Symbolism In The 39 Deaths Of Adam Strand

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Adam Strand, a teenager who lives in a small, boring, and dull town has killed himself a total of 39 times. No matter the method that Adam tries, he just can’t seem to stay dead. Adam takes killing himself to an extreme simply because there is nothing to do in his tiny, worthless town. In the novel “The 39 Deaths of Adam Strand”, written by Gregory Galloway proves that boredom leads to depression which is shown through internal conflict of boredom in Adam’s life, the symbolism of Adam’s town, and the conflict between many characters with Adam in the story.

“The 39 Deaths of Adam Strand” by Gregory Galloway shows that boredom leads to depression through internal conflict of Adam’s boring life. For example, after the 30th time of him killing himself, he says, “This never really gets old, I know 30 times is a lot, but trust …show more content…

As an example, Adam’s parents really bore him throughout the story, with their less than happy, relationship and careers. Adam says “My parents are really just a piece of the boredom in my life that I just don’t want for my future.” Also Adam doesn’t really like his friends because he just isn’t impressed with anything less than perfect. “I only hang with my friends because there’s nothing to do, sometimes I’d rather do nothing than hang with them.” Another example is when kids at his school make fun of him and call Adam the “suicide kid” and Adam doesn’t like this at all. He says, “The whole reason I dropped out of high school was that I couldn’t handle the bullying anymore and I just got sick of it. This makes Adam a lot more depressed because now he can’t go to school, and being in class learning is one of the only things that he somewhat likes. Ultimately, “The 39 Deaths of Adam Strand” brings out that boredom leads to depression very clearly through the conflict between the many other characters in the

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