"It's a metaphor" I have no doubt that you completely understand and stand by this statement that the act of putting an unlit cigarette in Augustus Waters' mouth is in fact a metaphor. But for some folks, we don't see it asa metaphor, we see it as situational irony, or a simple statement. Please explain how it is a metaphor.
Well, a character in a novel saying that something is a metaphor is not the same thing as the author of the novel saying that it’s a metaphor. Gus’s intellectual grasp often exceeds his reach (he calls a monologue a soliloquy, and misuses quite a few of the bigger words in his vocabulary). But I do think the cigarette is a metaphor, albeit a different one for us than it is for him.
Gus’s idea is that the cigarette is a metaphor for illness, and he keeps it unlit and in his mouth as an expression of his power over illness. “You put the killing thing between your teeth but you don’t give it the power to do its killing.” Gus’s thinking here is that HE has the power. This is why he tends to use the cigarette when he’s feeling nervous or powerless. (He’s also using the most famous commercially available carcinogen to make this statement, so obviously there’s a connection there in his mind: Humans can prevent cancer by not smoking; cancer is something we can have power over; your job is not to give cancer the power to kill you; etc.)
But of course Gus is wrong about all of this, or at least almost all of it. You may have SOME control over whether you die of cancer (you can choose not to smoke), but in most cases humans don’t have control over illness. “You don’t give it the power to do its killing” imagines more agency over illness than we actually have, because in the end much of the fault is in the stars, not in ourselves. So to us, the unlit cigarette is a metaphor for our false perception of control, and our urgent need to feel in control. It’s no coincidence, then, that when Gus’s life is spiraling out of control and he finds himself powerless before fate, he tries (and fails) to buy cigarettes.
"…Big summer blowout."
Oaken from Frozen
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oh god 2007 why
Pretty sure I covered my school diary in these things in roughly ‘07.
Fifteen Small Steps to Happiness (via sweetsafehavenofmine)
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Naolito never fails to see jest hidden within daily life!
Evolving the Art of Calligraphy with @seblester
To see more photos and videos of Seb’s daily calligraphy creations, follow @seblester on Instagram.
"I suppose there is a ‘letterform evangelist’ aspect to my Instagram account," says illustrator and calligrapher Seb Lester (@seblester), “but calligraphy has an immediacy, and most people seem to appreciate it on some level.”
"Learning calligraphy is a wonderful journey through history for me," Seb explains. "My work blends my knowledge of the ancient art of calligraphy with my knowledge of modern design and technology." Sharing through Instagram, Seb says, mirrors this blending of the old and new. "I think it’s an excellent example of how well this ancient art form can translate to the Internet."
New project hexokinase? Cause I’ll take a million
Miniature Crochet Animals on Etsy
Levitating Superconductor on a Möbius strip [video]
"I’m new at all this."
"What’s been the toughest part?"
"When she’s crying, and I don’t know why and I don’t know how to fix it."
"What’s been the most satisfying part?"
"When she looks at me and smiles, as if saying: ‘Thank you Mom.’"
“Normality is a paved road: It’s comfortable to walk, but no flowers grow on it.”
— Vincent van Gogh
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Maya Angelou (via jrrrrlgrkjrrrr)
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T-Shirt design 2 of ???
A cell undergoing mitosis!
Journey of Mitosis (Cell Reproduction):
1. Interphase: Period of growth and replication of DNA. (90% of cell’s life).
G1 Phase: Period of regular growth; mitochondria and chloroplasts multiply.
Synthesis: DNA is replicated (semi-conservative replication).
G2 Phase: Another period of growth in preparation of dividing.
2. Prophase: Nuclear membrane breaks down, DNA condenses, spindle fibers appear.
3. Metaphase: Chromosomes align and attached to spindle fibers.
4. Anaphase: Sister chromatids (DNA) are split apart to either pole of the cell by the pulling of spindle fibers.
5. Telophase: Nuclear membrane forms around DNA, chromosomes decondense, spindle fibers break down.
6. Cytokineses: Cytoplasm divides.
And the new cells start the cell cycle once more!
A quick and nifty brush up on mitosis.
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