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Anonymous said: "It's a metaphor" I have no doubt that you completely understand and stand by this statement that the act of putting an unlit cigarette in Augustus Waters' mouth is in fact a metaphor. But for some folks, we don't see it asa metaphor, we see it as situational irony, or a simple statement. Please explain how it is a metaphor.

fishingboatproceeds:

Well, a character in a novel saying that something is a metaphor is not the same thing as the author of the novel saying that it’s a metaphor. Gus’s intellectual grasp often exceeds his reach (he calls a monologue a soliloquy, and misuses quite a few of the bigger words in his vocabulary). But I do think the cigarette is a metaphor, albeit a different one for us than it is for him.

Gus’s idea is that the cigarette is a metaphor for illness, and he keeps it unlit and in his mouth as an expression of his power over illness. “You put the killing thing between your teeth but you don’t give it the power to do its killing.” Gus’s thinking here is that HE has the power. This is why he tends to use the cigarette when he’s feeling nervous or powerless. (He’s also using the most famous commercially available carcinogen to make this statement, so obviously there’s a connection there in his mind: Humans can prevent cancer by not smoking; cancer is something we can have power over; your job is not to give cancer the power to kill you; etc.) 

But of course Gus is wrong about all of this, or at least almost all of it. You may have SOME control over whether you die of cancer (you can choose not to smoke), but in most cases humans don’t have control over illness. “You don’t give it the power to do its killing” imagines more agency over illness than we actually have, because in the end much of the fault is in the stars, not in ourselves. So to us, the unlit cigarette is a metaphor for our false perception of control, and our urgent need to feel in control. It’s no coincidence, then, that when Gus’s life is spiraling out of control and he finds himself powerless before fate, he tries (and fails) to buy cigarettes.

burning-young:

girls on their periods

I will never not reblog this.

distraction:

adamtorresismyhomeboy:

carryonwaywardsoldier:

malikortreat:

for those of you still wondering, Neville forgot his robe

well i can cross that off my list of random questions that still bother me

Omg

distraction:

adamtorresismyhomeboy:

carryonwaywardsoldier:

malikortreat:

for those of you still wondering, Neville forgot his robe

well i can cross that off my list of random questions that still bother me

Omg

destispell:

imagine an american going to hogwarts determined not to live up to stereotypes and they do pretty well up until they discover their patronus is a bald eagle

bowielegged:

boys…i have a hint 4 u: black skinny jeans

cloysterbell:

I think my favorite thing about this generation is how seriously everyone takes their Hogwarts house.

Day 16 Favourite Starship Quote
Megagirl: This emotion has been downloaded from the interweb and could have viruses, are you sure you want to open it?
Tootsie: I DO, I DOOOOO *flaps arms*
Megagirl: Emotion installation complete… IT IS LOVE! IT IS LOVE
30 Day Starkid Challenge
Day 13: Favourite Starship Character
Junior because he’s so badass and i love his ‘kick it up a notch’ reprise

30 Day Starkid Challenge

Day 13: Favourite Starship Character

Junior because he’s so badass and i love his ‘kick it up a notch’ reprise

vinegod:

If people actually explained their road rage by Josh Peck

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