The Relive Box Analysis

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Is living in the past worth ruining the future? “The Relive Box” by T. Coraghessan Boyle makes the reader contemplate this exact question. The story is about a family, a society that is being confined by the past. There’s an invention called The Relive Box. The device will take any individual to any time or place that they have already lived. The person can watch what they did, what they said, and they re-experience the feelings behind every moment. The main character, Wes, and his daughter, Katie, struggle as a family, and fight their addiction with the device. Wes is obsessed with his past failed relationships, and Katie is fixated on time when her father and mother were happily married. Through out the story it’s easy to see that what the characters actually lack is simple people to people communication. By using the relive box to look at his past relationships with Lisa, and Christine Wes ruins his current connection with his daughter. Lisa was Wes’ first serious girlfriend they were steady for many years until she broke his heart, leaving him wondering what he did wrong to make her stoop so low as to cheat on him. His wife, Christine, proceeded to break his heart all over again when she…show more content…
Lisa was Wes’ first serious girlfriend they were steady for many years until she broke his heart, leaving him wondering what he did wrong to make her stoop so low as to cheat on him. His wife, Christine, proceeded to break his heart all over again when she ended their marriage to move to China to live with her boss. Sadly because of Wes’ obsession with his past failed relationships he unattached himself from the real world: therefore, removing himself from Katie’s life and ruining his chances of a real relationship with his daughter. Wes lives in the past, and to him ruining his future with his daughter is worth the
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