A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius Phantasy A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius is a text that focuses on the traumatic. Two slow, agonizing deaths shape the life of the author/ protagonist Dave Eggers. These parental deaths affect Eggers greatly; and much of the text is concerned with trying to understand those deaths, to put them into words. This attempt, to describe the indescribable, produces an interesting link to Jacques Lacan and his ideas on phantasy , specifically the failure of words. Phantasy is created in the individual, in part, because language “does not provide us with a proper identity” (Leader 127). Instead, the individual confronted “with this failure of words to designate our being ... the subject invokes...The end:
.....appointed at him. His desire – his phantasy – for death has become a sort of shame when he realizes what the source is. The importance of this overall analysis may be found in the age of David’s introduction to death. While Lacan was adamant that the phantasy object is developed at a very young age, David, on the other hand, develops it later on in youth. Certainly David may have had a previous phantasy object, but it was certainly replaced with death of his mother. Therefore, not only age, but also, severity has a role in developing the phantasy object. Works Cited Eggers, Dave. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2000. Leader, Darian and Groves, Judy. Introducing Lacan . Cambridge: Totem Books, 2005.