Inhuman Bondage

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Inhuman Bondage

The plot of this book is one man’s struggle to find himself in a cruel world. He faces many obstacles including being orphaned, handicapped, unsure religion and a hopeless romantic. Toward the beginning of the book he may come off to some as an unlikeable self pitying snob but by the end of the book you are hoping for the best for him and proud of him for pulling threw. He ends up making genuine friends and finding true love. Because of the wide range of the book there is no specific thesis, but instead the main idea of the story is to show and explain how times were during American slavery and the findings of historians and economists. The title of the story has everything to do with the enslavement of human spirit because of the social physical and mental conflicts. The message is inanity and absurdity of life and Phillip’s major growth as a person. Maugham wrote this book because it was something he could relate to because of similar things in his life. His story, Of Human Bondage, can teach you that if you work hard you can succeed no matter the circumstances. Vice versa if you just rest in yourself pity that is all you ever will do and never will prevail.

Most of this book is autobiographical with a change in scene. The time frame of this book is 1885 to around 1905. Maugham’s of Human Bondage is about a boy name Phillip Carey who was a clubfoot orphan. After his mom dies when he was 9 and his father’s death six months earlier, he goes to live with his aunt and uncle. They are non parents and inconsiderate to his feelings and pay him little attention. His aunt tried to take over the place of his mother but his uncle was the exact opposite. He goes against his uncle’s way of religion but is kind of confused on what he does and does not believe in. He also becomes very fond of reading novels. This book takes place in England, Germany and France. Philip is sent to boarding school to become a clergymen but he hates his school because it...
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