Monday, February 24, 2014

Juliana Miller Connector

Vonnegut reveals how Selena, MacIntosh's blind daughter, and Hisako do eventually commit suicide in a pact. In a way this connects to the story of Romeo and Juliet, two young people acting out of impulse believe and thinking that this may in fact be the best way out. This story is famous for the suicide plot scene so I took a deeper look in order to connect it to our story Galapagos. 

The term "expire the term of a despised life."is used in this article to help explain addicted love and teen suicide and how it all correlates together. In Galopogos Selena and Hisake decide to make a pact to kill themselves, maybe if someone knew the situation or about the pact this whole situation could definitely be prevented. I got the term from this article from the website:

 To learn more about young suicides I did some research as to why they might have plotted this suicide. This is one of the websites I went to for research:
Connecting real life situations with one in a book does help the understanding of the situations. 


  1. Yes, I was definitely surprised when Vonnegut slipped that bit of information in there. I am greatly intrigued by the relationship between Hisako and Selena that will eventually develop, and I look forward to learning about their reasoning for committing suicide. Based on what the narrator has revealed to us about the passengers' time on the island, it sounds as if they had a rough time, and I would assume that the suicides of Hisako and Selena would be a bit more justified than those of Romeo and Juliet. I'm curious to see how old Akiko was when they took their lives.

  2. I agree with Kayla that the suicides of the two will definitely be more justified than those of Romeo and Juliet. From what we have read so far, Hisako and Selena will be living in a tormenting situation. Although I do not advocate suicide in any way, I am more understanding of certain individuals' decision to take their own lives. I am curious as to why the two made a pact, but I am assuming it is because they become like family, and they would not be able to stand living without one another.

  3. I'm also eager to read about Hisako and Selena's budding relationship and subsequent suicide. I imagine that the narrator might attribute this suicide pact to the characters' 'big brains'. I am not certain that these suicides will be entirely warranted ones. Vonnegut is, after all, a satirist who has dabbled in absurdist fiction.

  4. Utah, you're probably right about the "big brain" thing. Earlier in the book, he talked about how Mary Hepburn had been contemplating suicide, and it was caused by her "big brain". It will definitely be interesting to see how all of this progresses.