The Development of Farrell's Central Theme as Illustrated by His Characters Studs Lonigan, Danny O'Neill and Bernard Carr
Eastman, Julie Ann
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I would like to make an extension of Edgar Branch's thematic interpretation by studying in more detail Farrell's characterizations of Studs Lonigan, Danny O'Neill and Bernard Carr. As Branch has said, Farrell's literature is a study of "growth, self-discovery, creativity -- and their frustration." I will give special emphasis to man's concerns: alienation, time, freedom, waste and death. In part, this paper will be a comparative study of these concerns as they affect each protagonist to a different degree. Through the study of these three protagonists, one can see Farrell's own study of man's approach to reality, and the resolutions to the problems of such reality which man can make.