All You Zombies

All You Zombies - different stage in his life. Ultimately,...

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Daniel Pearson Ms. Shackelford Journal Entry All You Zombies-- All too often people become completely absorbed in their own lives, neglecting to consider the thoughts or feelings of others. In Robert Heinlein’s short story “All You Zombies —,” one recognizes that without others, life is miserable. The protagonist of the story turns out to be living an egoist’s dream – he is every notable character in the story. He is his own lover, his own father and mother, and he recruits himself to be a time traveler. Through this loophole of sorts, the narrator has found a way in which to achieve eternal life. Unfortunately, however, this demands a cyclic existence, repeating the same actions over and over again. Each person he meets is himself from a different time period, at a
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Unformatted text preview: different stage in his life. Ultimately, he grows sick of always meeting himself (or herself), referring to his other entities as zombies. This loss of freewill coupled with a cyclic existence leads the protagonist to drinking himself to a state of solemn acceptance of his life (a drink which he ironically won from a bet he made with himself). Nothing is new to him. His life becomes a headache to him and he takes medicine to address the pain but it makes his other versions disappear. Alone, he finds himself miserable and the only apparent escape for his suffering is suicide. As such, he resigns from his existence and crawls into bed....
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