English 363


Blog #30
November 16, 2011, 1:30 am
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A fictional narrative presents an imaginary narrator’s account of a story that happened in an imaginary world. A fictional narrative is appreciated for its entertainment and educational value, possibly also for providing a vision of characters who might exist or might have existed, and a vision of things that might happen or could have happened (Jahn N2.2.2). it is interesting to think of Jahn’s description of fictional narrative while looking at Foster’s Atomik Aztex. Atomik Aztex is a fictional narrative that is self-aveage of itself and its fictitious nature. The author warns readers that the novel is fiction even before the main storyline begins, and then Zenzonli the main character reminds the reader again by stating Foster’s concept of an omniverse and calls the readers’ realities stupider realities where the Aztex were exterminated. Foster’s story very much takes place in an imaginary world for entertainment. It also provides a vision of characters who might exist or have existed, in the case of the Aztec’s if their civilization would have went a little different and they did not believe in prophecies of Gods on horseback ( or if the Spaniards say rode on another animal instead of a horse). Foster’s Zenzontli is also a character who might exist because the characteristics of the meat packing plant are similar to those in real meat packing plants and slaughter houses. The act of slaughter that Zenzontli recounts probably isn’t that dissimilar to what actually goes on in slaughter house. Animals are very much objectified  in reality much as they are in Zenzontlis account. The workers of the plants are also objectified and are objects of deflection of ownership by the owners of the plants. The workers are usually immigrants ( possibly of Mexican or Aztec decent), and typically illegal. When workers are found to be illegal the workers, not the owners of the plant knowingly employing them are arrested. This is shown in a movie from 2008 called Food Inc. The following trailer shows how chickens (like the pigs in Zenzontli’s accounts), are treated like objects . In Zenzontli’s alternate reality the workers of the factory and the Aztex are agents of their own destiny, they are attempting to form unions or fighting back against their oppressors.

 

( Although it is in the documentary I could not find the scene where the undocumented employees were arrested)

 

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Sabrina, thanks for adding more media this round. That Maury episode I think asks folks to really question the boundaries between gender and performance. Cobra does that too, without doubt. An approach to gender in Latin American Literature would be great too.

You earned all 10 points this round. You have a lot of Jahn quotes you could work with too I see.

Finally remember to look for articles for your next response, and not to use a review.

   salvarez 11.18.11 @ 5:13 pm

Sorry–I meant Caitlin! Two windows open at the same time, I have to make sure I didn’t just write the wrong message to Sabrina now. Sorry!

   salvarez 11.18.11 @ 5:14 pm

Hi Caitlin,
Your post reminded me of this other novel I read by Ruth Ozeki titled “My Year of Meats;” it also discusses the darker side of meat packing centers, also in vivid details. This grabbed my attention, you wrote, “Animals are very much objectified in reality much as they are in Zenzontlis account. The workers of the plants are also objectified and are objects of deflection of ownership by the owners of the plants.” I thought it was interesting that you drew a parallel between the slaughter of animals and the disposability of the immigrant workers. To take it a step further, you could connect to the Aztek warrior Zenzo’s narrative in which he discusses humans used for sacrafices. The elder’s p.o.v is pretty screwed up because he described the human slave trade in economic terms(stocks, bonds, mutual funds, investments, all that good stuff). Also, the little boy in Italy was almost kidnapped so his heart could be used in a sacrifice.

   rfraiegari 12.09.11 @ 5:32 am





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