Fear in Literature Twentieth-Century Literature - Essay

Twentieth-Century Literature

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

Vern Haddick

SOURCE: "Fear and Growth: Reflections on The Beast of the Jungle," in Journal of the Otto Rank Association, Vol. 9, No. 2, Winter, 1974-75, pp. 38-42.

[In the following essay, Haddick discusses Henry James's "The Beast in the Jungle" in terms of Otto Rank's concept that human life is characterized by an inner struggle between forces of fear and growth.]

Rereading Henry James' short story "The Beast in the Jungle" after several years' involvement with Rank's writings has been an exhilarating experience. With regard to Otto Rank, his insights into problems of contemporary life seem even more relevant when fleshed out with such a...

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