Alexander Garifal

  • “Blade Runner” really explores our own humanity and probes into very deep questions. Using Lacan’s view of the unconscious, we see a very deep question being asked: whether replicants experience this unconscious language and, if so, how closely copied are they to their human makers? As the novel based on the film flatly asks, “Do Androids Dream…[Read more]

  • Alexander Garifal

    ENG 130

    2/17/2017

    Blog Post

    Discussion Questions – The Management of Grief, Bharati Mukherjee (#bmukh #writingslit):

    (by Alexis) Who is the narrator telling this story to?  What to […]

    • Reading through the first paragraph of your post, I somewhat agree to the “controlling” tone of the story. As the story progresses, Shaila seems to show (or depict) her reaction as being “in control”. Just like you quoted, “I was always controlled, but never repressed (975).” However, I would find it more believable that instead of actually being in control, Shaila, being someone who is in the middle of cultural and religious inner conflict, has no control over her situations and how she handles things. Many times when dealing with grieving, most individuals would unconsciously enter a state of denial before going through a state of acceptance. In this state of acceptance will they feel a sense of control when deep down, their sense of “control” is just a lie their brain constructed in order for the grieving individual to accept the person’s death and eventually move on.

      Onto the subject of the narration, I can safely say that I agree with your statement. Most people, when dealing with such traumatic experience, would try to reason with themselves and enter an introspective state where they’re just trying to make sense of everything that had happened. May it be to allow them to clear out the flood of information they just received (spontaneous news of a loved one’s death, etc.) Picking an interesting line from the story which is “I am too old to start over and too young to give up…” The author is simplifying the dilemma she’s facing by retelling her story to herself, as it would be easier than to think up all the minute detail of how she should proceed with the event that just happened in her life.

      • Both of these posts are good at discussing the tone of the story and connecting it to the title. I’m wondering if either of you have considered the role of valium in the “management,” or other characters/elements that might arguably be connected to the title. I am thinking, in particular, of Shaila’s friend’s swami, and of Judith who might seem to “manage” a collective trauma as a social worker climbing her way up the career ladder.

        It’s very perceptive to read the pacing of the story and the neatness of her transitions as an element of “control.” The other theme of the story seems to be, as Alex points out, the immigrant who “flutter[s] between worlds.” How does the controlled tone add to or intervene in that theme?

  • Read the syllabus. I’m a little confused as to what exactly a blog post is and the “Main” post, “Mini” posts are. Top two blog dates I would like to do ASAP, whether it be Feb 10 or Feb 17.

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