Avatar Reflection

I think the Avatar project is a very original and useful exercise, but I did have some difficulty really getting into it, which limited what I was able to get out of it. That was a problem with me & my approach, not necessarily the project. I don’t do much journal writing myself, and when I do, it is mostly about my thoughts at the time, not so much about what is actually going on around me, and I think that bled into my Avatar posts. I had an idea of what my Avatar was like, and that influenced my posts. Because of the way I wrote my posts, I don’t think I really developed Fernando’s personal life, so the blog posts ended up being my own voice, and my own opinions of the material presented (to an extent– there were definitely some posts, towards the end, where I was able to get more in character).
And, I suppose, that is part of the the point of this project, to see things from someone else’s perspective, and to show just how difficult that is. Part of the reason I remained somewhat distant from Fernando and his life was that I didn’t feel completely comfortable claiming experiences that I could not, and hopefully will not ever, actually know for myself. I held myself back from really getting into Fernando’s shoes, which was probably a bad call, especially considering the anonymity of the Avatars, but I still couldn’t shake the feeling that I was appropriating someone else’s pain and loss.

1 thought on “Avatar Reflection

  1. ssvolk says:

    Thanks for your comments, Fernando (and I’ll continue to call you Fernando). A number of students have found that their avatars inevitably reflected their own thinking, and that could hardly not be the case. As Zambra’s protagonist said in “Ways of Going Home,” you can only write your own life. And yet the empathetic move of reflecting through another’s eyes is not, I would argue, appropriation. If so, there would be no literature, and that’s a troubling commentary.

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