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Despite misfortunes comedy possesses the ability to elevate ones mood in distressing or unhappy times The sweet flavour comedy adds to life makes many situations much more palatable In Kingsley Amis Lucky Jim the Jim Dixon character is cast into unfavourable relations with other characters who make his existence quite trying Jims involvement with Margaret is marked by his desire to see it end His association with Professor Welch incessantly lands him in a disagreeable position Moreover Jim does nothing to amend this and the reader becomes frustrated with Jims inaction and his ready acceptance to let things carry on as they are However Jims extraordinary comic sense continually lightens the severity of his predicament and makes living with his problems much easier Jim Dixons relationship with Margaret is the source of considerable anxiety and distress yet he dodges the need to remedy this Jim sees Margaret as a girl possessing minimal prettiness Amis 1953 p 105 a person who is unenjoyable to spend time with and whom he knows is manipulative At the same time he feels compelled to continue seeing her Although it is not clear his behaviour seems to be partly derived from a tragic sense that beautiful girls are not for him As well it seems to come from an unprecedented yet noble sense of duty combined with pity and a belief that he hasnt got the guts to leave her Amis 1953 201 Essentially Jim lacks confidence In noting Margarets deceit one observes from the inception of their friendship that Margaret is manoeuvring Jim into something he is not aware he is being involved It had seemed only natural for a female lecturer to ask a juniormale colleague up to her place for coffee and no more civil to accept Then suddenly hed become the man who was going around with Margaret and somehow competing with this Catchpole Amis 1953 p 10 Margarets imposition of this title
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