An Argument in Bauby’s “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly”


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Essay #: 070144
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An Argument in Bauby's "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly"
by Jean Dominique Bauby
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly is a book that is sad to the core, true, because it is about a man who is “held prisoner” by his own body (Bauby, 3). However, I believe in the end it is life affirming for a number of reasons. For this reason, I argue that Student A makes the most sense and I would add that this is a very strong agreement with Student A. I believe Student B is focusing on the wrong aspect of the book and is not seeing the true value and beauty of what Bauby left behind. This paper will argue that the reason Student A is right is because Student A saw in the book what I see, which is a state of mind that requires that you look...
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..... The Diving Bell and the Butterfly presents a story that is too difficult to bear and that a result of reading it would make someone sad and cynical. This could be an interpretation if you just view the book in its individual parts, without understanding the care that went into writing it and the legacy that Bauby left to his children, all with good humor despite his anger and frustration. For these reasons, I believe there is another better interpretation when presented with stories like Bauby’s, that the quality of inspiration that the person leaves behind presents a view that is ultimately inspiring for the rest of us, or at least it should be.
Works Cited
Bauby, Jean Dominique. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, 1998. New York: Vintage.