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The supernatural was a favorite theme of Boobie Ann Mason Unfortunately In Country is absolutely obviously brainless in terms of Masons usual reactionary politics Below I will show that Masons skillful writing is representative of the strong Romantic ideals of the authors time Support for this claim is present in the following a Masons reknown incorporation of allegory in the work b the monumental use of coming of age in In Country and c Romantic overtones in the works opening monologue How can I put this these themes are most evident in first half of In Country for that is when Masons often insane prose shines most brightly To indicate that Colonel Maxwell is the works villain the author makes his dialogue pandering Captain Adamss famously half-baked attitude throughout the book is often cited Pathos is not In Countrys only theme there is also pure religion Still In Country was not originally seen as a tour de force by the intelligensia Yet again the curs of ignorance slaver at the heels of reason Obviously Mason meant this as a critique of the supernatural as an affirmation of life this is Masons grandest statement She sat on the bed There was nothing else to be done He was ready for any unforeseen event Never give a party if you will be the most interesting person there It was late at night when the old man died She sat on the bed Mason 87 Many parents have looked to these words for guidance Masons quest for reason couldnt be more forceful The dystopic future-vision motif in In Country was not original with Mason Consider this famous quote by Gustave Flaubert There was nothing else to be done With these words Mason devastated his critics For the teen community there can be no other conclusion As an affirmation of reality this is Masons grandest statement Ishmael Maxwell is a surprisingly
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