Ferdydurke Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. At the opening of the novel, how does Joey feel when he first wakes from sleep?

When Joey first wakes from sleep at the opening of the novel, he is terrified. He has just had a dream in which he feels like he needs to catch a train, but it is speeding away from him. Even though his heart is racing, he realizes he has nowhere to go.

2. What bizarre dream does Joey have the night before the novel opens?

The night before the opening scene of the novel, Joey has a dream in which he is surrounded by various apparitions of himself at various stages of maturity. Despite the apparitions' ages, they stand around and ridicule one another. When he wakes, Joey acknowledges that the dream is extremely immature, even though he is over thirty now.

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