of six walks in the fictional woods
Germán Enrique Pérez Tamayo
Literary Theory Essay
Presented to the Teacher:
MODERN LANGUAGES PROGRAM
UNIVERSITY OF QUINDIO
How beautiful shoes analyzed by a part
of six walks in the fictional woods
Wilbur Daniel Steele, in his book How beautifulwith shoes, displays a story of a young girl who is kidnapped by an insane person. This story is going to be analyzed by a part of Umberto Eco's theory: Six Walks in the fictional woods, since in the text do not appear all the conceptions that are postulated in the assumption.
The topic that is going to be analyzed in this essay is Amarantha's change of state, it means how she passes from astate of misery to happiness, and also how Steele submerges the reader inside Amarantha's life and her disgrace, even it is not at all, because she found love in the arms of a schizophrenic man.
At the beginning, Steele depicts Amarantha's daily life in the contour of her activities in the farm. He shows how boring and hard was her life, how she had to undergo this animal-like situation.“By the time the milking was finished, the sow, which had farrowed the past week, was making such a row that the girl spilled a pint of the warm milk down the trough-lead to quiet the animal before taking the pail to the well-house” (How beautiful with shoes, Page 302)
As it is shown, Steele acts as an empirical author since he only narrates the story in a third person and uses aparatext to guide us through the tale as Umberto Eco defines the empirical author:
“...Empirical author is also the narrator of a true story, and who moreover has written a preface which is not part of the narrative text but of the paratext...” (Six walks in the fictional woods, 1994, P. 19)
Now it can be seen that Steele is only interested in narrating the story and it is a mark ofbeing a empirical author, because on the other hand the model author tries to talk to the reader, involving him/her in the story, creating on him/her a new world to follow as it is said by Umberto Eco:
“The model author, on the other hand is a voice that speaks to us affectionately (or imperiously or slyly) that want us to beside it. This voice is manifested as a narrative strategy, as aset of instructions which is given step by step...”(Six Walks in the fictional woods, 1994, P 15)
”The model author acts and reveals himself... to tell us that the descriptions we are given must be a stimulus for our imagination and for our physical reactions.” (Six Walks in the fictional woods, 1994, P 17)
Coming to the story, Amarantha is also exasperated by his boyfriend and hismother since she is treated as an animal. It is till Jewett appears in stage, even at the beginning, she distrusts on him, because he was a strange person for her. In the text there is a description on him, that is a way of lingering in the story.
“...Mare [Amarantha] hazarded one upward look, She saw that he had red hair, brown eyes, and hollows under his cheekbones, and though thegreen sweater he wore on top of a gray overall was plainly not meant for him, sizes to large as far as girth went, yet he was built so long of limb so that his wrists came inches out of the sleeves and made his big hands look even bigger.” (How beautiful shoes, P 304)
As it is seen, Wilbur is trying to delay the development of the narration with details that are not strictly necessary, becausethe reader, in that instant, is waiting for the unraveling of that episode, even the author is using that element for giving the reader suspense, creating in The reader’s mind inferential walks and widening the narration as the theory says.
“One of the lingering or slowing-down techniques than an author can employ is the one that allows the reader to take inferential walks...” “When I...