We used the song “Pursuit of Happiness” by Kid Cudi for two reasons. The first reason being Kid Cudi’s close relation to the novel. Kid Cudi will be assuming the lead role of Wallace in a television adaptation of the novel. The other reason is that Kid Cudi’s music elicits the same emotional turbulence as Real Life does. The song “Pursuit of Happiness” conveys the ultimate struggle that Wallace faces of finding himself in a world of his foils.
While we were brainstorming for our podcast, we wanted to segue each of our topics together to form one overarching thesis. Our driving questions ranged from Wallace’s scientific nature to his unhealthy relationships and sexuality to his past. After discussing, we were able to form a natural progression from our protagonist’s difficult emotions to his past trauma to his complicated relationship with male sexuality. We analyzed these separate parts of Real Life to discover the true basis behind Wallace’s sedentary life, seemingly trapped in a racist PWI in the Midwest among false friends and toxic relationships.