Monday, January 24, 2011
Admittance Of Age-Induced Senility
O'Brien indirectly admits to succumbing to senility via his paragraph on page 36. He asserts that the stories up which he conjures are substitutes for his paucity of memories. He claims that his stories are occasioned by his memories, and that his stories have a longer shelf life than his memories. Imagine one's memory as an original Rembrandt piece. Imagine the stories which are fostered to fill in the missing pieces are Xerox versions of said piece. The original piece (initial memory) is always going to be worth more. The copies (stories) will always be worth less. If he eventually loses his memories, his stories about the events would be as valuable as mine or Martin Scorsese's. Lauding stories as some type of memory substitute would be dishonest. Using them as an aid would be walking a fine line between fiction and non-fiction, one which would endanger the veracity of one's original memories. It could be done, but one would have to take great care.