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how does the book tie in with sayings of Socrates and Oscar Wilde"The unexamined...

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akesh | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 23, 2008 at 9:37 PM via web

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how does the book tie in with sayings of Socrates and Oscar Wilde

"The unexamined life is not worth living" - Socrates
"The pure and simple truth is rarely pure and never simple" - Oscar Wilde

I need to relate the book back to one or both of these quotes

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted April 25, 2008 at 4:57 PM (Answer #2)

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Well, our narrator in this book definitely examines his life.  NOt a terribly positive one, but with every event and person met, our character is molded and changed.  Hopefully, it makes our life worth living.

The second quote, too, is very relevant to the book.  The simple truth is all the event that have occured in the life of the characters. One pure and simple truth is that a rape occurs. As "simple" as that may seem to us, it is certainly very far from simple to him, nor can they be described as "pure".  Wilde was correct.

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