The Tin Drum | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by W. Gordon Cunliffe

This literature criticism consists of approximately 22 pages of analysis & critique of The Tin Drum.
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Critical Essay by W. Gordon Cunliffe

SOURCE: "Die Blechtrommel (The Tin Drum)," in Günter Grass, Twayne Publishers, Inc., 1969, pp. 52-86.

Cunliffe is an English-born scholar of German history and literature. In the following excerpt, he presents a detailed examination of the main characters and major themes in the first section of The Tin Drum.

[The madness of The Tin Drum's main character and narrator, Oskar,] has no historic parallels and none of the associations with Nietzsche, Hölderlin, and Beethoven that lend grandeur to Thomas Mann's Adrian Leverkühn. Oskar is not a case of "O, what a noble mind is here o'erthrown," but rather of "a tale told by an idiot / Full of sound and fury, signifying nothing."

The sound and fury are represented, in the first...

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