ENGL284 Sept 28, 2012
- Patrick’s role in bringing outsiders into the centre through his attention
- How does Patrick’s role as an outsider to both the city and immigrant community impact
our experience of the narrative coming through his perspective
o Outsider = we’re all outsiders to each other, everyone is wearing a skin of a lion,
you cant ever really know anyone.
Also human condition, language barriers etc.
o Fragmented narrative, makes us outsiders to the story because it’s difficult to
understand, mirrors Patrick’s relationship to the community.
o Patrick as a searcher? (if that’s what he is) Not ever going to find it?
Always looking for information, we go on search with him; he never
finds what he’s looking for
o Patrick never really seems to belong anywhere; both insider and outsider,
special position in the novel
o Sees people in fragments; synecdoche (mustache etc), seeing bits and pieces of
people instead of knowing a whole person; post modern view of novel
TRANSLATIONS OF COMMUNITY
- Although not immigrant from another country, still new to city and doesn’t know
customs, same kind of status
o Belongs to group of people who are doing similar work to him (back of coats?)
o P112: still an outsider “anonymous
o 113: a living creature, a gooshter had been translated, “he looked up …. He was
o His willingness to try and talk, keep coming back week after week that makes a
diff. “four women and a couple of men… between them” (113)
- Talking movies “growing echoes… pronounciations right”
o Link between language and art: change in art, brining in language into film
changed life, immigrants had a way to gain language. Silent film changes from
one based in coincidence and one based in language; a film not about
coincidence but about lagnauge can help order your life, to take control, life juts
isn’t coincidence but can be organized through reason and logic
o Telling a story about something can bring a kind of order
- Patrick: being outside language is a kind of control. He’s a watcher, orders thing by
telling story. Can name things as being important to himself by telling stories about
them to himself.
o P133: “watches each… reversals”
Creating offhand a counterpoint to musical theme (a diff theme in
counterpoint to the main one) ENGL284 Sept 28, 2012
Scene is imbued with artistic connection, his way of being there is
Ceremony, culture; not having own tradition, he makes a story about it
for himself, in relations to being near but not of it.
Painting: memory painting reminds him of the reversal
Outside of meaningfulness that’s there for others in the room; meaning
is for him a counterpoint; own idea of meaningness comes with out the
shaping of memory, of meaning that’s already there
Makes him comfortable to watch lives that are already there
and create a meaning for him
- As outsider and watcher, finds meaning/language instructive
o P138 “he lived-…exaggerate themselves” “he felt himself expand…
Translation of communication into the non linguistic. Performing,
o He likes to be outside of language, but not entire outside relationship
Community and understanding aren’t dependent on language.
- Puts people into relation through putting together stories; when studies people outside
he brings them inside;
o Study history changes history