A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

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Essay #: 059156
Total text length is 9,304 characters (approximately 6.4 pages).

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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.