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The Mysteries of Pittsburgh by Michael Chabon is a novel that takes place the summer after college The main character Art Bechstein had been through a lot in the past like his mom passing away and Claire leaving That is why he is hopeful that the summer brings a lot of happiness and freedom Art quickly learns in the beginning of the novel that with freedom and happiness comes duties and obligations The book is in first person narration The narrator of the book uses self-reflection and recollection to depict what he thought freedom happiness and adulthood was like and what it is actually likeBecoming of age is very well laid out when Art talks about how within the first month of summer his life had settled into a pattern Nights I spent at Phloxs apartment days at Boardwalk Books and evenings alternately in the company of Cleveland and Arthur or of the Evil Love Nurse as Cleveland had lately taken to calling Phlox 146 Art believed he would have a lot of freedom by entering adulthood but he quickly realized that he needed to have a tentative schedule in order to get everything accomplished on time Not only does the passage relate to freedom it also relates to happiness With Arts tentative schedule he was able to also have free time which led to happiness In the novel it talks about how Arts father normally doesnt recommend group dates Art had gotten his schedule down to the point where he has free time now and he felt free of guilt that usually came along with juggling work and friendships The passage can be related to the novel in the way that at some point or another he must choose between friends When he chooses between friends other friendships ends For example he chooses Arthur and loses Phlox This scene is very important to the novel because in the beginning of the book he
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