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Jane - Beginning Summary & Analysis

Maggie Nelson
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Summary

The book begins with an epigraph, a section of Sylvia Plath's "The Detective," where the speaker is speaking to Watson, pointing out that they are walking on air and that he should make notes on their natural surroundings, with a moon and a crow in a tree.

Writing to her journal, Jane talks about how people write for their own therapy, and that her own journal endeavor is an attempt to do the same, even though it is only addressed to her. She is going to attempt to do it even though it is just a bunch of nothing, at least in her mind.

Analysis

The epigraph from the Sylvia Plath poem serves as foreshadowing, pointing to not only the investigative nature of the book, but also the ethereal atmosphere that the journey will take on. In this case, Watson can be surmised to...

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