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silviama | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 17, 2010 at 1:35 PM via web

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Waht does Kugelmass's dream mean, and does Kugelmass deserve his fate at the end of "The Kugelmass Episode"?

"Help me. I had a dream last night. I was skipping through a meadow holding a picnic basket and the basket was marked "options". And then I saw there was a hole in the basket . . ."

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Karen P.L. Hardison | College Teacher | eNotes Employee

Posted May 29, 2010 at 11:03 PM (Answer #1)

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"I had a dream last night. I was skipping through a meadow holding a picnic basket and the basket was marked "options". And then I saw there was a hole in the basket . . ."

This quote means that Kugelman's fantansy of the greatness of his illusionary options for escape from mundane life, though they look as appealining as a lighthearted picnic in a meadow, are the same as nothingness--they don't exist because they fall through the hole of poor reasoning and fantasy escapism.

According to Woody Allen's reasoning as presented within "The Kugelman Episode," Kugelman does deserve his fate in the end. Allen demonstrates that fantasy escapism explodes and traps those involved in it. It trapped Persky in a heart attack and consuming fire and it trapped Kugelman in a remedail Spanish language textbook. Allen also demonstrates that escapism can have unpredictable consequences such as those that occur when Emma comes to New York and such as the incomprehensible alterations to reality and people's perception of reality that occur as seen in the college texts of Madame Bovary.

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aniesa | Student, Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted May 15, 2013 at 10:45 AM (Answer #2)

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The hole in his dream show the problem that he would faces in the basket and the options may be the solutions he thinks about to esape from his problems for examples where he wolud go and whom he choose to an affair with .

I think that Kugelmass deseves his fate because he dosen't learn from his lesson he continue to have a new affair after his promise to not chrat again moreover he doesn't face his problem so he pay his consequences .

 

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