Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance | Study Guide

Robert Pirsig

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zen-and-the-art-of-motorcycle-maintenance-robert-pirsigNarrator, Chapter 1ou see things vacationing on a motorcycle in away that is completely different from any other.Sources: The Guardian, New York Times, Zen and Now: On the Trailof Robert Pirsig and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Mark RichardsonCopyright © 2017 Course Hero, Inc.The Past Is PresentThe past may be forgotten, but its always with us.Classic-Romantic DivideTo know the world, some people analyze it, and some feel it.What Is Quality?Ones gut instinct knows when something is quality.ThemesPhaedrusThe narrators former self; suffered a mental breakdown while developing his “Metaphysics of Quality” philosophy and received electroconvulsive therapyChrisThe narrators 11-year-old son; accompanies his father on the motorcycle trip while fearing the way his father has changedNarratorBrilliant but mentally ill teacher, philosopher, and family man in his 40s; recovering memories as he travels with his sonMain CharactersPirsig spent much of his adult life developing his “Metaphysics of Quality,” a philosophy that demanded a vastly complicated explanation. The first version of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance was about 2,000 pages and had to be cut by 75%, so Pirsig wrote a sequel called Lila: An Inquiry into Morals.ROBERT M. PIRSIG1928–2017AuthorLearning to fix a motorcycle brings insights to fix the fathers broken life.CaliforniaFrightening memories of the fathers former self surface more and more.MontanaA father and son with a fractured relationship embark on a motorcycle trip.MinnesotaAn Emotional &MetaphysicalJourneyHaunted by memories of a painful breakdown, a father takes his son on a 17-day motorcycle trip and wrestles with the nature of truth and perception. As they near the town where they once lived, theyre forced to confront a shared past that neither of them understands.OVERVIEWEnglishOriginal Language1974Year PublishedRobert M. PirsigAuthorNonfictionZen and the Artof MotorcycleMaintenance Philosophy

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