|Plot Summary of The Armies of the Night|
|""The Armies of the Night" is Norman Mailer's first hand account of the events surrounding the march on the Pentagon in Washington D.C. in the fall of 1967. He begins by quoting a news story from "Time" which speaks of his drunken behavior at an event the night before, and then goes on to say that he wants to tell what really happened. Essentially he explains his actions during that weekend as an attempt to wake people out of their lethargy about the war. He felt that even by antagonizing people, he would be helping to energize support for the anti-war movement. Other people involved in the march were Noam Chmosky, the linguist, Robert Lowell, the poet and Dwight MacDonald, the literary critic. The book, according to Mailer, applies the techniques of the novelist to the recounting of history.
Jack Goodstein, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of The Armies of the Night|
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Political/social rights fight
- fighting for social change
Period of greatest activity?
Subject of Biography
Biography of famous person?
- American (!)
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- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Cynical sense of humor
- Very much smarter than other people
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- 4 ()
- mostly 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
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Writer's slant towards subject:
- very favorable
Story of entire life, or part?
- story of set of events during life
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- Age 16-Adult
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- little dialog
How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?
- 0-25% of book
How much is philosophy rather than life story?
- 0-25% of book
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