A Visit From The Goon Squad

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Within the short story The School by Donald Barthelme and the novel A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan the characters all undergo difficult life situations that ultimately helps them find themselves and happiness in life. The young students within The School are surrounded by constant death, their fear of the future and death stops them from fulling enjoying life. “The class took it pretty hard, they began (I think, nobody ever said anything to me directly) to feel that maybe there was something wrong with the school” (Barthelme, 1). The school within the story doesn’t represent a physical school but rather life. Since the children are only seeing death around them they’re not able comprehend that life eventually gets better. The younger versions of the characters within A Visit from the Goon Squad are also afraid of what the future will have instore for them, they believe that their life will always be filled with pain and misery similar to the students. “I start to cry… The world is full of shitheads, Rhea… And I know that Lou is one of those shitheads. But I listen” (Egan, 57). Although Rhea knows that she shouldn’t take life advice from Lou she continues to listen to him, because she think no one will ever love her so the best she can do is take advice from “one of those shitheads” (Egan, 57). None of the characters within both stories realize that the difficult times that life bring helps define them into the person they’ll ultimately become. According to…
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