The 's Theory Of Subjectivity

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Paper #2 In Winquist’s theory of subjectivity in the chapter entitled Beginnings, he defines the systematic function of subjective reality as the ‘source and arbiter of our reality’ as it is an effect on how we relate to the outside world. The subjective foundations give us the knowledge of examining the world, as we know it, by reconstructing our preexisting discourses of the subject. Winquist also notes that in our subjective discourse, we create an “inner reality” that “[is] valued over the external world.” The concepts of meaning, clarity, and truth are all a part of the domain of the subject within the realms of subjective reality. In order to be completely identified with subjectivity, the self must be in control of…show more content…
This is evident because according to Winquist, “The subject is the measure of all things…a process of totalization.” The subjective experience substitutes and excludes while allowing the repression of the episteme and the psyche to transcend unconsciously until it breaks down. “Measuring the Tyger” fully illustrates this experience. Judging by the title alone, Gilbert seeks measure to his pain and sorrow of losing his wife with his subjective dominance. When he fails to do so (his pain and grief symbolizing the Tyger), his subjective reality breaks down and therefore he completely loses his sense of self, while yearning to return to the subjective system of his reality. At the start of the poem, the subjective process of totalization begins as Gilbert immediately makes it apparent to us that the ‘chains’ of his grief have heavily weighted his consciousness. He says, “Barrels of chains. Sides of beef stacked in vans. Water buffalo dragging logs’ of teak in the river mud outside of Mandalay.” This illustrates the negative symptoms of grief, pressuring his subjective discourse. He is weighted by the agony of losing his wife bearing on his mind. Unable to make this painful experience conform to his subjective system, it is manifested in the formation of such symptoms. Referring to a religious symbol, which is known to disrupt and
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