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Goodbye, Columbus

Like much of Philip Roth's fiction, Goodbye, Columbus features central characters who assert their individuality but feel strong ties to a heritage about which they are nonetheless ambivalent. The...

Latest answer posted November 2, 2018, 6:15 pm (UTC)

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Goodbye, Columbus

Some of the intricacies in both the relationship that Neil and Brenda share exist on social and psychological levels. One of the reasons why their relationship is a challenging one is because of...

Latest answer posted March 29, 2014, 12:04 pm (UTC)

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Goodbye, Columbus

The climax of Roth's novella Goodbye Columbus occurs when Brenda invites Neil to Boston to celebrate the Jewish holiday of atonement, Rosh Hashanah, also the Jewish New Year. Brenda and Neil had...

Latest answer posted October 18, 2010, 2:13 am (UTC)

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Goodbye, Columbus

Goodbye, Columbus is a kind of a prototype within Philip Roth's oeuvre of his depiction of conflict and and ambiguity in a young man's perception of his religious and ethnic background. Neil is a...

Latest answer posted May 22, 2021, 4:57 am (UTC)

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Goodbye, Columbus

Here are some quotes from Goodbye, Columbus related to identity and love: Brenda says to Neil, "I had my nose fixed." When Neil asks, "What was the matter with it?" Brenda replies, "It was bumpy"...

Latest answer posted January 23, 2019, 1:46 am (UTC)

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Goodbye, Columbus

Neil is an outsider because of his complex construction. His entire relationship with Brenda makes him an outsider to his New Jersey world. Neil embodies this outsider condition in the way he...

Latest answer posted March 29, 2014, 12:36 pm (UTC)

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