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An Analysis of the Consequences of the Search for Self in Constance Beresford-Howe's The Book of Eve, the Movie Company of Strangers and Samuel Beckett's Short Story Krapp's Last Tape
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Lao Tzu the Father of Taoism once said Those who are worldly-wise know others those who are truly wise know themselves This may not always be true in todays modern world In The Book of Eve written by Constance Beresford-Howe the movie Company of Strangers and in the short story Krapps Last Tape by Samuel Beckett the consequences of the search for self are described The various characters choose to take different paths in their lives but they were consciously or unconsciously taking a path that would ultimately lead to self-awareness The various characters either use this self-awareness to change themselves for the better or to follow their old ways and let their knowledge of self be wasted In Eves case from The Book of Eve after forty years of marriage even though she is physically secure with a family house and money she feels no sense of identity and finds that a something very important from her life is missing At the age of seventy she leaves her house to find that missing something with hardly any money and manages to find a small basement apartment that symbolizes her newfound independence As soon as she gets to the apartment she takes a bath which is a symbol of baptism or it is an act where she cleanses herself of the past She also reads the Playboy magazine that shows that she is breaking away from the past and is beginning to take risks that she would have never taken when she was with her husband Burt who was always sick Even though she has no money to buy clothes and undergoes a 25 lbs weight loss she is relieved and never actually feels a sense of guilt like she thought she would for leaving everything behind Then Eva meets Johnny who is a Hungarian man who works in a factory and is drunk all the time Johnny is her new chance at
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