Comparing Diversity in Crying of Lot 49, Good-bye, Columbus, and Survivor

analytical Essay
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1104 words

Theme of Diversity in Crying of Lot 49, Good-bye, Columbus, and Survivor

Diversity is an attribute that is seen among people, situations and

cultures. Everyone has encountered different situations at one time or more

during their lives that has either been pleasant or upsetting. Certain novels

written in the 1950's to the present show signs of multiformity very clearly.

In regards to culture, people are placed in unusual situations where their

diversity is shown.

Throughout the novella, "Good-bye, Columbus," written by Philip Roth,

conflicts are seen as far as social status among families. This novella was not

diverse in the written aspect, in fact I thought of it as easy reading. "Sure,

I should serve four different meals at once.... I should jump up and down twenty

different times? What am I, a workhorse?" (Roth 4) The reactions in Brenda's

house differ because they have a maid and Brenda's Mom doesn't have to pick up a

finger. Neal and Brenda's families are obviously placed in different social

brackets and this adds to the conflict that the relationship is not equal.

From the readers point of view, the tie that Neil feels toward Brenda is

one of physical attraction. "She dove beautifully and a moment later she was

swimming back to the side of the pool, her head of shortclipped auburn hair held

up, straight ahead of her, as though it were a rose on a long stem." (Roth 3)

He sees her only as a beautiful woman and allows that to get in the way of

actually realizing the true reasons for her actions. Brenda on the other hand

is using him to be her "slave." This is seen with all her actions that show

that she honestly does not care about his feelings, his wants or desires. "'

We'll be right back,' Brenda said to me. 'You have to sit with Julie.

Carlota's off.'"(Roth 13) She finds Neil very accommodating in fulfilling her

needs. Neil is constantly being thrown into predicaments for the first time,

such as Brenda's country club, where Neil is viably not accustomed to being.

"My next question was prompted by a desire to sound interested and thereby

regain civility; it didn't quite come out as I'd expected- I said it too loud.

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that brenda's mom doesn't have to pick up a maid, and the house differs because they have the same housemaid.
  • Analyzes the tie neil feels towards brenda.
  • Analyzes how she is using him to be her "slave." this is seen with all her actions that show.
  • Opines that it didn't quite come out as they'd expected- i said it too loud.
  • Explains that on page 85 there is the introduction of the character named koteks.
  • Analyzes how she approaches the situation in which she is placed when informed that she's the one placed in.
  • Analyzes how the novel itself is not diverse in its reading, but extremely diverse.
  • Describes lifestyles that may have been taking place in another part of the world.
  • Opines that it is a revelation to any reader who did not live through the impact.
  • Narrates how they arranged for them a hiding spot to save their lives.
  • Explains that the comic book style shows the reader in the form of pigs and frogs.
  • Describes the homes of those who fought for their lives.
  • Opines that the writing was diverse and easy to read. they recommend serving four different meals at once.
  • Analyzes how he sees her only as a beautiful woman and allows that to get in the way.
  • Explains that crying of lot 49 is seen as an entirely different world than the one we think of on a regular basis.
  • Narrates how they walked over to modrzejowska street and saw them hanged there.
  • Analyzes how the novels can all be tied together in some way as the protagonist struggles to solve his or her own problem.
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