The Accidental Tourist By Anne Tyler

.. a slight and almost unnoticeable attempt to get back together with him much later in the book during a conversation between her and Macon: It [the rain] looks like strips that just fade away about halfway down from the sky. I wish I were there to watch it with you, Sarah said Macon? Do youWhats her name? The person you live with? Muriel, he said. Which he knew before she asked, he suspected. Do you plan on staying with Muriel forever? I really couldnt say, he said.

(289-290) Sarah is now the one longing for Macon. Macon thinks that the only thing to do is go back to Sarah, since, after all, he had been longing to get her back for some time. Macon returns to his house with Sarah, leaving Muriel: He rode on through the city, up Charles Street, into his old neighborhood. He parked and cut the engine and sat looking at the house. The downstairs windows were dark.

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The upstairs windows were softly glowing. Evidently, he had come home (291). Macon is reluctant about coming home to Sarah, but in the back of his mind he still feels like he needs her because they shared so much of their lives together. Soon after, while Macon is on another business trip to Paris, his back goes out and Sarah flies in to take care of him. Things seem to be going well, but then Sarah sees Macon packing his things a few days later, which provides yet another change for Sarah, as well as Macon: Sarah said, Macon? What are you doing? Im packing to leave. But what about your back? she asked.

And Ive got all those appointments! And we were going to take a second honeymoon! Sweetheart, he said. He lowered himself cautiously till he was sitting on the bed. He picked up her hand. It stayed lifeless while she watched his face. Youre going back to that woman, she said. Yes, I am, he said. Why, Macon? I just decided, Sarah.

I thought about it most of last night. It wasnt easy. Its not the easy way out, believe me. he saw now how such couples evolved. They were not, as hed always supposed, the result of some ludicrous lack of perception, but had come together for reasons that the rest of the world would never guess.

(339-340) Macon realizes that he is happier with Muriel, and although he does not want to cause Sarah pain, this time, it is Macon that is making a change that Sarah cannot helpinstead of the other way around. Therefore, Sarah must accept these changes in her life, along with all the ups and downs. Finally, Muriel Pritchett is shown to be the one character that does not go through changes in the duration of the book, already having experienced major alterations in her earlier life. Muriel assures Macon of himself and makes Macon feel needed for the first time in a long time: Macon presented himself in front of her, holding out the pizza. Ta-da! he whispered. She looked up at him and gave that perky smile of hersan ornate, Victorian V.

Ma, she said, Im going now! Macons here! It had been a long time since anyone made such an event of his arrival (196). Macon shows that he is beginning to allow himself to care for Muriel, and to be happy with her and this change in his lifebeing needed. Later on, when Macon is at his sisters house, he begins to actually miss Muriel: Macon laid the photos aside without looking at the rest of them. He knelt to pat EdwardMacon suddenly wished he were at Muriels. He wrapped his arms around Edward and imagined he smelled her sharp perfume deep in Edward’s fur above all else he was an orderly man There was no room in his life for anyone as unpredictable as Muriel.

Or as extreme. Or aswell, unlikable, sometimes Then he knew what mattered was the pattern of her life; that although he did not love her he loved the surprise of her, and also the surprise of himself when he was with her. (201) As much as Macon never thought he could care for Muriel, he finds himself almost loving her, and loving himself more whenever he is with her. He begins to enjoy his time with Muriel, and now moves with the flow of life, instead of life passing him by while he is still standing still. After Macon leaves Muriel to get back with Sarah, he finds that Muriel will not give up on him. She follows him to his business trip to Paris: why Muriel? Why are you doing this? Because I felt like it, she said.

You felt like spending five days alone in a Paris hotel? Thats what is will be, Muriel. You need to have me around, she said. Need you! You were falling to pieces before you had me (318). Muriel is very persistentjust like when she had been pursuing Macon; she refuses to give him up. In the end, Macon cannot refuse Muriel, and leaves Paris without Sarah. This shows Muriel to be a stagnant character in this bookwith her unwillingness to give up and her belief in the goodness of people.

In conclusion, Macon and Sarah prove to be the characters that undergo the most rapid changes, and Muriel remains static. Above all, Macons desire to control his own life in such a regimented way as packing for trips with a great notion of order is probably due to the fact that he does not trust other people. He feels that he cannot rely on others and instead can only trust himself. However, this all changes with the help of Muriel, who proves to be one of the most beneficial people to come into Macons life. Sarah learns the hard way that you cannot always go back to people and places in your life and try and fix things that are not worth fixing, or not capable of being salvaged.

In this case, it was she and Macons marriage. Sometimes it is better to let go of the past and move on to the future. The main theme of this book is love, and it is substantiated by Macons capability to lose sight of his fear and love someone completely different from himself and all that he has known. All of this happened because of one individuals acceptance of change and the flow of life. Acceptance Essays.