What does the older characters' perspective on their own youth say about their attitudes towards the currently young?

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M.P. Ossa eNotes educator| Certified Educator

This is a bit of a tough cookie question because there is a lot of reminiscing among the older characters in the story, which makes us wonder if any of them have actually learned to let go of the past.

However, their views on the younger characters can be more assumed than asserted. This is because they tend to either push the younger characters to follow their ways, or encourage them to continue their own.

However, what can be said is that (in general) the perspective of all characters is to either learn from the past or start over. It seems to be the overall gist of the story, and the reason why they react so strongly to their pasts: They want their pasts to be a lesson and a testimony for the new generations, and they certainly want them to be acknowledge as anything but a waste of time.

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