Arthur wants to be a writer but is stuck working as a file clerk in a legal office.
He's not very good at his job. Arthur puts all his energy into his dream of
getting published instead. So he lets the files stack up at work, dishes and bills
pile up at home, and messages go unanswered on his answering machine.
When Arthur is abruptly fired from his job, and his goldfish dies, Arthur's loses
his will to live. He's never tasted the success of recognition. It just doesn't seem
worth trying anymore. Then again, for somebody in the habit of failing as much
as Arthur, even "ending it all" is a challenge.