Sunday, May 26, 2019

Miss Lonelyhearts

The focus of unload Lonelyhearts begins with the American Dream and the frailty of the people whose lives have been spent trying to achieve the American Dream, only(prenominal) to have lost everything during the Depression. West paints the American Dream as an illusion, one that seems unachievable, particularly after reading the many letter written to him. The letters depress him. drip Lonelyhearts starts to believe that there is no true happiness, no true love in the human being.He seeks out companionship as a physical release, but nothing to a greater extent. This depression leads run Lonelyhearts to search for something that may bring good in the world, and turns to rescuer. Through disregard Lonelyhearts, West is addressing a commutation dilemma facing modern man having abandoned God, where do people turn to for answers?Turning to Christ does not seem to provide resolve for discharge Lonelyhearts, as he even feels that he and the world fail at religion. He initially turns to Christ when his boss, Shrike, mocks him by writing a prayer that comp bes Miss Lonelyhearts to Christ. Miss Lonelyhearts thinks that perhaps Christ can help him to help these people, but k todays that ultimately the suffering of others will be more than he can bear.He knows that he is not Christ, although he tries desperately to emulate the Christian faith, through the sacrifice of a lamb, which doesnt work. Miss Lonelyhearts is trying to find order in a chaotic world. The world exists as one in which faith should have the ability to save people, but it wont. Miss Lonelyhearts creates this order in a manner to deal with the chaos and depression. Miss Lonelyhearts believes that it is this very modern world that is killing itself.Miss Lonelyhearts does not attach emotion to people or relationships. The other people in his life are there for a purpose. Betty represents the order that he thinks that he and the world need. Emotion is not something that Miss Lonelyhearts displays in a ny way other than when he is angry. He appears to be trying to get himself out of his current situation, but the depression of his readers suggests to him that there is no hope, only despair. Christ could not provide a way out for him and turns instead to sex. His admission that he does not believe in Christ appears to come from his refusal to live the sin in his own life.Even with women and during sex, it is not as though he longs for their companionship or is even excited by their presence. It seems as though it is just another task in his day. It is a physical release. The people who write to Miss Lonelyhearts did not represent a world where love could exist. Rather, they equal a world where hearts get broken and dreams vanish.Miss Lonelyhearts lets the world beat him down. His boss is never kind or reassuring. His coworkers mock him and remind him that he must not be a man, given the position that he works in. Even punched in a bar, he does not retreat, but except even notice s. He is emasculated by Mary and others, as he retreats further and further into himself and his world.When all else fails, Miss Lonelyhearts removes himself to the country in one more attempt to free himself from this suffering. His retreat is also to nature, as nature may help the world heal itself. His suffering is revealed in his illness in the country. As he endures his suffering it is reminiscent of Christ. He endures the suffering and takes on the suffering of others. In his illness, he realizes that even leaving his job would not relieve him of this suffering, because it is now part of him. This suffering is leaving him numb. He even begins to feel like stone.His three day illness is exercise of the death of Christ. Miss Lonelyhearts returns to the city a stronger man, ready to face his battle. He seems resigned to accept Christ into his life, seems to know that his suffering is nearly over. His religious experience joins him with God and makes him faithful, ready to embrac e life. Miss Lonelyhearts finale to embrace God and life brings him the peace he needs that frees him from the suffering of his life.The Christian faith plays a major role in Miss Lonelyhearts. Miss Lonelyhearts displays his obsession with Christ with the picture of Christ that is hung on his walls. He takes the disorder of the world and tries to create a cross with it. He tries to reproduce the sacrifice of Christ by sacrificing a lamb. Ultimately, Miss Lonelyhearts fails his mission and he feels he has failed most of his life. His failed sacrifice of the lamb represents the distress of religion in the modern world and the failure of Miss Lonelyhearts to live up to the Christian faith. The stone, as used by Miss Lonelyhearts to sacrifice the lamb, is a repetitive theme in the novel.Miss Lonelyhearts speaks of the relevance of stone to him when he states that man breaks stones desperately, almost as if they know that the stones would someday break them. Stones and rocks are also used to illustrate the cold nature of the world in which Miss Lonelyhearts lives. His emotionless state is like that of a stone. When he returns from the country, feeling like a stone, suggests that he feels stronger than he has ever felt before.Miss Lonelyhearts relationship with women is detached as is his relationship to theworld. Miss Lonelyhearts brutal assault on Mrs. Doyles face, He kept hitting her until shestopped trying to hold him, therefore he ran out of the house. Miss Lonelyhearts Christian missionis obscured by the oppression of those he tries to help. His brutality towards Mrs. Doyle isthe result of his repressed emotions and her voicing of his unspoken sexual feelings. Mrs. Doylehad called Miss Lonelyhearts a fairy, again emasculating the man he was supposed to be.Miss Lonelyhearts is repulsed by individuals he views as grotesque, and finds himselfdriven toward violence in their presence. His response to these individuals reveals the violencethat he feels toward th ose that mock him or bully him. The way in which they mock him, callinghim a leper licker, leaves him feeling unsuitable for human kind.The manner in which distaff writers are discussed, as though they should be raped to teach them a lesson, combined with Miss Lonelyheartss name, continuously remind us of his emasculation. Miss Lonelyhearts is virtually a female writer himself, by name and his position as an advice columnist. Miss Lonelyhearts is not treated like a male. Even the women in his life can be cruel and overbearing. Miss Lonelyhearts continued emasculation contributes to his anger and depression.Miss Lonelyheartss job was considered to be a joke, an effort to laugh at the expense of the victims of the world. Miss Lonelyhearts considers himself to be a victim also. He feels that he has been victimized professionally. Because of Shrikes strong willed nature and his mockery of Miss Lonelyhearts faith, he feels that he is unable to provide any meaningful answers to the peopl e who write to him for help. This makes him the loneliest of all.The environment undergoes many transformations, as Miss Lonelyhearts reveals himself.Initially, Miss Lonelyhearts maintains a sterile environment, always seeking order in his world.The reveal shows a man who is struggling more than his writers would have known. His is not a sinless world. He was always seeking redemption from something and seeking redemption for others who suffered. Miss Lonelyhearts is representative of the disillusionment that can be found in the American dream and the broken promises of religion, and society as a whole.The victims who write to Miss Lonelyhearts have dreams and wishes of a better life. They have no resources to accomplish their dreams and no ability to work toward them, and their condition weakens. He asserts that even their faith cannot help them, as his Christ dream could not help him. His redemption, in the end, seems as simple as giving up as it does finding his faith.In an attem pt to offer salvation to the incapacitating throng of humanity that writes him daily in the advice column of a big city newspaper, Miss Lonelyhearts became a self-anointed crucifixion figure, who dies tragically at the hands of soul he tried so desperately to help. Having abandoned God, the newspaper has replaced traditional modes of seeking solace and compassion. Weighed in the balances of human suffering, the newspaper is found wanting.Religion that once provided man with some sense of security has been replaced by a hollow media.

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