do you see an intersection of time and space in the story?

5 answers.

The third level itself is an intersection of time and space. Sam, the psychiatrist, going to live in the nineteenth century too is a classic intersection of time and space from the protagonist's view.

  • where is the proof for that? nothing in the story gives this idea. the only reason could be that charley was mentally disturbed which i find hard to believe. no psychiartist , even a friend will ever waste 800 dollars for treating a patient. the story says he is still searching for the third level, so there is no finality to this story. Moreover, jack finney ,the author is a sci-fi writer. his works often include time-travel and the supernatural. so it is more likely that he meant sam to go to galesburg , illinois.
  • where is the proof for that? nothing in the story gives this idea. the only reason could be that charley was mentally disturbed which i find hard to believe. no psychiartist , even a friend will ever waste 800 dollars for treating a patient. the story says he is still searching for the third level, so there is no finality to this story. Moreover, jack finney ,the author is a sci-fi writer. his works often include time-travel and the supernatural. so it is more likely that he meant sam to go to galesburg , illinois.

‘The modern world is full of insecurity, fear, war, worry and stress.’ What are the ways in which we attempt to overcome them?

1 answers.

the only way is to keep going as we are growing and do battle with modern world


what does the third level refer to?

2 answers.

For Charley, Grand Central Station has three levels. Actually there are two levels. The modern world is full of insecurity, fear, war and worries. He just wants to escape. So, he wanders into the fanciful world of 1894 which is much away from the harsh realities of life. The author used the Third level on Grand Central Station as a medium of escape. His psychiatrist friend, Sam calls it just a waking dream wish fulfilment.

There is also an aesthetic reference to the third level....It refers to A man's state of mind where no worries or insecurities can touch him. This achievement of happiness and peace of mind is vital to a persons well being..Charley is basically trying to escape to a life of security and contentment.


do you think that the third level was a medium of escape for charley?why?

3 answers.

Jack Finney’s story ‘The Third Level’ interweaves between fantasy and reality. The Third Level is medium of escape for Charley from the present harsh realities of modern life which is full of insecurity, fear, war, worry and tension. It is a safe route for Charley to go to Galesburg in order to escape from trouble. So he tries to purchase two tickets for Galesburg, Illinois from the Third Level at Grand Central. The Third Level is merely a fantasy that exists in Charley’s mind only. His psychiatrist friend, Sam calls it a waking- dream-wish-fulfillment. In reality Charley fails to cope up with the modern world which is full of fears and worries. He just wants to escape. He takes it for a reality and plans to go to Galesburg. He even exchanges his new bills of three hundred dollars for old style bills. But he is never able to find the Third Level. It is because the Third Level has existed in his fantasy only. Thus it can be said that the Third-Level is a medium of escape for Charley.

The third level answer.

Yes, Charley found the third level as a medium of escape because he was suffering from all the modern day insecurities,war,worries and stress caused by todays work and societal culture.He had a fascination for the past...this is visible in his attachment to the stamp album inherited from his grandfather;so his idea of true happiness was already ingrained in his mind as a return to the past.Thus in his mind he has always wanted to go back in time, so he found the third level as a fulfillment of his dream .