How does the novel, We all Fall down, demonstrate many of the weaknesses in modern society?
The novel “We all fall down” by Robert Cormier sets out to illustrate psychological, emotional and physical weaknesses endured by individuals in modern society. It also highlights other weaknesses such as isolation, escapism, failure of relationships, and family decay in contrast to family unity. Ultimately through these themes the composer Robert Cormier depicts the weaknesses individuals face in modern society.
The theme of isolation is a predominant theme throughout the novel as it affects the three main characters The Avenger, Jane Jerome, and Buddy Walker. It is however presented more dominantly on the character The Avenger. Cormier portrays this through the use of irony “The Avenger hated the shopping mall. He hated the crowds and the white lights and the music coming form the loudspeakers.” In this statement responders realize the Avengers isolation from the world. The fact that he was inside the shopping mall day after day, searching for the trashers, shows that he has no life, yet ironically he hated the shopping mall nevertheless. Another technique that is used is symbolism, being that the “shopping mall” is a place where individuals socialize with one another. The appearance being that the Avenger actually hates “the shopping mall” shows his isolation from the world. Clearly it is Cormier’s intension to show that certain individuals of modern society endure psychological weaknesses, which prevent them from fitting in with others in modern society.
Another dominant theme presented in the novel “We all fall down” by Robert Cormier is escapism. This is presented primarily by the character Buddy Walker who doesn’t faced the challenges place upon him, and also relies on alcohol to escape the world. Cormier addresses this through the use of repetition “Buddy nodded, eager to end the conversation, eager for Harry to turn away, eager to get away...
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