The Central Ambiguity Of Bluets By Maggie Nelson (Essay Sample)
Essay topic: In the book Bluets by Maggie Nelson what is the central ambiguity in the book and how is it working in a constructive way?
Your piece should have an introduction that presents your argument (thesis) and provides context for your discussion of the essay topic. Your thesis should be worded clearly enough that it's clear which prompt you're responding to.
Your piece should have an argumentative thesis that answers the prompt and can be further developed with individual points. Your thesis should be one central opinion, not a list of multiple arguments.
Your body paragraphs should have the following:
Topic sentences that state specific ideas/opinions to prove and develop your thesis
Multiple, specific examples to support those opinions
Thorough analysis of how each example supports the point of the paragraph and the overall thesis
As part of your response you must also thoroughly analyze at least two metaphors found in the text
Your piece should have a conclusion that clarifies and discusses the significance of your overall argument and does not simply restate or summarize what you have previous written
Your essay should correctly quote from the book (I recommend at least 1-2 per paragraph).
Your piece should be 4-6 pages long (between 1,400-2,100 words).
THE CENTRAL AMBIGUITY OF BLUETS by MAGGIE NELSON
Published by a poetry-devoted publisher named Wave Books, Maggie Nelson's Bluets is rather indexed under “Literature/Essay”. Yet, it captures the kind of writing structured to modestly challenge the regard of its genre to self-confessions and its novelistic form of realism. In the case of suggesting embellishment, the mass media interrupts its rather optimistic chronicling wherein the one writing it exposes her soul making the one reading it feel not as much as alone as he could have previously been. Empathizing depends on conviction and the truth it possesses while inventing (or what has been already invented) translates what is untrue. However, with a novel-like autobiography, is there anything that could be invented more than that? Maggie's inventing in this book surely exceeds expectations as it is more feral, more astute and way truer.
Being under Literature/Essay category, Bluets takes inspirations from autobiography, lyric poem, and philosophical tract. While such category brings about ambiguity to the book, such form of inspirations specifies a clearer image to what is ambiguous and it all lies on how Bluets think of blue's blueness. Such is Bluets' central ambiguity. As ambiguity takes place when something interprets openly into various forms, it can also be contextually dependent from time to time.
The Ambiguity of Bluets
Ludwig Wittgenstein, a 20th century philosopher, preferred to pull-the-rug-out-from-under-the-reader as his technique in experiencing intimacy and destabilization. His reverse technique enables his reader in thinking with him as the writer. How does his technique work? His authored tomes imply order due to the numbered propositions but his writing per se destabilizes such order due to a proposition being overturned in the succeeding proposition. Bluets adopts his mastery of this writing structure to absolute perfection, philosophically.
Wittgenstein's significance in Maggie's work is further shown through their similarity of loving colors. Color seems to be a serious subject a lot of thinkers and artists ponder on as a near-death subject reflective of a serious take on life (at last!). Hence, the philosopher devoted his dying days working on Remarks on Color. Bluets portray the blue color as a means of relating physical pain, depression, loss, and love with that of Maggie's reflecting on shame in women's writing: “Suppose I were to begin by saying that I had fallen in love with a color. Suppose I were to speak this as though it were a confession; suppose I shredded my napkin as we spoke. It began slowly. An appreciation, an affinity. Then, one day, it became more serious. Then (looking into an empty teacup, its bottom stained with thin brown excrement coiled into the shape of a sea horse) it became somehow personal.”
Bluets seems to be promising its readers a portrayal of the process of falling in love with a color. From describing bluets to cornflowers, from discovering the blue spectrum to collecting blue detritus – there really was no textual change that should have gradually happened. However, romancing the blue color clearly ended in a fade-away sense by the end of Bluets.
How? Maggie had a habit of “acting otherwise”. As she rejected the color's systematic illusion, she also rejected common sense. She renounced humane companionship, abandoning a centralized and socialized custom, which is to generally understand the world in a similar perspective as others. Consequential to her “acting otherwise” brought about the extremely subjective situation of being alienated and solitary; more like, ostracizing herself, &...
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