The Dwarfish Oskar Matzerath's The Tin Drum

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A complex set of dialogue of languages is provided in The Tin Drum through a first-person narrator, where elements of the grotesque tale and myth, and the stories of the secondary characters are engaged in a serious dialogue with the patriarchal and orthodox states. Every concrete utterance of a speaking subject is a dialogized intersection of centrifugal and centripetal forces. Bakhtin considers it as “a contradiction-ridden, tension-filled unity of two embattled tendencies in the life of language” (Bakhtin271) The dwarfish Oskar Matzerath, the narrator and protagonist of the novel, grabs reader’s attention by the very first words of the novel: “Granted: I’m an inmate in a mental institution . . .” (Grass3). Utterances like this notoriously farce at…show more content…
Three pfennigs a packet. Just think about: woodruff, raspberry, how beautifully it foamed and fizzed, and that feeling, Maria, that feeling!” (Grass 161). Oskar, therefore, tries to destroy Alfred 's possession of Mary in the outside world through all the powers of the imagination, manifested and proclaimed in his textual place as a narrator of the story. He emphatically emphasizes the incompetence of Alfred and tries to penetrate the privacy of Alfred when he finds the side line of Maria. In contrast to the anachronistic and synchronous union Oskar temporal and spatial events during his entire text narration of the world, there is the dissolution of Alfred, the verticality of time and space. With regard to time, while covering Maria, Alfred is ironically obsessed with the clock’s strokes as he says “It’s a quarter of” (Grass 161). The tendency to mock on impregnating of the female body and the concept of fatherhood further increased by the ridiculous narrative Oskar Succession, and where he meets and enjoys a statue of the Virgin Mary and Baby Jesus. At this point, the narrator 's text discourse actively seeks the story of thoughts and Western feelings-as signified by phallocentric Christianity-and makes dance his

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