The Monotony of the City

In Jean Rhys’s essay “Good Morning Midnight,” the ideas of planning and of a sort of stagnation of life into a repetitious series of habits and consistencies are themes which Rhys discusses throughout. Her protagonist is witnessed outlining, in her thoughts, the course of her days, determining the chronology of all of her activities—“planning it all out,”(Rhys 17)—and commenting on how the scenes in which she dwells or which she observes seem to remain constant, to remain as they were when she was last there—unchanged and static. This planning of her life, this consistency of habit and circumstance, I believe, are a reflection of Rhys’s view of a certain monotony, a certain tedium, and a certain dry and draining invariability that the city bestows upon those who dwell in it.

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