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tropic-of-cancer-henry-millerNarrator, Chapter 13f any man ever dared to translate all that is in his heart ... the world would go to smash.Sources: Encyclopaedia Britannica, The Guardian, New York TimesCopyright © 2017 Course Hero, Inc.BooksRepresent how literature never tells the whole truthFemale BodyRepresents sexual desire and creative powerWedding RingSymbolizes Henrys fading marriage to MonaSymbolsCivilization has gone mad and must die and then be reborn through art.Death & DyingWriting and art provide the possibility of uninhibited self-expression.Writing & ArtLife as a starving artist means facing filth and despair in a rotten world.Poverty & DiseaseSeeking a creative spark, American writer Henry Miller leaves his wife behind for 1930s Paris. He and his artist friends find more than enough inspiration in the cafés, dance halls, and brothels of Paris, along with the poverty, disease, and despair that come with life on the streets.Finding His Muses in Bohemian ParisTHEMESHas an affair with Henry Miller behind her husband Sylvesters back; will not let Henry live with herTaniaHenrys conceited, depressed, and pessimistic writer friend; has a sexist view of women that prevents him from finding intimacy and loveVan NordenHenrys passionate wife in America and the only woman he loves; sends Henry money but has left him, thanks to his terrible behavior and many betrayalsMonaAmerican writer living in poverty in Paris and writing candidly about his experiences; believes in honest self-expression and feels that civilization is dyingHenry MillerMain CharactersMiller is known for the mix of autobiography and fiction in his works, as well as his graphic descriptions of sexual encounters. His exuberant language and willingness to describe even the most appalling scenes challenged obscenity laws and influenced later writers such as Norman Mailer and Erica Jong.HENRY MILLER1891–1980AuthorEnglishOriginal Language1934Year PublishedHenry MillerAuthorTropic of CancerFictionNovel

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