Dry roots kill the seed

I believe that immaturity, not malice, nor cowardice is the driving force behind David’s actions. David repeatedly shows his youth throughout the novel. David is good at many things, and even possesses greatness at others, but he truly shines in one action-running. He runs in the morning from the boy he spent the night with at 15 years, he runs from his father, he runs from his country, he runs from his desires, he runs from loneliness, he runs from commitment, and most importantly he runs from his responsibilities. I believe David’s insidious need to be free from responsibility is a direct result of his childhood. David grew up an orphan. His mother had died and he never had a real father. He grew up with two older characters that spun his morals so far out of whack that he grew up to be an incomplete person. David’s upbringing fostered this constantly raging struggle within him. David wants to escape responsibility while also being forgiven for his running. The tragedy lies in the fact that he cannot achieve one without abandoning the other. Towards the beginning of the novel, David is in the hospital after crashing his car while drunk. He looks to his father for guidance but instead receives a pass (get out of jail free card), a pass easily awarded and containing no merit. David’s father cannot grant David true forgiveness and David cannot truly accept it. From this moment, he lives out his life drunkenly driving until he crashes into the righteousness of Giovanni’s pole, hehe.

2 thoughts on “Dry roots kill the seed

  1. y.mendieta says:

    Great point ! I agree David definitely has a very prevalent immature flaw to him. But I think his immaturity is fueled by his resistance to accept his reality, in every aspect of the word. His continuous running from the multiple situations he is presented with is more of n act to escape. His comfort lies in the repeating behavior he was bestowed with in his childhood. The “easy-pass” simply gives him that escape route for him not to confront the circumstances head on. Instead, he is given the chance to maneuver or altogether avoid it .

  2. Angel M. says:

    To call David immature is an oversimplification of the characters because of all of the different influences he must contend with. The notion of aspiring to “maturity” itself is an immature thing within itself because the person who strives for maturity wants to embody a societal construction which does not fit for everyone. Part of this construction for David would include a heterosexual marriage in which he would reproduce. David lived in a society which he knew would not accept him, and he attempted to keep his true self hidden from the world. It is ultimately difficult for one to accept themselves when they understand the world believes them to be a scourge. I do agree that ultimately David is an escapist always seeking to leave, what he views as, his problems behind rather than face them.

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