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Is Steven Selfish?

Discuss the February 2017 Book of the Month, The Diary of an Immortal by David J Castello.

Is Steven Selfish?

Post Number:#1 by mratdegraff91
» 05 Feb 2017, 12:37

In the beginning of "The Diary of an Immortal" Steven comes across pills that allow him to become immortal. I couldn't help, but wonder is he selfish for taking these pills and prolonging his own life? He returns home to find that his father is slowly dying and shares with him what he has decided to do. Should he have shared these with his father to prolong his life? Is he selfish for not doing so? What do you think?
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Re: Is Steven Selfish?

Post Number:#2 by hsimone
» 07 Feb 2017, 13:23

I think Steven has seen some horrors in his life that he is afraid of missing out. I'm not sure if I would call him selfish for this reason. As for his father, I would think that if his father would have wanted the pills, he most likely would have said something since it seems like these two are closely bonded. But, I don't think his father wanted to live forever. So, I don't think I would call him selfish.

He did try to share the pills with his love toward the end, so he was definitely willing to share.
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Re: Is Steven Selfish?

Post Number:#3 by mratdegraff91
» 07 Feb 2017, 18:16

As I continued reading I did notice that he tried to share them with her.
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Re: Is Steven Selfish?

Post Number:#4 by CatInTheHat
» 15 Feb 2017, 20:48

I don't think he was selfish to start taking the pills. I think he did what many would do, have the curiosity to do something different. When he was with his dad, he was still so new to what was happening in his own life, plus he wouldn't know what the effects would be. A cure or live life immortal as you were when you started taking the pills, which would have met living with cancer forever.
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Re: Is Steven Selfish?

Post Number:#5 by SandraTWP-BRW
» 18 Feb 2017, 08:12

This is a great question. It made me stop and think.

Upon reflection, I do not find Steven's decision to take the pills selfish. My heart actually broke a little for him when he decided to do so. I think it's hard for any of us to imagine his feelings unless we've been present during the horrors of war. And, aside from trying to share the pills in the latter part of the book, he always seemed to weigh his actions within the context of knowing that he was taking the pills, and assuming they would work as described.
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Re: Is Steven Selfish?

Post Number:#6 by greenstripedgiraffe
» 20 Feb 2017, 10:20

It was clear that Steven's father did not wish to take the pills. I didn't find Steven selfish.
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