The Themes Of Entitlement In Lucky Jim By Kingsley Amis
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British and World Literature-7
November 17, 2017
Entitlement for the Ages
Stigmas, judgments, and misconceptions surround the newest generation of today’s society, cleverly named the “millennials,” like a virus. This particular generation is often subject to criticism and even mockery, both justified and not justified. Similarly, the generation that is focused on in the events of the novel “Lucky Jim” by Kingsley Amis has been given the title of “entitled.” This conception is shown through various characters and their respective developments, such as Jim, Dixon, and Bertrand. As Amis develops these characters, we begin to see why their reputation is both justified and not justified, and Amis leaves most of that interpretation open to the reader. Rather than forcing character traits by explicitly telling the audience how each character thinks, he uses point of view to open up major character decisions to the reader.
In order to look at the general feelings and actions of characters through the lens of entitlement, it is important to define such a vague and often overused term. A TIME Magazine article, titled “The Me-Me-Me Generation,” focuses on why millennials are the most narcissistic, self-centered generation in the history of western civilization. This attitude spreads not only among the upper and middle classes but reaches as far as those living in poverty, who are selfish but for entirely different reasons than their counterparts. According to the study, this movement of thinking inwards began with trying to artificially inflate the self-esteem of young adults in order to prevent them from thinking terribly about the world around them. That “self-esteem” movement began in the 70s, a decade of historical significance highlighted by the Cold War. The article further states that not all of this narcissism is not the fault of millennials, but because of the steady diet of entitlement, they have been fed. The author mentions that kids grow up watching reality shows, which are “basically documentaries about narcissists.” History classes frequently discuss how great the younger generation is now compared to the past, where everyone was a farmer of some kind. All of this evidence and