Fear In The Damp And Dark Gap

1250 words - 5 pages

Fear In the Damp and Dark Gap

The usual signification of the French feminist's "gap" transformed by Jack Bushnell from silent entrapment to a meaning that signifies the "gap" as that which frees the other and allows for the generation of a voice of the other's own Circus of the Wolves. The famous masculine--self and feminine--other opposition will be freely utilized with the man and the circus representing the former and Kael and nature the latter. Gaps appear literally and figuratively throughout the text and with each appearance its meaning slowly, slowly, alters in the previously stated manner. Jack Bushnell says in a "Note from the Author" that the of the wolf (other) is "a natural world as distinct and separate from the human (self) world as possible." The place of the Other, in other words, is separated, banished, and excluded from the sphere of self. The circus and the man be self insofar as they confine, harness, and attempt to stand the beauty and wonder of the other by conforming the other into the mold and way of self.

 

Before going further, it should be noted that any appearance of anthropomorphizing the wolf is only that –appearance. It is the place of the Other that receives the essences of human and not Kael in and of himself. Since Kael occupies the place of the Other the anthropomorphic transgression will seem to apply to the wolf when no actual transgression has occurred. Still, however, Kael must come to sense his occupation of the place of the Other.

Kael falls into the gap constructed by his oppressors "...the damp and dark at the bottom of the hole frightened Kael." Kael's fear is of confinement and the discovery of himself as other. "The damp and dark" are commonly listed as traits of the other or signifiers associated with femininity, and the "gap" is commonly noted to be the lacuna created by the phallocentric language of self due to its inability to fully ascribe traits to the other. Once occupying the place of the Other Kael "spent a long night crying for his mate and for his two pups waiting far away in the den," but from the gap, his voice and his cries go unheard.

In the gap, the place of the Other, Kael is netted, drugged and enslaved. His oppressor appears to him as a man with "blue eyes and golden hair." His oppressor describes and codifies Kael as well as telling kael how he will be treated and what he hopes Kael will become. He tells Kael all this in a language that does not belong to Kael. said,'l hope you will even be happy with us.'"

Keel and the man develop a symbiotic relationship in which both learn from each-other. Kael learns his tricks and rediscovers the power of a voice of his own. The man learns the value of the voice of the other and the necessity for freedom. The man releases or allows, partly, for Kael's escape, and after escape Kael will use his voice "one more...

Find Another Essay On Fear In the Damp and Dark Gap

The Evident and Growing Wealth Gap in the US

1710 words - 7 pages What seems to go unnoticed by many Americans is the evident and growing wealth gap. According to Pew Research Center, the current U.S. income is at its highest since 1928. This large dispersion of wealth can be attributed by the “fall [of the] routine producers” (Reich). Where jobs that were once attainable during the 70s are declining due to advancing technology and corporations finding workers in poor countries who are willing to work at half

The Role of Logotherapy and the Existential Gap in Addiction

1479 words - 6 pages fortify it, logotherapy is an effective therapy in treating addiction. Narration Logotherapy was initially developed by Holocaust survivor Viktor E. Frankl whilst he endured the horrors of a concentration camp, as described in his novel Man’s Search for Meaning: An Introduction to Logotherapy. At the core of logotherapy is the insistence that man desires to fulfill his life by giving it significance and filling the existential gap, a term coined

The Generation Gap in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

2161 words - 9 pages The Generation Gap in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet An example of the language Shakespeare uses to prove the generation gap between the characters, is this line from the play said by Juliet, 'Is there no pity sitting in the clouds, that sees into the bottom of my grief?' This shows well how Capulet and Lady Capulet don't understand their daughter's grief at the time and don't understand her wish not to marry

Fear in the brain

2181 words - 9 pages In this paper fear is discussed on how it has different effects on your brain while your body functions will as well change. While many different parts of the brain are used when the body is experiencing fear, researchers have described the amygdala which is an almond shaped groups of nuclei located deep and medially within the temporal lobes of the brain. The amygdala is shown in research to perform a primary role in processing of memory

Fear in the Psyche

1395 words - 6 pages identifiable and universal moral of mankind would be that homicide is something a human being should never want to do. People have to ask themselves why this belief arose in their morals. Despite the fact that a homicidal person might be wasting food, the real reason people don't want killers is fear. Fear is an amazing concept that our brain was founded on. It seams that fear is directly or indirectly linked to every action of every person on this

