Tough Guys Don't Dance Themes & Social Concerns

This Study Guide consists of approximately 4 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of Tough Guys Don't Dance.
This section contains 226 words
(approx. 1 page at 300 words per page)
Buy the Tough Guys Don't Dance Short Guide

Tough Guys Don't Dance Summary & Study Guide Description

Tough Guys Don't Dance Summary & Study Guide includes comprehensive information and analysis to help you understand the book. This study guide contains the following sections:

This detailed literature summary also contains Related Titles on Tough Guys Don't Dance by Norman Mailer.

Preview of Tough Guys Don't Dance Summary:

most of Mailer's writings, both Infiction and nonfiction, he has been concerned with the role of violence in American life. In his seminal essay, "The White Negro" (1957), he contrasted individual violence to the collective violence of the state. To Mailer, the state was capable of inflicting much more damage on individuals than individuals could inflict on themselves. In fact, for Mailer, an individual act of violence might even be a defensible rebellion against the repressive nature of society. Consequently, he has tended to create fictional heroes, such as Stephen Rojack in An American Dream (1965), who renew themselves through violence. In Tough Guys Don't Dance, Mailer reverses the usual order of things in his fiction. The novel begins with its hero, Tim Madden, wondering whether the severed head he discovers in his marijuana hideaway is the gory result of a drunken evening's debauchery which turned violent. Waking...

(read more)

This section contains 226 words
(approx. 1 page at 300 words per page)
Buy the Tough Guys Don't Dance Short Guide
Copyrights
Gale
Tough Guys Don't Dance from Gale. ©2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved.
Follow Us on Facebook