Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Goodbye Columbus- End


On page 85 Carlota is described about herself cleaning up and it says she is "bumbling, twisting, and shaking" (85). This goes nicely with a description of her on 77 when she is described as
"I had felt a kinship with one who like me, had been partially wooed by the Patimkin's (77).  This goes nicely together because it helps to re-enforce how neil feels about Carlota. he doesn't describe her as a servant but a kinship as a family member and he speaks highly of her working unlike anyone else in that house.

On page 89 neil is given the opportunity to drive the car when Mrs. Patimkin offers to  , " take the volkswagen" (89). This parallels the Volkswagen scene earlier when he is in trouble for driving his car next to the volkswagen. I really like the combination of these two scenes, because it combines the peoples car with a rather discriminatory practice of him not being able to drive the car to him having the opportunity to drive the car, with the common element being the peoples car.


Neil says as the narrator at the beginning of chapter 6, "So we would be with each other until the sumer's last moment" (75). This does not necessarily contrast with one specific quote, but the idea contrasts because as one couple comes together the other must separate. This idea of starting and ending seems to coincide nicely with the seasons and how the hot passionate summer is giving way to the cooler less established fall.

There is a nice contrast on page 82 when Brenda yell back at Neil says "all you're thinking about is about an end for us"(82).  Then later on that same page brenda comes back with " that's why I let you stay with me, that's why I let you sleep with me in my own house" (82). This is a nice contrast in what the two of them think about each other and helps to show Neil's insecurity about Brenda and how he is worried about losing her. His concern with losing her is related to him being unable to stay in the society he has become accustomed too.

Walking Stick
Pith Helmet
High Heels
Yellow Pages
Wire fence

I feel the most important prop is at the beginning of chapter 8 when Neil is finally back from his summer dream and he is standing in cold Newark. He describes a wire fence in front of him and the signifies that he is gone from the large wooden fences of Short hills, and he is now back to the practical if not ugly wire fences of Newark.

On page 76 Neil shouts back at Julie, " Why? Do I sound like I've got on dirty underwear" (76). This is a nice class distinction because Julie has a made a large fuss about underwear before this point and his is Neil's way of shoving that back in her face by showing that he deserves to be there along with her and asking if he sounds like a guy without clean underwear.

1 comment:

  1. Good work here and throughout the chapters. Symbolic value of fence is rich here,
    As are the trappings of wealth you note earlier ( cars, clothes).