Roger Bevins says that “all were in sorrow, or had been, or soon would be.” Vollman responds by saying “It was the nature of things” and that we are all “suffering, limited beings.”

I think that this is an interesting point of view. As humans we are bound to suffer and will face insurmountable circumstances. As a perspective, I am in the middle of the argument. I completely agree that humankind will suffer. Such is the way of things. However, I will argue that while we suffer and will continue to do so, there is light in our perseverance. It is not the suffering which defines us, but our ability to get up once again and stand our ground.

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The Bardo, at its core, seems to be an interesting take on the afterlife. Specifically, it seems to be a type of in-between point. The people in the Bardo do not believe themselves to be dead, but instead are vehement that they are alive. What is more interesting is that the people in the Bardo seem to be a physical representation of their attachments. Vollman, for example, is obsessed with sex and therefore has an eternal erection. Bevins is a collection of noses, eyes, and ears, which represent his attachment and appreciation of the world. I have to say, the Bardo is an interesting concept!

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In “The History of Love,” Leo is afraid of disappearing. He does not want to become invisible. Perhaps this is one of the reasons that he writes. Writing fiction allows him to be immortal in a sense. Those who find and read his work, much like Alma, will perceive him. At the end of the story, Leo seems to have trouble perceiving reality. When he meets another Alma, he taps and pokes her to make sure that she is real, even though he knows that it is not his Alma. Perhaps he has lost his sense of reality because he has lost himself in his writing? Either way, it is clear that he wishes to be perceived, and even though he is not perceived by his love, he kind of gets his wish.

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“The Great Gatsby” was never one of my favorite books. By no means was it uninteresting. It simply did not resonate with me on the level that many others claim to have experienced with the novel. With that in mind, I have only read it once, during my early high school years. I also saw the movie adaptation starring Tobey Maguire and Leonardo DiCaprio, but I experienced similar feelings. It simply is not the type of story for me. I am however, incredibly interested in the adaption of the novel that we are reading in class because of its graphic novel nature. I am a huge manga and comic fan, so the idea of a classic novel being adapted to fit this medium intrigues me to no end. So much so that I have already begun looking into it.

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Wyatt Smith

Wyatt Smith

I am a writer, a streamer, and an English student. I love to play video games, and my favorite one is Warframe!