Common Theme Of ' Look Homeward, Angel ' By Thomas Wolfe

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Common Theme of Misplacement in Thomas Wolfe’s novel, Look Homeward, Angel “The lost paradise turns into a metaphorical hell” (O’Rouke 493). For Thomas Wolfe, and his autobiographical representation, Eugene, this quote holds true. Throughout Look Homeward, Angel, this becomes quite evident. Progressing through the book, chapter by chapter, it is simple detect the common theme. Even before beginning this research paper, what the content would be obvious enough. It is clearly evident that Wolfe’s novel is highly autobiographical, in which his characters represent actual human beings of importance in his actual life. But also what shines through the text is how alone, and misplaced Wolfe, or Eugene in the case of the book, felt growing up in…show more content…
The misplacement of his closest companions causes him a struggling grief. No one understood Eugene like Grover and Ben did. Both Ben and Eugene felt like no one cared for them, no one knew them for themselves, therefore they always were ready to leave, but would always look back to home. “... it is a book, not only of Eugene’s “buried life,” but one about tragic loneliness” (Holman 406). Within Altamont, his mother also creates an addition to Eugene’s misplacement, in the way that she oppresses her son by over smothering him. As her last child, she was unable to let go. Eliza started him off at school late, refused to cut his hair, made him sleep with her, and more. His stunted growing ability made Eugene feel out of place with the boys his age. According to David O’Rouke, “Altamont is for Eugene not only an oppressive situation…” (494), which is viable in which not only Eliza but W.O Gant, Eugene’s father put limitations and pushed him before he was ready. W.O Gant had a career pathway chosen for his son before he was four years old. From ages twelve to sixteen, Eugene attended Leonard’s private school. Mr. and Mrs. Leonard were a second set of parents to Eugene. Mrs. Leonard in chapter twenty-seven, begged Eugene to stay one more year, as he was not ready to leave for college yet. But to no avail, W.O Gant sent his youngest to the university at the end of his sixteenth year. In which many felt he sent him off to college two years too

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