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What would a good thesis or subjects be for a report on Saul Bellow incorporating the...

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kktramm | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted April 21, 2012 at 9:25 PM via web

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What would a good thesis or subjects be for a report on Saul Bellow incorporating the themes of his short stories and how they relate to him? 

I basically just need help finding major themes found in Saul Bellow's short stories that relate to his life.

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thanatassa | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted April 21, 2012 at 11:08 PM (Answer #1)

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To organize a report on Saul Bellow, you might first present the major biographical themes, and then  move on to short story analysis. The major themes you might want to address are the position of Jews in North America at the time when Bellow was growing up and the nature of the Jewish intellectual milieu in Chicago and New York City. Many of his stories have protagonists who are aspiring young writers or intellectuals. Often they have certain flaws or insecurities and need to decide between artistic integrity and success. Often also there is tension between their roles as artists and academic. All of these issues are ones Bellow himself experienced.

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