Literary analysis "The graduate"

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Literary analysis “The graduate”The graduate is a book written by Charles Webb. It was first published in the United States in 1963. The Novel is not based on a specific real person but most likely inspired by a very real situation, that kids come home from university and doesn't really know what to do.

We first meet Benjamin at his homecoming “party”. “party” cause its with his dads and moms friends and Benjamin does not really want to see them. He sees an escape by driving Mrs R home. Then she tries to seduce Benjamin. However the affair doesn't start before some time later when Benjamin takes the initiative and calls. They meet and go to bed together over a longer period of time. Due to complications with Elaine ( Mrs R's daughter) the relationship breaks up. Now Benjamin is all on his own and follows Elaine in her university city because he is deeply in love with her.

We never know if she feels the same way for him, but in the end they take of in a buss together flying from Elaine's wedding.

Important for the plot is the characters.

Benjamin is the main character. He is young and disillusioned cause he feels that the education he got wasn't really so useful for the life he lives and it doesn't give him any happiness. Benjamin's affair with Mrs R shows the reader that when tempted with something he goes and gets it. Same with Elaine, Ben wants to be with her so he follows her. An other reason for that might be that he feels he doesn't leave anything important behind so why not just follow her and see what happens. Someone might say that Ben is evil since he ruins the marriage between Mr...