Hedonism in George Saunder’s The Semplica-Girl Diaries.


  • Karunsagar Kanda
  • Dr. P. Rajendra Karmarkar




American Dream, Consumerism, Hedonism, Moral Myopia.


George Saunders is an American short story writer. His writings include moral sting and stints of realism. This article is an analysis of one of his famous stories The Semplica-Girl Diaries. The story is a fine example of hedonism which means favouring pleasure and avoiding pain. This article speculates the idea of hedonism in the characters of this story and brings forth the theme of moral myopia. Hedonistic treadmill was at multiple times was being operated by those characters who try to own pleasure in spite of biting bullets. The other elements like American dream and consumerism have been analysed through the lens of narrator.


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Author Biographies

Karunsagar Kanda

PhD. Scholar, Department of English

A.U. College of Arts and Commerce

Andhra University

Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India

Dr. P. Rajendra Karmarkar


A.U. College of Arts and Commerce

Department of English, Andhra University

Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India


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How to Cite

Kanda, K. ., & Karmarkar, D. P. R. . (2021). Hedonism in George Saunder’s The Semplica-Girl Diaries. SMART MOVES JOURNAL IJELLH, 9(8), 92–103. https://doi.org/10.24113/ijellh.v9i8.11153