The Die is Cast is about a young man who is faced with traditional problems in the area of love, sex, success and power. He is a young student, full of ambition, willing to work hard, intelligent, and at times, absurd too. He has a desire for sex, a desire to be successful, and most of all a desire to be accepted. In fact, his ‘flaw’ is his obsession with
being accepted, not only by a woman, but also by an institution that represents success for him, the university. But, his acceptance to university represents more than success for his career: it represents his acceptance into society’s most prestigious institutions, and therefore, if he was rejected, society (and more importantly the opposite sex in that society) must reject him as only a ‘marginal’ person. Hence, his ‘will’ to be accepted embodies a more particular ‘will’ to be united with the opposite sex, and the university is the means to that end.
GilbertMcInnis has earned his Ph.D in EnglishLiterature at Université Laval. Herecently published a monograph, Evolutionary Mythology in the Writings ofKurt Vonnegut (2011). He is the founder of InExile Publications, which has re-published Paul Goodman's MoralAmbiguity of America, a debut workby the American poet Erik Wackernagel's She Bang Slam and Sir LeonardWoolley's Ur of Chaldees. He taught English literature atUniversité Laval, Université Chicoutimi and Bishop's University in Québec, atGrenfell College in Newfoundland, and at Acadia University in Nova Scotia.
Publisher : Samizdat (March 5, 2004)
Publication date : March 5, 2004
Language : English
Print length : 66 pages