falling action · The surging tears of redemption, "happy oblivion," and understanding that Tommy experiences at the funeral of a stranger at the very end of the novel.
Discuss the novel in terms of oppositions and doubles. How and why does he discuss opposing forces at work within Tommy and in the world around him? What kind of character, in other words, is the urban landscape?
full title · Seize the Day author · Saul Bellow (Solomon Bellows) type of work · Novel or Novella genre · Modern novel, American novel, Novella.
themes · The predicament of modern man, the internal life of a human being motifs · Psychology, naturalism (the animal), and the city (urban landscape) symbols · Water, clothing, and Olive foreshadowing · The fact that the elevator at the beginning is "descending" and "sinking" foreshadows danger ahead–a kind of symbolic foreshadowing for the purgatorial, even hellish, environment of the rest of the novel and Tommy's state of mind.
Seize the Day was first published in 1956 along with three short stories and a one act play in the USA by Viking.