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Dr. Tamkin, Chapter 5 man like you, humble for life, who wants to feel and live, has trouble. Sources: Critical Insights: Saul Bellow by Allan Chavkin, EncyclopaediaBritannica, The Life of Saul Bellow: To Fame and Fortune 1915–1964 byZachary Leader,, University of Chicago Copyright © 2018 Course Hero, Inc. Margaret Represents unrelentingsocial expectations Tower of Babel Signifies the inability of urbanites to communicate Water Symbolizes the suffocating pressure of modern life Symbols Tommy’s bitter, demanding, and estranged wife; feels entitled to financial support Margaret Wilhelm Charismatic conman; has questionable credentialsfor psychiatry and commodities trading Dr. Tamkin Tommy’s emotionally unavailable father and retired doctor; wants to be left in peace Dr. Adler Unemployed, middle-aged man facing personal and financial pressures; loses his ideals Tommy Wilhelm Main Characters From illegal immigrant to famous author, Bellow came to be known as one of America’s greatest Jewish authors. Bellow explored some of his issues with his own father in Seize the Day, a heartbreaking story of one man’s desperate attempt to survive and connect with other people and ultimately himself. SAUL BELLOW1915–2005 Author Attempting to meet social expectations creates rampant, suffocating materialism. Materialism Sometimes a father-son relationship fails to provide the stability it should. Fathers & Sons The cynicism and pressures of modern life create isolation and despair. Isolation Tommy Wilhelm is an out-of-work salesman who can’t pay his rent let alone the bills his estranged wife keeps sending him. When his father refuses to help him, Wilhelm invests the last of his savings in the commodities market on the advice of Dr. Tamkin, who turns out to be a fraud. One Day toAvoid LosingIt All THEMES English Original Language 1956 Year Published Saul Bellow Author Seize the Day Drama Novel

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