Max And Virgil's Life Essay

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“Without man, man would hardly survive”. Humans are interconnected beings who benefit from each other and whose actions affect each other. However, this is not a surprise because man exists as a result of others’ actions. With their lives highly affected by social influence, Max and Virgil proved throughout the apprenticeship that man cannot live by solitary means. Virgil, living in a society where epileptics were misjudged, was emotionally unhappy. Max was always focused on the stories of successful people. However, their behaviours were controlled by their environment. Virgil, being epileptic, was set in an emotional state because of the rejection he faced from his society. He felt like an outsider because of how he was treated by people.…show more content…
Max always talked about the people he thought were better off in life. “Never allowing an interruption, Max told people stories about Jerry Dingleman” (Richler 24). The fact that Max always told stories about Jerry Dingleman shows that Jerry Dingleman is someone he always looked up to because of his success. Jerry Dingleman possessed qualities he would have liked to have. Therefore when man is not as successful as others, an inferiority complex is developed. Max always bragged about his first-born son, Lennie, because he was considered a success. This is illustrated when Max told his friends that his son Lennie had scholarships all through school (Richler 23). Max used the opportunities he had to brag about Lennie whom he considered smart and successful because he had scholarships and was attending a medical school rather than his second-born son, Duddy, who was a dope like him. Max bragged about Lennie because he wanted his society to consider him a success. Moreover, a man only brags about his success because of an inferiority complex. Since he was neither a success nor a good father, Max wanted his sons to emulate someone successful. “The streetcar transfer is a story that Max always told to his son Duddy” (Richler 24). The streetcar transfer is a story about Jerry Dingleman’s life and how he became a success. Max used such stories to
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