Forgot your password?  

The Moviegoer Themes & Symbolism

This Study Guide consists of approximately 49 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of The Moviegoer.
This section contains 229 words
(approx. 1 page at 300 words per page)
Purchase our The Moviegoer Study Guide

Significant Topics

The Moviegoer is Percy's most conscious and consistent attempt to express Kierkegaard's existentialism in concrete form: to depict an alienated individual struggling to find his way out. The epigram of the novel is from Kierkegaard's The Sickness Unto Death: ". . . the specific character of despair is precisely this: it is unaware of being despair." Binx Boiling, however, knows that he is in despair; he knows that his life is no longer working for him. He is on a search that "anyone would undertake if he were not sunk in the everydayness of his own life." His search incorporates Kierkegaard's philosophical strategies to break-through everydayness — "rotation" and "repetition" — but, as a novelist, Percy gives the philosophical strategies concrete form.

Put colloquially, Binx likes to have sex with his secretaries and go to the movies.

True to his Christian existentialism, Percy carries his reader to the end of his...

(read more from the Significant Topics section)

This section contains 229 words
(approx. 1 page at 300 words per page)
Purchase our The Moviegoer Study Guide
Copyrights
The Moviegoer from BookRags and Gale's For Students Series. ©2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved.
Follow Us on Facebook