Honors Special Topics I 8908/English 39000: 2
Final Paper: April 30, 2012
In the Context of a Mental Metaphor:
Referring to a Classic Text to Inspire Meaning in a Play about Nothing as a State of Mind
When an author deposits his or her self as a protagonist and narrator, the poet’s own voice should be regarded as the primary mode of storytelling because understanding the storyteller as a character gives context and thus aids in the audience’s grasping the message. The secondary mode of storytelling is based in the protagonist character within the narrative and is thus more fictional. Considering the writer in his or her role closer to reality brings to focus their role as a human functioning in society and therefore brings more factual conclusions from the work when the writer’s personal and historical identification is concerned. Since these concerns are more based in reality, the message thus gathered from the text is in this way closer to truth. Through this window, the work of Dante’s Divine Comedy is seen as a fantasy novel, encompassing a conceit proposed in the authors opening cantos that is founded in the poet’s imagination. In turn, to Dante the poet, this fantasy in three realms is representative of an overall state of mind imagined by the author. As a working of the brain, the inferno, purgatorio, and paradise are part of a mentality in realistic terms because of the outlandish endeavors that Dante defies between the book’s covers. Such outlandish notions attest to the absurdity of Beckett’s Waiting for Godot as its characters brood a similar absurdity in their mental stewing. The mentality conveyed by both authors is so encompassing of the whole text that it is as enveloping as a setting. Such mentality as a fully realized setting is dreamlike and so addressing these texts as the author’s dream vision, by a loose basis in Freudian theory, the overall state of mind shared by both Dante and Beckett’s texts is a...