Comments on Inquiry 1

The most difficult aspect of doing the inquiry was deciding what details to focus on to support my main points. There was so much richness to the text; everything had the potential to have “meaning” and to suggest multiple themes. So I guess narrowing things down to categories of detail (I chose objects, events and dialogue) was one challenge; the next was deciding what details to select within those categories.

The most suprising aspect of this exercise is that the closer I read, the more interconnected I felt the text was within the scene that I chose (supermarket). The events, the objects, the dialogue were, in my mind, more deliberately and carefully chosen by DeLillo than I had at first thought; in other words, there as a “method” to his randomness.–Trish


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3 thoughts on “Comments on Inquiry 1”


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    hereticsnail says:

    I had the same problem with the richness of the text.  Not only was it difficult to cull through all of that richness and select the most important points, I also found it really difficult to organize it all.


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    pierce says:

    I absolute agree with the experience of finding cohesion in the text that didn’t seem apparent earlier.   The text deals with a variety of seemingly unconnected scenarios, but there are very distinct ideas which underpin them all, with varying degrees of subtlety.


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    matthew says:

    there is a method to his randomness but i couldn’t help feeling like some of the conversations were a little too forced and composed…like how conveniently murray starts talking about tibet.

    but then again of course everything is forced and composed because that’s what novels are and everything said has the intention of the author.

    maybe it’d be more post-modern in form if either the character or delillo would point out how forced something is before it’s said.

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