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What can be suggested about Gerry's futile relationship with  Ginger's wife?

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Posted June 13, 2013 at 12:04 AM via web

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What can be suggested about Gerry's futile relationship with  Ginger's wife?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted June 13, 2013 at 12:39 AM (Answer #1)

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One of Moore's fundamental points in the novel is about happiness.  Happiness for human beings might be found when they accept some of the limitations of reality, and seek to find contentment within these conditions as opposed to relentlessly pursuing perfection.  Gerry, himself, is not really fleshed out as a character.  Yet, one element that can be noted is how he loses Veronica.  Perceiving his fancy of her to be real and substantive, Veronica pursues Gerry's advances as a vision of perfection in comparison to the flawed world of Ginger.  Yet, when Gerry demonstrates a sense of insensitive callousness towards Ginger's arrest, it causes Veronica to see reality differently.  

Veronica recognizes that she might be guilty of the same transgressions she detests in Ginger in her pursuit of something unreal with Gerry.  Through his display of reactions, Gerry is incapable of sustaining something real with Ginger's wife.  Veronica understands that and for this reason, her motivation to reunite with Ginger is fueled.  The relationship between Gerry and Veronica reflects that human beings most likely find happiness not in the ideal world, a world that is not sustainable and real.  Rather, in the conditions of being content is there a greater chance for happiness in consciousness.  This becomes evident in seeing how futility is recognized in the relationship between Gerry and Veronica.

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