Strangers Quiz - Ian Tierson 4/9/2008 Professor O'Brien...

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Ian Tierson 5/12/2009 Professor O’Brien Philosophy through Literature Strangers on a Train quiz The novel Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith demonstrates the triangular structures of desire as outlined by J.M. Coetzee through Guy and Bruno’s idealization of each other’s desires. The novel also outlines the possibility that Bruno and Guy might be in love, according to definitions of love retrieved from Plato’s Symposium. J. M. Coetzee outlines Triangular desire as the desire of an object based upon ideas or people associated with it. It is not so much that Guy desires Bruno, or that Bruno desires Guy, but more that Bruno finds himself wanting the things that Guy wants or already has. This applies vice versa to Guy as well, he desires the things that Bruno wants or already has. In this particular instance, however, it is not so much material things that are desired. The things that are desired are attributes and actions. Bruno sees Guy as the type of person of whom his father would have been glad to have as a son.
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