Monthly Archives: April 2011
Seger puts a specific emphasis on the aspect that time and movement in a story must be fluid. The storyline in “Old School” is very fluid, each event in his life was connected in some way to another event. The fluidity of the story allows the novel to exemplify the quality of multiplicity. My ‘blox’ for multiplicity contains a timeline that shows major events in the boy’s life. The ‘blox’ shows that a story cannot be fluid without having the quality of multiplicity.
Seger does not fully cover the subject of visibility that I applied to my ‘blox’. Calvino discusses the importance of having the letters come off the page and turn into an image. While building the ‘blox’ I concentrated on Seger’s discussions about the importance of the words conveying an idea. Seger was discussing the idea as a theme, I looked to the idea as an image trying to be conveyed and words are the only venue to its understanding.
The most exact language for expressing an idea would be the initial thought. Humans do not always think in full sentences, leaving time where fragments shoot around in one’s head as random sparks of ideas. The narrator of “Old School” holds nothing back when talking about subjects in the story. Tobias Wolff used the venue of a young boy’s thoughts to convey the same sense of exactitude that Calvino discusses. Seger spends an entire section on the importance of the work of the narrator. Seger says that the narrator is a guide for the reader through the story. My ‘blox’ has the viewer looking the glasses of the boy at his own thoughts. This means that the narrator, the boy, is guiding us through the story with his own personal thoughts about each event. We can only see and feel what the narrator sees and feels.