How Should a Person Be? - Prologue and Act One Summary & Analysis

Sheila Heti
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Summary

Prologue – Sheila wonders how a person should be, especially when being who they truly are. Sheila notes that responsibility looks good on her friend, Misha, while irresponsibility looks good on her best friend, Margaux. Sheila wonders what her own look should be and knows she can’t miss the whole point of life. Sheila does not know what the point of life is, either. She would like a simple life, is Jewish, and is not thrilled about the age in which she lives because of stupid people. She admires how Margaux can throw her hands up to any problem and say, “Who cares?”

Act One

Act One, Chapter 1, Sholem Paints – Sheila, Margaux, Misha, and Sholem and his boyfriend Jon have brunch. None of them want ugly people in their lives. Margaux and Sholem decide to have an Ugly Painting Competition. Sholem...

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