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A lifetime search for why is often met with silence Opinions memories and mementos become exhibits in a museum that doesnt exist and as we grow we learn that many attempts to save those who force themselves to be doomed are often futile This is clearly shown in the book The Virgin Suicides In this a group of young neighborhood boys watch 5 girls deteriorate into ghosts only to haunt them for the rest of their lives While the book specifically names several of these boys it is unclear which one is really speaking The narrator seems to take the shape of a general group of young males that are united by gender location friendship and their fascination of the Lisbon girls Though the story takes place at a young age it gives the feel early on that the narrator is looking back after much time thought and consideration Weve tried to arrange the photographs chronologically though the passage of so many years has made it difficult Pg 4 The wide range of experiences that the narrator gives as a result of this provides the reader with a unique insight The artifacts found and analyzed throughout the story by various boys are lumped into the collective knowledge in the hopes of gaining access to a truth about the Lisbon girls The second paragraph on page 41 illustrates this The novel is continually concerned with the deterioration of the little life that has remained The twenty years that have passed since the girls suicides have affected the boys precious archive of the girls lives Bras makeup photographs tennis shoes candles and other trinkets have begun to stiffen yellow disintegrate and fade This physical deterioration parallels the gradual disintegration of the boys memories mental images and sensory recollection of the sisters Furthermore the boys are aware that both artifact and memory are becoming less potent Where a photograph might once have sparked an immediate surge of memory
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