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Department
English
Course
ENG252Y1
Professor
Robert Mc Gill
Semester
Fall

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23:55 November 23, 2010 The Window Evelyn Wilson Metafiction: a work of fiction that comments implicitly or explicitly upon some aspect of fiction itself. novel as a representation of the world. Interested in its status as a realist text. Emily of New Moon physiological realism Barometer Rising documentary realism: journalistic facts and evidence explosion, how it happened, consequences of it Documentary realism: the dramatization of events using reportorial details, and often relying or seeming to rely on historical documents for these details. Realism: a mode of literature in which the text attempts in someway to represent life as it really is. Realist texts often focus on everyday people and offer descriptions that emphasize factual details. Avoid obvious melodrama, figurative speech, clichs Tries to be transparent with a realistic plot Reality: different ways of seeing things the underlying problem with realism. The Window as Metafiction Explores the limits of realism. Pg. 396, first paragraph. Tension between objective details and subjective uncertainty. Great big window subjective evolution segments of something not omnipotent narrator Calls our addition to thematic questions: how we weigh of objective reality with subjective reality? The world doesnt come to us transparently, always shaped by bias Who is doing the looking here? The Window being attended to right off the bat: self reflexivity First paragraph continued the eye beyond the bisection to view the wonders scenes and segments self reflexive moment in that Second Paragraph Mr. Willy is the focal point. He did not know nor would he care that much discussion went on in his wifes world. Omnipotent narrator vs. Mr. Willys narration (in the first paragraph the narrator is not omniscientunreliable) The allusion of omnipotence Continued theme that appearances are not reality third paragraph about the island vision is being questioned here Willy sees constellations but it is only the lights from a shopping mall. Mr. Willy New to Vancouver, seeking emancipation Confined to certain age restrictions and questions of faith, metaphysical possibility opening up for him. Catch-22 : he cant quite handle being on his own or with people www.notesolution.comResponsibilities: conforming to a social strata Two possible choices of meanings: God or other humans Willy and Sylvia She is attracted to him because of the opposite aspect of their natures He is ash and she is fire, a foil character Inability to reach beyond himself to other people in terms of a wall Sylvia represents a crack in the wall for him She is at a very different stage in her life: a transitional stage for him Social possibility doesnt get him across the wall God A believe that expended beyond the possible world: where the visible world cannot be seen at all Willy lives in secular reality: realism does this best Question: To what extent can realism show the non visible world, experiences that cannot easily be put into words. Washer He spies on Mr. Willy from outside of the window. He comes very close to killing Mr. Willy Figure of unexpected events, mortality He is an antagonist but also a foil, draws parallels to Mr. Willy: who styles himself as a business man who has also run away. Causes a moment a crisis in his life He looks in and sees the world as a stage, a show self reflexivity This moment they have that causes a profound physic event but they never meet, exchange words. suggests the reader, literature relationship one way relationship As the robber rushes in and plans to knock Mr. Willy on the head and he sees himself in the reflection on the window. This man had a fear, that his actions were being recorded in the reflection of the window self reflexivity it is in fact being record Faithfully being recorded: Mr. Willy has been wondering about God perhaps God is watching Mr. Willy in this moment Use of the mirror her: metaphysical device A novel is a mirror traveling down the road Stendhal (1830) Fiction as mimeticrepresentation of reality Mr. Willy sees himself in this mirror as a stranger, de-familiarization of reality, estrange us from reality re-exam our lives face to face with mortality Series of progression where Mr. Willy must analyze his own character When the robber ran away and Mr. Willy chastises him damn you, you might have broken it Second paragraph pg 405 Eight times it pops up- language is used to show his state of abstraction. No concrete referent, not referring to anything. What might have been broken? He must face his own solipsism Story ends with something that it cannot revealits own limits of its realism www.notesolution.com
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