response essay to Paul Auster's Oracle Night

response essay to Paul Auster's Oracle Night - Murphy Kayla...

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Murphy Kayla Murphy November 18, 2011 English 4000 10:10 Dr. Anderson/Brown-Spiers Assignment 8 The poles of awareness displayed in Paul Auster’s novel Oracle Night are particularly prominent in Sidney’s struggle to recover from his illness, which is reflected in the story he writes about Nick Bowen. “Bowen is on the plane, flying through the dark toward Kansas City. After the whirlwind of falling gargoyles and reckless dashes to the airport, a sense of growing calm, a serene blankness within. Bowen doesn’t question what he is doing. He has no regrets, doesn’t rethink his decision to leave town and abandon his job, feels not the slightest pang of remorse about walking out on Eva. He knows how hard it will be on her, but he manages to persuade himself that she’ll be better off without him in the end, that once she recovers from the shock of his disappearance, it will be possible to begin a new, more satisfying life. Hardly an admirable or sympathetic position, but Bowen is in the grip of an idea, and that idea is so large, so much bigger than his own paltry wants and obligations, that he feels he has no choice but to obey it ― even at the cost of acting irresponsibly, of doing things that would have been morally repugnant to him just one day before.” (58) Nick Bowen has just abandoned his entire life and made a firm commitment not to turn back. That decision is startling enough to grasp the reader’s attention and sense of wonderment.
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Murphy Sidney has created a character who acts out exactly what a great number of people fear. The total
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This note was uploaded on 01/19/2012 for the course ENGL 4000 taught by Professor Douglasanderson during the Fall '11 term at University of Georgia Athens.

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