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A Critical Analysis Of Modern Litterature In" Bright Lights, Big City" By Jay Mc Inerney

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The novel Bright Lights, Big City by Jay McInerney relates the tale of a young manworking for a prominent newspaper in Manhattan by day, while visiting many bars andnightclubs during the night. He manages to accomplish this through the help of his use ofcocaine, to which he is powerfully addicted. Throughout the novel McInerney employs theuse of the Coma Baby, a current story in the New York Post, a local tabloid, as a symbolicrepresentation of the main character. The Coma Baby has been residing in its mother's wombafter the mother suffered a car accident and entered a coma. The debate is to whether theComa Baby will see the 'light of the delivery room'. In this passage the main character ...view middle of the document...

The drugs have completely stolen hismotivation towards life. After this, when the main character tries to reason with the ComaBaby about improving his situation, the Coma Baby plays a deaf-and -dumb routine(line14),highly symbolic of the main character's actions toward those that have been trying to helphim. For example, the main character continues to avoid Clara Tillinghast, his boss, in herattempts to bring him to work on time. Suggestions from Wade and Megan about hislifestyle fall on the main character's deaf ears. The main character's attitude toward Clara isshown in the passage when the doctor knocks at the door on line 16 and her voice is that ofClara's saying:'Open up. It's the doctor.' To this the Baby responds with 'They'll never takeme alive', a clear representation of the avoidance and rebelliousness the main characterdemonstrates toward Clara.The use of certain language references related to the main character work to furtherthe notion that the Coma Baby is representative of the main character. At the opening of thepassage, the main character enters the 'Department of Factual Verification' with the plaque of'L'Enfant Coma' written upon the door. Inside, two of his colleagues, Elaine and Amanda,are doing lines of cocaine upon a desk...

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