Essay about Lucky Jim

Submitted By adioh
Words: 860
Pages: 4

1. Through Jim's observations it doesn't take long to realize that Jim Dixon's an angry young man himself. He wants to play by his own rules, but to keep his job he has to play by the rules of people he absolutely despises. He's annoyed with pretty much every single person he meets and has to put up with a never ending amount of pretentious snobs and posers. And his sometime-girlfriend is a master of manipulation. Jim's favorite coping strategy for all this is drinking himself stupid. Jim tries to be inebriated as often as his paltry salary will allow. Going through life in an alcohol fog eventually wreaks havoc on his academic career via a disastrous, but hilarious, drunk lecture. But in the end, despite his many flaws, Jim gets the pretty girl, the job, and the last laugh.
2. Lucky Jim was Amis's way of mocking England's universities, which were built in industrial towns just before World War I to help the middle and working class get an education. Even So these colleges with plenty of working class and middle class students, Amis saw stuck up British culture completely take out the beauty of everyday life especially for a college guy who might prefer glasses of beer to cups of tea. Amis makes us wonder why anyone would ever take the university seriously as an institution. Kingsley Amis was just a young man himself not long out of college when he wrote this book. He taught at a college not unlike Jim Dixon's, so he was really familiar with the kinds of characters he was satirizing. Amis saw humor in other people’s, as he would say idiocy, as they continued to fret and worry about how they could manage to make it in the world, even though he himself didn’t fit in real well.
3. The College campus setting is the perfect setting for this book. I can’t see this book being set in any other place other than a University (U.S. or England not Asia (not in Asia because the students that attend the universities actually want to be there and the culture in Asia frowns on failure and partying (Personal Experience))). The Teaching and Learning styles somewhat fit the book, and I from personal experience, have lived with a drunk who was also a professor. While the teaching style maybe seen as extreme or unethical, but nothing that won’t work. The learning styles I can’t say much for, as each person has different learning styles, everyone learns differently so for some it works for others it doesn’t.
4. Margaret has a little bit more authority than Jim Dixon at the same college, Margaret and Dixon are close, and Margaret believes that she knows Dixon better than anyone else. Margaret is not very attractive and tries to compensate for this by wearing colorful and loud clothing and too much make-up. Margaret has her moments of straight-to-the-point discussions with Dixon, but can just as quickly become clingy, overbearing, or aggressive. She continuously takes advantage of Dixon's good-natured concern for her to keep him in a relationship, and even attempts to fake a suicide attempt to attract the concern of either Dixon or Catchpole. Christine Callaghan lives in London, and is steadily dating Bertrand for most of the novel. Christine's family seems to