Henderson the Rain King: Resolving Existential Despair with Theist Existential Philosophy

Tanritanir, Bülen Cercis; Akşak, Özcan
June 2010
Journal of Graduate School of Social Sciences;Jun2010, Vol. 14 Issue 1, p1
Academic Journal
Saul Bellow has written in the modern area. Many novelists in this period have seen to problems of man that are distinctive and prevalent in the modern period. Philosophical movements in this period have also influenced writers of the time. Existentialism is one of the philosophical movements by which many writers have been influenced. This essay shows Henderson's dissatisfaction with the post-war society in Modern America and Henderson's spiritual transformation in Africa pointing to the fact that Henderson doesn't reject religion. This essay shows that Bellow uses religious elements in his novel and that he approaches Soren Kiekegaard's theist existentialist philosophy which is based on brotherhood and love.


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