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Search for the Meaning of Life Will Barrett is the main character in Walker Percys The Last Gentleman In addition to finding meaning and purpose to his life Will must try to make some sense and understand why his father committed suicide in order to resolve his ongoing grief Suicide survivors experience dramatic shock and trauma and are often left with questions such as why their loved one killed themselves and what could have been done to prevent the suicide Unfortunately the survivors usually cannot find answers to these questions and only end up harming themselves They end up staying in the shadow of that tragedy for more than one person should At the tender age of nineteen Will not only has the usual identity search of a young man but he also has a special and time-consuming burden to overcome the heightened feelings of guilt shame and rejection caused by his fathers suicide In the end Jamie and Sutter Vaught as adopted family help Will find meaning in life and resolution with his fathers suicide Suicide may be the least forgivable sin of all human betrayals Ed Barrett selfishly committed suicide leaving himself dead and unable to answer his sons questions The straw that broke the camels back for Mr Barrett was when his honor collapsed amidst its moral ambiguities In the end he was a man of morals but his world had completely failed to stand at the moral attention he demanded What he wanted was for all gentlemen to accept the burden of being noble and honest people and for there to be a distinction between a gentleman and others Walker Percys Ed Barrett states on the night of the suicide Theyve won Percy 330 The fornicators bribers the hypocrites they were all the enemies of Mr Ed Barrett but they refused to fight him They refused to fight him because they were no longer seen as
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