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There is the sense, in fact, that the experience was the catalyst for his visit to the doctor—in other words, in Vermont Alex discovered the need to change, and his need to vent his anger about what he is changing from in order for the change to something else to become possible. When he journeys outside of America to Israel, he is in effect much less free than he was when he was Jewish in New Jersey. If, as discussed above, sexuality for the central character means freedom, then the fact that he is sexually dysfunctional in Israel (where, as he himself admits, he is more Jewish than he ever was at home) suggests that the more Jewish he is, the less free he is.

8. let's face it, Ma, I am the smartest and neatest little boy in the history of my school! Teachers ... " p. 15. how can she rise with me on the crest of my genius during those dusky beautiful hours after school, and then at night, because I will not eat some string beans and a baked potato, point a bread knife at my heart? " p. 17. I was wholly incapable of keeping my paws from my dong once it started the climb up my belly," p. 18. "... no money, no schooling, no language, no learning, curiosity without culture, drive without opportunity, experience without wisdom ...

36 Social Concerns/Themes Portnoy's Complaint is a tour de force novel of the 1960s containing flashbacks to the 1930s. Portnoy, the main protagonist, is plagued by masturbation problems and by a possessive Jewish mother. He rejects conventional morality but is overwhelmed with a guilt complex, from which he cannot free himself. He is guided by social and psychological forces beyond his control; he tries to assert himself boldly but at the same time is held back by his own defense mechanism. He is tormented because he cannot justify his role in society.

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