent him from seeing the signs of failure and devil around him. In the first date, Roy and Memo went swimming at the beach, but the water was polluted. Also, in that night, Memo might have killed a boy in an accident; the consequence is that “Roy had a black eye and Memo bruised her sick breast” (Malamud, 118). These details are the alerts that Memo is the destructive force weakening Roy’s strength and leading him to money trap of Gus and Judge. On the other hand, Iris Lemon is a symbol of life, reborn, and rejuvenation. She recovers Roy’s strength and supports him to finish his quest. However, Roy did not appreciate Irish’s love, and was blinded by Memo’s lust and greed. Later, Roy sold his soul to Judge and Gus. Consequentially, his secret weapon, Wonderboy, was broken down when using for the wrong purpose. In addition,

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