Racing in the Rain; a Deeper Meaning

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For once there is a book-based movie that is really close to the book. While the book is always better than the movie, with very few exceptions, “The Art of Racing in the Rain,” is almost as good and as meaningful as the book. While the movie, “The Art of Racing in the Rain,” is an amazing family friendly movie, it has a deeper meaning behind that is virtuous and philosophic. While the movie tries to portray the family friendly, entertainment side, it still includes come of the main moral points. While the book, written by Garth Stein, goes into depth about what Enzo is saying, the movie is still an amazing copy of the book, unlike how book based movies usually are, the movie followed the book to the best it could and it still had some of the deeper meanings in the focus. Here are some of the main philosophical quotes with explanations from the book that make the book and movie what it is:

“’Drivers are afraid of the rain…Rain amplifies your mistakes, and water on the track can make your car handle unpredictably. When something unpredictable happens you have to react to it; if you’re racing at speed, you’re reacting too late. And so you should be afraid’” ( Garth Stein, The Art of Racing in the Rain). What this quote is trying to explain is that people are afraid of things especially when it shows their mistakes so they will do anything to avoid their fear, but one must face it because if it will be put in their path and they will have to overcome it, or else it could be disastrous.

“I had always wanted to love Eve as Denny loved her, but I never had because I was afraid. She was my rain. She was my unpredictable element. She was my fear. But a racer should not be afraid of rain; a racer should embrace the rain” ( Garth Stein, The Art of Racing in the Rain). In this quote Enzo is giving the readers an example of the previous quote. He is saying how if he embraces his fear, it could ultimately be an advantage.

“I will often admire a beautiful sunrise, but I will never consider the sun a champion for having risen” ( Garth Stein, The Art of Racing in the Rain). Often we consider what someone does beautiful or amazing, but in some situations it should not be glorified as much in a sense. The amazing things people do to ‘restore humanity,’ it should be there already. It’s a good thing to do but is should be expected.

“There is no dishonor in losing the race. There is only dishonor in not racing because you are afraid to lose.” (Garth Stein, The Art of Racing in the Rain). There is nothing bad in failing, but there is bad in not doing the task because there is a great chance of failing.

“This is a rule of racing: No race has ever been won in the first corner; many have been lost there.” (Garth Stein, The Art of Racing in the Rain). This quote speaks for itself. One cannot win in the first half but one can lose, it is in the power of perseverance, strength, and the thoughts as well as the training preparation and the baby steps leading up to the last lap that will decide who wins.

These are only a few of the short quotes from the book. This book is not only an entertainment and a good pass-time book, but it has strong morales. So no matter the circumstance, after finishing this book the reader will have a satisfied enlightened feeling. It is definitely a book worth buying, not just renting. 

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