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Title

A Tragedy of Idealism in To Have and Have Not

Author

Jopi Nyman

Document Type

Essay

Citation

Nyman, Jopi. “A Tragedy of Idealism in To Have and Have Not.” In Men Alone: Masculinity, Individualism, and Hard-Boiled Fiction, 272-91. Atlanta, GA: Rodopi, 1997.

Annotation

Treats the loss of idealism, suggesting that the novel’s stance on the topic is paradoxical: without idealism, a character’s value is questionable, but to believe in any ideology is impossible within the modern world. Though Nyman discusses the loss of idealism pervading society, he focuses on Morgan’s fatal flaw, his inability to adapt his individualism and idealism in a changing world. Nyman asserts that the novel fails to provide an alternate vision, resulting in an overpowering mood of bleakness. Briefly discusses the connection between language and morality within the novel.

Published in

Men Alone: Masculinity, Individualism, and Hard-Boiled Fiction

Date

1997

Pages

272-291

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