In Almanac of the Dead, how are the notebooks of Lecha and Trigg similar?

The notebooks of Lecha and Trigg are similar in Almanac of the Dead in that they each confront a sense of helplessness and feelings of powerlessness.

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Lecha’s notebooks and Trigg’s notebooks (or “diaries”) are similar in that they both reflect a sense of powerlessness and helplessness.

In Lecha’s notebooks, the helplessness manifests through the little girl who’s knocked off her bike. The helplessness also connects to the attitude of the mom. The mom doesn’t join the search party. The mom waits by the phone in the hope that the kidnappers will call from a place like New Mexico or California. With the mom, it’s like the power is in the hands of the abductors; there’s nothing she can do.

In Trigg’s notebooks/diaries, Trigg could serve as a symbol of helplessness. In the hospital, he needs help to do basic things like take a bath. Trigg’s mom, too, could represent helplessness. She can’t help but ogle at her son’s scars. Helplessness then becomes an explicit part of Trigg’s notebooks/diaries when he has a dream about the words—the literal words—“helpless baby.” There is also an implied kind of powerlessness, because there’s nothing Trigg can do to change his situation.

One other element to consider is the predatory aspects of both notebooks. In Lecha’s notebooks, the predatoriness relates to the way in which the little girl is knocked over and snatched up like prey. In Trigg’s notebooks, it's possible that Trigg is the predator. The way in which he acts around girls makes it seem like he’s preying on them.

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