Lancelot by Walker Percy Paper
Walker Percy’s novel “Lancelot,” tells the story of Lancelot Lamar, a very sad and depressed lawyer who finds himself locked up in a psychiatric facility in the aftermath of a fire that took place in his home, Bell Isle. When the story opens, Lancelot claims to have no recollection of the events that led to the fire. As the story continues and he begins to open up to his psychologist, whom he refers to as Harry, the events leading up to the fire begin to unfold. He tells the reader his story little by little, explaining his journey from living a humdrum, monotonous lifestyle to becoming a murderer. In telling his story, he also shares some of his philosophies and life lessons. Many of them are actually very interesting and applicable to life.
One of the first questions that Lancelot asked in the book is “Have you noticed that the narrower the view the more you can see?” This quote basically explains how being placed in a compromising position in life allows you to see things differently. Hence why you may see more then you did before. It is quite amazing how being forced to view things from a different position can make you see an extremely different picture and even learn and understand more than you did before. I can personally agree with that statement because of my own life experiences. My paternal grandfather was barely a part of my dad’s life and therefore not really a part of my life either. When he got sick and my dad decided to take on the medical responsibility, I couldn’t understand his decision. It wasn’t until my grandfather passed away that I realized why my dad chose to do it. My dad was unfortunately in a really tough position and my grandpa’s sickness forced my dad to look at things much differently and be mature enough to forgive him for his wrongdoings. I definitely do believe where you are at a specific point in time can determine how you see things and how you make your next move.