Walden Two | Study Guide

B. F. Skinner

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Walden Two | Chapter 26 | Summary

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Summary

Unhappy with the failure to uncover any secret problem with Walden Two, Burris launches into a study with the set purpose of finding fault with the community. His conversation with a personable older woman convinces him to abandon his attempt, and this further frustrates him.

Analysis

Burris is experiencing a crisis of values. He feels he has to admit the life he has been living is substandard compared to the lives being lived in Walden Two. In Chapter 11 Burris had already chided himself for being too bookish when he considered looking into the nature of the creative impulse by going to his library. He sees Frazier's community as dynamic and open-minded. Therefore, to justify his own existence and choices up to this point in his life, he wants to discredit Walden Two. This is motivated by his desire to feel he has actually not missed out on a better life. This conflict begins the climax of the story. Burris and Castle will soon have to reconcile their long-held values to the new way of life offered in the community.

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