WEGG Question #22 ~ Gilbert's Meltdown

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Unread postby DeppInTheHeartOfTexas » Tue Apr 24, 2007 9:24 am

I agree with you when you say Gilbert had to be able to let go of the impossibly high standards he had set for himself. You could feel the frustration building in him when no one appreciated what he was doing for the family yet he couldn't bring himself to actually do anything about it. Becky was the catalyst for that.
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Unread postby Liz » Tue Apr 24, 2007 2:45 pm

Red Shoes wrote:
I think Gilbert had to 'let go' with Arnie in order to likewise let go of such idealized standards and expectations for himself. He had to start seeing himself as human.

Yes, exactly. I like the way you put that.

I do too. You got me to look at him in a different light. :ohyes:
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Unread postby Lady Jill » Tue Apr 24, 2007 10:56 pm

Very true. . Gilbert had lots going on silently underneath, and yes, Parlez, having those high standards of how Arnie should be treated. But I am surprise about the mirror incident. What a wired thing to do to someone. Call them out of their house so you can stick a mirror in front of them! No wonder it took him over the edge. I am surprised he didn't go after her, for in the book I never got the impression that Gilbert was thinking do was really super. Sounded more like she was a pesky fly to him.

So here is where I move over to the movie Gilbert and Becky. Movie Gilbert was having plenty of cool feelings for Becky, and then she's going to leave, which really sent him brooding and back to the responsibility of taking care of Arnie - cake - explode after Arnie - yiks! Over the Edge! Reminds me of Wayfarer's All, the chapter in the Wind in the Willows. Like Gilbert meets Becky, realizing that she is a free spirit, and when she is going to leave - to move on - he is feeling left behind with the burden of Arnie and Momma

Usually books are better than the movie, but for me this one was the other way around.

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