Redemption, a Literary Device: Hey Nostradamus! Response Essay

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REDEMPTION 1

Redemption, A Literary Device:
Hey Nostradamus! Response Essay
Kathy Ottaway, 020091223
Instructor Esther Griffin
10F Cdn. Literature and Criticism - 01 HUMN2000-10F-11296
Tuesday, November 30, 2010

REDEMPTION 2
Redemption, A Literary Device:
Hey Nostradamus! Response Essay
Redemption. It is a single word that holds great meaning for both the ones who seek it, and for those whose opinions are the ones to grant it, whether it is an outside party, or a personal satisfaction that must be meant in the case of the seeker. For this assignment, the concept of redemption as a literary device and/or possible theme of the book, Hey Nostradamus! by Douglas Coupland shall be explored and proved that it is indeed a strong aspect of the story. (Coupland, 2003)

The first key figure to be looked at, and as the possible redeemer in the story, is Reg. This character is the epitome of what some people would loosely refer to as a “bible thumper” a devoutly religious man whose rigidity an blindness cost him his family and all sense of companionship as he drove them away with his perceived high handed morals. (Coupland, 2003) We see many instances that would not make him a favorite in the eyes of a goodly portion of the characters. In some of the first times the readers are introduced to Reg, in person so to speak, is through the eyes of Jason, his son. Jason’s first person point of view has the readers see the man in all his glorious faults as only children or family can see those short comings, not that it wasn’t a wrong impression. REDEMPTION 3

In one part, the reader peruses an account of how Jason thinks his father views relationships. “…I wonder if dad saw in Cheryl the kind of girl that he ought to have married – someone who had already been converted rather then someone he would have to mold…”-Quote, Jason, (Coupland, 2003, p.61) In this account, we see evidence that Reg approaches...
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