How do you think Daniel Parrish might have changed if he had lived? Do you think some people never change?
Join Date: 10/15/10
Join Date: 03/03/12
I'm not sure he was capable of changing. He just couldn't accept responsibility for any of the disasters in his life: his marriage, his child, his inability to write another good novel. I think some people are so blinded by their own image of themselves that it makes them incapable of changing to a better version of who they are.
Join Date: 05/19/11
Join Date: 06/16/11
I also think that Daniel probably never would have changed. He was self-centered, egotistical and lived in a fantasy world of his own. The fact that Ismay tolerated it all along was probably part of the problem and she obviously wanted to maintain her status as his husband. If she had tossed him out years before he might have been forced to become something real so she may have also been somewhat to blame for his worthlessness.
Join Date: 04/11/11
I don't think Daniel was ever going to change. He was a man-child that refused to take responsibility for anything in his life. He had plenty of chances to clean up his act, but he was too busy living the life he thought he deserved due to his first book. Ismay may the to blame, because she did not make him grow up and be the husband she deserved.
Some people do change, but it usually takes something in their life outside of their control that causes them to reevaluate who they are, and how they behave.
Join Date: 04/10/13
Join Date: 05/12/11
I think Daniel was so self-centered that there would have been no change. He was not one to take responsibility for his actions. His "one time wonder" made him quite pompous. I don't think he would ever have had the ability to produce another book.
Join Date: 02/23/14
I'm not sure Daniel would have changed. He seemed to be on a firmly secured trajectory. He seemed completely self-satisfied which is not a strong motivator for change. Of course, people can change and they do but they change because they aren't satisfied with an aspect of themselves or their lives. Daniel liked Daniel just the way he was it seemed.
Join Date: 06/25/13
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Join Date: 08/14/11
The author created Daniel just as she wanted him to be, a contrast to everyone else in the story.
Daniel, a male character who was the opposite of AJ and Chief Lambiase was meant to be the one who would never have changed his personality or behavior. There are people like that in real life and we either accept them or reject them as the circle of life continues.
Join Date: 03/28/14
Why would Daniel change? Ismay made it easy for him to continue to carry on as he always had, so he certainly felt no need to change. I honestly don't think he was capable of change. He was certainly too hedonistic to care how his actions affected others.
Join Date: 05/14/11
Join Date: 10/14/13
Daniel is an archetype. He goes through life with a whistle and a cynical word or two and is smugly sure that he is an upstanding person. Being self absorbed, he is ambivalent to any other person's situation. Being charming is a necessary characteristic of this type of person. I know people just like this.
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