David Foster Wallace in Doubletakes
The one author whose style I could appreciate most and who I could connect with best in “Doubletakes” was David Foster Wallace. His ability to capture one moment that most people would normally take for granted and to freeze this moment like it is occurring in slow motion, taking into account all five human senses (touch, sight, smell, taste and hearing), color imagery, similes, metaphors and all of his unique description of the scenes surrounding the actions of the main character really make him stand out in my mind. By taking an event so seemingly trivial (for example the act of climbing up and jumping off of a diving board in Forever Overhead), Wallace forces his readers to appreciate all aspects…show more content…
There is something to admire about Wallace’s initial approach to characterization here, as the main information about the main character is made clear very early. As a result, the reader can instead watch the boy/man develop knowing the imperative knowledge at the very beginning of each story, rather than waiting in suspense for the character to blossom.
Another element of Wallace’s writing that I admired and used to help edit my own short-story is his plot structure. Because he focuses on one main character, he is able to let the actual plot of his story sit on the back burner and rather let each respective character’s actions determine the flow of each story. As the story continues to move toward the climax and the character becomes more and more exposed, the deeper the description and language becomes. This is effective because the reader is accustomed to simple facts about the character from the opening of the story and the deep description about the surroundings as the story continues captures the reader’s attention like no other writing technique I’ve ever seen.
Along with his terrific description, I also appreciated the different point of views that Wallace played around with in his two stories. In Forever Overhead, Wallace uses second person when describing the narrator’s frozen moment of climbing to the top of a