The Preservation Of Memories And Grieving Process

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In Anne Carson’s Nox, the preservation of memories and grieving process are shown by formatting and themes of imagery, encapsulation, isolation, and completion. Upon first impression, Nox’s pages look photocopied, but real enough that the pages feel three-dimensional, as though there’s a residue from the author lingering on the pages. Her brother’s death prompts Carson to act as his historian and detail his life through different media. Carson compiles images from different sources, including herself, and then brings them together to form an epitaph in the form of a collage. Collaging becomes a collection of preserved emotions from the author. Collaging helps express emotions of the self that simple words cannot express. Nox’s format being a collage pulls the audience into memories of childhood. Young children making collages in art class and excitedly running home to show their families. Except, Carson cannot show her brother or mother the collage. Reading Nox feels very voyeuristic as a result. The audience watches Carson’s grieving process literally unfold. Carson becomes her brother’s historian, collaging his life whether positive or negative. Carson and her brother were closer as children but not at all as adults, and many photos focus on their childhood. The photos are interspersed after definitions (Carson 5.4). Nox becomes a vessel for the preservation of Carson’s memories of her brother, whether they be positive or negative. Light imagery, in contrast to

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