Seize the Day | Study Guide

Saul Bellow

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Perspective and Narrator

Seize the Day is told from the third-person perspective of an omniscient narrator. Often the narrator expresses the thoughts of the protagonist, Tommy Wilhelm, in the first person.


Seize the Day is narrated in the past tense.

About the Title

Seize the Day takes its title from Dr. Tamkin's advice to main character Tommy Wilhelm. He urges Wilhelm to focus on the present. While it may seem like good advice, it also implies a lack of consideration of the past, which may offer wisdom for the current circumstances, as well as an avoidance of considering future consequences of current actions. Seizing the day becomes a mantra Tamkin uses to manipulate Wilhelm.


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