April 28, 2007

Struggling with the Narrator

I figured that tonight I would take a break from all of the paper writing and reflect back on what I have been doing for this particular paper in the class at this moment. Right now, I'm very frustrated with myself. I can't seem to get up the motivation to take the neccessary steps to get it done. I know that there are others out there because I have talked to them, but talking about my frustration at not being able to get it done is not going to get it done. Wow. Lots of repeating going on here. I think that what has me down is that I have one severe case of senioritis. With graduation a mere 13 days away and the fact that I have had to do some pretty major things lately in order to graduate has made me want to do just that.

My paper is on the unreliable narrator in The Sound and the Fury and "Benito Cereno." After reviewing the notes that were on my presubmission report, I have decided that I'm going to try and do something else in my thesis other than psychoanalysis. I think that what might help my thesis a lot is studying how the different styles that are used for each of the characters shows how each can be an unreliable narrator and show how each of these characters play into the culture of their characters. For instance, Captain Delano plays into the culture of the American captain because he is very arrogant and feels that he needs to step in and take over what is happening aboard Benito Cereno's ship, a Spanish ship.

In order to do this, I am going to need to find different articles that would help me to explain the way that I am using culture. I am most assuredly going to use Greenblatt's essay from our class because I feel that this has been the form of literature that I understand the most. I also think that I will try and fit in deconstruction and formalism somehow because I will be deconstructing the characters that I use in a formalistic way. Also, I will focus a bit on reader response because most of the articles that I have found on the unreliable narrator have mentioned that the narrator is only unreliable if the reader allows him or her to be.

Any comments or feedback on this would be amazing! Like I said. I'm really struggling to get this done. I do have a meeting with Dr. Jerz Monday at 2, so after that I might update my entry a bit to see if I have a game plan.

Term Paper First Draft -- Jerz EL312 (Literary Criticism)

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