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Image Patterns Liberation in the Immoralist The Immoralist by Gide is a novel that takes you through a series of events in the life of a man named Michel The biggest issue seen in the novel is that of egocentrism Everything done in the book is done to pleasure Michel and only him I looked at the novel differently I saw it as being about a man who is trapped in many aspects of life and is trying to get out in order to find his true self The capacity to get free is nothing the capacity to be free that is the taskGide 7 What this line is saying is that freedom is attainable but to remain free without reverting back to the old ways that is the hard part This paper will look at the examples of this self-liberation through different situations in the book There are four main layers of liberation that will be discussed in the body of this paper The four layers involved are liberation from material possessions liberation from society and culture liberation from the past memories and emphasis on the present liberation from the self The layers will be examined and peeled off as the road to self-liberation is completely traveled The first topic in the discussion of liberation will be that of material possessions In the novel Menalque reminds Michel about how the possession of material items is a downfall of man I have a horror of comfort possessions invite comfort and in their security a man falls asleep I love life enough to try to live wide awakep99 Menalque uses this to show Michel how possessions distract a persons interests in the world around them Possessions make a person worry about what they have their whole world revolves around what they have and they miss out on everything else this world has to offer to them The infatuation with material items is what causes the
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