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Culture and Organization Volume 20, - Issue 1. Published online: 17 Dec Published online: 5 Nov John G. The dying animal could refer to the main protagonist, David Kepesh, who belongs to the generation that "managed not to be born before Roosevelt took office" Roth , and who is being stripped of social dominance due to society's prejudices and stereotypes against the elderly.
In addition, further references to the dying animal have been traced in the aging male sexual psyche and numerous reviewers are in agreement with Williams , who has characterized Roth's novel as "an elegy for that bygone time of professional white male license". It is interesting to note that the film adaptation of Roth's Dying Animal is entitled Elegy.
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Kepesh's intellectual and sexual dexterity aids him in reclaiming "some stake in a patriarchy lost by virtue of his advanced years" Sutherland 3. Although he recognizes that "It's sex that disorders our normally disordered lives" Roth 33 and that at sixty-two "the organ most conspicuous throughout [his] life is doomed to dwindle into insignificance" 34 , his advanced age does not discourage him from taking part in the "carnal aspect of the human comedy" An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page.
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Introduction Since its beginnings in the s, the academic novel has evolved from a sub-genre to a mainstream genre in American fiction, with an abundance of works not only by professors, but also by renowned contemporary American novelists. Philip Roth's The Dying Animal Roth's The Dying Animal has been described by Shostak as a "brutally honest exploration of male sexuality confronted by desires that will not die even in the face of disease and decay".