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    “A Confederacy of Dunces,” by Kennedy Toole, is a novel that narrates the struggles and misunderstandings of a thirty-year-old man, Ignatius Reilly, living in New Orleans with his mother. Not sane but not insane, this book is filled with situations of comic relief that allows the reader to truly grasp the writing style of Toole. A social criticizing theme, controversial characters and a very unique sense of structure makes ups the novel’s 14 chapters. Ignatius is found in a conflicting situation

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    42). Here, Ignatius Reilly makes one of his many pleas to Fortuna, the goddess which he believes controls his destiny and his life by spinning him in circles of good and bad luck. The cycles Ignatius Reilly goes through in John Kennedy Toole's A Confederacy of Dunces play an important role in the story, as they affect not only him, but several others in the book as well. The cycles that Ignatius is put through do, indeed, influence those around him. These cycles that Ignatius goes through are very

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    A standout amongst relationships in modern literature is the strange relationship between Ignatius Reilly and Myrna Minkoff, the two dunces in John Kennedy Toole's A Confederacy of Dunces. The correspondence between them keeps running all through the novel. In the beginning, Ignatius feels a specific quality of predominance over her, yet she feels that he has put some distance between reality, and she proposes to start to control his activities. Ignatius wants to beat Myrna at her own game. She really

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    In The Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole conveys several dysfunctional relationships including Ignatius and his mother. Ignatius lives with his mother even though he is thirty years old and has a Master’s degree. Mrs. Reilly’s strange obsessive relationship with Ignatius and her failure to parent him leaves Ignatius without a sense of reality or any independence. The relationship continues to dwindle through the novel as the dysfunction culminates in Mrs. Reilly wanting to commit Ignatius

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    Disparity Between Dunce and Genius in Toole's A Confederacy of Dunces  "When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him." -Jonathan Swift   In Swift's words, there is a potential for the existence of a genius, indicated by the group of dunces acting in opposition. In A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole, Ignatius J. Reilly plays both parts of the genius and the dunce. As Ignatius plays both parts, the Wheel of

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    John Kennedy Toole’s novel A Confederacy of Dunces, set in New Orleans in the 1960s, features a unique main character named Ignatius J. Reilly. Ignatius, whose father passed away when he was still young, struggles to find and maintain employment to support both himself and his mother, Mrs. Reilly. He spends his days attending movies and searching for work, which he finds at Levy Pants and again at Paradise Vendors. During Ignatius’s journey, he exhibits many negative qualities and refuses to change

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    In A Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole describes Ignatius J. Reilly’s adventures in New Orleans. Ignatius is an overweight thirty-year-old still living with his mother after years of college education. When his mother forces him to find a job, Ignatius’ life changes drastically. Throughout the story Ignatius is illustrated as lazy and gluttonous. Ignatius is shown as lazy in his reluctance to find a job and. Ignatius spends most of his time in his room watching television or writing.

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    A Confederacy of Dunces Characters 1. Every character is connected leaving no loose end. I. Ignatius i. A modern Don Quixote. ii. Hates modern society. iii. Prefer the middle Ages, obsess with Boethius. II. Myrna Minkoff "The minx" i. Have different perspective from Ignatius. ii. Is fascinated with Ignatius. iii. Ignatius and her do things to impress each other even thought they are separated. III. Irene Reilly i. Long time widow. ii. Thinks Ignatius is a child. iii. Drink a

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    A Confederacy of dunces is much more than a comedy beneath the hilarious and unlikable characters lies a much more subtle message.Walker Percy writes, in the introduction of the novel “I hesitate to use the word comedy - though comedy it is - because that implies simply a funny book, and this novel is a great deal more than that …It is also sad. One never quite knows where the sadness comes from.”(Percy, Walker “foreword”, A Confederacy of Dunces, p ix). Truly this book aside from being a brilliant

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    The Rebirth of Ignatius in The Confederacy of Dunces       "You learnt everything, Ignatius, except how to be a human being" (375).     Chained to a dominant character who is so vast and yet so embryonic that he is not only protagonist but also, in many ways, his own antagonist, The Confederacy of Dunces, by John Kennedy Toole, has been called "a broad satirical view of the modern world" (Holditch "Introduction" The Neon Bible xi). Since this short definition fails to explain that the view

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