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Volume 1 Issue 6

November 2014

Existentialism in Saul Bellow’s Henderson the Rain King
Ms. P. Suganthi, 
Assistant Professor and Head, 
Department of English, 
Poompuhar College, 
Mayiladuthurai, Tamil Nadu, India

Dr. R. Muralidharan, 
Professor and Head, 
School of Indian Languages, 
Tamil University, 
Tanjore, Tamil Nadu, India
Existentialism stresses the self, subjectivism, freedom, alienation and anguish. These are the foremost doctrines of existentialism. Bellow’s novels are pervaded by these raw materials of existentialism. In Henderson the Rain King, the protagonist is obsessed with the strangeness of human — kind and the cipher of human consciousness. The hero has three million dollars. But he seeks and wants more than the mundane existence of life. So, he sets outs on an adventure to Africa, to satisfy his inner self. There he fails in every choice of his with disgrace and humiliation, but he is not ready to return home. Though his choices give him trouble, make him struggle, finally he accepts the existential way of life.
Saul Bellow; Existentialism; Fractured Identity; Henderson the Rain King.
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