Structure Of The Lost Honour O

1117 words - 4 pages

Heinrich Böll uses his novel, The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum, to attack modern journalistic ethics as well as the values of contemporary Germany. The structure of this novel is important to conveying his message. He uses a police report format, differences in chapter lengths, narrator or author intervention, a subtitle, and the extensive use of the 'puddle' metaphor. All these things contribute towards the message in the text.

The puddle metaphor is the most significant device used in the structure of the novel. The 'puddle'; means the collective information from all the sources. The narrator speaks of the information as 'fluid' and he also talks of the 'conduction' of the information coming from these different sources. There are different types of sources. There are major and minor sources, subterranean streams, and sources 'that can never come together';. The major sources are the police transcripts, Blorna (attorney) and Hach (public prosecutor). The minor sources are Katharina's brother, Else Woltersheim, etc. The subterranean streams are the 'leaks' from the offices of the law e.g. police department. Of course this could also be criticizing contemporary Germany for allowing such things to occur. The sources 'that can never come together'; are the ones that can never be used in a court of law e.g. the phone conversations. The narrator or author uses this metaphor make the story flow and as a way a telling the reader why something has to be done e.g. the rerouting of the channels since there is something the reader has to know that happened before and the story or the channel cannot continue on it's current path. In the end, the metaphor is used very effectively and the reader can see why it was necessary to think of all the information as just one puddle getting bigger and bigger. Of course the narrator makes it very clear that he does not want blood flowing through these channels since the blood as nothing to do with big picture, the big picture meaning the message that he is trying to convey.

As said before, The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum is in a police report format. The tone is very formal and it is extremely detailed and logical (stereotypically German). Right from the start the reader can sense a message the author is trying to convey. The subtitle How Violence Develops and where it can lead gives the reader a sense of a trail to follow, or in this case a channel. The story that takes place in this novel is in the period between Wednesday, February 20 and Sunday, February 24, 1974. Around this time is the celebratory period of Carnival. However there is no hint of any celebratory moods in the tone. It is all extremely formal. It can be said that the format of this book is related to how Katharina Blum herself lives her life. The possible reason that this story is set in this police report format is that Heinrich Böll wants the reader to know the facts since all the facts come together in the end. The story uses flashbacks so...

Find Another Essay On Structure Of The Lost Honour O

The Role Of Honour Essay

946 words - 4 pages The ancient Greek culture during the time of the Trojan War was warrior based. Every man was expected to fight and to fight well. A man's honor depended on many things like how well he fought, how much material wealth he had, and his hospitality. A man must look strong at all times, and never appear to be weak. This warrior based characteristic of the Greek culture caused many problems and feuds among the people. The Iliad consists of many

Compare the structure and Function o the cnidocyte in Cnidarians to the colloblast in the Ctenophores

482 words - 2 pages called cindocytes. These cells are found throughout the epidermis but are particularly abundant in the tentacles. Cnidocytes contain a cilium or modified cilium structure with a kinetosome at its base. This structure is known as the cnidocil and it receives a chemical as well as tactile stimulation. The nematocyst is the actual stinging element. The undischarged nematocyst is a tiny capsule composed of a chitin-like material containing a

The Explorations of Structure

1642 words - 7 pages . This mindset is what inspired cinematic innovation within the post-war period— art movements such as the French New Wave and Italian neo-realism emerged. Filmmakers like Jean-Luc Godard rejected the traditional conventions of cinematography, editing and structure and chose to create their own. Rooted in the Italian Neo-Realism movement in the fifties, Italian filmmaker Federico Fellini rejected the idea of realist films and sought to explore

The structure of memory

1799 words - 7 pages Introduction Prior research into the structure of memory have suggested that memory is comprised up from three separate stores each performing a specific and relatively inflexible function (in Passer, Smith, Holt, Bremner, Sutherland, & Vliek, 2009). That is the multi-store model, developed by Atkinson & Shiffrin (1968 in Passer et al., 2009) who claim a sensory memory store, short-term memory store (STM) and a long-term memory store (LTM

Analysis of The Duel by O. Henry

729 words - 3 pages . people who aren’t from our city don’t know what it’s like to live here, they don’t understand what it takes out of someone to constantly put up with the stench, the noise, the exorbitant prices of everything & the long unending winters. In the duel written by When O Henry (real name William Sydney Porter) which depicts the lives of two non-natives who emigrated to the big apple from a city located near the west coast. One studied business the

