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.
1 I look so cute today
2 MY GLASSES CAME AND THEY’RE MUCH BIGGER THAN I ANTICIPATED
wow hey everybody look how cute I am some more
I’m here when you need it <3
Hey a heads up.
Nintendo is selling really discounted consoles right now.
You can get the Wii U Deluxe Nintendo Land bundle for $200
i’ll always reblog these posts almost out of duty but it’s important you all know that they’re refurbished consoles with a one year warranty
Call Me Maybe came out 2 years ago
2 years ago
has anyone called her yet?
Write Rhymes finds rhymes for your words while you write and takes the weirdness out of poetry and scheming.
I DON’T THINK YOU UNDERSTAND JUST HOW AMAZING THIS IS FOR WRITERS
WE SPEND YEARS FILLING NOTEBOOKS WITH RHYMES FOR WORDS AND PHRASES AND END-RHYMES AND SLANT RHYMES AND THEN ONE DAY SOME
"YOU KNOW WHAT’D BE COOL? MAKING EVERY POET WET THEMSELVES WITH FUCKING JOY”
I” M SO FUXKC I NG
I just went from like 280 (I think? maybe 380? something that ends in the eighties) drafts to 218 drafts geez. (yeah so there will be a lot of old posts in my queue basically oops whatever)
1 day ago on 24 July 2014 with 1 note
I am getting a new computer before school starts!!!!
but I don’t know anything at all about computers sooo
if anybody has any information I should probably know about computer-y stuff that would be super super helpful thx<333
(obligatory question mark?)
1 day ago on 23 July 2014 with 2 notes