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What does Richard Kinsella strive to fuffil in the book?

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grommit | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 1, 2011 at 11:19 AM via web

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What does Richard Kinsella strive to fuffil in the book?

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akannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted November 1, 2011 at 8:05 PM (Answer #1)

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There are a couple of "missions" that Kinsella seems to carry with him as he writes the book.  On one hand, he really seeks to bring out the glory and often criticized elements of Shoeless Joe Jackson.  It seems that Kinsella wishes to bring forth the idea of revising history in terms of its harsh judgment of Jackson.  Kinsella makes little mention of his crime of gambling, and rather wants to bring forth a revisionist approach to apotheosizing Jackson's exploits on the diamond.  Kinsella wishes to paint the picture of baseball as being a force of unification amongst people from different generations.  The magical realism of baseball as shown in the work is one that brings people together and becomes a source of unity and convergence in a realm of divergence and fragmentation.  This is something that Kinsella wishes to bring forth in his work.  Finally, I think that Kinsella seeks to raise the idea that there are some experiences in consciousness that cannot be fully explained away.  Kinsella's narrative raises questions and wonderment that cannot be precisely dissected with modern analysis.  It is in these situations where baseball and the ideas of something larger than consciousness comes into play.  Baseball and religion are seen as forces that can provide answers to situations in life where questions abound.

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