Exposition in Future and Fantasy Stories
One thing that really stood out to me while reading He, She and It by Marge Piercy was one of the uses of Yod was as a character without any knowledge or that was learning. This is an obvious recurring theme as to explain the world that is brought forth. It was used in almost every book we have read so far. While it is true that people would talk about new things to them, and these writers have mostly included these as normal conversations, it is a clear tool to establish whatever world the writer wants.
We talked in class about how stories about utopias usually entail an outsider that must be shown the ropes by someone already inside. This is clearly the relationships so far between Yod and Shira. That is the most direct one but really all the characters that he encounters do play a role in it. I feel that there is a name for this type of character, the most prevalent adequate example would be Dr. Watson from the Sherlock Holmes series. In some incarnations Dr. Watson’s presence is a tool, he is to ask Sherlock questions about the mystery in which Sherlock then explain to him and thus the reader. This example shows the obvious deviation of the trope as specifically for science fiction or tales of utopias.
While this is a normal thing in this type of fiction there was a moment when Avram was telling Shira about Gadi and they just background knowledge that the reader wouldn’t possess so to fix that they just had Yod pretty much explain what they are saying in a way the reader can understand and have the others confirm it (98). I understand the necessity of it, this expositional trope just seemed to be an element in this story.
Many movies and other media use this type of character as well. Some examples include; J from the movie Men in Black as a new recruit, K from the movie Men in Black II because his memory is wiped, and Ariadne from Inception as she is introduced to all of the new elements. As shown in the clip she questions for exposition everything as if that is primary role of her character.
Piercy, Marge. He, She, and It: A Novel. New York: Knopf, 1991. Print.
Skiffleboom. “88 Questions with Ariadne: ELLEN PAGE INCEPTION [skiffleboom.com].” Online video clip. Youtube. Youtube, 23 Feb. 2011. Web. 3 Nov. 2016.