Friday, December 7, 2007

A.H.W.O.S.G. – The Real World?

At times it is difficult to make sense of what Dave is talking about when he discusses the issues of all youth. I think that, like all other people who have been in their early twenties, he discusses things endlessly which is like an inner argument/confusion he has of his own. All people of that age have similar issues of figuring out what you actually want to do with your life and trying to be serious about it. It is a little stressful to determine or figure out our life’s purpose. (I really don’t think that I could ever decide on a specific purpose). At the age of about 24 it seems that he really has his mind set on changing the world or at least for people his age.

So initially it seems that he definitely wants to be on the MTV show and always keeps in mind that it is for the sake of the magazine. He goes on for quite a while about why he should be on the show and why his character is needed. The world should know his story and experience his youth with him. Dave will be what unites all people of his age together and . . . . .
I guess the goal would be for everyone to feel as if there are other people their age who are also struggling with the same conflicts and there is a place (“the real world”) where they can share their stories. Then the only way to make sense out of one’s life is to let everyone know all the details of your life or actually the heartbreaking things which are the most interesting to anyone who will listen details. This discussion goes on through many of the book’s sections and I think that Dave is making a point about people in general. Perhaps he is also talking about himself at that age and is making a point that after all we really don’t need a TV show (even though we might still want that type of attention after being rejected) or expose ourselves that much to be content with what we do or have done (good or bad).


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engl44mcbloggs said...

I absolutely agree that Eggers seems to be making a point about people's "destiny" or chosen "destiny" in general. But at the same time, I feel that he focuses on his issues more than people in general. I feel that way because Eggers is always boasting--complaining is more like it--about how others don't see his struggles with Toph. An example is when he goes hunting for apartments in San Francisco with Toph. He goes on and on in the text about why the owner(s) want to give it to someone else when he and Toph were very first to answer the ad(s). It becomes very annoying after a while because his attitude makes him seem self-centered. But now that you mentioned the general story, it does seem to make sense. It makes more sense due to the fact that there's the third voice (John) always arguing with Eggers. So perhaps this is a story within a story.