A Confederacy of Dunces, by John Kennedy Toole: Analysis of The Novel

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A Confederacy of Dunces

1. Every character is connected leaving no loose end.
I. Ignatius
i. A modern Don Quixote. ii. Hates modern society. iii. Prefer the middle Ages, obsess with Boethius.
II. Myrna Minkoff "The minx"
i. Have different perspective from Ignatius. ii. Is fascinated with Ignatius. iii. Ignatius and her do things to impress each other even thought they are separated.
III. Irene Reilly
i. Long time widow. ii. Thinks Ignatius is a child. iii. Drink a lot of wine and its constantly drunk.
IV. Santa Battaglia
i. Is Mrs. Reilly's new best friend and aunt of Patrolman Mancuso. ii. She wants to get Ignatius out of the way so she can fix up his mother with a potential new husband Mr.
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i. A good heart man who was arrested because of ignatious. ii. Wants to marry Mrs. Reilly

I. Outrageous exaggeration by the main character.
i. Ignatious valve ii. His point of view on everything iii. Mark Twain iv. Modern society

Luciano, Paola

A Confederacy of Dunces:
An Essay

When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by the sign that the dunces are all in confederacy against him, a quote from Jonathan swift a man known as an expert of satire. There couldn't be a better way to start this novel about a person who is convinced of his own genius, and the idiocy of those around him. Yet, at the same time, he is in almost every way the most outrageous candidate for such a suitable name. , this book itself is a spoof. From the techniques toole used to the portrayal of modern society and one of American's greatest writer Mark Twain. The characters are what make this novel, they are all connect by some way or other and end up affecting each other most of the time without even knowing it.

John Kennedy Toole greatest accomplishments in this novel were the characters, and how they developed a web like relationship. What I mean by a web like relationship is that all the characters were connected and by the end there were no loose ends. The main character Ignatius J. Reilly an unusual personality that readers wont find in any other novel. A Modern Don Quixote, peculiar and creative, sometimes to the point
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