By Barbara A. Heavilin, Charles W. Heavilin
From an Existential Vacuum to a sad Optimism: the quest for which means and the Presence of God in glossy Literature employs a brand new theoretical method of serious research: Victor Frankl's logotherapy (from the Greek "logos" for notice or cause and sometimes on the topic of divine wisdom), a distinct kind of existentialism. at the foundation of his observations of the facility of human persistence and transcendence - the invention of that means even in the middle of harrowing conditions - Frankl diagnoses the malaise of the present age as an "existential vacuum," a feeling of meaninglessness. He means that a panacea for this malaise might be present in creativity, love, and ethical selection - even if confronted with affliction or loss of life. He affirms that people may perhaps go beyond this vacuum, become aware of that means - or maybe final intending to be present in final Being, or God - and dwell with a feeling of "tragic optimism." This e-book observes either the present age's "existential vacuum" - a malaise of vacancy and meaninglessness - and its eager for which means and God as mirrored in 3 genres: poetry, novel, and delusion. half I, "Reflections of God within the Poetic Vision," addresses "tragic optimism" - desire while there appears no cause of wish - in poems by means of William Butler Yeats, T. S. Eliot, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and Gerard Manley Hopkins. half II, "American Angst: vacancy and hazard in John Steinbeck's significant Novels," provides a examine of Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath, East of Eden, and The wintry weather of Our Discontent - novels that jointly shape a uniquely American epic trilogy. jointly those novels inform the tale of a nation's avarice, corruption, and betrayal offset via magnanimity, heroism, and hospitality. Set opposed to the backdrop of Frankl's methods of discovering which means and success - all obliquely implying the felt presence of God - the characters are consultant each american citizens, in whose lives are mirrored a nation's worst vices and top hopes. half III, "A Tragic Optimism: The Triumph of fine within the fable Worlds of Tolkien, Lewis, and Rowling," defines fable and technological know-how fiction as mirrors with which to view truth. J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the earrings, C. S. Lewis' That Hideous power, and J. ok. Rowling's Harry Potter sequence are thought of within the gentle of Frankl's logotherapy - supplying paths to that means and the final word intending to be present in God. In a postmodern, fragmented age, those works confirm a continuous imaginative and prescient of God (often via His felt absence) and, additionally, a such a lot human craving for that means even if there seems none - offering, as Frankl continues, "a tragic optimism."