The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Fitzgerald, Francis Scott. Published: Categorie(s): Fiction, Short Stories. Source: 1. “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”. As all things do, it begins in the dark. EYES blink open. Blue eyes. The first thing they see is a WOMAN near The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F. Scott Fitzgerald is available for free download in a number of formats - including epub, pdf, azw, mobi and more.

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This story was inspired by a remark of Mark Twain's to the effect that it was a pity that the best part of life came at the beginning and the worst part at the end. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button () by F. Scott Fitzgerald · Tarquin of Cheapside→. Documentation for the TextInfo template. information about this. The Curious Case of. Benjamin Button and Other Stories. F. Scott Fitzgerald www Level3. Retold by Annette Keen. Series Editors: Andy.

Research in cultural studies has emphasized how to a very high degree, human existence is structured temporally. To examine the temporality of human life from a cultural-studies perspective thus involves an analysis of the ways in which time shapes human action, perception, interpretation, and remembrance. This goes far beyond the traditional concepts of time in literary studies, e. Assmann In other words, one may ask how living always presupposes an often rather implicit knowledge of and about the temporality of life, how such knowledge is culturally and historically specific, and how this knowledge is both reflected in and shaped by literature and other media.

As a social institution, the life course is not so much a natural, biological fact, but determined and regulated by a set of social rules and practices, a hypothesis which Kohli corroborates by means of a historical analysis that furnishes evidence for the structural transition from one life-course regime to another 2.

Analyzing the temporal structures in Western i. European and North American societies from a diachronic perspective, Kohli 7 introduces five major theses 3 : Although this pattern is primarily organized around the working life, it also affects family life and family cycles, which become more standardized as well: following a more or less strict temporal congruency, the typical life events include the leaving of the family of origin, the completion of a formal education, the taking on of an employment activity, marriage and the formation of an own family, and so forth 7.

Unsurprisingly, then, it is mainly in his encounters with social institutions that Benjamin is made into a social outsider. Let me give you three examples to elaborate on this: At chronological age five, Benjamin is sent to kindergarten.

There, however, he not only stands out through his unchildlike and therefore inappropriate behavior. Eighteen years old, are you?

This echoes with the sociological argument introduced above, namely that the institutionalized fixation of the life course served to guarantee a greater predictability and controllability of individual life courses. And although this is closely related to the convergence of his physical and chronological age, it may also be read as an emphatic critique of the chronologization of life based on economic productivity and rationality; as a response to structural social challenges, the institutionalization of the life course in modernity serves to source out the problems and efforts to previous and subsequent life phases, i.

Analyzing the changing notions of age in the United States, Thomas Cole has demonstrated that the history of aging in America is characterized by a continual devaluation of old age that lasts well into the recent past.

As a fictional experiment in human time, the story exposes the power structures and chronopolitics behind the social regulation of the life course in modern society and especially the processes of temporalization, chronologization, and individualization this involves. The very brevity of the short story condenses and thus emphasizes the interrelation between temporality and narrativity and turns the short story into an exceptionally time-sensitive genre.

Forced to handle time in a compressed and efficient manner, short stories are therefore particularly apt to highlight, expose, and subvert our common patterns and sequences of temporality, a quality that arguably contributed to the popularity of the genre among modernist writers. What it can certainly do, however, and what it probably can do better than any other genre, is to make us aware of how much our lives are plotted by the fiction of the life course.

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As I hope to have shown, it is through their distinct temporal setup that short stories have a special potential to reveal and reflect upon the temporality of life itself, i. In real life, these patterns and structures usually go unnoticed. Bibliographie Alexander, Henry. Amis, Martin.

London: Vintage, Assmann, Aleida. Berlin: Erich Schmidt, Bridgeman, Teresa. David Herman.

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Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, Baum, Rosalie. Chialant, Maria Teresa and Marina Lops, eds. Time and the Short Story.

Bern: Peter Lang, Coelsch-Foisner, Sabine. Heidelberg: Winter, Cole, Thomas R. Curnutt, Kirk. Scott Fitzgerald. Ruth Prigozy. Dick, Philip K.

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Counter-Clock World. Boston: Gregg, Ette, Ottmar. Fitzgerald, F. Tales of the Jazz Age. New York: Vintage, Hall, G.

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Doctor Keene frowned. One more would ruin me—ruin anybody. Button appalled. And get another doctor. I brought you into the world, young man, and I've been physician to your family for forty years, but I'm through with you! I don't want to see you or any of your relatives ever again! Button stood there upon the sidewalk, stupefied and trembling from head to foot.

What horrible mishap had occurred? He had suddenly lost all desire to go into the Maryland Private Hospital for Ladies and Gentlemen—it was with the greatest difficulty that, a moment later, he forced himself to mount the steps and enter the front door.

A nurse was sitting behind a desk in the opaque gloom of the hall.

Swallowing his shame, Mr. Button approached her. I—I am Mr. She rose to her feet and seemed about to fly from the hall, restraining herself only with the most apparent difficulty.I have read the story Benjamin Button in Colliers and I wish to say that as a short story writer you would make a good lunatic I have seen many peices of cheese in my life but of all the peices of cheese I have ever seen you are the biggest peice. In , Benjamin looks about the same age as his son. On a psychological level, there is neither a considerable process of maturation nor of regress.

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About the A uthor F. Bern: Peter Lang, There, however, he not only stands out through his unchildlike and therefore inappropriate behavior.

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