Kenzaburō Ōe Long Fiction Analysis - Essay

Kenzaburō Ōe Long Fiction Analysis

(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

Madness and despair are the recurring themes in the novels of Kenzaburo e. His main characters are usually trapped physically, psychologically, or metaphorically. They realize their entrapment when they find themselves suddenly alienated from the major part of society to which they thought they belonged. The harder the victims try to escape from their trap, the more impossible escape becomes. Madness and despair then start to develop and reverberate in the characters’ lonely confinement. They become somewhat disoriented and therefore become social misfits. The conflict between the ostracized (minority) and the authoritarian (majority) is presented in e’s fiction in various forms: adults versus children, teachers versus juvenile...

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