Journeys in American Journalism

Compares and contrasst four novels by famous American authors.

This paper presents summaries of Toni Morrison’s Beloved, Kate Chopin’s “The Awakening”, Henry James’s Daisy Miller, and William Faulkner’s “Light in August”, as well as a comparison, contrast, and analysis of how each novel presents the theme of “the journey”.
“While Paul D, on the other hand, does manage to escape from his enslavement, he, too, like Sethe is chained to the memories of a past that he cannot escape and can barely imagine. Indeed, some memories, such as the memory of being trapped in the bit, force Paul D to be unable to become the man that he needs to be. Ultimately, however, after the disappearance of Beloved, he is able to reclaim his manhood, and his freedom, whereas Sethe is not. Nonetheless, however, like Sethe his journey to physical freedom is discrete from his journey to psychological freedom. Thus, while journeys in Beloved may serve to accomplish a physical end, they do not necessarily ensure the types of freedoms or guarantee the sorts of outcomes that the people who undertake these journeys expect them to. Thus, journey’s in Beloved are not really successful and while they accomplish many things, they also often serve to disillusion their characters and make them realize how much work still remains to be done.”