Keesey: Chapter 4 Intro...still a good place to start

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" explains how the artist must look past the accidents, the individual peculiarities, to discover the essential or characteristic form...The artist gives us the essence of a character, a situation, an action" (Keesey 208).

     I love this idea, this acually sounds like something that might hold water.  It is the artists job to create a general meaning, a situation that could and probably does happen to all at some point, and state this in a way that a majority can understand.  I don't feel that this necessarily has to be done in a realistic manner.  Two astronauts fighting over a martian girl has the same ability to create a believable and universal situation as two teen boys in a 1950's high school fighting over the head cheerleader.  It is not so much the setting that makes the difference, as it is the potential found in the situation.  Maybe Gilman wasn't writing about her character going insane as much as she was writing about how we as humans all fear that being ignored will lead us down a dark road.  How if we as individuals cut ourselves off from the living world, we will only find dark shadows creeping all around us.  We as humans want to be part of a group, the main character did not feel as though she were a part of her husbands world, therefore she became part of her own.  It might have been in her imagination, but nonetheless she found a place where she felt she belonged.

     Wow...i think i really like this approach to literary criticism...guess i found out which camp i should build my fire in.

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