Winesburg, Ohio And Cane: Literary Analysis

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The two American novels Winesburg, Ohio and Cane both represent fragmentation through the lack of connection. Although an outsider may consider Winesburg, Ohio to be a community, it is not. The word community implies communal, a whole group of people living together and knowing each other. Winesburg seems to be a fragmented community because even though every one lives together, they do not really know each other at all. The people of Winesburg are unable to communicate and connect with one another. The novel Cane appears to be fragmented in relation due to the separation of African Americans and whites, this presents the issue of inhumanity. Cane shows how humanity is fragmented because of discrimination and racism. Becky was a white woman who was impregnated by an African American man, which led to her being…show more content…
Wing Biddlebaum has a hard time communicating to others because of a hidden past that haunts him. Everything he wants to say is trapped inside of him. Teaching was the one thing in his life that he was passionate about. When teaching was taken away from him so was his love and passion. “Biddlebaum the silent began to talk, striving to put into words the ideas that had been accumulated by his mind during the long years of silence” (Anderson 10). Biddlebaum uses his hands a lot when he tries to communicate but nothing ever comes out which exemplifies a communication barrier. This barrier tends to keep people away causing him to be viewed as an outcast. “George Willard, he had many times wanted to ask about hands...He felt that there must be a reason for their strange activity and their inclination to keep hidden away” (Anderson 12). Often times when people feel that a person is keeping something hidden, like in Biddlebaum’s case, it is very hard for the other people to understand Biddlebaum’s
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