Ultimately, I blame Tony for he made some poor choices throughout his life.
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Whos is to blame for the downfall of Tony Last?
His wife sees him as the only remnant of a dead society; she is bored and unhappy in their marriage. Tony, on the other hand, continues to cling to tradition, unwilling to conform to the new ideals of society. He is completely out of place in what has become a new society and culture, and those feelings of isolation and abandonment lead him to seek refuge at his family home Hetton. Tony's downfall is a direct result of his obsession to preserve Hetton at all costs, which in turn is a direct result of his loyalty to the home, the name, and the refusal to transition himself out of the old and into the new.
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