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Disillusionment

Adams, Nick
loses innocence through WWI experience. [Am. Lit.: “The Killers”]
Angry Young Men
disillusioned postwar writers of Britain, such as Osborne and Amis. [Br. Lit.: Benét, 37]
Blaine, Amory
world-weary youth, typical of the lost generation that finds life unfulfilling. [Am. Lit.: This Side of Paradise]
Chardon, Lucien
(de Rubempré) young poet realizes he is not destined for success. [Fr. Lit.: Balzac Lost Illusions in Magill II, 595]
Chuzzlewit, Martin
swindled, becomes disillusioned with Americans. [Br. Lit.: Martin Chuzzlewit]
de Lamare, Jeanne
heartbroken by her husband’s neglect and the discovery of his infidelities. [Fr. Lit.: Maupassant A Woman’s Life in Magill I, 1127]
Dodsworth, Sam
disillusioned with wife, European tour, and American situation. [Am. Lit.: Dodsworth]
Eden, Martin
attains success as a writer but loses desire to live when isolated from former friends and disenchanted with new ones. [Am. Lit.: Martin Eden]
Journey to the End of the Night
exposing the philosophy of post-war disillusionment. [Fr. Lit.: Journey to the End of the Night, Magill I, 453–455]
Kennaston, Felix
learns in middle age that his life of romantic dreams was baseless. [Am. Lit.: The Cream of the Jest in Magill I, 168]
Krasov, Kuzma Ilich
frustrated writer considers life complete waste. [Russ. Lit.: The Village]
Loman, Willy
salesman victimized by own and America’s values. [Am. Lit.: Death of a Salesman]
Lost Generation
intellectuals and aesthetes, rootless and disillusioned, who came to maturity during World War I. [Am. Lit.: Benét, 600]
March, Augie
“everyone got bitterness in his chosen thing.” [Am. Lit.: The Adventures of Augie March]
Melody, Cornelius
a failing tavern-keeper, flamboyantly boasts of his past. [Am. Drama: Eugene O’Neill A Touch of the Poet in Benét, 737]
Mysterious Stranger, The
naive youth is convinced by the devil that morals are false, God doesn’t exist, and there is no heaven or hell. [Am. Lit.: Benét, 697]
O’Hanlon, Virginia
(1890–1971) N.Y. Sun editorial dispels her disillusionment about Santa Claus (1897). [Am. Hist.: Rockwell, 188]
Pococurante
wealthy count who has lost his taste for most literature, art, music, and women. [Fr. Lit.: Candide]
Rasselas
prince and his companions search in vain for greater fulfillment than is possible in their Happy Valley. [Br. Lit.: Rasselas in Magill I, 804]
Smith, Winston
clerk loses out in totalitarian world. [Br. Lit.: 1984]
Webber, George
finds his native Southern town has degenerated morally and that his idealized, romantic Germany is corrupted. [Am. Lit.: Thomas Wolfe You Can’t Go Home Again]
References in classic literature ?
Levin had not the heart to disillusion him of the notion that there could be something delightful apart from her, and so said nothing.
For the rest any kind word about "The Return" (and there have been such words said at different times) awakens in me the liveliest gratitude, for I know how much the writing of that fantasy has cost me in sheer toil, in temper, and in disillusion.
On D'Artagnan's lips there played one of those rare and melancholy smiles which seemed to emanate from the depth of his soul -- the last trace of youth and happiness that had survived life's disillusions.
Consequently, for potential congregations, disillusion creeps in and they ask what has this parade of do-gooding, laced with fairy stores (which is how many consider religion) to do with the real world.
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examines the causes of this disillusion and defends the human capacity to know by analyzing alternatives offered by the work of Richard Rorty and Bernard Lonergan, who differ in some ways but agree that philosophy has relied too much on intuitionism.
In this hermetic, process-dominated environment, Henry Burton's disillusion becomes just one more prepackaged sentiment.