Passage To A Hotel Dialectical Journal

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This passage centers on the persona, Henderson, and his experience at a rather extravagant hotel. The purpose of this passage is to expose the over whelming nature of this new breed of hotels as mentioned by the writer. The writer presents the Monopark 5000 as a fantasy land with its over indulgence in bizarre features to the building such as the Indian Village. Throughout the passage there is a clear tone of discomfort as the narrator is confused towards why a hotel needs all these extravagant features. The passage begins with the simple sentence, “He found himself in a tall brilliant lobby”. The use of the adjective ‘’brilliant” implies the writer’s initial appreciation for the hotel and that he is unaware of what is to come. It can be suggested…show more content…
Comparing the persona to an “explorer” shows Henderson’s vulnerabilities in the hotel’s environment and suggests that he does not know what to expect. The reference of the lobby to “base camp” could possibly foreshadow that the lobby, although extravagant, does not give a full representation of what the hotel is like. This further suggests to the reader that the persona will continue to feel uncomfortable in the hotel. Furthermore, the hotel is presented as being derogatory and exploiting certain racial ethnicities and cultures to earn profit. This is shown through “the Indian village”, “deliberately ‘olde west’” and through the dressing of the waitress and canoe handler in the hotel. This lack of respect and the persona’s realisation of this creates a distinctive comparison. The hotel lacks any understanding or common sense towards the real world and that most of its customers and staff have been absorbed into this way of thinking as well. The writer presents Henderson as a symbol of true human nature as he is aware that the exploitation for entertainment is

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