Wednesday, September 4, 2013
My Feelings Towards Gunter Grass
I had mixed feelings about Grass after learning of his involvement with the Nazi Party as a teenager. At first I was disappointed because I thought he was a hypocrite for telling so many people, not only through his literature but also his interviews/speeches, that they should be ashamed of suppressing their past wrongdoings. Thankfully, (I say thankfully because I really liked Grass's narrative style and in general, as I've said many times, The Tin Drum) in our class discussion today I was able to make more sense of his decision to keep quiet for so long. Amy mentioned how Grass probably had a feeling of self- hatred. It is not only such a strong emotion but also, as teenagers, I feel we can especially relate. We're going through a time of self identification, and many times that process involves mistakes or even noticing parts of ourselves that we don't particularly enjoy. It's definitely difficult to come to terms with such realizations/emotions, and even more difficult to admit them to others. Therefore, I felt a bit of sympathy for Grass's omission of his involvement with the Nazis.