The Golden Notebook Themes & Symbolism

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In reflecting the complexities and entanglements of contemporary life, Lessing offers a complete exploration of an individual trying to discover who she is in this ever-changing environment. The interior mindscape of the individual reflects the exterior world in which we live.

Having written a successful novel that others misread, including individuals who will be creating a film version, Anna realizes that she herself mistakenly approaches her memories with nostalgia and colors the truth. Thus, she attempts to record events in diary form—to present the truth more accurately. Anna's attempts to meticulously record the "truth" in her notebooks, however, fail. Eventually, Anna realizes that no one approach or theory will allow an individual to recognize the whole person.

Although Anna's state of mental disarray does not consume the bulk of the book, the disintegration provides a realistic portrayal of mental confusion. Such existential explorations will explore suicidal...

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Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction and Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults
The Golden Notebook from Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction and Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults. ©2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved.