Walden Two | Study Guide

B. F. Skinner

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Walden Two | Chapter 18 | Summary

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This chapter brings the rather quiet background character of Rogers to the forefront as he lauds Frazier's genius and the accomplishments of Walden Two in a conversation with Burris. He also shares his criticism of his fiancée, Barbara, who he says would never agree to live in an environment like Walden Two.

Analysis

Rogers is quick to label Frazier a genius, and Burris tries to counter this with comments emphasizing the group effort involved in the community and the previous work in psychology that made Walden Two a possibility. Rogers is struggling with his desires. He is strongly in favor of becoming part of the experimental community because he sees its benefits for transforming society. However, Barbara is at odds with it and wants the traditional lifestyle. He admits he could "adjust to her kind of life," but he is not sure he wants to relinquish a very different kind of life, one he considers to be better. This chapter portrays the inevitable struggle one would face if presented with the opportunity to live in a social construct completely different from the norm. Rogers's inner resolve is a turning point in the story. He is the first convert to the experimental community. His appreciation of Walden Two can open the door for others to agree, or in Barbara's instance, disagree. This is the ongoing struggle Skinner uses to add tension. It is the battle between two different societies. It is also a psychological battle between the known and the unknown.

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