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Follow the Arc

Every day is different and every day presents its own challenges and worries. Sometimes these worries follow us from day to day. We find ourselves losing ourselves in these worries. Our minds wander off on tangents of worry. Lianne’s mind is doing this constantly. She jumps from worry to worry–always something to think about. She thinks about how she hates it, “the small panics that made certain moments in the waking day resemble the frantic ramblings of this very time of night, her mind ever running”(67).  The mind runs and jumps frantically around, especially when one has recently been in shock. Lianne thinks of everything, especially when she is awake, alone, in the middle of the night. It shows the anxiety and disorder that torments her mind–the towers, her father, her mother, Keith, the music playing in the apartment–she cannot stop thinking of it all. What really struck me though was the very simple line, when the middle of the night mind wandering came to an end.

“Time, finally, to go to sleep, following the arc of sun and moon” (70).

It’s so true and so obvious–so simple and small. We go to sleep eventually. We have a cycle, just as the sun and moon do. At the end of the day we can go to sleep, and briefly leave the troubles of the day–to let another day come. I think this line says a lot about life in general. We have our troubles, which seem so important, but life goes on. The sun and the moon will continue along their  arc, and we will continue to follow. Life goes on. All of the thoughts we are thinking today and tomorrow and yesterday–they will all someday be insignificant. The sun and moon are going to continue their cycle, and we will follow. We’ll go to sleep tonight, leaving our troubles behind. They may be waiting for us tomorrow, but eventually they will fade–leaving new one’s in their wake.

2 Responses to “Follow the Arc”

  1. gray15 says:

    I agree so much with the point you have brought up.
    The line you have quoted is so simple, yet so potent. It is like Lianne is finally taking a step back and breathing. Each comma feels like a breathe she has exhaled, and with each exhale she lets go of some of the stress and worry that have been making her life unstable.

  2. Olivia says:

    I like the idea you’ve introduced here that, regardless of tragedy and what comes in its wake, human beings are living creatures caught in organic rhythm and progress. However, I also think that there is a slight contrast between this concept and the lack of forgetting by and evolution of DeLillo’s characters. Do you think that the span of the novel simply covers the amount of time needed for one or more of the main characters to begin to move away from the troubling effects of the events mentioned in the book?