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writer's journal 2-14 - They would never volunteer to go to...

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Will Boas Writer’s Journal 2/14/2011 "You don't respect those people very much, Y.T., because you're young and arrogant. But I don't respect them much either, because I'm old and wise." Page 170 This quote on page 170 is made by Uncle Enzo, the leader of the Mafia. He is discussing the future of the Mafia with Y.T. He is talking about the future members of the Mafia, and how he is worried about the future of the organization. He goes on to say how they “lack a certain fiber” and are “lifeless and beaten down.” He is explaining how people of future generations do not have the passion or the drive that people of past generations had. They only worrying about making money, not concerned with the organization they belong to.
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Unformatted text preview: They would never volunteer to go to Vietnam. Because of the timing of when this book was published, Stephenson could be relating this to an upswing in the use of technology and its effects on society. Written in 1992, a new era of technology was beginning. This increase use of technology has made things a lot easier for younger people that were quite difficult for people of past generations. Uncle Enzo mentions how old people feel like the world is coming to an end. This quote strengthens the idea of how things in the world were changing at the time this book was published, and older aged people may not have been able to keep up with the newer, faster paced society....
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