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The Psychological Predicament of Contemporary People—Analyzing the Symbolic Meaning of Cage and God in The Hairy Ape

Author(s): Guodong Zhao | Xiao Liu

Journal: Theory and Practice in Language Studies
ISSN 1799-2591

Volume: 1;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 163;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: Yank | cage | god | predicament

This essay is aimed at revealing the psychological predicament of the contemporary people through analyzing the symbolic meaning of cage and god in The Hairy Ape. In the late 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century, capitalism appeared and then developed rapidly. Science and technology were also developing. All these resulted in contemporary people’s identity crisis and bewilderment. The analysis of the symbolic meaning of cage and god may be conducive to readers’ further comprehension of Yank’s experience in finding self-belonging and freedom.
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