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Jane - Figment Summary & Analysis

Maggie Nelson
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Nelson's journey begins to uncover the life of her aunt Jane, and she meets resistance in the lack of knowledge about her, with her grandfather asking her if she will be a figment of Nelson's imagination. Nelson then uses her imagination to invent a Jane-like figure, one that is not aware herself of her surroundings and the mystery surrounding her, using the imaginary woman as someone she can engage with in her head (Figment).

A passage from Edgar Allen Poe is included, titled "A Philosophy of Composition," which highlights the poetic nature of a beautiful woman's murder. Jane's journal entries from 1966 show the mystery that Nelson is attempting to understand, the image being of a woman rebellious but unsure of where her life is headed.

In "Two Wrongs," Nelson brings up elephants being able to recognize the bones of their dead, saying that it...

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