One of the finer points of Written on the Body is the exploration of desire in multiple viewpoints, but from one narrator. The natural erosion of philosophy of the un-named narrator can work to draw in a reader, as there is essentially no judgment. The shoes of the narrator are there to be filled as a voyeur, as a recollection or relatable experience, or as a rejection. The unabashed display of passion against social norms, highlighted vividly in the first pages by the mother of a traditional family scorning t...
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...the experience, a cathartic act of self-preservation aimed towards completion or closure, both unattainable goals, but still a desire in their own right. As quoted by Harold Bloom in The Western Canon, an out of context reference to a Friedrich Nietzsche quote, but applicable here, as the enactment of passion outside of ourselves is always the remnants of the actual experience: “That which we can find world for is something already dead in our hearts; there is always a kind of contempt in the act of speaking” (Bloom 137). Once we identify the source of our passion, and quantify it against our previous experience, essentially “speak” it out within our phenomenological dialog between experience and interpretation, we are essentially the mother on the riverbank, speaking how we should be ashamed of ourselves for such excess and disobedience to traditional structures.
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