Personification Of The Cockroaches

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personified as cockroaches in his stomach. In times of fear he imagines cockroaches crawling up his stomach. Throughout the novel he mentions the cockroaches several times. He mentions, “…the night terrors that brought on the cockroaches and their quick hairy legs.” (36). Whenever Mitchell began to think about the constant fears he would feel these cockroaches crawling up the walls of his stomach. The personification of the cockroaches shows us to what drastic extent Mitchell was concerned about these scenarios. He was reminding himself daily of all possibilities that could harm him, however, his fear diminished a bit towards the end of the novel. As stated before, Mitchell feared everything in the beginning and suffered from sleepless nights …show more content…
Mitchell arrives and does something old Mitchell would never dare to do. Mitchell says, “Without thinking, without caring, he dunked his head. The water flooded his ears…on the way back to the bank building he congratulated himself for not worrying about the toxins that might have tainted his little bath…”(281). This shows us the drastic change in Mitchell since in the beginning of the novel he was paranoid of every possible way in which he could die or get hurt. Mitchell makes the decision of drifting away from the city life and essentially becoming a hermit off into forgotten land. However, Mitchell is still concerned and is focused in building a wall for protection in the Flatlands. He now becomes anxious about all the responsibilities and problems that would arise with his farmland. He also states he would forget everything and focus on his fields. Mitchell thought, “ he would have to …Forget FutureWorld, forget the whole tangled cycle of anxiety and fear and paranoia that got him here.”(289). He knew that he would be anxious about what could happen there since he didn’t know much about farming or construction, but he knew that he didn’t want to go back to his old life and learns to embrace being …show more content…
Mitchell Zukor meets Elsa Burner in college when an earthquake hits Seattle. He finds out Elsa is diagnosed with Brugada, a serious heart disorder that she could die from at any moment. Later, Mitchell finds out that Elsa dropped out of college and moved to start a farm in Maine called Ticonderoga. Elsa decides to isolate herself and enjoy herself out at the farm to try and avoid the fear of her heart disorder. She thinks moving away to a secluded area is the only way of dealing with her disorder. Such news can cause someone to become distant and cause indifference such as Elsa did with her health. In her first letter to Mitchell, Elsa mentions all the activities she has occupied herself with. Elsas’ coping mechanism was to get involved with such tasks that would eventually drive her away from the thought of her disorder. Elsa wrote in her letters to Mitchell, “They played volleyball, lit giant bonfires, and had dance parties…paddled canoes...jumped screaming into the frigid green water.”(34). She coped with fear by isolating herself and distracting herself with all these activities. Elsa was carefree and took part of such activities as distractions. She played games that made her feel happy and would not make her think about her dreadful disorder. Mitchell also mentioned that this camp was twenty miles away from the nearest city (35). Mitchell

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