Friday, March 11, 2005

Re-membering Finnegan

Here I go again,
Although I have not personally read Finnegans Wake, I really enjoyed Sexson's article, Re-membering Finnegan.
I hate to sound pessimistic, but I do feel as if I have heard enough of the Wake, or as I like to call, The F-Word, by listening to recitations in class. (Good job Warwood and Kelly). Within the article it was discussed that the Greeks had a theory that we had fallen into "amathia," the ignorance that stems from the forgetfulness of everything important. As Sexson said, "In the Wake Joyce exults in the irony that we are most asleep when we are awake and only in sleep do we begin to awaken all we have forgotten. This is why we can sum up the Wake with the word, "remember."
I find this to be a very interesting concept. I understand that our minds are awakened to past occurences in our sleep. I love it when I have a dream and something that I had indeed forgotten comes up. I have even had dreams where I compose things in my head whether concepts or songs that are, in the dream, really good. The problem is that I can't remember them when I wake up. This point right here is proof of Joyce's concepts.
This way of remembering things in dreams is why I think Joyce wrote in a sort of outdated hyper-text. Different things come to mind as you read. You go off on many tangents and the book can be interpreted a number of ways, just as dreams.
That is my two cents on the subject. I do however have some questions. Are nightmares included? Nightmares are a sort of fantasy unlike anything a person has ever experienced(unless of course they are re-curring and have to do with past trauma) Some dreams are so fantastical that I have no doubt they are made up and are not related to my past. What does a person do with these sorts of dreams? For if I were said to be most awake during some of my dreams, I would be a perverted, crazy, psychopath. I'm interested to see how these dreams can be said to be most real to the human being.

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