The Brotherhood and Love in The Novels of Saul Bellow Specially Self And Real Self In â€œHerzogâ€
This paper reveals that Herzog is a totally unconventional novel. It is much difficult to read. Reader is always in a doubt whether the action is real or just in Herzogâ€™s mind. Herzogâ€™s abrupt letters make little sense initially and are only recognizable through their italic font. A common reader cannot understand the gist of Herzog in first reading because like Herzogâ€™s mind his letters are also written in topsy-turvy situation. Sometimes he uses quotations of other languages, which have even more irritating effect. And the most irritating fact is that whatever information is shared with the reader, it is through Herzog. There is always a doubt whether it is Herzogâ€™s extra sensitivity that causes him to manipulate the situation. The narrative is first person narrative and it never comes out of Herzogâ€™s point of view. Thus, the novel is not meant for studying in social perspective. Rather, it is a psychological novel which shows the impact of various pressures on Herzogâ€™s mind. It tries to suggest the various contradictions imbedded in the structure of human society and that of an intellectualâ€™s mind in fight with his projected self and real self.