Everything is Illuminated Essay

Everything is Illuminated Essay - Margaret Derby November...

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November 19, 2010 ENGL 1102M Miriam Brown-Spiers QUESTION: How does Foer's use of grammar and mechanincs affect the overall effect of Everything is Illuminated on the reader? The Use of Grammar and Punctuation in Everything is Illuminated Since Kindergarten, people all over the world have been learning the importance of grammar. Things as simple as periods, commas, quotation marks, and even spaces between words have been around since the creation of language. Punctuation is so small that it is often overlooked, but it is one of the most important parts of all literature. Punctuation separates ideas, making things readable and easy to understand. It places a break in the sentence, allowing for the reader to take a breath, separate their thoughts, and comprehend what he or she has read. So why would a well established author publish something completely lacking proper punctuation and grammar? In the section of Everything is Illuminated, by Jonathan Safran Foer, where Alex tells the reader Grandfather's war story, Foer removes all forms of grammatical separation in order to better represent Grandfather's feelings, as well as generate a more emotional response from the reader. This six page section of the book starts off completely separated from the rest of the novel. Foer, writing as Alex, begins the story in parentheses, which places it aside and shows its importance. From the moment this passage begins Foer is already removing punctuation that separates. A few lines in Foer does not use any quotations to partition the different speakers. The first place this happens is when he says, “I murdered Hershel, he said. Or what I did was as good as murdering him. What do you mean? I asked him” (Foer, 247). Here, both Grandfather and Alex are speaking (in that order), however, quotations are removed so it is difficult to tell who is speaking. This makes it harder to
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This note was uploaded on 03/21/2011 for the course ENGL 1102(M) taught by Professor Simrill during the Fall '08 term at UGA.

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