AP English Languageadn Composition Graduate and Columbus Discussion Paper - English III AP The Graduate and Goodbye Columbus Survival of the Fittest

AP English Languageadn Composition Graduate and Columbus Discussion Paper

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English III AP The Graduate and Goodbye, Columbus Survival of the Fittest? People are individuals and are therefore inevitably alone. Their loneliness drives them to seek similarities and consistency in their lives, all the while structuring the concept people have deemed ‘society’. Both Goodbye, Columbus and The Graduate follow stories of uninspired young men who dwell in their loneliness and question their purpose and identity. What these characters initially fail to realize, however, is that their roles are not to discover who they are, but rather to endure through pain and suffering and live on despite the hardships that result from who they are. Both Neil Klugman and Benjamin Braddock, the works’ protagonists, eventually do discover this concept, and although a reader or an audience may interpret the endings to their stories differently, both conclusions provide hope, even if just a fragment of it, and show that this hope will persevere as long as people remain strong enough to avoid the tempting surrender to the inescapable complications in life. These two texts provide readers with a new perspective to existence and prove that all, regardless of social status or identity, seek only to survive within the perilous constructs of living. Goodbye, Columbus and The Graduate seem at first glance to be post-modernist works, as both endings reveal a frightening resignation in the characters. Klugman continues with his monotonous lifestyle, while Braddock ponders the gravity of his final choices. Although people
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