Great Expectations: Two Pastiches

Passage 1:

At such a time I found out for certain, that this cluttered place filled with thoughts was in fact my mind; and that Tranquility, my calm emotion, and also Reason, my rational emotion, were depleted and struggling; and that Vibrancy, Confidence, Security, and Decisiveness, sister emotions of the aforesaid, were also depleted and struggling; and that the long endless passageways of my mind, intersected with hopes and dreams and fears, with scattered memories floating around it, was the subconscious state; and that the distant compartment from which the emotions were flowing, was my conscience; and that the big bundle of compassion growing sad from it all and beginning to console my mind, was Love.

Passage 2:

A weary woman, all dressed for winter, with a heavy backpack on her shoulders. A woman with headphones, and with Converse shoes, and with a crystal necklace tied round her neck. A woman who had been lost in novels, and swarmed in essays, and crushed by coursework, and hidden by timidness, and allured by artwork, and puzzled by attraction; who wrote, and worried, and watched and wondered; and whose mind wandered in her head as she sat in my classroom.

One thought on “Great Expectations: Two Pastiches”

  1. From writing and reading these pastiches, I have learned the importance of form in novels. The opening of “Great Expectations” has a very precise and unique form. When I tried to replicate that, I was not sure how closely I should follow it. As I read the other pastiches, I noticed that most people had a different idea about that, as well. I believe this comes down to our idea of form, which can be a bit ambiguous in novels. This exercise is important, as it encourages us to notice the form of novels more closely. In terms of successful pastiches, I thought that Cecilia did an excellent job of following the form, while still making her own, creative story!

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