The Lost Identitiy of Othello

1136 words - 5 pages The Lost Identitiy of Othello   Othello's identity in the Venetian society is his role as "the Moor". Few people use his real name when talking about him. When speaking the given quote, Othello is telling the Venetians how he won Desdemona's heart by telling her the story of his life, and he now retells it to the Venetians. This tale-telling is a way of employing the linguistic system to reshape for himself a new identity with more

The Lost Boys of Sudan

866 words - 4 pages The Lost Boys of Sudan The lost boys of Sudan did not only show courage but also perseverance when they were forced to flee their home, leaving everything behind to find safety, after their village and all their loved ones were destroyed by the war. In 1983 the Second Sudanese Civil War took place; Arabic Muslims from the North of Sudan attacked southern villages killing more than one million civilians and leaving more than twenty thousand of

The Marquise of O by Kleist

1321 words - 6 pages In Kleist’s novella The Marquise of O, the narrative depicts the account of the Marquise of O’s, a young Italian window and a “lady of unblemished reputation”(Kleist 68), sudden impregnation and her subsequent attempts to solve the question of the paternity of her child. Through the contrasting interactions between the characters from the Marquise’s estrangement with her family to her eventual reconciliation, Kleist utilizes the search for her

Raiders Of The Lost Art

594 words - 2 pages RAIDERS OF THE LOST ART There seems to be a major problem arising in Egypt and Great Britain. There have been hundreds of recorded art thefts in Egypt. Jonathon Tokeley- Parry is one of the assumed thieves. The thieves steal the art or artifacts to sell to people. Jonathon says that he sells them so they can be saved in people's homes not in poorly guarded museums. This type of problem has been occurring more and more. There are three main

The Structure of the Universe

2265 words - 9 pages The way in which we currently view the structure of the universe has been developed throughout centuries by various astronomers whose predictions and observations have all aided in the development of this model. Aristotle based his model of the universe on Pythagorean theory which described the Earth as a sphere. His claims of a round Earth were reinforced by three observations. The first of these was that all Earthly matter moved towards the

The structure of the personality

2007 words - 8 pages The structure of the personality in psychoanalytic theory is threefold. Freud divided it into the id, the ego and the superego. Only the ego is visible, or on the surface one may say, while the id and the superego remain 'hidden,' below the surface of what we show of our personalities to others, but each has its own effects on the personality nonetheless. This essay seeks to explore these three layers of personality and how they work with one

Similar Essays

The Lost Honour Of Katharina Blum

2837 words - 11 pages hard economic times people seeking work were exploited as cheap labor for those who were in a position to benefit financially from their misfortune.” This led Böll to understand the hierarchical structure within society and how power and status is achieved through the possession of large amounts of money. This is clearly represented in The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum by the powerful industrialists Lüding and Straübleder, the unseen face of

The Lost Honour Of Katharina Blum By Heinrich Boll Hegemony Vs The Marginalised

2987 words - 12 pages people who hold that power can use it against certain individuals. Böll's novel, The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum (The Lost Honour...), encourages readers to empathise and sympathise with the marginalised characters of Katharina Blum and the Blornas, and disapprove of the hegemony of power structures in the German society represented; the "industry, the police, the press, the legal profession and even the government and the church", (Harris

Lope De Vega’s Plays Present The Democratisation Of Honour

5773 words - 24 pages 5069 words Lope de Vega's plays present the democratisation of honour without an undermining of the rigid hierarchy to which Spain's crumbling social structure clung. The accession of Charles V (1516-56) initiated that period of Spanish culture and history known as the Golden Age: a time in which Spain bore witness to a myriad of famous figures in both literature and the arts, including the painters Velázquez and El Greco

The Case Of Anna O Essay

734 words - 3 pages ( Dream Dictionary 2011). I thought it was really fascinating that Jung thought we were actually someone or something that resembles our unconscious through dreams. The case of Anna O she is experiencing herself getting physically ill because of her unconscious. Anna is watching her loved one suffer from his sickness every day, and really there is nothing she can do for him except be there. The stress that watching her father was causing her