Accidental Tourist Essay

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Muriel Pritchett vs. Sarah Leary: Macon’s Choice
     Compared to other novels that deal with love affairs and romances, The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler is different because it takes the reader on a trip through the character’s minds. Macon Leary’s wife separates herself from him. Their problems begin with the death of their son, Ethan Leary. That is not to say that they agree on raising him, because they didn’t. “When Ethan was born, he only brought out more of their differences” (16). They choose to raise Ethan differently. Sarah wants to let him be happy and free, while Macon wants him to be more scheduled and structured. The already struggling relationship is now even more troubled. Macon is not an
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You know I drive according to a system” (4). She can come off as being over dramatic at times, and somewhat annoying, but that could possibly be because we are used to Macon’s mundane personality. Macon still feels that he might in some way be responsible for his son’s death. Sarah tries to convince him that he is not. She does not support his career, which to her seems boring and pointless. Sarah is comforting for Macon. They have been together for a long time and have a history together. She, at times, can be just what Macon needs to feel comfortable. Even though he preaches that you don’t need to be home to feel home, he contradicts himself in that aspect. Although Macon himself feels that he has trouble showing emotion, he doesn’t see anything wrong with the way he acts. He may disagree with Sarah on many fundamental levels such as this, but he feels that if he were to leave Sarah, he would in some ways be leaving his son’s legacy behind. But when he meets Muriel Pritchett, things change.
     Muriel has a son named Alexander who is about the age Macon’s son was when he died. This automatically makes Macon more drawn toward Muriel. “He hadn’t known she had a little boy. He felt some inner click of adjustment; she was a slightly different person from the one he’d imagined” (111). We do see Macon’s soft side emerge somewhat when he is dealing with Alexander. He may in ways feel that he might be able to pick up where
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