Central Park: New Home For Marco Stanley Fogg Analysis

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C. Central Park: New Home for Marco Stanley Fogg According to Ulrich Wicks, “the essential picaresque pattern [is] a quest for ‘home’.” (Picaresque Narrative 48) Fogg has ran out of his money and is living like a vagabond in Central Park. The picaros generally cannot own a stable home therefore they often choose streets for living. Streets mean danger and insecurity; but they are quite courageous and self-confident to embrace all the threats that they can face. In Moon Palace, Marco confesses that he is so exhausted, hungry and sleepy that he does not care about the terror of the park. After the first night, Fogg begins to accept the park as his own home because he is lonely and free here. The picaros do not complain about the changing conditions as long as they feel free and unrestricted. Actually, Fogg shows us that home can be constructed just about anywhere and he loses the sense of place. In fact, home may be presented as a state of mind. The only way which refreshes and liberates is inwardly journey of himself. Effing furthers this idea by saying “The only place you exist is in your head.” (Auster 152) Moon Palace exhibits a constant quest for home which is related to the notion of “lunacy” in the novel. The name of the novel and the name of the restaurant Moon Palace is regarded as the earthly symbol of the moon. This notion becomes a leitmotif in the novel that symbolizes the restlessness that stems from the continual search of him. According to an interview with

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