English 167 First Paper

English 167 First Paper - Eric Dobson 10/12/06 Section 324...

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Eric Dobson 10/12/06 Section 324 The Essential Search In Shining City, Conor McPherson asserts that human actions are motivated by an inherent curiosity to seek out the greater unknown, but that an absolute satisfaction is unattainable and that this state of searching is ultimately essential to existence. Throughout the play both John and Ian confront curiosities that they feel compelled to explore and find only more resolution to be sought. It is through their addressing this realization that the necessity of curiosity becomes apparent. The search that drives the actions of McPherson’s characters is both inherent and unending. Ian confronts this fact in scene two during a conversation with Neasa by revealing his reason for leaving her. He abandoned a position in the church to pursue their relationship but learned a valuable lesson in doing so. Ian explains “I had to make that big decision – and it was a huge thing for me – to turn my back on the church,” but in doing so he came to understand that “the fucking huge mistake I made was thinking that that was the end of the journey for me – and it wasn’t (22).” John acknowledges this same gravitation to explore what intrigues him in spite of the desirable situation he had
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