What are important quotes in Shoeless Joe that can be related to everyday life besides "If you build it, he will come."

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

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I would assert a couple of ideas in answering this question.  When we are looking at quotes from Kinsella’s work that have relevance to daily life, I think that the one cited does not work.  I cannot find many to be able to articulate the phrase of “If you build it, he will come” in daily life.  I think that its concept might be present, but for the most part, I don’t know how that phrase is going to be used in daily life except as a mantra for a construction company who is unafraid of their foreman.  I think that you can find some situations that have relevance to everyday life.  One reality is the foreclosure of the farm.  This is something that many are experiencing or have experienced with the burst of the housing bubble.  Additionally, I think that the idea of baseball being redemptive is something that is quite powerful from the novel.  I don’t think that it’s primary focus is to extol baseball as redemptive, yet it is there.  It has also been used to mythologize the sport and this might be another relevance to daily life.  The notion of baseball being “America’s sport” and part of the idea of a “field of dreams” is something that Major League Baseball and others have seized upon as part of daily life and the world attached to the sport.  Eddie’s love of the Chicago Cubs, the longstanding suffering that Cubs fan endure, and the basic idea of dying before seeing their beloved team win a World Series Championship is something that does have modern and daily relevance from the book,  The fact that Eddie is buried in his Cubs uniform is something that has much sentiment and applicability to modern life… especially to Cubs fans.

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