"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" explores a particular kind of transformation: aging. The story reminds us that physical changes are necessarily accompanied by personality changes: older people tend to be less lively and more set in their ways, while younger people tend to be emotional and eager to learn. This transformation is a way for us to learn more about ourselves – what parts of us don’t change as we get older? If we are continually changing, then how can we define a consistent self over the course of an entire lifetime? These are just some of the ordinary questions that Fitzgerald is able to explore by looking at a rather extraordinary case.
Benjamin’s odd condition makes it impossible for the reader to relate to him.
Despite Benjamin’s peculiar condition, he’s quite a relatable character.