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ISU: The Time Traveler's Wife

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Amanda Lee

on 29 December 2012

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Free Will vs. The Time Traveler's Wife (cc) photo by Metro Centric on Flickr (cc) photo by Franco Folini on Flickr (cc) photo by jimmyharris on Flickr (cc) photo by Metro Centric on Flickr Audrey Niffenegger The Time Traveler's Wife
Summary Philosophical Theory Line 1 - It is in first person, as the narrator tells that he met a traveler who had been to “an antique land.”
Line 12 to 14 - The whole area was empty and covered with flat sand. All that is left is the fallen, wrecked statue. The Time Traveler's Wife Thank You
for listening ! Voice Themes About the Book Setting Audrey Niffenegger Characters Questions What other literary theories could you examine this poem from?

What was your interpretation/deeper meaning when reading this poem?

Do you believe that natural beauty is greater than man made beauty? Why or Why not? Symbols Timeline Summary FATE Who here believes in free will?
Who believes in fate - that our life is predetermined for us? Writer, artist, and academic professor
born June 13, 1963 in South Haven, Michigan
family moved to Illinois
has lived in or near Chicago for most of her life trained as visual artist at School of the Art Institute of Chicago
received her MFA from Northwestern University’s Department of Art Theory and Practice in 1991.

exhibited her artist’s books, prints, paintings, drawings and comics at Printworks Gallery in Chicago since 1987. Her first books, printed and bound by hand in editions of ten.

In 1994 Niffenegger and a group of book artists, papermakers and designers came together to found a new book arts center, the Columbia College Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts

taught book arts as a professor in Columbia College’s MFA program in Interdisciplinary Book & Paper Arts

also taught for the Newberry Library, Penland School of Craft and other institutions of higher learning.

now part of faculty of Columbia College Fiction Writing Department In 1997 Niffenegger had an idea for a book about a time traveler and his wife.

originally imagined it as a graphic novel, but realized that it is very difficult to represent sudden time shifts with still images.

published The Time Traveler’s Wife in 2003

international best seller, and has been made into a movie. The Time Traveler's Wife alternating first person points of view
between Henry DeTamble & Clare Abshire Niffenegger's life in Chicago and South Haven, Illinois

The Meadow in South Haven
Clare's Meadowlark House in South Haven
Chicago
The Newberry Library in Chicago
Henry and Clare's House in Chicago Science Fiction & Romance
Issues of love, loss, and free will/fate

uses time travel to explore miscommunication and distance in relationships, while investigating deeper existential questions MAJOR MINOR Clare Abshire
Henry DeTamble
Alba Annette & Richard DeTamble
Lucile & Philip Abshire
Mark & Alicia Abshire

Gomez and Charisse
Dr. David Kendrick love
marriage
family
memory and past
reality
identity
mortality
Fate vs. Free Will Fate ability of human beings to make choices without the intervention of any god, deity, or higher power idea that life is pre-determined and unchangeable. uncertainty of their relationship together provokes questions of whether their encounter was initiated by their own accord, or by the power of fate

it was their destiny to meet and become best friends, lovers, and life partners. Niffenegger proposes the unsettling reality that, regardless of the choices an individual makes, fate is the ultimate decider of the future; this can be seen through Henry and Clare’s views on the influence of fate in their lives and how life is simply a black and white trail leading inevitably to death. Additionally, Henry and Clare’s love and life together shows that no matter the decisions that are made to alter the future, fate is inevitable, undeniable and unchangeable. Thesis Pre-Determinism
man is powerless to do anything other than his determined actions, meaning no man has the power to influence the future 1 Inevitable Fate
the attitude of resignation in the face of some future event Compatibilist Predestination
actions are free, but nevertheless work toward an inevitable end 2 Defeatism
acceptance is appropriate rather than resistance against inevitability 3 4 Henry and Clare’s Views
Black and White World
Inevitability of Death Philosophical Analysis of Fate Clock time is our bank manager, tax collector, police inspector, this inner time is our wife."
- J.B. Priestley's 'Man and Time' (1964) Book 1: The Man Out of Time
How it all started... Book 2: A Drop of Blood in a Bowl of Milk
Henry and Clare's married life Book 3: A Treatise on Longing
Clare's life after Henry's death
Henry and Clare’s ViewsBlack and White WorldInevitability of Death Henry and Clare's Views on Fate
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