Straight Man Themes

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Mid-Life Crisis

Hank is suffering a mid-life crisis, though he does not recognize the fact. Concerned that he is stuck in a place that he never expected to wind up, Hank's main symptom is his inability to urinate. Throughout the novel, the fact that his urinary tract is blocked seems to be directly related to the fact that he is blocking out the problems in his life. Hank's father is returning after nearly forty years. His father had left Hank and his mother when Hank was a young boy, and his return seems to have brought about thoughts of infidelity in Hank. Though Hank believes himself to be a bit in love with several women, he knows he loves his wife. Strangely, Hank's thoughts of infidelity are centered on Lily, his wife, and her having affairs with different men and women. Hank tries to understand what he is going...

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