Fear in the Skies

683 words - 3 pages “Riddle 450, turn right heading 090, contact Departure at 120.95. Good luck for your first solo!” “Heading 090, contacting Departure, Riddle 450, thank you.” So many things to do, so many things to worry about. Every single input has an output, every single act, has an outcome. So many switches for one purpose, and so many gauges to be in control of. The Aircraft is shaking through the rough air with it's four cylinder, 180

Closing the Gap in Theologies and Religious Education

1928 words - 8 pages -of-view is also a collected mix of metaethics, moral theory, and philosophical interpretation. Further, the authors’ writings contained similar archetypes: doctrine, pedagogy, differentiated instruction, community focus, and social change; were used to draw connections between the obvious and implied theories for closing the gap in theologies and religious education. Theology For substantiating their point of view, integrating theology, and

Sex and Eroticism in Near Dark and The Hunger

1040 words - 4 pages Given how Near Dark is considered one of the best vampire films ever made, one may be shocked at how few individuals have seen the masterpiece. It is difficult to argue that that 80's was one of the better time periods for cinematic bloodsuckers. With films such as The Lost Boys, The Hunger, and Near Dark in theaters, it was truly a golden age for Dracula's children of the night. Kathryn Bigelow's presentation of her moody examination of white

The Gender Gap in Society

777 words - 3 pages The Gender Gap in Society When a girl falls down, her parents immediately give their hands. However, when a boy does, his parents expect he rises for himself without their help unless he is very little and weak. Despite most parents' saying that they do not want their children to behave and think in stereotypical ways, they treat their children differently based on the child's gender. Since initial gender roles are assumed during

Sound and Dark Imagery in “The Witch” by Anton Chekhov

623 words - 2 pages her feelings. In the beginning passage of the story, Chekhov uses sound imagery, dark imagery, and similes to convey Raissa’s misery of being in a loveless marriage. Like many of Chekhov’s works, this story also employs the use of sound imagery, While describing the atmosphere of the night, he mentions that “a plaintive lament sobbed.” He later goes on to describe it as a “cry of misery” from someone who consciously realized that “there is no

Women and the Reemergence of Eve in His Dark Materials

2038 words - 9 pages Women and the Reemergence of Eve in His Dark Materials The role of female characters in literature has gone through many transformations and radical changes. Until recently, women were often perceived as the other sex by many cultures. The remains can still be witnessed is several societies around the world. This notion obviously enabled the same view to thrive in literature. In epic fantasy, women can rarely stand alone. Many female characters

Similar Essays

Fear Is The Path To The Dark Side

969 words - 4 pages mentality causes the citizens of Salem to concentrate on not doing wrong, instead of trying to do right. This causes them to live in constant fear of falling into one of the Dark Side’s many sirens. Soon Abigail gets what she wants and Elizabeth Proctor is convicted. In his outrage, Proctor makes a testament, signed by ninety-one people, that states that several of the accused are innocent. He continues and declares there is no witchcraft and

Fear And Loathing In The Shakespearian Age

654 words - 3 pages FEAR AND LOATHING IN THE SHAKESPAERAIN AGE;AN ESSAY THAT REQUIRES DRUGS TO UNDERSTAND When you hear the excuse, ' My environment made me do it.' You expect to hear it fromA former gang member on an early morning talk show. But to hear it from Hamlet requires adouble take. I think that Prince Hamlet was a victim of the people around him. I.E. Rosencrantz,Guildenstern, Polonius, Laertes, Gertrude, and Claudius. I will start off by

Traveler In The Dark Essay

2422 words - 10 pages As one grows older, the problems he or she is confronted with cannot easily be hugged and kissed away as one could as a child. Religion can present such problems; problems that torment and that are not easily resolved, such as in the play “Traveler in the Dark” by Marsha Norman. “Traveler in the Dark” published in 1984, presents the audience with a man that seems to have an ethnocentric view of life, mainly focusing on the aspects of religion

The Construction And Repletion Of Gap In "The Ultimate Safari"

2678 words - 11 pages her resolution, the object's narcissism in having belief on herself, and the path to creativity of writing this short story. Mother's unknown absence creates suspense throughout the story but the girl's resolution which is still unknown in terms of its fulfillment functions as the accomplishment of the gap. "At first the seeker knows of no way of escape, but get out he must by some means . . . before him there yawns a dark abyss. . . . The only