Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance | Study Guide

Robert Pirsig

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Part 1, Chapter 1 The narrator explains he's motorcycling to Montana with his 11-year-old son, Chris, and a couple named John and Sylvia S... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 2 Building on the sense of unease he introduced in Chapter 1, the narrator opens Chapter 2 with the remark: "Lately there'... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 3 Storm clouds are massing both literally and figuratively in Chapter 3. The atmosphere is oppressive, and it's getting da... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 4 The narrator is the only traveler awake when the chapter begins. While he waits for the others to wake up, he mentally r... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 5 As the travelers near the High Plains, everyone's mood shifts. They stop to refuel in a small town and find their surrou... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 6 "Now I want to begin to fulfill a certain obligation," says the narrator, "by stating that there was one person, no long... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 7 The relationship of the four travelers is now under a great deal of strain. The heat is unbearable. At one point, the th... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 8 In this chapter, the narrator leads readers through a "mindful" motorcycle repair because the art of motorcycle maintena... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 9 Most of this chapter is devoted to an educational lecture, or Chautauqua, on basic philosophical principles of logic. "T... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 10 The narrator announces his meditations have now arrived at a point where it's possible to discuss Phaedrus's "break from... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 11 The travelers reach the mountains now, and the narrator remembers the route well. He flashes back to when Phaedrus used ... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 12 The narrator, Chris, and the Sutherlands will be spending the night with the DeWeeses, a couple Phaedrus knew well but t... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 13 The travelers will soon reach the university in Bozeman, Montana, and the narrator is dreading it. He has nothing but ba... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 14 The four travelers arrive at the home of Robert DeWeese and his wife, Gennie, where they will spend the night. The narra... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 15 The Sutherlands decide to return home while Chris and the narrator continue their trip. Everyone feels melancholy, and S... Read More
Part 3, Chapter 16 In this chapter the narrator and Chris climb a mountain, and the narrator reflects that every major religion has an alle... Read More
Part 3, Chapter 17 As Chris and the narrator climb the mountain, Chris feels tired and unwell. The narrator suggests Chris climb more slowl... Read More
Part 3, Chapter 18 The long climb up the mountain wears Chris out. He stumbles, half on purpose, but refuses to stop and rest. Angrily, he ... Read More
Part 3, Chapter 19 In the morning the narrator wakes from a dream in which he was "standing in a white-painted room looking at a glass door... Read More
Part 3, Chapter 20 The narrator and Chris doze in the late-morning sunshine, and the narrator awakes with a vague feeling of dread. He wond... Read More
Part 3, Chapter 21 Chris has resigned himself to the fact they won't reach the mountaintop this time. He offers to take a heavier load, and... Read More
Part 3, Chapter 22 The narrator and Chris take their leave of the DeWeeses, who had wanted them to stay: "But a peculiar itching to move we... Read More
Part 3, Chapter 23 Once again the narrator is having the nightmare about being trapped behind a glass door while his family watches from th... Read More
Part 3, Chapter 24 "Long Chautauqua today," the narrator announces. The narrator reminds readers that on the first day of this trip h... Read More
Part 3, Chapter 25 As the narrator and Chris ride through a landscape blasted with heat, the narrator wonders why people like the Sutherlan... Read More
Part 3, Chapter 26 At dawn the narrator awakes and looks up at his motorcycle, thinking to himself he'll probably never sell it. If he keep... Read More
Part 4, Chapter 27 The glass door dream has returned. In the dream, Chris begs the narrator to come through the glass door, but the shadowy... Read More
Part 4, Chapter 28 The narrator feels overwhelmed by the memory of a distant November when Phaedrus and Chris drove through gray streets in... Read More
Part 4, Chapter 29 The travelers stop for a few housekeeping chores; Chris does the laundry while the narrator runs errands. Then they head... Read More
Part 4, Chapter 30 For the first time in the book, the Phaedrus section is told in the present tense—a concrete sign that Phaedrus and the ... Read More
Part 4, Chapter 31 Chris is still unhappy the next morning, and the slugs crawling around the room don't do much to cheer up the narrator e... Read More
Part 4, Chapter 32 Now the narrator understands why Chris has felt troubled and anxious for so long. The narrator realizes, too, that "to h... Read More
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