Imagination In Alden Nowlan's The Fall Of The City

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An innocent child living a difficult and unbearable life in which isolating himself and imagining a world of joy and perfection are his only moments of true happiness. Many believe shadowing one's reality with the opportunity of imagination is a suitable choice to cope with sadness. However, Alden Nowlan’s The Fall of the City proves otherwise as the main character, Teddy practices the aforementioned technique to deal with the sadness he encounters everyday as a result of his troubled relationships with his uncle and aunt. Teddy isolates himself from the real world by spending time in an imaginary kingdom he calls Upalia, where King Theodore defeats evil continuously, and restores harmony amongst his kingdom time after time. Sadly, evil prevails in the end as Teddy’s uncle brainwashes him, causing him to experience destruction by ripping his paper cut dolls and shaped boxes into shreds,…show more content…
In actuality, creating a fiction setting where life is perfect will do no good because the world of work, sadness, poverty and violence; the real world, will catch up. Sadly, ingenuity is not the savior to ones problems, but hard work and determination upon ones self is. Many believe if you can dream it, you can achieve it, which is true. But dreaming without an action plan, as Teddy did will not fix anything; only make things worse. Picture a scenario where two parents/guardians are irritated with the decision of their child. If that boy or girl were to go to their room, weep, and dream of a scenario where their choice was accepted or they could do it over again, nothing in the real world would change, and in turn their dreams would worsen the situation. The truth is, dreams and imaginary fantasylands do not hide the inevitable darkness that is reality. One must wake up from these dreams, and realize they must do something in the real world to obtain
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