MEMORY.

Memory is something that we humans experience in our brains. It basically allows us to store and eventually recall that particular information of those past experiences. If at all we did some thing wrong in the past, our memory would help us in rectifying that mistake by enhancing it.

In relation to the paragraph from the book Invisible Cities, I think memory is referred to – as “relation between the measurements of its space and events of it’s past”. The writer portrays his memory of Zaira as, “the height of a lamppost and the distance from the ground of a hanged usurper’s swaying feet; the line strung from the lamp post to the railing opposite and the festoons that decorate the course of the queen’s nuptial procession; the height of that railing and the leap of the adulterer who climbed over it at dawn; the tilt of a guttering and a eat’s progress along it as he slips into the same window; the firing range of a gunboat which has suddenly appeared beyond the cape and the bomb that destroys the guttering; the rips in the fish net and the three old men seated on the dock mending nets and telling each other for the hundredth time the Story of the gun- 10 boat of the usurper, who some say was the queen’s  illegitimate son, abandoned in his swaddling clothes there on the dock.”

In a supernatural world I would be able to relate to such a memory. Like the memory of when a cat progresses along as he slips away into a window. I guess that thought/memory makes me think of an instance where a particular person is deep into remembering a memory but then gets distracted and that particular memory just goes away in a split second and he forgets that that situation ever occurred.

Thus memory can be helpful in many ways and at the same time deadly too.

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One thought on “MEMORY.

  1. Clayton, some pointers:
    Memory is something that we humans experience in our brains. — What about animals?

    It basically allows us to store and eventually recall that particular information of those past experiences. If at all we did some thing wrong in the past, our memory would help us in rectifying that mistake by enhancing it. — What about pleasant experiences? Does memory only serve one purpose?

    You’ve quoted a chunk of the paragraph, but I don’t think you’re unpacking it enough to understand where memory is being played out. Read each line and tell me how does it refer to a memory (or create one!).

    Your choice of words is intriguing me here: what do you mean by supernatural? Also, you are slipping between ideas in your analysis of the passage.

    Thus memory can be helpful in many ways and at the same time deadly too. — how is it either? Can you think of the meaning of memory and the various ways in which it becomes helpful / destructive?

    My suggestion is that you break the passage down line by line, to understand what it does and how meaning and memory are evoked. It will require you to engage more deeply, understanding each word. I think you need to ask yourself, like I said in class, why do you feel the way you do: find evidence in the text. Good luck.

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