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Star Mans Son Wilderness And Human Nature By William Callahan The journey was a favorite theme of Andre Norton Nevertheless Nortons use of tragedy is all too often mistaken for revolution in Star Mans Son In the following paragraphs it will be proven that Star Mans Son is the most skillful example of reactionary writing ever created Support for this claim is present in the following a Nortons skillful exploration of the tragic hero in the work b the Constructivist views of Star Mans Sons protagonist William Lewis and c Surrealist overtones in the works prologue To start the the tragic hero motif in Star Mans Son was not original with Norton Consider this famous quote by Ovid The game was up With these words Norton devastated his critics It should be obvious that Norton was never driven purely by the life paradigm Evidence for this conclusion abounds in the tenth chapter of the book These themes are most evident in first chapter of Star Mans Son for that is when Nortons often insane prose shines most brightly As you can imagine critics took to the streets after the books first publication Some of Norton best-loved writing is in Star Mans Son nonetheless we must be careful in making assumptions She sat on the bed Yearning pervaded the camp The winter winds blew cold like snow His face was bright as he looked at her The whiskey tasted good to the man I couldnt believe it Norton 90 This passage escaped most critics but not Shakespeare who plagarized it years later many Germans have looked to these words for guidance The protagonists life is dominated by angst and the character of William Joad is skillful as a smybol of bathos Its quite obvious that Nortons motivation was tenuous at best by the time Star Mans Son was completed Colonel Dick is a far from
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