(urth) Father Inire as a giant vegetable
severiansola at hotmail.com
Wed Nov 9 05:22:41 PST 2011
>Gerry Quinn: Ah, how wrong I was to discount the vegetable and fish imagery that
>permeates BotNS, focusing *instead* on the travails of some pitiful wandering human
>and his species!..Vegetables versus fish is *the key*!
I think Gerry has been on this list too long. His subconscious is starting to absorb
the deeper structure of the narrative, even if his conscious mind resists.
You are 2/3 right Gerry. There is dynamic of conflict on Urth but not only between
creatures of ocean and land, but also of sky. We see the same tri-partite dynamic
If only he could avoid the thinking which corrals his thinking into using terms like
"instead" and "the key" as though there is one and only one way to understand the text
and our goal is to determine which one is "best" and discard the rest.
I don't quite get it. You don't have to be a literature professor to understand the concept
of multi-layered analysis. Science requires a similar mode of thinking. Does a physicist rant
that he lives on earth not some stinking solar system or galaxy and that he is composed of head,
arms and legs not atoms? Does a morphologist run around screaming at the ecologists that he is
not some part of a larger integrated system of living creatures and then yell at the
microbiologists that he is not some sack of little jelly globs called cells?
What gives? ;- )
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