Making even more specific usage of H2O imagination. Nature is like a great sea on which adult male can drift. and in one beautiful simile Bellow links Wilhelm’s self-destructiveness with these images of submerging: Like a ball in the breaker.
Human wretchedness is by and large the consequence of one of two things: being in a status of life that is unbearable or being trapped within a ego that creates its ain snake pit. because he sensed that a immense problem long presaged but till now formless was due. The hotel itself is described as if it were beneath the Waterss and being viewed from them.
as if they were really cognizant of their metaphorical being beneath the Waterss. and they build toward the climactic concluding scene in which the sudden reversal of the image is felt. Wilhelm quotes several times from Milton’s Lycidas: Sunk though he be beneath the wat’ry floor.
Saul Bellow’s Seize the Day is one of the most deeply sad novels to be written since Tender is the Night. during the seven hours or so that comprise the action of the novel. and in such profound wretchedness that one can barely conceive of his traveling on. his characteristic self-loathing falls off and he even feels within himself the powers of a Jesus. what truly entreaties to him about going an histrion is that he believes that in this manner he can be a lover to the whole universe. The fresh clears with Wilhelm’s coming down in an lift from the 23rd floor of the Hotel Gloriana in New York City to the first balcony to hold breakfast with his male parent. Then the smooth door opened and the great dark red uneven rug that covered the anteroom billowed toward Wilhelm’s pess.
all the problems that constitute the present status of Wilhelm Adler descend upon him and oppress him. The sense of a cosmopolitan spirit that unites and blesses all world has late come to him as he is walking through a dark tunnel beneath Times Square: A general love for all these imperfect and lurid-looking people burst out in Wilhelm’s chest.
since there were deepnesss in Wilhelm non unsuspected by himself. Although such feelings ne’er last long and are normally fled from instead than welcomed. that makes possible the birth of Wilhelm’s psyche at the terminal of the novel. the clearest indicant that the action of Seize the Day is dry is found in Bellow’s attitude toward man’s emotional nature. is the attention he has taken to weave his imagination into so much of the novel. Our apprehension of how Bellow utilizations H2O imagination non merely underlines for us his thematic purpose. takes on the glow of the symbol ; and like other great symbolist accomplishments. The image of the drowning Wilhelm is the commanding one.
Wilhelm does non emerge triumphantly out of his problems ; but the really sufferings they cause him hold brought his psyche into being: Wilhelm’s Pretender psyche has died. Marcus Klein has pointed out that At the minute of decease. He curses himself for holding fought with his male parent: But at the same clip. more specifically this demand to love and be loved. a technique that gives a peculiar sort of enjoyable strength that is non found in novels that employ other methods.
that if he relies on nature it will maintain him up.
In the first transition Tamkin is stating Wilhelm non to fear.
At minutes he ceases from flight and prosecute the good. Merely so can one appreciate the dual significance the image holds.
Possibly he was supposed to do them and endure for them on this Earth. Understanding the construction of Bellow’s novel to be dry. Man’s psyche has existence merely when it can love and experience love in return. Even when Wilhelm is being depicted least sympathetically. Thus our understanding is continual in a manner that it is non. In the first portion of the novel the image of the drowning Wilhelm is merely hardly suggested and in a manner that would hold small significance if it were non strengthened by the presence of other things: closely related H2O images and figures of address associating his predicament to that of a drowning adult male. implicit but veiled in the narrative of Wilhelm’s twenty-four hours.