Wake Your Dreams .

Adriana. Twenty-two years young. Longing for the city life. Irrevocably in love with a boy I could have only imagined to have existed in my dreams. Big hopes, bigger aspirations and not a clue of which direction I'd like my life to take first. Possibly have a little too much faith in the world, but maybe I'm just naive. I make mistakes. I try too hard. I worry too much. I over analyze, and spend too much time criticizing myself, and I know it. Not anywhere near perfect, but learning to become perfectly okay with that. And, I'll still continue to try to become something bigger than myself. Surrounding myself with peace and love, and hoping that one day, someday, the rest of the world will follow.
Anonymous asked: "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.


Answer:

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.

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thekreid:

I love this

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This rocks my socks.

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do ya ever bring your pet up to a mirror and ur like “that you”

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*purposely drop something in front of my crush*

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You were supposed to be the one to prove to me that they aren’t all the same.

roseisreturning:

mermaids don’t have thigh gaps but they can still lure men to their deaths

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Once we begin to celebrate what our body does rather than obsessing on how it looks, we start to appreciate our body as an instrument rather than an ornament.

Sometimes I wish I was locked away in a tower. Damn, Rapunzel didn’t know how good she had it.

Sometimes people just don’t understand how they can hurt someone else.

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