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Nathanael West

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Narrator, “Miss Lonelyhearts and the Clean Old Man” e felt as though his heart were a bomb ... wrecking the world without rocking it. Sources: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Lonelyhearts: The ScrewballWorld of Nathanael West and Eileen McKenney by Marion Meade, Nathanael West: The Art of His Life by Martin Jay Copyright © 2017 Course Hero, Inc. Medal Symbolizes the meaningless mystery of Miss Lonelyhearts’s women Cross Stands for Miss Lonelyhearts’s attempt to save his readership Lamb Represents Miss Lonelyhearts himself as a botched sacrifice Symbols Good-natured, trusting woman; dreams of married bliss with Miss Lonelyhearts Betty Unhappily married, resentful gas meter reader; shoots Miss Lonelyhearts Peter Doyle Cynical newspaper editor; mocks Miss Lonelyhearts’s conversion to Christianity Shrike Advice columnist; cannot fully harden himself against his letter writers’ pain Miss Lonelyhearts Main Characters West was born Nathan Weinstein in New York City and took his inspiration for Miss Lonelyhearts from a reporter friend who was stuck answering “Susan Chester Heart-to-Heart Letters.” West is known for his tragicomic novels in which ordinary people are enraged by the flimsy illusions they have been sold. NATHANAEL WEST1903–40 Author Miss Lonelyhearts has lofty aims, but they end in failure, saving no one. Sacrifice Miss Lonelyhearts feels condescending pity for the people who write to him. Pity The lovelorn who write to Miss Lonelyhearts cling to their futile dreams. Dreams In Prohibition-era New York City, a jaded reporter takes a job as an advice columnist under the pen name “Miss Lonelyhearts.” The suffering he is exposed to is all too real, and he makes a doomed attempt to become a savior to all humankind. Cynical ReporterTurns DoomedSavior THEMES English Original Language 1933 Year Published Nathanael West Author MissLonelyhearts Comedy Novel

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