In his first novel, Sean Penn covers literary aspects in a classical way. In the first place, you might want to keep a dictionary by your side as you explore Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff. He brings out fascinating descriptions, yet, in uncommon vocabularies. In addition, the reflective style used in the novel, coupled with a mix of fictional prose and poetry, calls for successive reading of the book in parts. Let’s look at some of its themes.
One of the most dominant subjects in Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff is violence. Penn covers social security issues like mass shooting, bombing, and writes a poem depicting the outcry of society against violence. He uses virtual characters such as the former drug lord El Chapo as contributors of violence, but displays a strong protagonist who is determined to end violence.
As a humanitarian in the real world, Sean Penn depicts his humanitarian similarities with Bob Honey. They both show passion on humanitarianism. They also don’t like current political situations, with Sean Penn’s book depicting the 2016 US presidential race. Penn’s efforts in disaster cleanup can be seen during Hurricane Katrina; as a survivor, he organized rescue efforts for victims of the storms. In the novel, Bob Honey is involved with surveying the aftermath of Iraq wars albeit aiding victims of Hurricane Katrina. His novel depiction of humanitarian issues relate to his real life experience.
In a satirical approach to address environmental responsibility, Penn uses Bob Honey as a contract killer to elderly people. He kills wealthy and old people to give space for the rise of other people. But Penn describes the character’s actions as symbolic; it is vital to eliminate companies that are depleting the world’s natural resources.
Another theme in Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff is on women rights. Sean adopts a series of questions on credibility the credibility of #MeTooMovement. For instance, he asks, “What’s with this Me Too? A platform for accusation impunity? Though these questions attracted diverse public reactions, Sean only covers the topic of women rights from a different angle.
In general, the author paints the Bob Honey’s America in a state of dystopia, marred with several social topics. The tales, on the other hand, reflects Sean’s views on different society issues. For instance, the novel brings out Sean’s views on politics and humanitarianism. Bob Honey is also portrayed as a contract assassin, but Penn denies any allegation of violence promotion.