Jessica Villejoint Prof. Alvarez
6/29/2011 Eng 363
Narration Levels of Lamentable Journey of Omaha
A matrix narrative is a narrative containing an ’embedded’ or ‘hyponarrative‘. The term ‘matrix’ derives from the Latin word mater (mother, womb) and refers to “something within which something else originates” (Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary). In linguistics, a ‘matrix sentence’ is one that embeds a subordinate sentence. Ordinarily, both the transition to a hyponarrative, its termination and the return to the matrix narrative are explicitly signaled in a text; occasionally, however, a text closes on a hyponarrative without explicitly resuming the matrix narrative. The matrix narrator is Omaha, in the story Lamentable Journey of Omaha Bigelow. He is the main character in the story. The main character is usually the matrix narrator because the fact that they had such impact of the whole story. On (page 23 Yunque) Omaha says “Im not dissing you, I’m saying that you’re really pretty” , shows how he had such a slick, fast mouth. He said that remark to Maruquita to try to get with her. Throughout the whole story he has been very perverted. He wooed Maruquita to try to make her fall for him, so he can get what he needs from her. He needs her help, so he flirts with her to make her fall into his trap. He made other women fall in his love trap as well. This shows that Omaha had great characeter and appeal which made all the girls fall for him. This shows that he is the most dominate character and has the most power than all the other characters. He has more power than Maruquita, even though she was a witch with power, he had power over her because he knew how to munipalate her.
A second-degree narrativeis a narrative that is embedded in a first-degree narrative, is a narrative mode in which the protagonist or another main character is referred to by employment of second-person personal pronouns and other kinds of addressing forms, for example the English second-person pronoun you.Traditionally, the employment of the second-person form in literary fiction has not been as prevalent as the corresponding first-person and third-person forms, yet second-person narration is, in many languages, a very common technique of several popular and non- or quasi-fictional written genres such as guide books. The second degree narrative is Maruqutia because her lack of power towards Omaha makes her second. On (page 23 Yunque) Maruqutia tells Omaha that “My name is Maruqutia. You knew that and you was fucking with my mind”. Maruquita used curse words to Omaha to show that she is tough. She has a big crush on Omaha, so she was trying to make herself be known to him. She was trying to stand out by acting cool. Maruqutia was in love with Omaha so much that she made herself fall in his trap, so that makes her the second degree narrator. Omaha is the one being admired by so that makes him important. Maruqutia is the one who is giving Omaha all the attention, which makes her the second degree narrator.
Yunque Vega, Edgardo, The Lamentable Journey of Omaha Bigelow into the Impenetrable Loisaida Jungle. United States, Overlook Press, 2004. Print