Academic Journal of Modern Philology vol. 5 (2016)
Die nihilistischen Protagonisten im Roman Peace von Alexa Hennig von Lange
Alexa Hennig von Lange depicts in the novel Peace the nihilism of the protagonists. They have a penhant for self-destruction. The figures suffer from alcoholism, drug addiction, depressions, apathy and anorexia. Alexa Hennig von Lange masterly portrays in her novel loneliness of the protagonists. She depicts the extreme border situations of the figures such as: suffering and perturbation of their identity. Alexa Hennig von Lange masterly depicts the complexity of the problems that afflict the young generation. Her works, particularly Peace, deal with the existential fears of the youth. The protagonist Joshua grows up in the pathological family and has to interfere in the conflicts of the adults, despite his own adolescence problems. The teenager confides that he is very lonely and cannot depend on his parents. This novel highlights the profound significance of childhood and parents, who prepare their children for the social life. It is the past, particularly childhood, that appears as the moral values foundation in life of the protagonists. The author reveals the grief of the protagonists after their lost childhood. Peace explicitly refers to the existentialism as it portrays suffering, death and existential fears. The text emphasizes the overriding value of the existence. Peace refers to the works of Simone de Beauvoir.
Keywords: nihilism, loneliness, existential fears, addiction, anorexia.