Maggie
questions She had written again earlier that year asking where the hell was the play? He had written back wryly that The Little School had been indefinitely--and perhaps infinitely--delayed between hand and page "in that interesting intellectual Gobi known as the writer's block." Now it looked as if she might actually get the play. Whether or not it was any good or if it would ever see actual production was another matter. And he didn't seem to care a great deal about those things. He felt in a way that the play itself, the whole thing, was the roadblock, a colossal symbol of the bad years at Stovington Prep, the marriage he had almost totaled like a nutty kid behind the wheel of an old jalopy, the monstrous assault on his son, the incident in the parking lot with George Hatfield, an incident he could no longer view as just another sudden and destructive flare of temper.He now thought that part of his drinking problem had stemmed from an unconscious desire to be free of Stovington and the security he felt was stifling whatever creative urge he had. Question 1: He felt in a way that the play itself, the whole thing, was the roadblock, a colossal symbol of the bad years at Stovington Prep, the marriage he had almost totaled like a nutty kid behind the wheel of an old jalopy, the monstrous assault on his son, the incident in the parking lot with George Hatfield, == He felt in a way that the play itself, the whole thing, was the roadblock, ( the play itself, the whole thing, was ) a colossal symbol of the bad years at Stovington Prep, ( the play itself, the whole thing, was ) the marriage he had almost totaled like a nutty kid behind the wheel of an old jalopy, ( the play itself, the whole thing, was ) the monstrous assault on his son, ( the play itself, the whole thing, was ) the incident in the parking lot with George Hatfield ? If not, what’s the meaning of this sentence? Question 2: to be free of Stovington and the security --- what does ‘security’ refer to?
Sep 14, 2018 12:21 AM
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1. The play itself, the whole thing, was the ROADBLOCK, because it was a SYMBOL of three different bad things: a) his bad years at Stovington Prep, b) his failed marriage, and c) the incident in the parking lot. By finishing the play, he can stop thinking about those things. 2. The security (that) he felt was stifling any creative urge he had once had. Artists usually create their best art when their lives are chaotic. If you don't worry about anything, you don't make good art. By drinking, he was trying to fight the fact that his life was now boring.
September 14, 2018
I'm not sure I understand exactly what you are asking, but to me, you should read it as: The play was a roadblock. The play was a symbol of (several bad things) The bad things being 1: years at school, 2: a marriage that went wrong, 3: an assault, 4: an incident. I don't understand the bit about security. I can't see how it fits the context.
September 14, 2018
thank you :-)
September 14, 2018
I answered this in the comment section of your other question. :)
September 14, 2018
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