Nightwood

“This dream that now had all its parts had still the former quality of never really having been her grandmother’s room. She herself did not seem to be there in person, nor able to give an invitation. She had wanted to put her hands on something in this room to prove it; the dream had never permitted her to do so.”

Barnes, Djuna, and T. S. Eliot. Nightwood. New York: New Directions, 1961. Print. 68.

This passage caught my attention because I believe it outlines the restriction inflicted upon the main character, which I believe to be prevalent in many of our readings. This internal conflict can be noted in Untouchable, where Bakha wants to announce to the Mahatma that he, an Untouchable, is there but in the end he does not pull through. This concept is outlined throughout the entirety of Heart of Darkness where Marcher is at a constant battle with his true feelings about life and about May. This trapped feeling is also seen in the characters of Cane, where they are surrounded by suffrage with no escape. I think that in many novels, there is a character succumbed by internal conflict and the feeling of being trapped, either in an environment or in one’s self. I believe that this aspect is important towards personal growth and development within a novel.

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