Response 3


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.

                                           Work Cited

Yunque Vega, Edgardo, The Lamentable Journey of Omaha Bigelow into the Impenetrable Loisaida Jungle. United States, Overlook Press, 2004. Print


2 Responses to “Response 3”

  1. salvarez June 28, 2011 at 5:25 am #

    Jessica, I don’t think I see you looking at narrative levels at all in the E sections of your PIE paragraphs here. Well, first, there’s also the two different sorts of prose I see here. I noticed you didn’t put quotation marks around the Jahn stuff you cited. This makes that prose appear to be yours, and that prose is very different from the prose written about how Omaha tried to seduce Maruquita. This could pose a problem for you in classes if you don’t cite the material correctly–some instructors would consider this plagiarism, but I understand where you quoted from, and I think I see how you’re experimenting with connecting texts. Just keep in mind to always puts quotes around what you cite.

  2. salvarez June 28, 2011 at 5:28 am #

    For your final paper, make sure you apply some of these narrative levels to what you see in the novels, meaning how you see matrix narratives structuring Omaha Bigelow and the additional text you picked. In Omaha, think about how Maruquita calls up the author to complain about Omaha during the bohango-enlargement ceremony. The layered narratives are stories within stories, so make sure you look for those as examples in what you cite.

    What you have in the E section is more like an analysis of psychology of the characters than narratology.

    For your works cited, make sure you find the location of publication, the city, and also that you fix the last names of Vega Yunque in the correct order.

    4.7 out of 5 points

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