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Unformatted text preview: “white leviathan.” Traven rejects this philosophy, stating that “[i]t doesn’t really solve [his] problem.” Yasuda orders him to kill the fly, and Traven consents hopelessly, symbolizing his nihilistic standpoint of a fruitless existence. Even before his arrival, Traven had come to terms with this viewpoint, evinced by the fact that only item he brought was a chocolate bar. Had he any real intentions of establishing a purposeful existence on Eniwetok, he would have brought actual supplies. The deaths of his wife and son haunt him, following him throughout his journey on the island until the moment of his death in which he hopelessly concedes to death. Perhaps, he permits himself to imagine, they will speak to him after he resigns from his current futile subsistence....
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This note was uploaded on 03/18/2008 for the course ENGL 191 taught by Professor Shackelford,laura during the Fall '04 term at Penn State.
- Fall '04