The narrator's descent to the underworld reveals further evidence of the namelessness
of history and the (im)possibilities therein.
What was it kept him so often wakeful, awed, while the friend slept--what plank in reason, laid unbroken, precarious, across the slough of namelessness
, its chucklings, its slitherings, its shrieks, its spearheaded leaps and lunges?
The pointedly generic description of Moses' parentage as a man from the House of Levi who married a daughter of Levi (2:1) introduces a spirit of namelessness
expressive of the Israelites' dehumanization.
In the alternate meaning the dream gives to the phrase "taking the names off the stones," names seem as vulnerable to obliteration as flesh is; and since both the speaker and the dark angels are "taking the names ..." abject namelessness
is somehow inseparable from, and threatens, the act of naming.
In J R, as though Gaddis generalized from Wyatt's namelessness
in the earlier novel, pinning down the specifics of any situation becomes a trying task.
Any critic interpreting Molloy and the "namelessness
" which problematizes "the sense of identity" (p.
Along with his namelessness
(we do not find his name until Balthazar), Darley's pejorative self-portrait in Justine projects a character who is physically unattractive (thus completely taken back by Justine's attention), intellectually confused (thus relying on Arnauti to interpret, however falsely, his affair with Justine), and emotionally disturbed (especially in his treatments of Melissa and Pursewarden).
the prism of hidden sorrow, the namelessness
of nothing and nothing shuddering across me,
Mystery, secrecy, camouflage, silence, stillness, shadow, distance, opacity, withdrawal, namelessness
, uncertainty, shyness, lying, erasure, encryption, enigma, absence, darkness--these are some of the kaleidoscope names of the hidden, each carrying its own description of something whose essence it is to elude describing.
The Dis an' Dat Kid and the Whosis Kid are reduced to cartoon parodies of their namelessness
. The Op's boss is simply the Old Man, an abstract typology that suggests the presence of authority in the colloquial reference to the father.
Although we cannot simply dismiss the claims that the narrator,s lack of a name is evidence of his failure to be a complete person, we can also see namelessness
as the narrator,s attempt to avoid being labeled in any way that might restrict his ability to establish himself as an individual apart from socially defined categorizations.
" also reminds me of Wilson Harris--see p.