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In the story "Loneliness" in Winesburg, Ohio, Enoch Robinson lives many...

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davidangel | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted May 15, 2008 at 7:03 AM via web

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In the story "Loneliness" in Winesburg, Ohio, Enoch Robinson lives many events. Are all these event imaginary?

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dymatsuoka | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted May 15, 2008 at 4:14 PM (Answer #1)

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Enoch Robinson, of course, is a fictional character, but in the context of the story, most of the events in his life, including his time with the artists in New York and his marriage, are meant to be events that really happened.  There was a period though, after his marriage failed and his mother died, when he took himself "out of the world of men altogether" and stayed in his room "among the people of his fancy...invented by the child-mind of Enoch Robinson".  Enoch, who had never been able to establish connection with others because he "was a complete egotist (who) wanted most of all...people of his own mind...servants...to his fancy", found that if he created people in his imagination, he could make them act the way he wanted them too, and among them, he was "happy as a child is happy".  Enoch Robinson, who "never grew up...couldn't understand people and...couldn't make people understand him".  Instead of struggling to grow beyond himself and learn to communicate, he found it easier to live in a fantasy world of his own making.  He was happy living in this way for a time, but when his illusory situation was shattered by a woman with whom he developed a relationship, he found himself once again isolated and "all alone".

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