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William Quartner Cornell University First Year Writing Seminar January 31, 2007 Luck Has Nothing To Do With It: The nameless main character in Joseph Von Eichendorff’s Life of a Good-for- nothing acts soley upon his natural inclinations and impulses. He neither rationally consider decisions nor weighs the consequences of his actions, but instead depends heavily on his innate drives and desires. He blindly pursues love, for instance, in the face of class differences and an overwhelming chance of failure. When in danger, he instinctively flees into nature, and when words fail him, he impuslively reverts to song. Luckily for the main character, however, nature is the instrument through which chance and coincidence operate in the novella. Thus the Good-for-nothing’s seemingly poor and spontaneous decisions, which are guided by nature, enable him through absurd coincidences to amazingly realize nearly all of his dreams. Throughout his time at the palace outside Vienna, the main character is consumed
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