Roy Roussel: The Completed Story in "The Mystery of Edwin Drood"

Отправлено 28 апр. 2013 г., 9:11 пользователем Sven Karsten   [ обновлено 28 апр. 2013 г., 9:13 ]

HE Mys­tery of Edwin Drood is an in­com­plete novel which rais­es the issue of com­ple­tion on sev­er­al lev­els. Most ob­vi­ous­ly, it is a nar­ra­tive which pre­cise­ly be­cause it is a mys­tery story makes the read­er aware it is un­fin­ished in a par­tic­u­lar­ly mad­den­ing way. Under­standably, many of the crit­ics who have given it their at­ten­tion have been con­cerned with fin­ish­ing the work by iden­ti­fy­ing Edwin's mur­der­er. In their ef­forts to re­al­ize the com­plet­ed work, how­ev­er, these crit­ics are only mir­ror­ing the ac­tion of the novel it­self. The Mys­tery of Edwin Drood has as its cen­tral ques­tion the pos­si­bil­i­ty of its char­ac­ters com­plet­ing or ful­fill­ing their lives. In the open­ing chap­ters of the novel both John Jasper and Rosa Budd feel them­selves trapped in un­fin­ished states. Both their sto­ries are con­cerned with their at­tempts to re­al­ize their dreams and, in this sense, fin­ish their sto­ries.

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