The Ginger Man Question #21 ~ A Recurring Theme

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Unread postby suec » Mon Apr 24, 2006 4:49 pm

That's interesting. It might explain the way he neglects himself and his tendency towards self-destruction.
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Unread postby gilly » Tue Apr 25, 2006 2:30 am

I don't really see Sebastian as being obsessed with death..He does seem to be obsessed with certain rituals,like the funeral and some of the rituals associated with the church...but also there's his fascination with people's everyday rituals,just in living and going about their business.I agree,the death of Ginny had an enormous impact..but I see Sebastian as more obssessed with life, trying to make the world his own,to manipulate his life and others for his own means..It's as if he's going out there to make the absolute most out of lifeHe's forever seeking,searching.....
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Unread postby DeppInTheHeartOfTexas » Tue Apr 25, 2006 8:31 am

That's interesting, gilly. I like to see an alternative viewpoint! :cool: To me he seems to have an "I don't care" attitude, more existensialist and nihilist in nature.
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming -
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