Walker Percy's The Moviegoer Essay

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Walker Percy's The Moviegoer Walker Percy is the author of The Moviegoer, which is written about a young man named John Binkerson Bolling otherwise known as Binx. He is the main character who grows up in New Orleans. He is a moviegoer who is on a search but the object of his search is not clear. The people he encounters help him along the way, especially his stepbrother Lonnie and an African American man. The Moviegoer takes place during Mardi Gras when Binx discovers that something more is needed in his life. The story begins with Binx receiving a letter from his Aunt Emily saying that they need to have a talk. This talk is about his cousin Kate who Aunt Emily is worried about. She has been “moping around the house” ever since…show more content…
Lonnie and Binx can communicate in silence. They know what each other are thinking during the movie and can share moments together without speaking. Binx relates being a moviegoer to being Jewish based on evidence; “a sociologist reported that a significantly large percentage of solitary moviegoers are Jews” (89). He believes he “had been a Jew in a previous incarnation . . . Anyhow it is true that I am Jewish by instinct” (89). Binx believes he is not religious but that something was in him in the past. Even if he was slightly religious Binx would refuse to have his search center on God and religion for he believes there is something more for him. The Negro mentioned at the end of the book is also significant in Binx’s search. “A Negro gets out and goes up into the church” and is described as “more respectable than respectable; he is more middle-class than one could believe” (233). He goes into the church for an unknown reason, but when he comes out, “his forehead is an ambiguous sienna color and pied: it is impossible to be sure that he received ashes” (234). This is a sign of being absolved from your sins and being forgiven. It is a sign of a new beginning, a new chapter that Binx is starting. The Negro “gets in his Mercury” and “does not leave immediately but sits looking down at something on the seat beside him” (234). It is unclear as to what he is in search for and “it is impossible to say why he is

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