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ERIC Number: ED033134
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
Pages: 5
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Allan Sillitoe's Lonely Hero.
Obst, Jennifer
Minnesota English Journal, v5 n1 p44-7 Winter 1969
The hero of Allan Sillitoe's novel, "The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner," differs in many ways from the typical modern existential hero. Unlike the anti-hero, Smith is not searching for values, for he understands what life is and accepts it. He follows a code of honesty and hates "phonies." He is aware of class distinctions and sees the world as a confrontation between the "In-laws" and the "Out-laws"; he recognizes himself as one of the Out-laws but is not dismayed or less alienated by the situation. Like the anti-hero, he is lonely, but the main distinction between Smith and the anti-hero is that, while the anti-hero abstains from contact with society, Sillitoe's hero deliberately becomes involved in fighting society, thus alienating himself. For example, he trains for the race and then deliberately loses it. Smith's "proud, stubborn, and independent spirit is the source of his loneliness, and the source of his heroism." (LH)
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Identifiers: Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner