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"There Was Little Of That Harmonious Rolling Out Of God's Hand": Struggle And Balance In The Diaries Of Etty Hillesum

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This chapter proposes that Hillesum's emotional development is closely related to her writing. It examines the extent to which parallels can be drawn between her emotional development on the one hand and her writing on the other. It also examines Hillesum's worldview in which struggle and the search for balance are central themes. One of the criticisms levelled against Hillesum is a lack of literary competence. The chapter answers the following questions by analysing the Hillesum's inner struggle and closely examining her struggle with the written word: Is a single assessment of the entirety of Hillesum's writing even possible? Has her writing style in some diary entries not been influenced by emotional instability at the moment of writing? Does her writing evolve as the diary progresses?. Finally, the chapter establishes a connection between the Hillesum's inner struggle and her struggle with the written word.

Keywords: emotional development; Etty Hillesum; inner struggle; literary competence



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