John Gardner | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Robert Richman

This literature criticism consists of approximately 3 pages of analysis & critique of John Gardner.
This section contains 699 words
(approx. 3 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy the Critical Essay by Robert Richman

Critical Essay by Robert Richman

[Freddy's Book] is a well-written, persuasive, philosophically dramatic, and concise work in which Gardner brings into explicit, exciting battle the debilitating forces of the late 20th century existentialism and the right, or the will, to be happy, secure, and productive in life….

An admirably good, peaceful hero like Lars-Goring would be fictionally weak if the novelist considered his goodness as a Leavisian moral absolute; hence the battery of existential "tests" Gardner subjects him to. Such tests are the moral transcriptions of Gardner's intuition of real-life pressures. The qualities of endless conflict and dread, verifiable to the reader's own experience, renders the entire novel (and in particular the goodness of Lars-Goring) more mature, more poignant, more meaningful. It is the imagination's freedom from deterministic moral principles (Gardner's initial definition) that...

(read more)

This section contains 699 words
(approx. 3 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy the Critical Essay by Robert Richman
Follow Us on Facebook