I’m re-reading The Series of Unfortunate Events novels and it’s definitely the best decision I’ve made all summer.
I just finished The Perks of Being a Wallflower. And I think the story means a lot more than the quote that has come to symbolize it; “And in that moment, I swear we were infinite.”
"But I don’t want comfort. I want God, I want poetry, I want real danger, I want freedom, I want goodness. I want sin."
“In fact,” said Mustapha Mond, “you’re claiming the right to be unhappy.”
“All right then,” said the Savage defiantly, “I’m claiming the right to be unhappy.”
[…] There was a long silence.
“I claim them all.”
— Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley (Chapter 17)
The further I get into The Fountainhead, the more I realize that every conflict in this book is based on a battle of comfort and tradition versus new ideas. Peter Keating’s relationship between Catherine, the woman he has known since he was young and feels comfortable and safe with, is in juxtaposition with the newer relationship he has with Dominique, who is such a strong woman that he feels unworthy of her, and nervous around her. Similarly, the entire architectural plot of the novel is a fight between Howard Roark’s modernism, and hope that the world will see a day in which function is more important than facade, and the rest of the world’s opinion that tradition and fancifulness is what people want, even if it’s all just an act.