Essay on Critical Analysis of the Virgin Suicides

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The Horror of the Mundane Honore de Balzac once said, "We exaggerate misfortune and happiness alike. We are never as bad off or as happy as we say we are." Americans are so obsessed with happiness they would do anything to get to that point of bliss. In the book "The Virgin Suicides" by Jeffrey Eugenides, we are introduced to the men whose lives have been changed forever by their awkward obsession with five fated sisters: Therese, Mary, Bonnie, Lux, and Cecilia Lisbon. These mysterious girls don't seem to really be known in the town, but when the youngest, Cecilia, kills herself, it establishes "the year of the suicides" and all eyes are on them. The neighborhood boys narrate the story. They are a vague group of boys whose names are…show more content…
She has secretly been a smoker since she was twelve, and is seen with delinquent boys and taking motorcycle rides at the mall. The only person that catches her off-guard is Trip Fontaine, the school stud that everyone wants. He finds her as a challenge, and tries so hard to date her, but her parents won't have it. When Trip begs Mr. Lisbon to take Lux to the Homecoming dance, he finally gives in under the condition that Trip finds three more boys to take Lux's sisters. They all have the time of their lives until Lux breaks curfew, and the girls are put on parental lockdown. But still she won't stop being unruly; she has numerous sexual encounters with anonymous men on the roof of the Lisbon house when her parents are sleeping. Lux ends up committing suicide on June 15, from carbon monoxide poisoning.
The other Lisbon girls, Therese, and Bonnie kill themselves on June 15 as well. The boys find Bonnie, hanging in the basement when they go downstairs to reminisce about the one party the Lisbon girls were allowed to throw. Therese is found lying on the floor, full of sleeping pills washed down with gin, and Mary is still alive when she is found, stuffed into the oven. When they die it really isn't a shock to anyone, and nobody really considered Mary still alive. All she does all day is sleep and obsessively shower for no reason. About 2 weeks later, Mary overdoses on sleeping pills. All in all, the neighborhood boys were just so fascinated with the
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