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Running in the Family is a fictionalized memoir, written in post-modern style, involving aspects of magic realism, by Michael Ondaatje. It deals with his return to his native island of Sri Lanka, also called Ceylon, in the late 1970s. In the passage Th

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The Bone Running in the Family Essay Two Running in the Family is a fictionalized memoir, written in post-modern style, involving aspects of magic realism, by Michael Ondaatje. It deals with his return to his native island of Sri Lanka, also called Ceylon, in the late 1970s. In the passage "The Bone," Michael shares a story about his father. The entire passage is filled with strange imageries, metaphors, and again that blurred line between fact and fiction. The passage takes place within Michael�s past; actually the story is about his father. The story takes place in a time before Michael was born, which means the story was told to Michael on his trip to Sri Lanka. Michael Ondaatje in this chapter really crossed the line of reality and went into fiction. In no way is anything in the passage real. The perspective of the novel as well as this passage is always a mystery. The true perspective of this passage is addressed. ...read more.

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He also writes from the perspective of a child wounded by his parents' divorce and his father's addiction to alcohol. Since there are many references to Michael drinking. The entire novel has many stories of Michael's family, especially stories about his father. This passage it about the one story that confuses Michael and upsets him. Clearly the unrealistic story he heard of his father is hurtful to him. The story is about his father losing control and as well losing himself, his humanity. Michael can relate to this, since he is trying discover himself as he reveals information about his family. Literary devices truly form this passage and are the main structure to it. Also the literary devices make everything unrealistic. "In one hand he holds five ropes, and dangling on the end of each of them is a black dog. None of the five are touching the ground." No man can carry five dogs like that. The super human strength Michael's father has all of a sudden, is unrealistic, as well as impossible. ...read more.

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Before he ran in to jungle he was known for the man who loved dogs, and now to hang them up by ropes, is not something a man would do if he loved dogs. Michael's father runs into the forest the second he gets of the train, this ties into the tittle of the novel Running in the Family. Through the fiction of this passage, it shines a new light on Michael's father, which is rather strange. Overall the passage "The Bones" brought Michael's father through a change. This change made him retreat to his instinctual roots, and basically turned him into a crazed, savage, man. He was so far gone he didn't even recognize is own friend. "He did not recognize Arthur, he would not let go of the ropes." What could he have gone through? In conclusion the fiction of the story about Michael's father seems highly unlikely to be true. However, if it somehow was true, the reader can assume Michael's father was going through awareness, whether it was under the influence of Alcohol, who knows. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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