CliffsNotes on Bellow's Herzog

CliffsNotes on Bellow's Herzog

CliffsNotes on Bellow's Herzog

CliffsNotes on Bellow's Herzog

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Herzog is a portrait of an introspective, troubled hero. Saul Bellow has expressed his fear that the human species is losing its foothold on sanity and that the individual person is losing his capacity to comprehend ideas and to feel genuine emotions. Lacking necessary, justifiable ideologies, we are thrown back upon ourselves only to discover our own emptiness. Without moral certainty or without clear, rational explanations of the meaning of life, modern man is deeply troubled. Herzog is Bellow’s modern man, exploring the possibilities of the individual in contemporary society. Continually, he is assailed by neuroses and forces beyond his control, and he must struggle to maintain his identity and his humanity. It is this crisis of identity which is at the heart of Bellow’s novel.

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