Natalia Ginzburg’s “He and I”

Nataliaginzburg

The Lost Origins of the Essay

I have enjoyed many essays in this book but if I were to pick one I haven’t commented on before, it would be Ginzburg’s “He and I.” A lot of writers featured our texts tend to experiment with form and approach but this one is one that is at once both experimental and complete thus appearing to be the essay at its best. Ginzburg uses the character of ‘He’ to create her own reality. Much like the crows in Lopez’s “The Raven,” Ginzburg uses the unnamed ‘he’ character to create and establish the speaker of the essay. The speaker (presuming she as the author) is forged in opposition to ‘him’ and the reader is presented with a cohesive understanding of both characters as individuals and as a couple.

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