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The Search for meaning Girlfriend in a Coma By Douglas Coupland Patrick Love In the novel Girlfriend in a Coma by Douglas Coupland we are introduced to characters that lack the knowledge of how to live a satisfying life While their youth seems to be reckless and exiting a group of friends grows old only to try to replace the search of an ideal with temporary fixes like drugs and alcohol But when an old friend awakens from a 20 year coma they begin to realize one by one that they have wasted their lives by not trying to fulfill any ideal in life Coupland tells us through his characters that life must be a search for something bigger instead of being spent wasting away with no long term goals When the group of friends is young they tend to be content with their reckless lives and the characters often compare their adulthood to their youth For example Pam says Theres only a small fraction of me left I used to think there was an infinite supply of me pg when she becomes an adult This shows that when people are young they have direction from authority from teachers and from adults but in their old age there is no one who will necessarily give one direction As the friends grow old more an more they become affected by a life of no meaning and no direction In their adulthood we see that the main characters all shift into different phases where they lose track of what it is like to be human and their lack of direction is replaced with substitute directions that have nothing to offer but a temporary leave from reality For example Richard becomes a heavy drinker and his meaning in life gets limited to being near Karen who he is in love with but who is also in a deep coma This comes to a certain
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