Daily Struggles for Fame, Money, and Power in the Book Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

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At the beginning of the novel, the characters are caught up in daily struggles for fame, for money, for power. But once captivity removes these struggles, people gravitate toward art and culture. Yet the transformation of Gen Watanabe, from a gifted individual into a man blind by love, could be considered immoral. He starts off as a very capable and sensible young man and in the end transforms into a foolish lovesick boy who gives in to his passions and forgets to think about the current situation.
Despite being just a translator who possessed knowledge of several difficult languages, Gen was also a capable worker. Mr. Hosokawa praised him for doing things that were even asked of him. Mr. Hosokawa even commented that “When there was nothing that needed translating, Gen simply seemed to take care of things before anyone knew they needed taking care of.” Mr. Hosokawa was not the only one who praised Gen. Everyone else admired him likewise. The Generals, along with all the hostages, were surprised by his capabilities. General Benjamin even asked him “How did you get to be so smart?” Gen was complimented more than once that was probably nothing that he couldn’t do. Roxanne was even surprised that he couldn’t play the piano. She said “I thought you might…You seem to know how to do so many things.” Gen was very popular as everyone both liked and needed him Gen Watanabe’s…

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