another story by Vonnegut. Their individuality is replaced by whatever role they are playing at the time. In 'real' life, they are almost strangers to themselves and "He was too shy. He didn't stay away from meetings because he had something else to do. He wasn't married, didn't go out with women and didn't have any men friends either. He stayed away from all kinds of gatherings because he never could think of anything to say or do without a script"(Vonnegut 16). The fact that he didn't know his parents showed that he never had a sense of identity. As a result, he is unable to interact with anyone, including with potential female partners. He not only fails to understand himself but is frightened of declaring an identity of any sort. What is "sad" about Harry is that he lacks the strength to be anyone. Despite his talent, his own individuality frightens him. Helene's conflict is described using the metaphor of a bottle. When she explains to the narrator and Doris why she has been crying after her initial audition, she says, "When I meet somebody nice in real life, I feel as though I were in some kind of big bottle, as though I couldn't touch that person, no matter how hard I tried" (Vonnegut 21). The metaphor helps reveals that Helene and Harry don't lack individuality but instead refuses to let themselves worthy of an individual personality.
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