This part of the study guide will help you reflect on the relation between “Greyhound Tragedy” by Richard Brautigan and current issues, literary period, and similar works.

Current issues

The story was published in 1970, but the fictional events are set in 1938. The story is still relevant today because its theme — comfort versus risk-taking — is universal. Today, as in the past, many people avoid taking risks in their professional or personal lives for the sake of comfort. The story offers those who live in comfort zones a perspective on some of the consequences of their risk-aversion, namely the potential for regret and unhappiness.

Additionally, it is interesting to compare Hollywood culture and women’s position in the 1930s and today. Th...

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