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The Underground Man Essay

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In the book notes from underground the main character “the underground man” is completely self-loathing and miserable because he has spent the vast majority of his life contemplating his behavior and the behavior of society as a whole never attempting to move forward in his life always trying to act against his own best interests . In the novel David golder the main character golder is also self-loathing and miserable but for a very contrasting reason the basis for his misery is a life spent with very little introspection at all. Golder has spent his entire life seeking his own best interest regardless of the cost to other people or his own moral fortitude always pressing forward never stopping to question his own behaviors or attitudes towards other people.
The underground man has allowed his life to become completely stagnate he is alone in his squalid living conditions and does not care to work anymore as a distant relative died and left him with enough money to get by on. He says “I worked to have something to eat (but for that reason alone)” this thought is countered somewhat at a later point in the book where he goes out with some acquaintances for dinner and a night of prostitution and has to borrow money which leaves him absolutely mortified and needing to hurt others to feel better about himself. He is a man without ambitions. David Golder however lives his entire life ambitiously in the pursuit of wealth and hurting and humiliating her to make himself feel in control
Golder has spent his life building and subsequently losing several fortunes investing in the gold and oil industries. When he is not off on business trips he is at home with his wife (who he loathes), his daughter (who it is later revealed is probably not actually his as his wife had an affair) whom he is obsessed with and a throng of people who he refers to as “hangers on” who are just around to mooch off the fortunes that he has...

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