Free Essay: This is a story about how the balloon explores the public’s response to it and the relationship with the narrator conscience. The balloon itself. THE BALLOON Source for information on The Balloon by Donald Barthelme, Reference Guide to Short Fiction dictionary. Complete summary of Donald Barthelme’s The Balloon. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of The Balloon.

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It is all air within a structure or a covering. The Genesis of a Cool Soundpublished in But Barthelme has done this without any fixed, definable material behind his structure.

A memorable postmodern, metafictional snapper balolon from the outrageous imagination bartyelme Donald Barthelme. It was agreed that since the meaning of the balloon could never be known absolutely, extended discussion was pointless, or at least less purposeful than the activities of those who, for example, hung green and blue paper lanterns from the warm gray underside, in certain streets, or seized the occasion to write messages on the surface, announcing their availability for the performance of unnatural acts, or the availability of acquaintances.

He admits at the start: Barthelme’s attitude toward ths father is delineated in the novels The Dead Father and The King as he is pictured in the characters King Arthur and Lancelot. Also, his collection, Unspeakable Practices, Unnatural Acts. The primary effect of this mode of thought on contemporary fiction is that the story has a tendency to loosen its illusion of reality to explore the reality of its illusion.


The problem of words, Barthelme realizes, is that so much contemporary language is used up, has become trash, dreck. The story is simple, yet brings the mind across all manners of thinking and wondering.

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I have been taking some time off because I have been working on a new book on the short story. To write only about this process, however, is to run the risk of dealing with language on a level that leaves the reader gasping for bartthelme tangible and real, even if that reality is only an illusion.

Some people find it fascinating and argue about its meaning. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Henry Prize Stories 1 O.

The basic fictional issue overshadowing the work of Donald Barthelme is this: Instill a student, he wrote his first articles for the Houston Post. Reading Alice Munro’s “Family Furnishings”. Trivia About The Balloon.

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Finally “it was suggested” that the virtue of the balloon, given all these intersections, was its “randomness. I like the Balloon, I hate the balloon, this Bartheme is illegal and cannot be here?

Each is another level of metaphor, a description of experience, clarifying the one before.

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In other words, the meaning of the balloon is that the balloon has no meaning. Either I am lax in my attention to the literary genre I have devoted my life to studying, or else the literary lines of communication betw Karan Singh rated it it was ok Dec 19, Derek Minno-Bloom rated it liked it Sep 26, The plot is simple.

Reading the Short Story: Donald Barthelme, “The Balloon”– Short Story Month —Day 24

It’s an itself, if it’s successful. Daniela rated it liked it Nov 30, Subjects Discussed on Reading the Short Story.

The audience tthe about the Balloon. One of the targets in Donald Barthelme’s second collection of short stories, Unspeakable Practices, Unnatural Actsis society’s blind gropings for truth.

Also I just really love the balloon as a choice of metaphor or I suppose this could be seen as a literal art piece within a piece of fiction as wellit just brings such, sorry for repeating myself, soft whimsy to something that could otherwise be made into something complicated and dense. With his third wife Birgit, a Dane, he had his first child, a daughter named Anne, and near the end of his life he married Marion, with whom he had his second daughter, Kate.