More Joy In Heaven Analysis

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In the novel More Joy in Heaven by Morley Callaghan, Kip Caley has a taste of what being a free man is like. Upon release, he wants to lead a quiet life, mind his own business and live a righteous law-abiding life. However, after being in prison and coming accustom to society and the powers of the public eye it might be too much for him. The mix of love, friendship and his want for acceptance from his family and friends is too great for him. The pressure from society is too much and the fallout of Kip is ultimately his own fault along with Judge Ford for rejecting him as well as, Foley his only friend and not believing in him how Kip needed. Kip himself is one of the people who are most responsible for his demise from how he acts and reacts to the people around him. He let the public build up his pride and ego from “Every political committee investigating penitentiary conditions had asked to see the famous bank robber, marveled at his new peacefulness and dignity, and had…show more content…
The Judge is a major supporter of the justice system and in right and wrong and he believes that “‘You mean well, but I believe that you’re potentially dangerous I have a duty to society - I hope you keep out of trouble - But I’m absolutely opposed to putting you in any position that will glorify you and cheapen my conception of law and order’” (108). The Judge has it out it for Kip the whole time when he voted against letting him out on probation and does not want him on the parole board because he fears he will go back to his old ways. “‘Caley’ the Judge said quietly. ‘Take a look at yourself in the mirror over there’. . . see what I mean. Violence - all violence, a sour full of violence. You’re going around with a bomb in your pocket’” (110). The rejection from one of the most powerful men in the city once again sent Kip back to Foley and their troubled
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