Tuesday, August 30, 2016


Our discussion the other day about characters trying to find their paradise in "The Unbearable Lightness of Being" gave me a new potential perspective on the novel. If Tereza, Tomas, Franz, and Sabina live their lives in order to achieve their own version of Paradise, then are they that different from the Communist regime that oppresses them? All of these people and groups try to implement a plan of action to find the most idyllic way of life. Tereza marries Tomas because he represents a higher way of life for her, Franz divorces his wife for Sabina, Tomas has his concept of body and soul and the rule of threes, and Sabina's betrays and flees constantly. All of these  o supposed means of achieving Paradise, though none of these actually are successful. If the reader takes an introspective look on him or her self, he or she can most likely find examples of trying to find personal paradise in their own lives. Therefore, the philosophies of "The Unbearable Lightness of Being" can influence the reader's life and perhaps change their perspective in a way unique to this novel.

1 comment:

Savannah Watermeier said...

Joseph brings up an interesting point when he states that the main characters are not all that different from the Communist regime. All parties are just trying to find their version of paradise. This is especially interesting because all of the characters resent the communists. Essentially, they hate the communists for living the way that the characters themselves live. Tomas reminds me the most of the communist party. He forces Tereza to be okay with his affairs, the same way the Communist party imposes itself on the people.